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Salzburg Dec. 27-29?

Hi all,
My husband and I are planning to go to Europe for Christmas (fingers crossed) and we were thinking about going to Salzburg from December 27-29. The Christmas markets are closed at that point, and it looks like the Advent markets will be closed at that point due to COVID...
What's Salzburg like between Christmas and New Year's? Is it worth it to travel there at that time? Thanks!

Posted by
3978 posts

Would you consider Vienna instead? Sure on MY bucket list for both xmas and New Year's Eve!
Safe travels!

Posted by
5 posts

Actually, I'm headed to Vienna after the proposed Salzburg dates! :)

Proposed itinerary:
Dec. 23-27: Prague
Dec. 27-29: Salzburg
Dec. 29-Jan. 2: Vienna

I can't decide if we should just keep it simple (Prague/Vienna, maybe a day trip to Bratislava) or also make the hike from Prague-Salzburg in between.

Posted by
5697 posts

Good planning to be in Vienna on New Year's Eve! Dancing in the streets near St. Stephen's, plus Christmas/New Year's markets will still be open then. Rather than trying to shoehorn Salzburg in, I would add the time to Prague or Vienna -- but I'm a slow-travel fan.

Posted by
2224 posts

In pre-covid times, we did the Sound of Music tour and the Hallein salt mine then

Posted by
5295 posts

Advent and Christmas markets are the exact same thing. Technically, they are all called Advent markets. In my opinion, you are doing things in the wrong order if your aim is to see some markets. I would do Salzburg first, as the markets will close on Dec. 24. Then Vienna, where some markets continue up to New Year's. But to answer your question, Dec. 27-29 in Salzburg will be cold and quiet.

Posted by
5 posts

Thank you! We'll be getting Christmas markets in Prague and Vienna, so we may just forego Salzburg. It's not our first time visiting Christmas Markets in Europe.

Posted by
850 posts

I'll point out that it's much easier to get to Vienna from Prague than to Salzburg.

If the only reason you're considering Salzburg is for the markets, don't bother. There's a load of other things to see and do, but a couple extra days in Vienna can easily be filled. Visit the Doretheum if you're still in a shopping mode.