With dramatic mountain landscapes, charmingly colorful architecture, and a variety of unique attractions, the Austrian city of Innsbruck is an all-too-underrated destination for Christmas markets in Europe.
While perhaps not as famous as its counterparts in Vienna, Salzburg, or Graz, the Innsbruck Christmas Market scene is one of the best that Austria has to offer, attracting thousands of visitors from Austria and beyond each year with its charming alpine atmosphere.
If you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Innsbruck Christmas Market is like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of Innsbruck Christmas Market, with official dates, hotel recommendations, and locations.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
Innsbruck Christmas Market Dates
According to the official Innsbruck tourism page, this year’s Innsbruck Christmas market dates are as follows:
- Christkindlmarkt Altstadt: Nov 15 – Dec 23, 2023
- Christkindlmarkt Maria-Theresien-Strasse: Nov 25, 2023 – Jan 6, 2024
- Christkindlmarkt Hungerberg: Nov 24, 2023 – Jan 6, 2024
- Wiltener Weihnachtszauber: TBA
- Christkindlmarkt St Nikolaus: TBA
- Kaiserweihnacht Berigisel: TBA
Innsbruck Christmas Market 2023 Hotels
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Innsbruck Christmas Market Locations
Looking for the top Christmas markets to visit in Innsbruck? Here are a few you can’t miss:
Altstadt Christmas Market
With a stunning location just in front of the famous Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), Innsbruck’s Altstadt Christmas Market is one of the top Advent markets to visit in the city.
With everything on sale here from souvenirs and Christmas decorations to handmade crafts and treats, this market is not only a great spot for browsing, but for photos! If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch a musical performance from the Golden Roof itself.
PS: While visiting this Innsbruck Christmas Market, be sure to duck into Kiebachgasse, which the city decorates as a ‘fairytale alley’ with characters from some of the world’s most beloved fairytales.
Maria-Theresien-Strasse Christmas Market
For a more modern Christmas market to visit in Innsbruck, head to Maria-Theresien-Strasse, where you’ll find a variety of market stalls selling international products, gifts, as well as classic Christmas market food and drink.
Add on the many shops you’ll find on this street, and it’s a shopper’s paradise!
Marktplatz Christmas Market
For an Innsbruck Christmas market with a Tyrolean village feel, be sure to visit Marktplatz.
Here, you’ll find a unique 14m high tree bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, along with 60+ stands and a fun programme for children, from a nightly fairytale hour to a fun merry-go-round with hard carved figures.
St Nikolaus Christmas Market
Another lovely Christmas market to experience in Innsbruck can be found at Hans-Brenner-Platz on Innstrasse, where the St Nikolaus Christmas Market delights visitors and locals alike with traditional music, tasty treats, and a small array of market stalls.
Wiltener Platzl Christmas Market
Another small but worthwhile Christmas market to visit in Innsbruck can be found at Wiltener Platzl.
This is where you’ll find a cozy market selling all kinds of tasty specialties from near and far, along with a varied programme of short concerts and puppet shows.
Kaiserweihnacht (Emperor’s Christmas)
Lastly, for one of Innsbruck’s newest Christmas markets, don’t miss the Kaiserweihnacht (Emperor’s Christmas), which takes place at Bergisel, high above the city.
In addition to the focus on regional products and handicrafts, the main attraction here is the amazing view over Innsbruck, which is reason enough to give this Christmas market a visit!
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