I arrived in Salzburg wanting to experience the city during Christmastime, including its 40 year-old Christmas Market, mostly held in the Old Town area. The difference between this one and the one in Strasbourg is that the patrons are mostly tourists, which also means there are more people in Salzburg than in Strasbourg.

So the market itself may feel more touristy, the Christmas feeling is very much in the air with outdoor concerts and other events around town. Of course there are the illumination and seasonal decorations around town.

While in town I also got to experience Krampusnacht, where Saint Nicholas and his evil counterpart Krampus roams around town to reward good children with candy (Krampus is supposed to take kids away but of course they won’t do that). It’s apparently a Habsburg tradition that was passed down.

The best thing about the city though is the view of the Old Town and the Salzach River that runs through it, especially at sunset. Just that is worth the trip. Enjoy the photos!

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