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The Magic of Advent

Advent season in the Salzkammergut – probably the best way to get into the Christmas spirit.

The nostalgic atmosphere of various Christmas markets is a magical experience for everyone visiting the Salzkammergut.

pre-Christmassy holiday offers

download or order a leaflet listing all the events during the Advent season

Every weekend in Advent arguably the most charming Austrian Christmas markets open their doors. Every Christmas market in the Salzkammergut is special in its own way. Advent around Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang) is rich in tradition and has plenty to offer:  thousand lights, a romantic cruise across the lake and idyllic Christmas markets in St. Wolfgang, St. Gilgen and Strobl await you there. Moreover, the Christmas markets in Mondsee (“Advent in Mondsee”) and the so-called “Traunsee Schlösseradvent” in Gmunden are extremely charming and definitely worth a visit. You can find even more small and atmospheric Christmas markets at the “Advent der Dörfer” (“Advent of Towns”) in several villages in the area surrounding Fuschlsee. A special atmosphere surrounds the old imperial city of Bad Ischl in the weeks leading up to Christmas. You can visit numerous events in order to bridge the waiting time for “Christkind” - the Austrian equivalent to Father Christmas. Holidays full of variety are guaranteed! 

Advent in Austria – unforgettable 


The scent of incense, cookies, oranges, cinnamon, and fir twigs; old customs and traditional events in the Austrian Salzkammergut during the Advent season and at Christmas itself increase the joyful anticipation of Christmas Eve. Delve into this special atmosphere full of lights, sparkling children’s eyes and authentic customs. You can experience all this at one of the many Christmas markets in the Salzkammergut in Austria. 

Advent at Wolfgangsee

Thousand Christmas lights shine bright around Wolfgangsee and a giant floating Peace of Light Lantern is visible from afar.


Opening Times: daily from Friday November 23 to Sunday December 23

St. Gilgen & Strobl: Thursday from 10 am to 7.30 pm

St. Wolfgang: everyday, on weekdays; 12 noon to 7.30 pm,

Saturday/Sunday/public holidays: 10 am to 7.30 pm


Christmas market

Advent at Traunsee

The famous landmark “Schloss Ort” (a castle situated in the Traunsee) is home to the festivities of the “Traunsee Schlösseradvent”.

Opening times:

Schlösseradvent: from November 23 to December 16

                                  Friday: 1 pm to 7 pm

                                 Saturday & Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm

Adventbummel Gmunden: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th weekend in Advent

                               Friday: 1 pm to 7 pm

                               Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm

                               Sunday 1 pm to 7 pm

Traunkirchen: 1st, 2nd, 3rd weekend in Advent

                               Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm to 7 pm

Ebensee: 2nd, 3rd weekend in Advent

                               Saturday & Sunday: 3 pm to 7 pm 


Christmas market

Advent at Mondsee

Year in and year out Christmas markets in Mondsee fascinate tourists and locals alike and offer the chance to leave pre-Christmas stress behind.

Opening times Mondsee: every weekend from 23 November until 23 December

Mondsee “Kreuzgang” (cloister): Friday: 3 pm to 7.30 pm

                                                         Saturday & Sunday: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm

Stalls in front of the basilica: Friday: 3 pm to 9.30 pm

                                                  Saturday & Sunday: 10.30 pm to 9.30 pm  


Christmas market

Advent at Fuschlsee

At the so-called “Advent der Dörfer” you can explore small atmospheric Christmas markets in several towns in the area surrounding Fuschlsee.

Opening times: 

Ebenau: Saturday & Sunday 2 pm to 8 pm

Faistenau:  1st, 2nd weekend in Advent: Saturday & Sunday: 4 pm to 8 pm

                    3rd weekend in Advent: Saturday: 2 pm to 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm

Guggenthal: Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm to 7 pm

Jagdhof/Fuschlsee: Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm to 7 pm


Christmas market

Advent in Bad Ischl

The old imperial city Bad Ischl located on the river Traun offers the perfect way to get in the festive spirit and thereby combines the traditional and the contemporary.

Opening times Bad Ischl: daily from 23 November until 20 December

Monday to Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm

Friday to Sunday & public holidays: 9 am to 6 pm 


Christmas market