A Tranquil Period full of Tradition
On one side a tranquil and idyllic time for a long rambling walks in the first fresh snow of winter, whilst taking in the gentle tones of Christmas carols or brass melodies played by the Weisenbläser and gazing at the traditional nativity scene, or on the other side, Advent in SalzburgerLand can be a little less subdued with the traditional Krampus run, where locals adorn costumes and masks and go from farm to farm accompanied by Saint Nicholas, who by tradition offers presents to the children.
“Silent Night! Holy Night!” – more than a Christmas song
Wherever this carol is played in the world, one knows that Christmas is not too far away. “Silent Night! Holy Night!” has been translated into more than 300 languages and dialects and epitomises the musical spirit of Christmas. In 1816 Joseph Mohr wrote the lyrics to “Silent Night! Holy Night!” in Mariapfarr in Lungau. In 1818 Franz Xaver Gruber composed the music in Lamprechtshausen. On Christmas Eve in the same year “Silent Night! Holy Night!” was first performed in public at the St. Nikolaus Church in Oberdorf, near Salzburg and went on to become one of the most well-known Christmas carols around the world.
The Salzburger Advent is full of colour and cheer with extensive shopping tours enticing visitors to explore the festively decorated arcades and passages. A visit of the Christmas markets in and around Salzburg are a perfect combination with any Advent shopping excursions. Admire the lovingly decorated stands where you will be spoilt for choice with ideas for that perfect present, whether it be a handcrafted Christmas tree ornament, a knitted item or culinary delight such as smoked ham, the traditional gingerbread or local schnapps.
Join one of the numerous Advent hikes in SalzburgerLand, where the glow of torches in the darkness is accompanied by the gentle fall of snowflakes. Warm yourself up with a glass of punch or cup of tea and let yourself be enthralled by the Christmas spirit.
Top 3 Advent Hikes
– Pre-Christmas Chapel Hikes in Neukirchen
A torch-lit walk along this chapel route tour, where one can visit small memorials where the historical origins are explained.
– Nativity Path Radstadt
In Radstadt you can take a walk on a path alongside the historic city wall where you will pass ten illuminated cribs / nativity scenes which have been skilfully handmade by crib makers from Radstadt and the surrounding area.
– Torch-lit Walks in Großarltal
Atmospheric music accompanies walkers on a torch-lit walk from the Advent market in the centre, up to the parish church. Lanterns and torches illuminate the way up to the nativity scene and meadow where the alpine horn players perform festive melodies.