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Each market gives importance to the customs and traditions of their own area, all different as the Tyrolean ones. Scheduling a weekend or short break in these places can be a unique opportunity to find that particular atmosphere that has inevitably lost in the cities.
The Tyrol’s markets, the most beautiful and old in Austria, invite you to discover regional delicacies and find on specially decorated Christmas stalls specially crafted gifts.
Typical Christmas markets are the most romantic
and evocative events of the period before Christmas,
where everything is full of magic and anticipation.
See where to find one…
Kitzbühel, the world famous winter sports city, in the pre-Christmas period becomes the most collected and meditative town of the entire Alpine arch. Mistletoe wreaths for passionate kisses and typical Tyrolean merchandise, such as Christmas decorations, woolen garments, candles and gifts await you here. Time is marked by the sound of the bells of the Church of Caterina, while on the streets are the wind instruments musicians, singers and other musicians who entertain the audience with candlelight.
Christmas stars and symbols overflow the medieval alleyways of Hall‘s winter lights in Tyrol. The sparkling advent calendar on the facades of the houses is a unique setting and the surrounding alleys are always enlightened. Contemplative music and traditional handicraft stalls make happy adults and children, these one particularly enthusiastic about the zoo and tales told by singers.
Advent transforms the city park and fortress of the city of Kufstein. Under the decorated trees of the resort park and among the old fortress walls, in the so-called Kasematten, visitors and locals enjoy an authentic Christmas atmosphere. The specialties of the two markets are the delightful stalls of craftsmen and traders with precious woodsmiths, bouquets, wagons and wood carvers, which in front of the visitors exhibit their traditional working techniques. Gourmet delicacies such as Krapfen, Spatzl, Kiachl pancakes with red cranberries or sauerkraut, the Prügeltorte the famous spit-baked sweet, and the ponce, the vin brulé, the fruit shavings of marzipan and the Christmas music background. For children the fun is on the rides, the train, on ponies, around the bonfires. Then there are fairy tales and the sale of handmade crafts.
Rattenberg‘s Christmas Market feature is the serenity and love for traditions. This picturesque medieval town is dressed in a party lit only by candles and torches, giving up all artificial illumination. The small stands offer the special Advent Wine of Rattenberg and glass artisan’s shops offer the famous artifacts typical of this area.
Another beautiful market in Eastern Tyrol is definitely Lienz. On the central square in front of the town hall, small stands offer original and creative items and typical crafts. People love to meet in the square around the fire, enjoying various gastronomic specialties. There are also numerous events of every kind, a large exhibition of Jesus crib and activities and games for children.
St. Johann, whose local gastronomy shows its variety, is ideal for gourmets, offering traditional and refined dishes as well as special drinks. Even in the typical retail corners, which resemble mountain huts, there are only genuine and suggestive products: carefully crafted items, Christmas desserts, incense, bricolage. Fires invite to meditative moments and of course for the little ones there is a very special program in the children’s corner, completely covered.