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Salzburg Christmas activities

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From Salzburg: 8-Hour Tour with Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

1. From Salzburg: 8-Hour Tour with Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Discover the beautiful winter landscape of Styria on a magical day trip from Salzburg to Ramsau am Dachstein. Start the day with a drive along the Salzach Valley, passing a number of famous ski destinations all the way to Schladming. From here you will continue on to the sunny high Alpine plateau. Here you can admire the wonderful views of the picturesque snow-covered landscape. After a refreshing walk through the romantic town, your tour guide will be happy to give you tips on where to enjoy lunch. The horse-drawn sleigh ride through the idyllic winter landscape begins around 13:00. Let yourself be enchanted by the snow-white woods and meadows as you pass by at a leisurely pace.

Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

2. Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas Eve! This 4 hour excursion to Oberndorf, near Salzburg, will make this Christmas one you will never forget: for in Oberndorf stands the Silent Night Chapel, where the famous carol was first performed. According to the legend, it was here that Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber, the lyricist and composer, found themselves faced with the problem of a broken organ. Mohr remembered the poem, Silent Night, which he had written two years previously, and Gruber wrote out a simple tune that he could play on the guitar. And that was how the famous song was born. It is traditional in Salzburg and the regions around it, upper Austria, Bavaria and Tirol, to turn out all the electric lights on Christmas Eve. The church will be lit only by candlelight. There is no more heartwarming place to take part in the Christmas festivities than the Oberndorf Chapel. Of course, the proceedings end with Silent Night , and whatsmore, in several languages. Before visiting the chapel, a knowledgeable guide will accompany you along the Salzach, through the snowy foothills of the Alps.

Salzburg: Ticket to The Nutcracker at the Marionette Theater

3. Salzburg: Ticket to The Nutcracker at the Marionette Theater

An afternoon or evening spent enjoying The Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s interpretation of Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce children to the joys of ballet and classical music. With its fairy tale characters, dances and melodies that immediately imprint themselves on the memory, The Nutcracker has been capturing young hearts and minds all over the world for generations. In the centre of Tchaikovsky’s ballet is Clara. She is given a nutcracker for Christmas from her godfather Drosselmeyer. When she falls asleep, she dreams that the nutcracker is head of a gingerbread army fighting against the minions of the Mouse King. With Clara’s help, the nutcracker wins the battles, turns into a prince and takes her to the Land of Sweets where he tells its ruler, the Sugar Plum Fairy, how Clara helped him to defeat his enemy. In the end, Clara wakes up. The simplicity of The Nutcracker is exactly what makes it so appealing; an ideal choice for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre to bring to its stage. Seemingly drawn straight out of a child’s toy box, and without a complex plot to worry about, one is left to marvel at the ethereal qualities of Tchaikovsky’s music and the delightful dances that each group of puppets takes turns to perform. The Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season.

Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

4. Salzburg: Christmas Advent Concert with Dinner

Attend a Christmas concert of music by Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and other legendary composers at the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched high above Salzburg. Ride the funicular for free to listen to masterpieces in a magnificent setting. Feast on a holiday menu with your choice of chicken, fish, or vegetarian dishes. Classic Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • Consommé of beef with semolina dumpling • Corn chicken breast supreme with vegetable rice and fruity sauce • Mozart dessert VIP Dinner Menu • Mini bread rolls with 2 different spreads • White wine soup with roasted Marcona almonds • Sous vide cooked short ribs from local beef on truffled peas mashed potatoes and grilled "tomato de Roma" or • Salzburger gold trout "Müllerin Art" with rosemary potatoes • Salzburger Nockerl - Fluffy egg soufflé with vanilla cream & berries Vegetarian options are available upon request. The menus are subject to changes. Salzburger Mozart Ensemble Extract from the program W.A.MOZART: “A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC” W.A.MOZART: Piano Quartet J. HAYDN: String Quartet W.A.MOZART: Clarinet Quintet F.SCHUBERT: Trout Quintet A.DVORAK: Waltzes J.STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more Mozart Kammerorchester Salzburg May to October every Thursday, Friday, Saturday Taking place in the most magnificent room in the city - the Golden Hall in the 900 year-old Fortress Hohensalzburg - the "Mozart - Strauss Orchestra Concerts" are unique to Salzburg. The Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Salzburg is a highly professional and internationally sought-after chamber orchestra and plays in a line-up which regularly shifts in size. Deeply steeped in tradition, it predominantly performs the musical treasures of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. Extract from the program: W. A. MOZART: „A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC“ W. A. MOZART: Symphony KV 138 W. A. MOZART: Piano Concert J.S. BACH: Concert for 2 Violins J. STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more The program is subject to modification.

From Salzburg: Romantic Sleigh Ride through the Countryside

5. From Salzburg: Romantic Sleigh Ride through the Countryside

Experience Salzburg's magical snowscape in a novel, unique, and above all, a romantic way. This half-day excursion will take you out of the city to the picturesque village of St Wolfgang. Your horse-drawn sleigh or horse-and-carriage will take you onwards through a winter paradise along breath-taking Lake Wolfgang and romantic woodland. Snuggle down under a warm blanket and enjoy viewing the fairytale landscape in a time-honored way. Afterward, there will still be time for exploring the picturesque town of St Wolfgang having a coffee break, visiting the famous Christmas markets (seasonal), or just by taking a stroll along the lake. If there is no snow, you can nevertheless take a ride in a horse-and-carriage, a wondrous trip through the dreamy countryside around Salzburg that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

From Salzburg: Private Oberndorf Silent Night Christmas Tour

6. From Salzburg: Private Oberndorf Silent Night Christmas Tour

Warm up for the Christmas season on a private tour to Oberndorf bei Salzburg, to explore the origins of the world-famous Silent Night, Holy Night carol. Since this amazing X´mas carol was born in 1818 in Salzburg´s province, Oberndorf, it has been dedicated to a message of peace in the world. This private tour will start at your hotel in Salzburg. With a professional guide, vehicle, and driver for your group, you'll drive to the town of Oberndorf, enjoying views of the wintery landscape and a lake along the way. Learn the history of the carol's creators, and how the song became a hit around the world. In 2011, the carol was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. With a selection of special activities, this tour will be a trip to remember. Visit the Silent Night Chapel, the site of the songs' world premiere, and the related museum. See the Pilgrimage Church, wander around a Christmas market, and visit a special Post Office. There is much to see, hear, sing and enjoy.

Christmas Concert at Fortress Hohensalzburg

7. Christmas Concert at Fortress Hohensalzburg

The impressive Advent and Christmas concerts on Fortress Hohensalzburg are truly unique. The way through the festively illuminated Salzburger Christmas market ensures for an enchanting start to this special concert evening. The magical atmosphere on the world-famous fortress with a view of the city and its surroundings combined with the artistic quality of the performing ensemble make for an unforgettable concert experience. During the Christmas concerts, musical treasures from W.A. Mozart and his contemporaries as well as traditional Advent music from the countryside of Salzburg are performed. Salzburger Mozart Ensemble Extract from the program W.A.MOZART: “A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC” W.A.MOZART: Piano Quartet J. HAYDN: String Quartet W.A.MOZART: Clarinet Quintet F.SCHUBERT: Trout Quintet A.DVORAK: Waltzes J.STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more Mozart Kammerorchester Salzburg May to October every Thursday, Friday, Saturday Taking place in the most magnificent room in the city - the Golden Hall in the 900 year-old Fortress Hohensalzburg - the "Mozart - Strauss Orchestra Concerts" are unique to Salzburg. The Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Salzburg is a highly professional and internationally sought-after chamber orchestra and plays in a line-up which regularly shifts in size. Deeply steeped in tradition, it predominantly performs the musical treasures of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. Extract from the program: W. A. MOZART: „A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC“ W. A. MOZART: Symphony KV 138 W. A. MOZART: Piano Concert J.S. BACH: Concert for 2 Violins J. STRAUSS: Waltzes, Polka and more Program subject to modification!

Salzburg: Christmas Market and History Walking Tour

8. Salzburg: Christmas Market and History Walking Tour

Start at the Residence square in front of the big Christmas tree. The biggest square of Salzburg is the perfect setting for the Christmas Market with 96 stands. On the way to the Salzburger Dom find local wood craft, ceramics, hand painted ornaments, and home made cookies. Learn about how Christmas markets have benefited the populations in the both the past and the present. Inside the Dom find stillness. Look around the 17th century church and stop at a big nativity scene and the famous baptism font. Continue the walk and enjoy a view to the fortress Hohensalzburg before heading to the St. Peter Church. Discover why this Abbey was so important for the development of Salzburg. A few minutes walk away, stand in front of the Salzburger Festival Hall, famous for the summer music festival. Christmas concerts evolved out of a desire to keep tradition alive. Here, your guide will even teach you how to yodel. The tour continues to the University square to look at Mozart's Birthplace. Finally, you'll return to the Christmas Market to explore some more on your own and enjoy the Christmas sights and sounds.

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based on 4 reviews

A nice meal in a restaurant that was not overcrowded and with beautiful views from the window by our table. The meal was well presented and unhurried. The service staff were possibly short staffed as service was strangely out of keeping with the event. Our bottle of white wine was left by a radiator without comment while the waitress addressed another table. She returned around 10 minutes later and seemed surprised that we had moved the wine and even opened it! The concert was fine for the occasion and an undemanding audience

Very great experience even if there is no snow : it is always a good time to go to the mountains and see the majesty of the Tyrol

The activity was quite good and the stops and hotels where they stop for the break had good options even for vegetarian people.

Just fabulous… completely immersed and transported back in time. A must see!

A wonderful experience! So skilful and entertaining. Thoroughly recommend!