Innsbruck looks at its romantic best at Christmas, carpeted with snow and with the magical sparkling backdrop of the Alps. Christmas in Innsbruck kicks off in mid November, when stores are decorated with elaborate Nativity scenes and festive lights, giant yuletide trees twinkle in all the squares and a number of classy festive markets spring up around town.
With Christmas Markets and holiday celebrations, December is a lovely time in Salzburg. Experience the season with a Christmas Markets tour from Salzburg, and see the sights with a sightseeing tour of the city. This month one lucky fan will win 2 tickets to do just that!
It’s easy to spend a day in Salzburg with Mozart – in fact there is little chance of escaping his influence on the city. The Magic Flute is played on every street corner, he has his own city square, a brace of museums and his image adorns countless souvenirs.
Salzburg looks gorgeous under her coating of snow in winter, when thousands of European skiers crowd in to take to the slopes. The ski season gets going in December and can last through to March; there are 22 ski areas within easy striking distance and many ski hotels offers shuttle services from the airport up to the resorts. Over the winter months, the Snow Shuttle leaves daily from various points around the city, so skiing around Salzburg has never been easier.
As one of the most cycle-friendly cities in Austria, Salzburg has more than 106 miles (170 km) of bike networks with 23 scenic routes signposted through the heart of the city. There are plenty of free bike stands for secure parking and dedicated cycle lanes provide passage through chaotic traffic, making cycling routes around the Salzburg region practical and safe for all the family.
The magical Narnia-like underworld of the Eisriesenwelt cave system set high above Werfen in the Austrian Alps near Salzburg can only be visited in the summer. The world’s largest ice caves were discovered in 1879 and form a labyrinthine cave system that extends for 19 miles (30 km) under the Tennengebirge mountains.