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Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Dublin, Ireland
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Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Dear Advisers,

My family of 4 will spend Christmas in Salzburg, but the question is where about? Trip take only 4 days.

We will be landing on the 23rd afternoon, so the plan is to visit one ofe the Christmas Markets, do shopping for couple of days and go up to the mountains after...where there is bigger possibility of snow :)

We dream about the village, or place in alps, not too far from Salzburg ( maybe 30 minutes , where we could stay in a cozy rented apartment, rooms...with some shop not too far.

We wont be skiing but sledge ride, walking and outdoor fun would be great to experience over our time in Austria.

Can you recommended charming places in the mountains you can easy reach by train or bus or w could rent the car also ( easy roads would have to be recommended too :D ) we could stay for at least 3 nights and then on the last one we could explore Salzburg town in some bit...

Thank you.

Sab

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Vienna
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1. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

If you do not want one of the big ski resorts:

https://www.abtenau-info.at/en/

Check also Wolfgangsee area.

York, United Kingdom
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2. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Look at places in Dachstein West area but at that time of year you will have difficulty finding acommodation for less than a week as it is peak season.

Dublin, Ireland
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3. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Thank You All. Will have a look...

Dublin, Ireland
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4. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

i would suggest st gilgen. only 45 mins by bus from salzburg. (25 mins by car on good roads) it is not a ski resort but does have a gondola lift which will take you up into the snow, (if there is none in the village) it also has (along with the other villages on the wolfgangsee) markets which carry on until 31 december.

they do have carriage rides available too.

remember, christmas is a quiet time in austria, but if you have a car, even on christmas day you could drive to gosau , in the dachstein west, where they have a childrens snow play area. also on that day, you could even consider driving to hallstatt which is worth a visit, and maybe include the cable car ride up to the 5 fingers viewing platform....plenty of snow, and you might even have to use snowshoes (rented at top)

Dublin, Ireland
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5. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Great for all the tips!

Do you know if rented cars are already set up for winter roads? I mean if the places you suggested required 4x4 or small Volkswagen with winter tyres will be ok?

Dublin, Ireland
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6. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

any car rented in austria will of course have winter tyres fitted as standard. you dont need a 4 x 4. i always rent what is an economy size vehicle and have no problems in the likes of st gilgen, even though there is a small bit of a hill outside the village. but roads are kept clear, and are salted

Dublin, Ireland
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7. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Thank You nakagoli!

I checked weekly accommodation in your suggested place but there is not much budget ones with that charm and atmosphere where after we cook...

Any near places worth to stay where the snow could be there?

York, United Kingdom
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8. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Have a look at http://www.landhauskesmi.com/ in Gosau run by an English couple

Vienna, Austria
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9. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Be aware that shops and supermarkets are closed during the Christmas holidays (25.12. & 26.12.) as well as on Sundays.

On the 24th of December, which is not a public holiday, all businesses nonetheless close in the early afternoon.

Edited: 09 September 2018, 11:02
Dublin, Ireland
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10. Re: Christmas somewhere near Salzburg... Any suggestions?

Thank you all@ I did not have much time to look at the accommodation. Will do it tomorrow. Prepare for more questions:)

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