Christmas markets likely originated from the old Christmas tree markets where spruce and fir trees were sold as decoration for apartments at Christmas. In Innsbruck, the old-style market has transformed into one of the most attractive Christmas markets in the world. The markets held in the other districts around the city are also very popular.
Experience the traditional, romantic and festive Christmas atmosphere of Innsbruck’s old town. The colourful Christmas market stalls are nestled between attractive medieval buildings and the Golden Roof.
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Christmas market with a mug of mulled wine or one of the hot punch specialties. The 70 market stalls are a treasure trove for Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, woollen goods and souvenirs. A viewing platform offers wonderful views over the roofs of the stalls. Austrian Turmbläser (brass brands) play traditional Christmas music from the Golden Roof and give the market a truly special feel. It’s also worth taking a wander down Kiebachgasse, the street that runs parallel to Erzherzog-Friedrich-Straße. In December, the street is transformed into a fairy tale lane: numerous characters from famous fairy tales can be seen on the buildings’ façades, bay windows and gables.
The Christmas market on Maria-Theresien-Straße is surrounded by a sparkling sea of modern Christmas lights. A special eye-catcher: the illuminated mountain crystal that towers up above the market and watches over the stalls.
Maria Theresien Street is lined by trees covered in tiny, sparkling lights and is home to approx. 30 market stalls that offer winter cuisine and gift ideas until Epiphany on 6 January. So if you enjoy the odd mug of punch after Christmas, this is the market for you.
Perfect for families with children: the “Marktplatz” market square by the River Inn is home to a charming Christmas market with a Tyrolean village feel. The market also includes a varied children’s programme during the festive season.
Attractions for children include pony rides, a petting zoo, puppet shows and storytelling. The Christmas market is even home to a traditional carousel with lovingly carved figures that carry young riders round and round. A 14-metre-high crystal tree sparkles above the square and the 60 stalls are filled with colourful gifts, handicrafts and delicious delights.
For the best views of wintery Innsbruck, visit the Panorama Christmas Market at Hungerburg. It’s easy to get there – simply take the Nordkettenbahnen funicular from the Congress lift station in the city centre.
The Christmas market has an atmosphere of wonderful tranquillity but still offers everything a Christmas market should: hot punch, delicious snacks and market stalls filled with lovingly crafted Christmas tree decorations and Christmas accessories.
The Christmas market in the St. Nikolaus district shows the tranquil and reflective side of Advent. Simply cross the River Inn to discover one of the best Christmas markets in the city.
Wander around the handful of market stalls on Hans-Brenner-Platz, a small square on Innstraße, and experience advent at its best: with traditional Christmas music and delicious Austrian biscuits.
Wiltener Platzl is an enchanting square that’s home to a small Christmas market featuring many specialties.
Organic mulled wine and delicacies from Sardinia are just waiting to be enjoyed. The Christmas market combines handicrafts, short concerts and culture with puppet shows for children. The charming setting and festive atmosphere are a real delight.
The "Kaiserweihnacht" (Emperor's Christmas) at Bergisel is a very special Christmas market in Innsbruck. Focus is primarily on products and traditions that are genuine and traditional, Tyrolean and regional.The partners and exhibitors are all distinguished by tradition, craftsmanship, art, regional ties and high quality.
Great importance is placed on getting back to the meaning of Christmas as it once was, with focus moving away from the commercial side of the holiday season and instead being built around tranquillity and slowing down. This is the thought behind the daily "prologue" by the Christkind, as well as the readings and workshops offered for both adults and children.
The mulled wine served at the Kaiserweihnacht has been "certified" by Austria's leading sommelier and European Champagne Ambassador – Suwi Zlatic – to ensure it meets our high quality standards. At the Kaiserweihnacht, you won’t be served some ready-made mixture. The mulled wine is made according to the purity law: 95% wine, 5% water, cinnamon bark and cloves. No more and no less. In addition, the best wine by Ferdinand Zweiger is used as the base. Of course, a non-alcoholic alternative is also available..