© Advent season in the Dachstein Salzkammergut (photo: Viorel Munteanu)
Craftsmanship can be experienced especially during Advent. Here is a handmade angel in a white dress (photo: Viorel Munteanu)

Advent in the
World Heritage region


Advent in the Salzkammergut

Experience the unique "Advent" time in Austria. Christmas markets, Nativity scenes exhibition, handicraft and traditional delicacies await you.


Join in the traditional Christmas spirit with cakes and biscuits, wonderful aromas, traditional Christmas carols, mulled wine .... a perfect way to spend the run-up to Christmas.

Advent, Advent, a candle is lit...

...first one, then two, then three, then four, and suddenly the Christ Child is knocking on your door. The "Advent" time starts with the first Sunday in December and has it's highlight in Austria on December 24, the birth date of the Christ Child. We enjoy this special time of the year with our families, friends and beloved ones and invite you to experience the unique Christmas atmosphere.

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Advent in the Salkammergut

Events for Advent begin with the simple and traditional „Gosauer Berg-Weihnacht“ (Christmas market). Throughout the first two weekends in Advent, the area around the Museum of local history is transformed into a magical Christmas scene.


The aroma of punch and the smell of the crackling bonfires are truly inviting. There are horse-drawn sledge rides, Christmas carols, traditional local handicrafts for sale and much, much more. On December 1, visitors flock to Obertraun and eagerly await the arrival of St Nicholas who crosses the lake Hallstatt to visit the children.


As we are so very brave, we visit the Salzkammergut „Krampuslauf“ (Procession) in Bad Goisern on December 7. Over 1000 „Krampusse“ and „Perchten“ (evil characters who whip us with sticks!) will be waiting for us!


Hallstatt, the romantic World Heritage Village on the lake Hallstatt, invites us on December 8 to it's traditional Christmas Market. The lightened Christmas tree, the three dimensional nativity scene, traditional music, Salzkammergut handicraft and traditional delicacies transform Hallstatt into a romantic Christmas scene.

The second weekend is all about the craftmen of the Salzkammergut and their self-made products. In the castle Neuwildenstein, the "Meisteradvent" (Christmas market) takes place and invites you to see the craftmen working and to buy original Salzkammergut handicrafts.

"Advent" events in the Salzkammergut

Always up-to-date

... about the Advent in the holiday area Dachstein Salzkammergut on Facebook and Instagram. There are more beautiful Christmas markets in the Salzkammergut. See the videos about Christmas markets and the Salzkammergut Krampus Procession on our Youtube-Channel www.youtube.com/dachsteinskg

Contact & Service

Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut
Kirchengasse 4
4822 Bad Goisern

Phone+43 5 95095
Fax machine+43 5 95095-74


Don’t hesitate to contact the team of local guides for any questions about the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Advent in the Salzkammergut


St. Nicholas crosses the lake

A very special and beautiful St. Nicholas celebration can be visited on 03 December 2023 in Obertraun on the shores of Lake Hallstatt. …
Time period: to 03.12.2023
Obertraun beach resort
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Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

The Salzkammergut Krampus parade

On December 7, the market square in Goisern turns into a seething cauldron again: nice angels and Santa Claus meet at the legendary Salzkammergut Krampus parade on countless evil…
Time period: 07.12.2023 to 07.12.2024
Market square Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt
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Christmas market

The romantic Christmas market on the market square in the world heritage town of Hallstatt is the highlight of the Advent every year. Here you can experience living customs and…
Time period: to 08.12.2023
Hallstatt market square
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Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee


"Meisteradvent"  the extremely popular Christmas market in HAND.WERK.HAUS in the center of Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt
Time period: 16.12.2023 to 17.12.2023
HAND.WERK.HAUS (exhibition of local handicrafts)
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Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Exhibition of Christmas cribs

As every year, simultaneously with the "Meister.Advent in the HAND.WERK.HAUS. Salzkammergut" (advent market) in Bad Goisern, the popular and beautifully decorated crib exhibition…
Time period: 16.12.2023 to 17.12.2023
Catholic Community Centre
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