HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5
based on 14724 customer reviews on Feefo.
Feefo Platinum Award Feefo logo

Salzburg's Christmas Market is one of the oldest in the world

Posted by Luci Ackers on 22 November 2017
Related property: Viehhofen
Salzburg's Christmas Market is one of the oldest in the world

The Salzburg Christmas Market is one of the oldest of its kind. It is located through the picturesque Cathedral Square and Residenzplatz where it is overlooked by the city’s stunning Baroque cathedral and the elegant surrounding buildings.

This popular festive market has a long history and stands in the heart of Salzburg’s World Heritage old town, making it a really special occasion. The traditional stalls are bedecked with lights and sell a fabulous selection of gifts and food.

Find out how to stay in beautiful Austria yourself here.

There has been a Christmas-time market in the city centre since the late 15th century, though it went under a different name back then. By the 17th century, it had been renamed ‘Nikolaimarkt’ or the ‘Market of Saint Nicholas’ and appeared for the two weeks prior to, and the two weeks following Saint Nicholas’ Day, which is the 6th December. It was a popular affair and, throughout its history, the Salzburg Advent market has been pretty famous, held in high regard and considered equal to the likes of Paris, Vienna and Amsterdam markets.

Salzburg Christkindlmarkt has now been running under its current title since 1974. It is a fun, family-friendly event that promises lots to see, do and buy! A fantastic opportunity to get out and soak up some of the holiday spirit.

What’s here?

The historic town squares come alive with lights and traditional decorations hung all throughout the market. Special festoon lighting is strung up overhead and an impressive Christmas tree illuminates around 100 chalet-style stalls. You will find a range of Christmassy goodies, from gifts and crafts, to pretty decorations, regional and seasonal food, drinks, sweets, mulled wine and much more.

There is an events programme that takes place daily over the festive period. You can get involved in sing-alongs or guided tours, enjoy live music, Christmas parades and choral concerts, or take youngsters along to readings of Christmas stories.

When to go?

Things kick off on the Thursday before the first Sunday of Advent which, this year, makes the opening night Thursday 30th November 2017, and it will remain there until Boxing Day. So plenty of time to dip in, do some shopping and revel in the atmosphere.

How to find it?

To get in to the city, it’s a very simple journey from Viehhofen. If you have a car head north on the B311, take the B178 and the A1.

If you’re travelling via public transport, there is a bus to Zell am See, just a short way away. From here there is a train right in to Salzburg. The train station is on the opposite side of the Salzach, so you’ll need to cross the river to get to the old town.

The Christkindlmarkt takes place around the cathedral in Cathedral Square and Residenzplatz.

Find out how to stay in Viehhofen by entering your details at the bottom of the page for a free brochure. 

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 14724 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative

This request is for new enquiries only, if you are an existing Bondholder please contact us via myBond.

How should we contact you? *  
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Telephone number *  
Post code *  
Preferred Date/Time
Preferred Date/Time 2
Preferred Date/Time 3
Please contact me to arrange a date

Your local representative will contact you to confirm the date and time.

Date/Time *  
How did you hear about us?
Chosen date (choose above) *
Chosen time (choose above) *

We will use the details you provide above for a representative to contact you. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited (HPBM), the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM. HPB is issued by HPB Assurance Limited (HPBA) registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited, registered at Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH. The Securities Adviser is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London W1H 6LR. No medical examination is required.

HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA. Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies.