Advent in Tyrol: From Kufstein to St. Johan

After Hall in Tirol, Innsbruck and Kitzbühel, the description of the Advent markets in Tyrol continues with the other 5 towns that close the circle. Starting from Kufstein to get to St. Johan in Tirol. Each to be discovered; each with its own charm; each with its own uniqueness.

Culinary delicacies, live music and a magical evening Christmas program literally transform this wonderful town during Advent. In addition to the numerous markets, children will find an extraordinary outlet with the train, or listening to the wonderful stories of the "Bergflunkerers".
During all four weekends, you will immerse yourself in a fantastic world; from the casemates, to the ancient corridors of the fortress, up to the courtyards of the castle, with carefully prepared stalls, offering true traditional handicrafts and regional gastronomic specialties.
"Stadtpark" opening hours: from 27 / 11 to 23 / 12 / 2015, Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 to 20.00; Monday to Friday from 16.00 to 20.00.
"Enchanted Christmas / Kufstein Fortress" opening hours: 28 and 29 / 11 - 05 and 06 / 12 - 12 and 13 / 12 - 19 and 20 / 12 / 2015 from 11.00 to 18.00.

The beautiful town fascinates all visitors, with one of the richest markets in the Tyrol. Here you will find lovingly decorated stalls, regional gastronomic specialties and traditional handicrafts. Do not miss the Liepburg, which is the Advent artistic calendar at the town hall of Lienz; Every day at the 18.30 a window is opened and a work of art is presented.

The 3, 5 and 6 December Lienz is invaded by the "Lienzer Krampustage", the tremendous assistants of SanNicolò. At 21.00, punctual like a Swiss clock, there is the traditional call of the night watchman that lets the silence descend on the main square of the village.
Opening hours: from 27 / 11 to 24 / 12 / 2015 from Monday to Thursday from 15.00 to 21.00; Friday - Saturday and 07-08. December: from 10.00 to 21.00; 24 December from 09.00 to 13.00.

Advent at the Waldfestplatz in the city with an outdoor bonfire and romantic candle lights, lively customs and handicrafts from the Zillertal valley. Visitors can listen to the songs of local choirs and "Weisenbläsern" and "Klöpfelsängern" in comfortable seating in the warmth of the blankets. The little ones can not remain indifferent to the workshop of the gnomes or the post office of the Child Jesus. Mayrhofen has dedicated a thematic route to the world's most famous Christmas song "Stille Nacht".
Opening hours: 27 and 28 / 11 - from 04 to 06 / 12, from 11 to 13 / 12, 18 and 19 / 12 / 2015 from 17.00 to 21.00; 06 / 12 and 13 / 12 from 14.00 to 19.00.

It is during the Advent period that the medieval town shows the best side; during the four Saturdays of the festival, Rattenberg shines in the light of stars, candles, torches and bonfires in the open air. Here too children are protagonists: they can decorate the gingerbread, blow glass balls or take part in visits to the city's museums. At the food stands you can taste regional specialties. Try the Advent wine from Rattenberg, aged with elderberry.

The main cultural program begins at 17.00 with the arrival of the light bearers: groups of artists from the Alpine panorama, read, sing and play on the central stage.
Opening hours: 27 - 29 / 11, 04 - 06 / 12, 11 - 13 / 12, 18 - 20 / 12 / 2015; Friday from the 16.00 Advent walk and organ concert in the parish church, from the 17.00 Advent concert "a little different": free entry! Saturday from the 14.00 children's program, from the 17.00: main program. 5 culture fee € per person (only Saturdays, children up to 14 years free). Sunday: from the 15.30 to the 18.00 - the "Anklöpfer" pass through the city.

St. Johann in TyrolSt. Johann in Tyrol
Local gastronomy is the true protagonist of St.Johan Advent: traditional and refined dishes, in addition to the characteristic drinks, are the driving element of the markets. In the stands, moreover, you can find articles prepared with care and love: from handicrafts to Christmas sweets, to incense. Visitors will be literally conquered by the music and songs of the artists of this town. There is obviously a rich program for smaller guests and outdoor bonfires.
Opening hours: 27 and 28 / 11, 04 and 05 / 12, 11 and 12 / 12, 18 - 23 / 12 / 2015 from 12.00 to 20.00; 24 / 12 from 12.00 at 17.00.

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