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7-Day European Christmas Market Itinerary

Most cities in Europe go all out for Christmas; hosting incredible Christmas markets, decking their streets out in beautiful decorations, and having truly festive atmospheres. Europe really is the BEST place to get you in the Christmas spirit!

You NEED to experience the magic of visiting Europe at Christmas, and this is where this 7-Day European Christmas Market Itinerary comes in. It doesn't disappoint!

This itinerary takes you to three of the most incredible cities in Europe; Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. These European cities are amazing to visit year-round, but at Christmas they are even more special, and have some of the best Christmas markets in the world.

Sounds dreamy, right? So, what are we waiting for - lets send you on a magical Christmas adventure around Europe this year!

This post is about a European Christmas Market Itinerary.

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7-Day European Christmas Market Itinerary Overview

Christmas Market Itinerary
Christmas Market Itinerary

Things To Do In Munich At Christmas

1. Visit The Magical Christmas Markets

The oldest and largest Christmas market in Munich is called Christkindlmarkt, and takes place in the city's main square, Marienplatz. This market has a long history as it has been held in the city every year since the 14th century.

Christkindlmarket is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe; packed with charming Bavarian stalls selling delicious food, with the backdrop of the picturesque neo-Gothic town hall, and a huge Christmas tree in the square.

Christkindlmarkt is open from the last week in November through to Christmas Eve. However, Christkindlmarket isn't the only Christmas market in Munich. In fact, the city is actually home to over 20 Christmas markets.

Other popular Christmas markets in Munich include:

  • Krippler Christmas markets outside St Peters Church
  • The Tollwood Christmas market at Theresienwiese
  • Residenz Christmas Village at Residenz Palance Courtyard
  • Medieval Christmas market at Whittlesbachplatz
  • Square of Stars Christmas market at Rindermarkt
  • Pink Christmas at Stephansplatz

You could join a 2-hour guided tour of the Christmas markets in Munich, in which you'll learn about typical Bavarian Christmas traditions, taste Christmas delicacies, and drink mulled wine. If you've like more information about this tour, click here.

2. Go Ice-Skating at Münchner Eiszauber

Münchner Eiszauber on Karlsplatz is the largest mobile ice arena in the city. The ice rink opens in winter, usually in late November. So grab your skates, or rent them there, and go ice-skating this Christmas in Munich.

In addition to the ice rink, there is also beautiful Christmas lights, delicious food, and parties every night.

3. Travel On The Famous ChristkindlTram

The ChristkindlTram is a tramway, which dates back to 1957. The tram is decorated in Christmas lights and still has its old wooden seats. Whilst on board, you are served gingerbread and mulled wine.

During the festive period, the famous tram travels through the city's historical centre, taking you past all the most important sites. So, it's an excellent way to see the city during Christmas.

You can buy tickets at the ticket office in Sendlinger Tor, where the tram route departs from and ends.

4. Join The Krampus Run

The Krampus is a Christmas monster that dates all the way back to the 16th-century. According to old folklore, he used to capture misbehaving children (and sometimes their parents) and drag them to hell.

A truly frightening character that is very popular in Germany and Austria. Every Christmas, there is a Krampus-themed costume parade and race in Munich. The only stipulation is you need to be dressed as Krampus to take part.

The event takes place this year on Saturday 10th December at Marianplatz. Even if you aren't taking part, I'm sure it would still be entertaining (or terrifying) to see!

5. Try Curling on the Nymphenburg Canal

Nymphenburg palace is a beautiful Baroque palace located 40-minutes from the city centre in Munich's western district, Neuhausen-Nymphenburg.

During winter, the Nymphenburg palace canal can become completely frozen over due to the canal being quite shallow, and the cold temperatures. This makes it the perfect place to play winter sports including ice-hockey, curling, and skating.

Afterwards, the palace grounds are a wonderful place to take a winter stroll.

6. Sample The Local Delicacies At Viktualienmarkt

Located behind St Peter's Church is the Viktualienmarkt food market. This is one of Munich's most famous landmarks, and has more than 100 stalls selling traditional produce.

At Christmas, the food market is decorated in Christmas trees, and there is also Christmas gift stalls, Christmas carols, and typical Christmas food.

It's open from Monday through to Saturday, typically between 8am-8pm. However, just check the opening hours closer to when you visit as the times might change around the festive period.

7. Enjoy A Christmas Concert In The Hercules Hall

Hercules Hall is located only 10-minutes walk from Marianplatz. It was originally the throne room of Ludwig I, and after the building's reconstruction, it was used as a concert hall.

It is one of the most beautiful halls in Munich, and has incredible acoustics. During December, they put on Christmas Concerts featuring classical music and Christmas carols.

You can check the dates for the Christmas Concerts here. If none of these dates suit you, I'm sure you'll be able to find other Christmas concerts around Munich.

Things To Do In Munich At Christmas
Things To Do In Munich At Christmas

Things To Do In Salzburg At Christmas

1. Visit The Picturesque Christmas Markets

The city's best known and oldest market takes place at the foot of the fortress, in the cathedral square, and has been mentioned as far back as the 15th century.

The beautiful Christmas markets in cathedral square are filled with wooden chalets draped in fairy lights, selling delicious mulled wine amongst other things to help heat you up on a cold winters evening.

There are also other smaller markets scattered around the city too, including in Mirabell square and in Hohensalzburg Fortress Courtyard.

Salzburg Christmas markets normally open late-November until the start of January.

2. Take A Tour Through The City And Christmas Markets

If this is your first time in Salzburg, then it is a good idea to get acquainted with the city and a great way to do this is by going on a walking tour.

On this 2-hour walking tour, you will be guided around all the main spots in Salzburg by a knowledgeable host who will teach you all about the city's history, culture, music, and more!

The guide will also take you to the Christkindl and Mirabell Christmas markets, where you can listen to and even, participate in Christmas carols. If you would like to book a space on this tour, click here.

3. Go Ice Skating on Mozart Square

In winter, the Mozartplatz in the heart of Salzburg's Old Town is home to the Eiszauber ice rink.

The ice rink has a beautiful location as it is right at the foot of the Mozart monument, and close to Residenzplatz and the Cathedral, which provide the perfect backdrop.

If you've got skates bring them with you, but don't worry if you don't as you can rent a pair when you are there.

4. Attend A Mozart Fortress Concert

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a famous composer, was born in Salzburg. Whilst you are in the city, you can experience a classical evening in the incredible Hohensalzburg Fortress, and listen to Mozart's most beloved work.

The Hohensalzburg Fortress provides the most incredible atmosphere for this Mozart concert, and as the fortress is perched high above the city, you will be treated to breath-taking views over Salzburg.

If you book this concert at Christmas, you'll even get to hear traditional Salzburg Christmas Carols. Click this link to book your ticket to this unforgettable event.

5. Go On An Unforgettable Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

You can go on magical day-trip from Salzburg to Ramsau am Dachstein, allowing you to discover the breath-taking winter landscape of Styria.

On this tour, you will stop-off for lunch in a traditional restaurant and take a stroll through a beautiful Alpine town, before embarking on a romantic and magical horse-drawn sleigh/carriage ride through the snow-capped woods.

This may just be the ultimate Christmas experience in Salzburg. If you'd like to book it, follow this link.

6. Experience Advent Magic At Hellbrunn Palace

Located about 20-minutes from Salzburg city centre is the incredible Hellbrunn Palace. The gazebo from the 'Sound of Music' film is actually located in the grounds of the Hellbrunn Palace.

From late-November through to Christmas eve, the Hellbrunn Courtyard is lined with lovely stalls serving tempting treats and handmade gifts. You can even enjoy a sledge ride drawn by real reindeer.

The Hellbrunn Courtyard is one of the most charming advent experiences in Salzburg.

Things To Do In Salzburg At Christmas
Things To Do In Salzburg At Christmas

Things To Do In Vienna At Christmas

1. Visit Some Of The Best Christmas Markets In Europe

Vienna's most renowned Christmas market is in front of Rathausplatz, the city hall which provides the most beautiful backdrop.

At Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt, there's a large decorated Christmas tree surrounded by over 100 stalls selling handcrafted gifts, delicious food, and of course, mulled wine. The markets are open from mid-November to boxing day.

You can also go ice-skating at Rathausplatz, next to the popular Christmas markets and Rathaus Park behind Rathausplatz is decorated with Christmas lights, which makes it a romantic place to go for a winter stroll.

Vienna isn't just home to the Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt, it actually has a total of 12 Christmas markets around the city.

Other popular Christmas markets in Vienna include:

  • Weihnachtsmarkt at Stephansplatz
  • Art Advent at Karlsplatz
  • Christmas Village at Maria-Theresien Platz
  • Am Hof Advent Market
  • Old Viennese Christmas Market
  • Weihnachtsmarkt at Spittelberg

You could join this 2-3 hour guided tour of the Christmas markets in Vienna, in which you'll hear stories and facts about Christmas in Austria, enjoy sweet treats, and delicious drinks. If you've like more information about this tour, click here.

2. Get In The Festive Spirit At The Beautiful Schönbrunn

Schönbrunn is a wonderful palace, located about 20-minutes by train from Vienna city centre. It was once used as the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. It is truly a remarkable place to visit year-round.

However at Christmas, you could say it is even more special. As the courtyard is encircled with dozens of Christmas stalls selling high-quality arts and crafts, which make for lovely Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

There's a giant Christmas tree, and a small stage, which usually hosts open-air advent concerts.

The markets at Schönbrunn are open from mid-November through to just after Christmas, and they are not to be missed!

3. Experience Christmas At Belvedere

The Belvedere Palace was the former home of Prince Eugene of Savoy. It consists of two Baroque palaces; the Orangery, and the Palace Stable, and is about a 25-minute walk from the city centre.

During the festive period, Christmas markets come to the front of Belvedere Palace and they tend to be quieter and smaller than other markets in Vienna. You can still find lovely handcrafted items, and delicious food and drink here.

What they lack in size, they make up for in beauty! The markets at Belvedere are open from mid-November through to the end of December.

4. Enjoy A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Around Vienna's Old Town

Get to know Vienna a bit better with a relaxing 30-minute horse-drawn carriage ride around the city's Old Town.

The tour will take you to the Hofburg, then you will travel along "The Ring" in Vienna, where you'll get the chance to see the Natural Museum of History and Fine Arts and the statue of Maria Theresia.

You'll then pass by the Austrian Parliament and the Vienna Town Hall, where you'll be able to see the famous Christmas markets, before finishing your tour at St Stephans Cathedral.

A truly unique and memorable way to see Austria's capital city at Christmas. If you've like to book your space for this tour, follow this link.

5. Attend An Advent Concert

Many famous composers have come from Austria including Johann Strauss, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This means that there are a lot of concerts throughout Vienna that you can attend which showcase the incredible masterpieces from these composers.

You can attend a classic concert at Mozarthaus, which is where Mozart himself once played and listen to the very best Classical Viennese Music played by the Mozart Ensemble Vienna.

There's also the Strauss and Mozart Christmas Concert in Kursalon. At this concert, you'll get to hear the incredible Salonorchester Alt Wien and performances by international opera singers, and ballet dancers.

Lastly, there's a Christmas & New Year's Concert in St. Peter's Church. At this concert, you'll be treated to wonderful interpretations of beloved works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many more.

These concerts make for a particularly lovely experience at Christmas time too.

Things To Do In Vienna At Christmas
Things To Do In Vienna At Christmas

How To Get Around Europe

Traveling around Europe is a relatively easy and straight forward process due to the excellent transport links.

Germany To Austria
Germany To Austria

By Train

The train is one of the best options to get around Europe.

The quickest train from Munich Hbf to Salzburg Hbf takes 1 hour and 29 minutes (direct), and can cost as little as €9.90 one-way for an adult ticket.

The quickest train from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna Hbf takes 2 hour and 25 minutes (direct). However, it can be quite expensive as a one-way adult ticket can cost anywhere from €29.90-€59.60.

You can buy tickets for any of these journeys through RailEurope or the Trainline.

By Bus

If you would prefer to travel a different way, then by bus is also a good option.

The quickest bus from Munich Central Bus Station to Salzburg South takes 1 hour and 50 minutes (direct), and can cost as little as €9.99 one-way for an adult ticket. You can buy tickets for this journey through Flixbus.

There is no bus service between Salzburg and Vienna.

How To Get Around Europe
How To Get Around Europe

Munich Restaurants

  • Sababa (£) - Sababa is only 5 minutes away from Munich's main square, Marienplatz. It's a favourite in the neighbourhood, and serves up middle Eastern classics including falafel, hummus and shawarma.
  • Restaurant Laurin Südtirol (££) - A small, cosy restaurant located right in the heart of Munich, specialising in Southern Tyrolean alpine food and drink.
  • Zum Alten Markt (££) - A cosy Bavarian eatery located in a 18th-century dining room on the east side of Munich's biggest outdoor produce market, Viktualienmarkt.
  • Restaurant Pfistermühle (£££) - This restaurant is located in the vaults of an old 16-century mill, right in the heart of Munich and serves high-end Bavarian cuisine.
  • Little London Bar And Grill (££££) - A British-inspired steakhouse and bar in the heart of Munich. It even comes recommended by the Michelin guide so you know it is going to be good!!

Salzburg Restaurants

  • Mister Le (£) - A budget-friendly restaurant serving up delicious, healthy Thai and Vietnamese food including beef pho, pad Thai and much more!
  • Braurestaurant IMLAUER (££) - This traditional and cosy restaurant specialises in Austrian dishes with a modern twist.
  • IMLAUER Sky - Bar & Restaurant in Salzburg (£££) - This beautiful restaurant is located right in the heart of Salzburg and has extraordinary views over the city, the fortress and to the surrounding mountains.
  • Das Restaurant Wasserfall (£££) - A quaint, down-to-earth restaurant in the heart of Salzburg's Old Town specialising in authentic Italian cuisine.
  • Esszimmer (££££) - This elegant, fine-dining restaurant offers a compact menu with inventive and flavourful Austrian cuisine, and it even has a michelin star!

Vienna Restaurants

  • Vienna Sausage (£) - An unpretentious restaurant with a great atmosphere, close to the centre of Vienna, serving up high-quality sausages and hotdogs.
  • LOLA - Spanisches Tapas Restaurant (££) - A beautifully designed restaurant in the first district of the city, offering delicious Spanish specialities and tapas.
  • LETO Restaurant Bar (££) - Located in the heart of Vienna, this restaurant offers exceptional Mediterranean cuisine including hummus, seafood plates and gyros.
  • ef16 Restaurant Weinbar (£££) - A lovely restaurant and wine bar with a large courtyard garden in Vienna, serving Viennese dishes with a Mediterranean touch.
  • Steirereck (££££) - A formal fine-dining Austrian restaurant in Stadtpark, Vienna. Amongst the world's best restaurants, Steirereck has two michelin stars and serves up unforgettable tasting menus.
Recommended Restaurants
Recommended Restaurants

Accommodation For All Budgets

All the options below were chosen by selecting dates in December (during low season) and with two people sharing.

Budget Accommodation Options (£0-£100 per night)

Munich Budget Accommodation

★★★ Buddy Hotel, Munich, Germany
Buddy Hotel offers centrally-located accommodation in Munich. The hotel concept combines lean services and smart technologies.
★★★★ Maison Schiller by DesignCity Hotels, Munich, Germany
This hotel with 24-hour reception is located in central Munich, a 4-minute walk from Munich Main Station.
Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof, Munich, Germany
Boasting excellent transport connections, this modern hostel next to Munich’s central railway station is just a 10-minute walk from the pedestrian area and…

Salzburg Budget Accommodation

Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus, Salzburg, Austria
Enjoying a unique location on the Mönchsberg mountain in the centre of the city, the Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus offers panoramic views over Salzburg from…
numa I Maximilian, Salzburg, Austria
Set in Salzburg, 2 km away from Hohensalzburg Fortress, The numa I Maximilian offers accommodation with a coffee house, a shared lounge and a garden.
Pension Elisabeth - Rooms & Apartments, Salzburg, Austria
New version: Only a 10-minute walk from Salzburg’s Main Train Station, Pension Elisabeth - Rooms & Apartments offers a limited number of free private…

Vienna Budget Accommodation

Space Home Apartment - City Hall, Vienna, Austria
Located in Vienna, within 1.1 km of Hofburg and 1.2 km of Imperial Treasury Vienna, Space Home Apartment - City Hall provides accommodation with free WiFi.
★★★ MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Franz, Vienna, Austria
Featuring a bar and a games room, this contemporary hotel has a guest kitchen and offers free Wi-Fi in the entire building.
Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria
This Viennese hostel is located at the Naschmarkt within a 5-minute walk from the U4 metro stop Kettenbrückengasse.

Mid Accommodation Options (£100-£200 per night)

Munich Mid Accommodation

★★★★ Haus im Tal, Munich, Germany
Haus im Tal has free bikes, fitness centre, a terrace and bar in Munich.
WDREI Hotel, Munich, Germany
Ideally set in Munich, WDREI Hotel features air-conditioned rooms, free bikes and free WiFi.
★★★ Hotel MIO by AMANO, Munich, Germany
Well located in Munich, Hotel MIO by AMANO provides air-conditioned rooms, a terrace, free WiFi and a bar. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space.

Salzburg Mid Accommodation

Mid (£100-£200 per night)

Judengasse, Salzburg, Austria
Situated in the centre of Salzburg, just 300 metres from Salzburg Cathedral and 1 km from Hohensalzburg Fortress, Judengasse features accommodation with…
★★★★ Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich, Salzburg, Austria
A small, exclusive hotel with personal flair. It consists of two buildings, Altstadthotel and the Residenz, located opposite each other in a quiet side…
numa l Mozart, Salzburg, Austria
The numa l Mozart enjoys a central location in Salzburg, only a 10-minute walk from the Old Town with all major sights, the Getreidegasse and the…

Vienna Mid Accommodation

★★★ Hotel Kärntnerhof, Vienna, Austria
Decorated in a blend of the Viennese Art Nouveau and Italian elegance, the Kärntnerhof is set in a quiet location in Vienna’s city centre, only a 5-minute…
★★★★ Mercure Wien Zentrum, Vienna, Austria
Located right in the heart of Vienna’s historic centre, the Mercure Wien Zentrum is only a 5-minute walk away from Saint Stephen’s Cathedral.
★★★★ Austria Trend Hotel Europa Wien, Vienna, Austria
Right on the famous Kärntnerstraße Shopping Street, this 4-star hotel is only a 5-minute walk from Saint Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera.

High-End Accommodation Options (£200+ per night)

Munich High-End Accommodation

★★★★★ BEYOND by Geisel - Adults only, Munich, Germany
BEYOND by Geisel - Adults only is a residence in front of Munich Town Hall. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
★★★★★ DO & CO Hotel München, Munich, Germany
DO & CO Hotel München features a fitness centre, shared lounge, a terrace and restaurant in Munich.
★★★★★ Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Munich, Germany
Luxurious rooms, and the famous Matsuhisa, Munich restaurant are featured at this 5-star hotel in the heart of Munich’s Old Town.

Salzburg High-End Accommodation

★★★★ Small Luxury Hotel Goldgasse, Salzburg, Austria
The Small Luxury Hotel Goldgasse occupies a 14th-century building located in a pedestrian area in the heart of Salzburg’s historic Old Town.
★★★★★ Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Opened in 1866, the privately owned Hotel Sacher Salzburg is a grand, historic hotel which combines timeless elegance and tradition with highest standard…
★★★★★ Hyperion Hotel Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Located in Salzburg and with Mirabell Palace reachable within 300 metres, Hyperion Hotel Salzburg provides concierge services, allergy-free rooms, a…

Vienna High-End Accommodation

★★★★★ The Leo Grand, Vienna, Austria
Situated in Vienna and with St. Peter’s Catholic Church reachable within 100 metres, The Leo Grand features concierge services, non-smoking rooms, a…
★★★★ Hollmann Beletage Design & Boutique Hotel, Vienna, Austria
Surrounded by the historic buildings of Vienna’s inner city, the Hollmann Beletage Design & Boutique Hotel is a boutique hotel offering air conditioning…
★★★★★ Rosewood Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Set in Vienna, a few steps from St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Rosewood Vienna offers accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a terrace and a…

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