There are only a few weeks until Christmas and many cities and villages are beautified with all kinds of lights, accessories and fragrances, particularly those in Europe. I find it difficult to choose which is more attractive, but I must say I have an affinity for mountain cities, where the snowy peaks are part of the landscape. This year we started with Austria, with its sensational Christmas markets in Innsbruck and Salzburg, (related to one of the most beautiful films of all time – The Sound of Music).
Salzburg is that provincial city where you can walk all day long without a map or any plans. The town itself is a tourist attraction and these days this fairy-tale is sprinkled with the magic of the winter holidays.
Salzburg Christmas Market it is open from Nov. 17 until Dec. 26, 2016. Throughout these days, Salzburg will be dressed for celebration. Stalls filled with decorations and culinary goodies, streets dressed with lights and songs, scents of vanilla, cinnamon and enjoyment wherever you're looking.
The specific smell of mulled wine with cinnamon, apple strudel or those adorable stalls packed with sweets, the famous chocolates "Mozartkugeln", Christmas cookies and pies or the hot chocolate…so dense, creamy, a real treat and a generous piece of gingerbread in the shape of a heart to melt into it, it's a fantastic way to start your day.
The "Christkind" at the Salzburg Christmas Market
On the four Saturdays before Christmas Between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. if you're in Salzburg, you get the feeling that angels are on earth. Nothing unreal. Girls with blond curly hair dressed in gold robes with white wings (symbolizing the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Austria), will cross through the Residence Square and the Cathedral.