Advent in Salzburg

Traditional Austrian Holidays


At holiday time, Salzburg hosts armies of nutcrackers and incense burners (above).


Prelude to the traditional Austrian Christmas

Advent in Salzburg is a holiday journey through one of the loveliest cities in the world.  The narrow streets and spacious squares in the Old City beckon visitors to explore the romantic town.   Historic restaurants and coffeehouses invite passers-by to come in and warm up while the city's attractions are  cloaked in a frosty winter white.  A journey that suddenly gives you the same comforting feeling you get whenever you hear the magic of "Silent Night".

The pace in the city has slowed down and its former tranquility returns after the hustle and bustle of the summer have faded. But the city is not asleep!  Pre-Christmas music can be heard during the Serenades in the Gothic Hall, in the historic hall at Hohensalzburg Fortress  or in the Romanesque Hall at St. Peter's Monastery.

The following is a list of Christmas Markets, concerts, exhibitions and other Advent programmes that will surely make a holiday visit to Salzburg a truly unforgettable experience.

The Christmas market in the courtyard of Hellbrunn Palace


It is the season for a romantic walk across the city's hilltops, affording a breathtaking view of the city's snow-covered roofs, domes and towers.  The pealing of countless church bells reminds us that Christmas is near.  After descending back down to the city, the merry bustling on the Salzburg Christmas Market fills us with a cozy, warm feeling and wakes fond childhood memories.  The smell of punch and toasted almonds, hot roasted chestnuts and freshly baked apples envelopes our noses; the vendors' gingerbread hearts, Nativity figures, Christmas tree ornaments, toys and warm pullovers are irresistible.

Salzburg Christmas Market
Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2007:
On Cathedral and Residenz Square, in Salzburg's historic city center.
Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, holiday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Program of events such as choral singing in front of the Cathedral, "Turmblasen" (wind instruments) on Residenz Square each Saturday, Alpin Christmas mangers exhibit in the Residenz courtyard, and much more.  Follow this link for further information. 

Christmas market on Mirabell Square
Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2007:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 to 8:30 p.m., December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Musical entertainment program in front of Mirabell Palace on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:15 p.m.    Follow this link for further information. 

Romantic Advent Market in the Hohensalzburg Fortress courtyard
Each Advent weekend (starting Dec 1) and December 8:
Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Featuring local arts and crafts, charming gifts, Christmas treats and an entertaining social program.   Follow this link for further information. 

Advent Magic in Hellbrunn
Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2007:
Wednesday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lovely Advent market in the Hellbrunn courtyard and palace with a comprehensive social program.   Follow this link for further information. 

Advent Market in the Sterngarten
Nov. 22 - Dec. 23, 2007:
Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Arts & crafts market   Follow this link for further information.

Adventmarkt am Bahnhof
Nov 30 - Dec. 24, 2007:
Bahnhofsvorplatz, Central train station.  
Daily 10:00 a.m. to  8:00 p.m., Dec 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Baroque Christmas market
Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2007:
Friday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the Salzburg Baroque Museum.   Follow this link for further information.

Advent Market St. Leonhard
Nov 24 -  Dec 16, 2007:
Next to Church St. Leonhard.
Each Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., December 8, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Traditional Advent market, featuring local arts and crafts, charming gifts. Romantic sleigh rides, manger with animals, etc.    Follow this link for further information.

Angels Keep Watch at Hellbrunn Palace


November 24 & November 29 - December 24, 2007
Traditional folk music during Advent & classical masterpieces by W.A. Mozart and Leopold Mozart in the romantic ambiance of the historic hall at Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Ticketing information:
Konzertdirektion der Salzburger Festungskonzerte,
Tel.: ++43 / (0)662 / 82 58 58 - Fax: ++43 / (0)662 / 82 58 59,
or follow this link for further information . . .

Salzburg Advent Serenades
November 30 - December 23, 2007
Folk music and classical music accompanied by lyric Advent poetry by candlelight in the Gothic Hall. The Advent serenades in the Gothic Hall are one of the loveliest and most popular Advent events in Salzburg's Old City.

Ticketing information:
Konzertdirektion Nerat,
Tel. ++43 / (0)662 / 43 68 70 - Fax ++43/662/43 69 70
or follow this link for further information . . . 

Advent concerts at St. Peter's
November 30 - December 19, 2007
Heart-warming Advent concerts begin at dusk in wintry Salzburg in the vaulted Romanesque Hall of St. Peter's Monastery. The program offers Advent and Christmas songs as well as chamber music by W. A. Mozart. A romantic concert featuring chamber music by W.A. Mozart and Advent/Christmas songs.

Musica Sacra Salzburg Society
J.v. Eichendorff-Str. 20
5020 Salzburg
Tel. +43(0)662 82 37 88 - Fax: +43(0)662 82 38 16
You may use this link for email communications . . .  or follow this link for further information online 

Salzburg Advent brass
Brass music is one of the Christmas market highlights each Saturday in Advent. This year local wind ensembles will perform again from the cathedral arches, the rooftop terrace of the Heimatwerk and from the carillon on Residenz Square on December 1, 8, 15 and 2 starting at 6:30 p.m.

A sleeping angel


Although only mentioned briefly in the Bible, the "Flight into Egypt" is rich in legend. According to Matthew, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt!". For King Herod intended to kill all of the children in Bethlehem (Mathew 2,13).

The exhibition shows paintings and graphics related to this flight, ranging from medieval woodcarvings and Dürer's much-cited portrayal of the scene to a series of 24  etchings on the topic by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo. The biblia pauperum at St. Peter's Monastery shows the "Flight", the  "Fall of the Idols“, the "Murder of the Innocents" und the "Return from Egypt". Current photographs of refugee camps bring the topicality of the theme to mind.

Salzburg Cathedral Museum
Exhibition dates: December 1, 2007 - January 6, 2008
Domplatz 1a (Domvorhalle)
Tel. ++43 / (0)662 / 84 41 89 - Fax ++43 / (0)662 / 80 47-1809

You may use this link for email communications . . .  or follow this link for further information online

Singers Performing at the Large Festival Hall


Salzburg Advent Singing at the Large Festival Hall in Salzburg

"Da hat vor dem Stall der Äpfibam bliaht" is the last staged music performance by Tobias Reiser, who managed Salzburg Advent Singing for many years. After a brilliant premiere in 1999, the play was carefully revised for the new production and is certain to magnetize the audience with a new stage design and new approach.

Following an introduction to folk music and a prolog by the shepherds "Heut is a b’sondere Nacht, was’s heut für a Liachtn hermacht!“ ("Tis a special night, a night of wondrous light!”), the blind shepherd Simeon's dream is interpreted as the wondrous story of Joseph and Mary of Nazareth. The actors impressively portray the things Joseph and Mary experience on their long and difficult journey – from the Archangel Gabriel's annunciation and the encounter with the shepherds to the exultation (Gloria).   For years, familiar, traditional Alpine songs and carols have blended in with new compositions to make Salzburg Advent Singing a harmonious whole.

Salzburger Heimatwerk Kartenbüro
Residenzplatz 9
5010 Salzburg
Tel.  ++43 / (0)662 / 843182 - Fax: ++43 / (0)662 / 844110-33
Use this link to send an email enquiry . . .
Follow this link for further information online . . .

Nov. 30 - Dec. 16, 2007

Salzburg Advent Singing
Nov 30 - Dec 16, 2007:
Scenic oratorio at the Large Festival Hall.
Tickets: Salzburger Heimatwerk,
tel.: +43/662/84 31 82  -  fax: +43/662/84 45 75,
Follow this link for further information on line 

Advent choir and classic highlights 
Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2007:
Traditional Advent singing & classical music masterpieces in the princes' room at the fortress Hohensalzburg.
Tickets: Salzburg Fortress Concerts, Management
tel.: +43/662/82 58 58  -  fax: +43/662/82 58 59,
Follow this link for further information on line 

"A b'sondere Zeit"
Dec 8 - 16, 2007:
Advent singing with contemplative texts, regional Alpine folk tunes and pastoral plays at the Mozarteum.
"Gang durch den Advent"
Dec 7, 2007:
Advent singing, classic music, readings. Mozartchor Salzburg.
Tickets: Polzer Ticket Office,
tel.: +43/662/89 69 - fax: +43/662/89 69-700

Follow this link for further information on line
Orig. Salzburger Advent® 
Dec 1 - Dec 16, 2007:
New programme 2007 "S'ist Weihnacht überall" - More than one hundred musicians and artists come together in the church of St. Andrä right opposite from Schloss Mirabell to take us with them on a moving journey back to our childhood Christmas. Long gone but still echoing in our minds. Traditional music and songs, a stage play performed by talented children and professional actors, poems and short stories touching the heart and soul of our audience.
Tickets: Orig. Salzburger Advent®,
tel. +43/662/62 91 92 - fax +43/662/62 91 92 3

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Tobi Reiser Advent Singing
Nov 30 - Dec 8, 2007:
Featuring ensemble Tobias Reiser, Salzburger Dreigesang, Bertl Göttl, Salzburger Hiatabuam
At the Große Universitätsaula
Tickets: Polzer Ticket Office,
tel.: +43/662/89 69 - fax: +43/662/89 69-700

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Salzburg Advent Serenades
Nov 30 - Dec 23, 2007:
Folk and classical music with candlelight in the 'Gotischer Saal'
Tickets: Konzertdirektion Nerat,
tel. +43/662/436870  -  fax +43/662/436970

Follow this link for further information on line

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