14 Jan 2022

A Complete Guide To The Christmas Markets At Innsbruck

Take yourself away this Christmas to the striking Austrian alps, in Austria’s Tyrol province. Hidden away in the craggy peaks of the alpine region, this medieval city has been a place of human settlement since the Stone Age. Experience the romantic, cultural and festive atmosphere of the Christmas markets at Innsbruck. Whether you’re here with your family or on a romantic trip for two, you won’t be disheartened with what Innsbruck Christmas markets has to offer.

Fun fact: Innsbruck was once home to the Roman Empire, in which Emperor Maximilian I made Innsbruck his imperial capital, 500 years ago.

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Hungerburg Christmas Market

Christmas market stall.

The Hungerberg Christmas market, perched high above Innsbruck, is a marvellous work of architecture which showcases stunning panoramic views over the city. This spectacular view speaks for itself and is truly the highlight of the market. Located at the top of the Hungerberg train station, the market is small and intimate. The market is filled with eclectic gifts and culinary delights and while you’re browsing the stalls, don’t forget to get yourself a cup of hot punch!

Open: From 12 December 2021 to 6 January 2022

Hours: Monday – Friday: 1.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12.00 am – 7.00 pm
24 December: 12.00 am – 3.00 pm

Location: You can get to the market via the Hungerburg funiculars. Purchase your tickets here from £35.52

Old Town

Two Christmas tree decorations

Take a trip to the Old Town, where you’ll find Innsbruck’s oldest and largest market since 1973. Set in the midst of an old medieval town, this market boasts 70 stalls all ran by locals in the community. The stalls are bursting with colour and are filled with a treasure trove of sparkly Christmas tree decorations. Besides the stalls, there is a live theatre performance that takes place at 18:00 in the evening. This is without a doubt one of the most traditional and festive markets.

Furthermore, the stalls are positioned between the antiquated medieval buildings and the famous Goldeness Dachl, translated to the “little golden roof” is Innsbruck’s most famous landmark. This historical landmark consists of a roof canopy made of 2,738 gilded copper tiles, accompanied with the lower balconies bearing Coat of Arms relating to the emperors’ historical territories. At the lower balconies of the roof there is a viewing platform that offers picturesque views over the roofs of the stalls.

Open: From 12 December to 23 December 2021

Hours: Open daily from 11.00 am to 8.00  pm.

Location: Old town of Innsbruck, street Herzog-Friedrich-straße (Herzog-Friedrich-Straße), near the Golden roof .

Maria Theresien Street

Christmas market with lights and flags.

Whilst you’re in the old town, you may as well wander down to Maria Theresien Street. The markets here are engulfed in sparkly twinkly lights and Christmas trees. Additionally, the stalls here showcase a wide range of international gifts, perfect if you’re looking for souvenirs. As you stroll down the street, the sweet smell of mulled wine may tempt you and the delicious food.

Open: From 25th November 2021 to 6th January

Hours: Daily from 11:00 to 19:00

Location: The pedestrian street (first street) Maria Theresa Strasse.

Advent at the Market Square

Carousel ride

“Marktplatz” is a yuletide paradise perfect for children and families. The market square is located by the River Inn and has a Tyrolean village feel. A 14 metre high crystal tree stands tall over the stalls that are filled with children’s toys. There are lots of things to do here to keep the children entertained. Attractions include entertainment shows, including a puppet show and storytelling. Not to mention a charming traditional carousel for the children to ride.

Open: From 12 December to 23 December

Hours: Daily from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Location: The Market square (Marktplatz) near the waterfront and the market hall.

St. Nikolaus

Shop window with Christmas gifts and lights.

Last but not least on our list is the Hans-Brenner-Platz market at the St. Nikolaus district. A smaller and cosier market compared to the others, with only a few stalls, but is still deemed one of the best Christmas markets to visit in Innsbruck. Unlike some of the other markets, Hans-Brenner-Platz really comes to life in the evenings. As you’ll find live music playing traditional Christmas songs in the Platz. Also if you’re feeling cold, there’s an indoor pavilion located near by so you can warm up. Before you go, don’t forget to taste the delicious Austrian biscuits!

Open: From 12 December 2021 to 6 January 2022

Hours: 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Location: the left side of the Inn river (opposite from the old town), district Mariahilf-St. Nicholas.

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