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Innsbruck
15 Nov - 23 Dec 2017



Majestic, snow-capped mountain peaks provide the perfect backdrop for the enchanting festive spirit in the Heart of the Alps.

The city stages a total of five Christmas Markets in different locations across the city, opening in stages. .


With over 60 stalls, one of the largest takes place at the Marktplatz, right next to the River Inn and this year the setting for the spectacular Swarovski Crystal Tree. Featuring a giant carousel, an animal petting area, a puppet theatre, story corner and a nativity scene this Christmas market is a real favourite with families. Every day at the puppet theatre will perform fairy tales to the delight of the little ones.


Spectacular new attraction

The sparkle of 90,000 Swarovski crystals gleamed from the new Swarovski Crystal Tree at the Christmas Market on Marktplatz. Innsbruck now joins the select list of famous cities such as Tokyo, New York, Shanghai, Sydney and Paris, whose Christmas trees are decorated with Swarovski crystals. This crystal work of art is set to become an iconic landmark of Innsbruck’s Alpine Christmas.


Beneath the iconic Golden Roof in the Altstadt (Old Town) is possibly the most authentic Christmas Market in the city. Weave your way through the stalls to find unique Christmas tree decorations, traditional wooden toys, beautiful hand-carved nativity scenes and figures and many other lovingly made examples of Tirolean handicraft. Inspired by the stories of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, you will find figures of well-known fairy tales hanging in the surrounding alleyways, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty. Every evening at 5.30pm, from the balcony of the Golden Roof the 'Turmbläser‘ or trumpeters delight the crowds with atmospheric Christmas songs. Swarovski‘s flagship store in the Old Town is also worth a visit for its Christmas decorations


Opening Times
11.00 - 21.00
web link www.christkindlmarkt.cc/13-1-oeffnungszeiten.htm

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  Schonbrunn Palace
  Spittelberg
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15th Nov- 23rd Dec 2017

As the Old Town pays homage to tradition, the Christmas Market on Innsbruck's main shopping street offers a more contemporary and modern take. The Maria-Theresien Strasse will dazzle visitors with festive lights, glass and crystal and over 30 stalls offering a range of international Christmas products.



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Things to see and do in Innsbruck

Schloss Ambras
Top of the list of things to see in Innsbruck is Castle Ambras, which was turned into a pleasure palace by the Archduke Ferdinand in the 16th century. It's a feast for the senses with richly decorate rooms, fascinating artifacts and a scintillating history that you'll love.

Hofkirche
Home to the tomb of a Holy Roman Emperor and well known for its elaborate carved bronze figures, the Hofkirche is a glorious Gothic church that will quite simply take your breath away.

Grassmayr Glockenmuseum
This is an impressive museum that takes you into the history of bell making in the region. It's a great place to take the kids, who'll marvel at the huge Gothic bells, and love watching the casting process. There are plenty of hands-on exhibits where you can ring all sorts of bells and make a huge racket. You might want to take some earplugs though.

Alpenzoo
Spend some time at the zoo and see all manner of snow-related animals. The kids will love the cute bears, the eagles, bison and otters and the loveable, if slightly grumpier ibex.

Old Town
Explore Innsbruck's old town at your leisure and enjoy the ambience and bustle. It's crammed with traditional houses, plenty of cafes and bars and all sorts of historical marvels and curiosities just waiting around each corner.

Hiking
Take the Nordkettenbahn cable car up to the mountain peaks of Seegrube and Hafelekar, where a number of hiking trips begin. For the less adventurous, you can make your way to the top and simply enjoy the view with a cup of hot wine.
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