Salzburg: Christmas Market at Residenzplatz

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Salzburg Christkindlmarkt

The ‘ber months have arrived.  SeptemBer, OctoBer, NovemBer… Christmas is next! I’m embarrassed that I’m still in the midst of posting about our 2018 Christmas trip when the next Christmas is just around the corner.  Anyway, I hope you’ll find some inspiration in the next few posts especially if you’re thinking of visiting Austria this advent season…

Photo credit to (@ Tourism Salzburg/G. Breitegger)

The moment we came back down from our visit to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, we excitedly marched into the charming Residenzplatz Christmas Market.  This was the Christkindlmarkt that I was most looking forward to.DSC_0988 2

It is adjacent to the Salzburg Cathedral which made the market even more special.  The market actually has two parts, one beside the church (Residenzplatz) and the other in front of it (Domplatz). IMG_8104

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It is where I bought most of my pretty little ‘houses’ to add to my Christmas village back home in Singapore.DSC_0741

I think that compared to the other markets that we’ve been to, this one had the prettiest collection of Christmas crafts.DSC_0737

I regret not getting one of these enchanting globes.  My husband was very supportive actually and was encouraging me to have a few more items from the market.  He ended up buying me an additional suitcase the following day.DSC_0736

My husband caught me red-handed with my loot bag:)


Our little Joaquin seemed like he’s complaining of shopping too much and eating too little that evening 🙂  But look at the smiles of the rest of us, filled with gratitude and bliss. 🙂

In between shopping, we munched on grilled bratwurst and sweet crepe and  paired them with Gluhwein and Kinderpunsch.  It was very cold according to the boys and that they needed a few cups of hot chocolate each, but I was literally sweating underneath my few layers of clothes and on my forehead.  Ah, the very possible hazard of shopping I suppose hahah…

After the Christmas market, we had time to check out the lighted streets of the Old Town and buy the intriguing Mozart Balls.  We planned for a Sachertorte dessert at Hotel Sacher which was just across the river, but we somehow let ourselves get caught up in the moment, and continued wandering along the cobbled streets of the Old Town. DSC_0767IMG_8112


Here are the other posts from our Bavaria and Austria Christmas holiday

  1. Munich: Start of our family’s tales from last winter
  2. Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
  3. Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt
  4. Munich: Theatine Church and Odeonplatz
  5. Munich: Christmas Markets
  6. Munich: Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
  7. Munich: City Aparthotel München
  8. Salzburg: Birthplace of Mozart and Silent Night
  9. Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress 
  10. Salzburg: Residenzplatz Christmas Market
  11. Salzburg: Salzburg Cathedral
  12. Salzburg: Silent Night 200 at Salzburg Museum
  13. Salzburg: Silent Night Tour by Bob’s Special Tour
  14. Salzburg: Silent Night at Oberndorf and Laufen
  15. Salzkammergut: Road Trip to Hallstatt
  16. Salzkammergut: Christmas Market at St Wolfgang
  17. Salzburg: Krampus Run at Hellbrunn Palace
  18. Salzburg: Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg
  19. Obergurgl: A Week in the Austrian Alps
  20. Obergurgl: Chalet Obergurgl Luxury Apartments
  21. Obergurgl: Hohe Mut Alm Mountain Restaurant
  22. Obergurgl: Snowstorm on Christmas Eve
  23. Obergurgl: Day After the Storm
  24. Obergurgl: Snowshoeing
  25. Hochgurgl: Tobogganing
  26. Hochgurgl: Hochgurgl Cable Car Ride
  27. Vienna: First Impressions
  28. Vienna: Hofburgkapelle and Imperial Armoury
  29. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace
  30. Vienna: Imperial Treasury and Hofburg
  31. Vienna: Prater
  32. Vienna: New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Waltz
  33. Vienna: Hilton Vienna Plaza
  34. Stuttgart: The Mercedes-Benz Museum
  35. Stuttgart: The Porsche Museum


    1. I really understand what you mean. Salzburg has that simplicity, and I think everyone who visits it during Christmas would really feel that solemn feeling of the season. Simple, nothing grand, but quite magical. Plan your next trip already Edwin hehehe then tell us all about it! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha I bet my husband realised too late that he made a mistake in encouraging to me to shop that day. He should know my weakness are those pretty Chritsmas houses. I checked them in and none was broken when we reached Singapore. 🙂

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  1. Love the European Christmas Markets, we’ve been going almost every year since 2013. We visited Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Munich back in Dec 2016. Last year did Vienna, Bratislava and Zagreb. Our favorites; Strasbourg and Colmar in France. Are you going to any Christmas Markets this year?

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    1. Hi Kathie, wow it must feel great going to beautiful traditional Christmas markets every year. So you love going to Europe every December? Yeah I heard that Strasbourg in France is charming. Oh you were in Vienna last year?! We went there too, to the Christmas markets at the Rathaus and Schönbrunn. Unfortunately we are not going to Europe this December, if only Singapore were nearer hehehe.. I’m gonna move over to your blog first and check out your posts on Christmas markets! 🙂 — Amor

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  2. I really like European Christmas markets, too. It was fun looking at your images and seeing how the things I saw in May appear during a Christmas market. Besides, the adults gotta keep warm with the Glühwein and all the different flavors!

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    1. Oh yes! Those warm wines were a staple starting from the day we landed in Munich 🙂 European Christmas markets are charming, magical for someone like me who’s based in tropical Singapore. My favourite would probably be the Christmas market at Munich Residenz. 🙂

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  3. Having just wondered whether I am too early to get kicked about Christmas, I would say your post just did me in. Beautiful photographs! I can just imagine what a grand time you must have had. Those snow globes are darling. Next time just grab one — and if the husband is ready to lug the extra suitcase, why go for it, love! xx

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