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Salzburg at Christmas

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ABOVE: A nighttime view of Salzburg's Altstadt or Old Town.

Salzburg during Advent is an unforgettable experience. The Christkindelmärkte (Christmas markets) are in full swing, Adventsingen and other concerts fill the always busy musical calendar, and there's a good chance that snow will decorate the cupolas and copper roofs of the Altstadt. Best of all, the city is far less crowded than it is during the summer tourist season, and the streets are filled with Salzburgerland natives going about their business in traditional Trachten clothing and Loden coats.

It's easy to enjoy Salzburg at Christmas: Just book a room in the Old Town, then spend a few days or a week enjoying the city. If you'd like a taste of the countryside, take a train to an area like Radstadt/Altenmarkt/Zauchensee (where my husband I once lived), which has downhill skiing and a 120-km (75-mile) network of cross-country ski trails.

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