Innsbruck Christmas Markets

Christmas Market in Innsbruck
Innsbruck Christmas Market Stall

Innsbruck Christmas Markets Dates: mid-November to early January.

The Innsbruck Christmas markets are some of the most festive in all of Austria. The markets are located throughout the city center, with the main markets taking place in the square in front of the Golden Roof and the pedestrianized streets around it.

There are various themes for the Christmas markets in Innsbruck. One market street is lined with characters from fairytales and features a building with windows decorated to look like an Advent calendar.

Another is a market just for children. Yet another is located at the top of the mountains. At all of the markets there are traditional market chalets selling wooden handicrafts, ornaments for Christmas trees, mulled wine, bratwurst, and other seasonal goods.

On a particular day in December, there is a procession throughout the city in the evening. It is the celebration of the baby Jesus coming with the angels to bring Christmas presents to children in Austria. The annual parade goes down Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, and visitors can watch as children dressed as shepherds and angels herd live sheep down the street before a horse-drawn carriage brings the baby Jesus at the end.

The Innsbruck Christmas markets are all the more beautiful with the backdrop of the mountains behind them. Whether you visit during the day or in the evening, make sure to walk around the stalls and admire the decorations and festive lights along the streets.

Trains from Innsbruck to Paris

Taking a train from Innsbruck to Paris is a great way to get from Austria to France when you are visiting Europe.

Rail services leave from the Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof (central train station) and arrive at either Paris Gare de l’Est or Gare de Lyon station in France. They are operated by OBB and SNCF, the countries’ national rail companies.

Trains run multiple times each day, normally with several morning departures, an afternoon departure, and evening departures for night trains.

Almost all trains between these cities require a change or two before they reach Paris. Most trains travel via places like Zurich. During the winter ski season in Austria there are special overnight trains from Innsbruck to Paris that run direct.

The travel time on this route ranges from 7 hours and 45 minutes to 12 hours and 45 minutes. The total journey length depends on which train you take.

Ticket costs for trains from Innsbruck to Paris vary based on timetables and whether you purchase tickets ahead of time. Prices start at 37 euros in second class and 60 euros in first class if you book online well in advance.

Vienna Christmas Markets

Vienna Christmas Market
Vienna Christmas Market

There are around 20 Vienna Christmas markets scattered throughout the city.

From the large Christkindlmarkt at Vienna’s city hall to the smaller markets in open squares by picturesque churches, Vienna’s Christmas markets are great places to visit in the city.

Some of the Vienna Christmas markets are traditional markets that sell wooden handicrafts, ornaments, hand-made jewelry, Christmas foods, mulled wine, and other artisan goods.

Other markets are more modern, like the Kubik Christmas Market in Vienna’s Votive Park. This market is an art installation that is reminiscent of a Rubik’s Cube. It lights up in bright red, and visitors can enjoy food and mulled wine as they dance to the music of DJ’s under the lights.

Whatever your preference, there are plenty of Vienna Christmas markets you can visit.