Advent – a magical time

A magical time of year, full of tradition, inviting aromas and twinkling lights

The trees have long since lost their colourful leaves and from the mountains the cold wind blows snow into the valley. As the days become shorter and daylight turns into darkness, a very special atmosphere descends on SalzburgerLand along with that magical time of year - Advent. When the first snowflakes drift down from the skies and land on the frozen ground creating a blanket of white, there is a thrill of anticipation – winter has arrived. All across the land, living rooms will be cosy and warm and in the ovens Christmas biscuits made with vanilla, cinnamon and spices will be baked. The traditional Advent wreath will be decorated with four candles, one of which is lit on each Sunday in Advent.

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.

Christmas Shopping

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.

Christmas Hikes

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

A torch-lit walk along this chapel route tour, where one can visit small memorials where the historical origins are explained.

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.

Atmospheric music accompanies walkers on a torch-lit alk 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.

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