Advent in Salzburger Lungau is an especially peaceful and reflective time of year.
Christmas traditions and regional delicacies captivate all visitors, big and small. Here, between the mountains of the Radstädter Tauern and Carinthian Nockberge, beloved folk customs are as much a part of today's world as they have been for countless generations.
At market stands made of fragrant spruce, the smells of twigs, tree resin, cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit bread, gingerbread, vanilla cookies, roasted chestnuts, bratwurst, bacon and freshly baked bread captivate completely. Christmas decorations and hand-crafted, -knitted and -felted items, together with Nativity scenes, evoke memories of Christmases past.
Please remember: This year, many things are different and not all Lungau Advent markets will be held as usual. That notwithstanding, we carry this quiet, thoughtful and yet so energizing time of year deep within our hearts.
From 1815 to 1817, Joseph Mohr served as an assistant priest in the Lungau community of Mariapfarr. During this time, he wrote the text of the world-famous Christmas song "Silent Night".
Housed in the historic rooms of the old parsonage is the Mariapfarr Parish & Pilgrimage Museum, featuring valuable exhibits, documentation about Joseph Mohr as well as a Nativity scene with figures that date back to the 18th century.
At the Parish, Pilgrimage & Silent Night Museum in Mariapfarr, you will learn all about Joseph Mohr and the beloved Christmas song "Silent Night"
More information about the Parish, Pilgrimage & Silent Night Museum Mariapfarr
In Mauterndorf in Salzburger Lungau, the Taurachbahn carries passengers on a magical journey.
The winter steam trains run from 26 December until 5 January - daily from 3 PM - all the way out to St. Andrä. Each train can carry roughly 137 guests per trip. The carriages are all heated, while the bar carriage serves mulled wine and hot punch. An evocative, festive atmosphere with a hint of nostalgia is guaranteed.
- Price: € 14 per person one-way to St. Andrä and return
- Departs Mauterndorf: at 3 PM, arriving in St. Andrä at 3:35 PM
- Departs St. Andrä: 4 PM, arriving in Mauterndorf at 4:35 PM
- Special charter trains also possible throughout the winter. Price € 950 per trip