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Advent and Christmas in the Salzkammergut Lake District.

This wonderful time of year is even more wonderful in Fuschl am See near Salzburg.

During Advent the atmosphere at the Waldhof is particularly welcoming and tranquil. The scent of mulled wine and freshly baked Christmas biscuits fills the air. There's no nicer place to spend Advent and to escape the pre-Christmas rush. Throughout the Salzkammergut Lake District Advent markets fill the streets with life, light and the Christmas spirit. The markets in the villages around Lake Wolfgangsee are among the loveliest in the Salzkammergut and are well worth visiting.

Christmas carols and midnight mass

Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve in Austria. The inner courtyard at the Waldhof is decorated with a huge Christmas tree and becomes the meeting point for guests and staff on this special day for carols and drinks. Just before midnight Herbert Ebner, owner of the Waldhof, accompanies his guests to midnight mass in the Fuschl parish church. After a brisk walk home the hotel serves "mass soup": this is a longstanding, yet fast disappearing Salzburg tradition that Herbert Ebner is determined to uphold. The soup warms you up after the walk from the church and is the perfect way to experience the true feeling of Christmas in Fuschl am See.

A choir of angels: Advent in St. Gilgen.

In the neighbouring village of St. Gilgen Baroque angels decorate and watch over the many stands and stalls at the Christmas market. The angels were painted by the local artist Raja Schwahn-Reichmann and add a very special touch to this lovely pre-Christmas event.

The spirit of Advent is captured on and around Lake Wolfgangsee.

The special flair of this Advent market is incomparable and has made the market famous well beyond the county borders. The scent of Christmas seems more intensive, the lights brighter and the joy of anticipation far greater than any where else. The most beautiful and romantic feature of the Lake Wolfgang Advent is the 12-metre high Advent candle that floats on the surface of the water in the middle of the lake.

Advent Singing at the Waldhof

December will soon be upon us and, once again, the traditional Waldhof Advent Singing will be performed. Over the years this event has become an integral part of the Advent celebrations in Fuschl am See. More than 40 local performers make this a very special evening.

Tickets for Salzburg Advent Singing

The traditional Salzburg Advent Singing in Salzburg's Large Festival Hall is something that you should see at least once in your life.Please book your tickets in advance and as soon as you can to ensure that you don't miss out.

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