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Feeling nostalgic for Christmases past in Salzburg
PHOTOS COURTESY OF Sarah Muirhead & Unsplash

HOME TO APPLE STRUDEL, The Sound of Music and Mozart, Salzburg really is the perfect place for a Christmas vacation. Stay in the old town, with its beautifully preserved baroque architecture backed by the snow-capped Austrian Alps.

SALZBURG CHRISTKINDLMARKT IS ONE OF THE MERRIEST and oldest Christmas markets in the world. An annual event in Cathedral Square since way back in the 15th century, it’s all about nostalgia for Christmases past. Treat yourself to mulled wine and stollen as you shop, and then go for a spin on the outdoor ice rink.

christmas market

WITH ITS MIGHTY DOME AND MARBLE FACADE, SALZBURG CATHEDRAL (Salzburger Dom) is an impressive tribute to the early baroque. The three gates stand for Faith, Love and Hope, with the middle gate (for Love) somewhat larger. The seven bells also have names, ranging from Salvator (the biggest) to Barbara (the smallest).

dome cathedral

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART WAS BORN in 1756 at the Hagenauer Haus on Getreidegasse in Salzburg. Mozart’s Geburtshaus is now one of the most frequently visited museums in the world, somewhere fans gather to learn about the composer’s early life.

mozart home

MIRABELL PALACE GARDENS are incredibly beautiful even in winter and they boast fabulous views of Salzach River, the old town and fortress skyline. As you stroll the grounds, you will likely recognise the Pegasus Fountain, which Maria and the von Trapp kids danced around in The Sound of Music

mirabell gardens

SALZBURG’S STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS MARKETS are a world away from the commercialised glitz of a Hong Kong mall. Each year, hundreds of vendors set up wooden huts at various locations throughout the old town from which to dole out traditional crafts, local produce and Christmas ornaments.

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