Customs & Traditions

Snow-covered mountain peaks, historic house façades twinkling with Christmas lights and the bright-eyed wonder of children as they count down the days until the Christ Child arrives.From mid-November Innsbruck turns into a mystical meeting place for St. Nicholas, Krampus, the Christ Child and all things Yuletide. Childhood memories of Christmas are brought back by the scent of fresh “Kiachln” with cabbage or cranberries, warming punch and hot chestnuts. The anticipation builds once the majestic 20-metre-high Christmas tree towers over the market in front of the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof).