Advent in Austria is truly magical. The Christmas markets are filled with the aromas of spiced hot drinks, glühwein, fresh baked pastries, delicate Christmas cookies, and a host of other delicious goodies. Rather than flamboyant decorations and festive kitsch Austria keeps a sense of tradition. Handcrafted gifts, and ornaments, blown glass baubles, carved figurines, and traditional garb are all on display in pretty lakeside and mountain village settings as well as in the magnificent Baroque city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.
Staying in a friendly four-star hotel we include many extra touches such as a horse and sleigh ride and a scenic lake cruise. One evening you will experience a private traditional ceremony at the hotel with St Nicholas and Krampus, a horned creature from Alpine folklore. Add to this the opportunity to enjoy a Mozart dinner concert in a beautiful setting, advent in Austria truly is "the most wonderful time of the year!"