Innsbruck Christmas Tour

Nativity Scenes & Kiachl & Mulled Wine
Experience the magic of festive Innsbruck and thereby shorten your time of waiting for Christmas! We stroll through the narrow streets of the old town accompanied by the scent of Glühwein (mulled wine), roasted Almonds, Kiachln (fried dough pastry - they are really worth a try) and other culinary delights.

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Christmas in Innsbruck Austria

Innsbruck Christmas market

Get into the spirit of Christmas and explore with us Innsbruck's festively decorated old town with its many sights, its markets and Christmas scents, flavours and sounds.

Nativity scenes at the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum

In keeping with the old Tyrolean custom of the "Krippeleschauen" (nativity scene viewing), we will visit the nativity scene exhibition in the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum. 20 nativity scenes give an insight into the traditional Tyrolean art of nativity scene building from the 18th century to the present day. Learn interesting facts about the origin and the history of nativity scenes and discover with us the many small details that make each individual nativity scene unique.

Christmas markets

Each of the three main Christmas markets in the city centre has its own character:

  • Innsbruck´s oldest market presents itself as a traditional market with Christmas ornaments, handicraft and Christmas treats. Its unique setting in the heart of the old town against the backdrop of the Golden Roof and medieval houses, makes it truly something special.
  • The Christmas market, on the market square, will fascinate you with the 14-metre-high sparkling Swarovski crystal tree and the mechanical Jaufenthaler nativity scene.
  • The market in Maria-Theresien-Straße impresses with sparkling light trees and modern lightning design.

Who knows, with a bit of luck we might even meet a Christmas angel!

Christ Child or Santa Claus?

Where do Christmas markets originate? How did the Christmas tree and Advent wreath find their way into our homes? Why did the demon-like “Krampus” become St. Nicholas' companion?

On this varied walking tour, you will learn interesting facts about the origins of Christmas and Christian customs and traditions, about the “Rauhnächte” (“smoke nights” - twelve nights between Christmas Eve and Epiphany) and pagan superstition.

The “Turmbläser” (tower brass band) conjure up festive moments with their Christmas melodies, which sound daily at 5:30 pm from the balcony of the Golden Roof.

Our tip:

Visit the magical light park LUMAGICA in Innsbruck's Court Garden. The historic park in the heart of Innsbruck shines as a fanciful magical world filled with luminous mythical and natural creatures, interactive light installations and engaging light projections.


All information at a glance:

Meeting point: Bus parking at Hofgarten, Kaiserjägerstrasse 8 or by arrangement.
Tour duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Tour itinerary: Guided walking tour of the Old town with a visit of the nativity scene exhibition at the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum.
Bookable from 15 November to 24 December.
Admission fees for attractions and museums are not included in our guides rates.
Number of participants: for individual guests and groups

A second guide is recommended for groups of 35 or more participants. For 20 or more participants, it is recommended that you bring a Quiet Vox system. Depending on availability, we can also provide audio equipment on site free of charge.

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