Couples in love don't necessarily have to go to Paris, love can also be celebrated wonderfully in the Austrian city of Salzburg and the surrounding area - especially during the Advent season. Numerous romantic corners and narrow streets invite you to long walks in the old town. Selected hotels offer special romantic packages and the historic Christmas market on Domplatz and Residenzplatz is a very special highlight.
The Christmas market is not only one of the most beautiful and romantic, but also one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world. The origins go back to the late 15th century. The numerous stands decorated for Christmas on Domplatz and Residenzplatz attract visitors with special souvenirs. Christmas decorations in all shapes and colors, but also toys and clothing are available here. In addition to mulled wine, punch and cookies, there are regional delicacies such as the Bosna, a sausage specialty of a special kind, which is popular in Salzburg, or Salzburg pretzels in numerous varieties - from sweet to sour.
The heart of Salzburg's old town, Getreidegasse, is also decorated for Christmas. It is one of the most famous shopping streets in Austria. Shops of international brands can be found here as well as traditional local businesses. Mozart's birthplace can also be visited here.
A large selection of hotels in Salzburg and the surrounding area also offers plenty of relaxation. The Romantik Spa Hotel Elixhauser Wirt near Salzburg attracts with specially arranged romantic packages. Rooms decorated with rose petals and candles, partner treatments in the wellness area with a view of the Salzburg mountains, as well as many other small details and attentions, the oldest family business in Austria ensures a sensual break for couples.
And because, as is well known, the way to the heart is through the stomach, you shouldn't miss the candlelight dinner in the award-winning restaurant. Classic Austrian cuisine and creatively inspired delicacies from regional specialties await you at the 5-course menu with accompanying wine. Togetherness is very important here.
And for all couples who are already thinking about the next step, Mirabell Palace is recommended - it offers one of the most popular wedding locations in Salzburg. The registry office in the marble hall of the castle is considered one of the most beautiful registry offices in the world. It was originally built in 1606 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau for his mistress Salome Alt. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart also gave her concerts here with his father Leopold and his sister Nannerl. A vow with a historic and romantic backdrop.
And if you still haven't had enough of the mulled wine: the Christmas market in front of the castle has developed into a popular meeting place in recent years. The location is ideal, especially for train travellers: the train station is only a few minutes' walk away, making it a wonderful end to a Christmas trip.