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Christmas in Austria
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Christmas in Austria

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This festive season, experience a magical Christmas in the incredible setting of the Austrian Alps. Stay in the pretty lakeside village of Walchsee in the lower Inn Valley, where you can admire the surrounding snowy mountain scenery and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the town’s picturesque streets.

Explore the magnificent Kaiser Mountains and nearby alpine towns of Rattenberg, Kufstein, Hall and Innsbruck on included excursions. You will also enjoy a full day visit to the scenic city of Salzburg, where you can see the birthplace of Mozart as well as the Mirabell Gardens, where part of The Sound of Music was famously filmed.

 

This year, celebrate Christmas Day, enjoying a tasty Christmas dinner among new friends as part of an unforgettable yule experience.  

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport Transfer Time

Flight time is approximately 2hr 45 mins. Munich Airport is located 28.5 km (17.7 mi) northeast of Munich and approximately 1.5 hours’ drive to your hotel in Walchsee.

Climate

Weather is usually crisp and cold in the Austrian Alps during the winter months. Temperatures tend to be between -4C to 1C degree in December.  

Food & Drink

Hearty & warming food is typical of the region and perfect for the winter season. Wiener Schnitzel (breaded beef or pork) with potatoes and cranberry sauce or Tyrolean Cheese Spätzle (a type of pasta with cheese and roasted onions) are delicious local dishes. Mulled wine is a popular drink at Christmas time and will keep you warm at the Christmas market.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €2.50
  • Beer: € 3.50
  • Glass of wine: € 3.30
  • Main course: € 12- 17
  • Soft Drink: € 2.80
  • Bottled Water: € 2.50 
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Your valid passport
  • Warm winter coat
  • Walking/snow boots
  • A hat, scarf & gloves
  • Camera 
Recommended Reading

The Passions of the Mind by Irving Stone

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

 

Holiday highlights

Salzburg

Surrounded by incredible Alpine scenery, Salzburg is a fairy-tale city. Salzburg literally means ‘Salt Fortress’, referring to the salt barges that travelled up the Salzach River and stopped there to pay their toll.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride 

 Enjoy a truly magical Christmas experience as you travel through the snowy streets of Walchsee from the comfort of a horse drawn sleigh. 

The Kaiser Mountains 

The unspoilt beauty of the Kaiser, or Emperor Mountains, will take your breath away, particularly mid-winter when they are coated in a blanket of crisp white snow. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport Transfer Time

Flight time is approximately 2hr 45 mins. Munich Airport is located 28.5 km (17.7 mi) northeast of Munich and approximately 1.5 hours’ drive to your hotel in Walchsee.

Climate

Weather is usually crisp and cold in the Austrian Alps during the winter months. Temperatures tend to be between -4C to 1C degree in December.  

Food & Drink

Hearty & warming food is typical of the region and perfect for the winter season. Wiener Schnitzel (breaded beef or pork) with potatoes and cranberry sauce or Tyrolean Cheese Spätzle (a type of pasta with cheese and roasted onions) are delicious local dishes. Mulled wine is a popular drink at Christmas time and will keep you warm at the Christmas market.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €2.50
  • Beer: € 3.50
  • Glass of wine: € 3.30
  • Main course: € 12- 17
  • Soft Drink: € 2.80
  • Bottled Water: € 2.50 
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Your valid passport
  • Warm winter coat
  • Walking/snow boots
  • A hat, scarf & gloves
  • Camera 
Recommended Reading

The Passions of the Mind by Irving Stone

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Austria & Sleigh Ride

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Morning

Travel to Austria

Upon arrival in Munich, Germany you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel in Walchsee, Austria.

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Afternoon

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride through Walchsee

In the afternoon, you will take a horse drawn sleigh ride around the idyllic village of Walchsee (approx. 1 hr ride). The group will be split in two for this activity, with time for a piece of cake and a cup of tea or coffee included at a local coffee shop.

Day 2 - Emperor Mountain Range & Kufstein

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Morning

Emperor Mountain Range

Today you will embark on a full day excursion around the scenic mountain region of “Kaisergebirge”, known for its unspoiled nature and abundant wildlife. The "Kaisergebirge" mountain range nature conservation area incorporates all of the summits of the Wilder (Wild) and Zahmer Kaiser (Tame Emperor) mountain ranges.

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Afternoon

Kufstein

In the afternoon, continue your journey to the charming town of Kufstein, known as the “Pearl of Tyrol”.  Here you will take a stroll around the town centre and visit the impressive Kufstein Fortress (entrance included). This fortress serves as a venue for a variety of events, including the annual Operetta Summer, and is home to the Heldenorgel, or “Hero’s Organ”, the largest open-air organ in the world.

Day 3 - Rattenberg & At Leisure

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Morning

Rattenberg

This morning, take a guided tour of Rattenberg, Austria’s smallest town. Known for its carefully restored medieval town houses, Rattenberg offers unique shop displays of glass craft.

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Walchsee. Take a stroll around the picturesque Lake Walchsee, located just a 2-minute walk from your hotel, or stop at one of the local restaurants and enjoy some Tyrolean delicacies, such as Schlutzkrapfen, cheese dumplings (Pressknödel) or a hearty “Tiroler Gröstl”. Alternatively, you can attend the Christmas Holy Mass at the village’s local church to celebrate Austria’s Christmas Day (guide to advise on time locally).

Day 4 - Innsbruck & Swarovski Crystal World

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Morning

Hall & Innsbruck

Following breakfast, embark on a morning excursion to the town of Hall, renowned in former times for printing coins. From there, continue your journey to Innsbruck where your guide will take you on a city tour through the fascinating late-medieval old town, including the Wilten Abbey Basilica and Ambras Castle.  Innsbruck’s most famous sight is the Golden Roof, slated with 2,657 fire-gilded copper shingles, and located in the heart of the historic district.

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Afternoon

Swarovski Crystal World

Roughly twenty minutes from Innsbruck is the small town of Watten, where you will stop for a visit to the enchanting Swarovski Crystal World.  Discover its subterranean labyrinth of crystalline chambers and its marvellous new garden, the Crystal Cloud, which floats above a black Mirror Pool adorned with 800,000 hand-mounted Swarovski crystals.

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Evening

Christmas Dinner

This evening, enjoy a complimentary cocktail followed by a tasty Christmas buffet dinner with live music at your hotel to celebrate Christmas Day.

Day 5 - Salzburg

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Full Day

Salzburg

After breakfast, travel by coach to the baroque city of Salzburg. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s highlights including the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, the pedestrianized street Getreidegasse where Mozart was born, the UNESCO-listed old town and much more. In the afternoon you will have free time to explore or shop at your own leisure. Your local guide will be happy to offer suggestions of activities to suit your interests.

Day 6 - Return Home

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Morning

Return Home

Your guide will assist with your transfer to the airport for your morning flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel Das Walchsee 4

Hotel Das Walchsee is located in the small village of Walchsee, just a short walk from the lake of the same name and surrounded by beautiful alpine scenery. Visitors will be captivated by the peace and quiet, as well as the wonderful views. With country-style Austrian décor, ther... read more read more read more

Hotel Das Walchsee is located in the small village of Walchsee, just a short walk from the lake of the same name and surrounded by beautiful alpine scenery. Visitors will be captivated by the peace and quiet, as well as the wonderful views. With country-style Austrian décor, there is a true “homely” feeling. After spending time sightseeing, guests can enjoy a range of hotel facilities including an indoor swimming pool and wellness centre (free use).

Please note that some twin rooms in this hotel have a double bed with 2 matresses (not two separate beds).

Hotel address
Hotel Das Walchsee
Johannesstrasse 1
6344 Walchsee
Austria
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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