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Christmas Time at Admont Abbey

It’s Christmas again.

When a snow blanket covers the Gesäuse and the most quiet time of the year is about to begin, it means that Christmas is almost here. In Admont the festive atmosphere is present all around and with every day that passes the anticipation grows. Lovely details, such as the post office for letters written to the 'Christkindl’, the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Austria and the Weisenbläser brass band, as well as a live nativity scene, shorten the waiting time until the big day.

Admont Abbey becomes a mystical place during the winter. The best way to experience its special atmosphere is by coming to Admont Abbey and by spending some moving and quiet hours in between the walls of the monastery at its Christmas Market. It takes place on the third weekend in December. Some look forward to the ‘Glühwein’, a type of mulled wine while others can’t wait to taste a ‘Roggenkrapfen’, Styrian-style crepes, or home-made sausages from Grabnerhof Farm. But visitors also come here to do some Christmas shopping and find arts, crafts, hats, candles, and much more to either be placed on the Christmas tree as a decoration or under it as a present.

What an experience

The special atmosphere is one thing, but the Christmas market at Admont Abbey also has a long tradition and a wonderful program. Little ones especially will look forward to the post office, where they can leave their letters written to the ‘Christkindl’, the gift-bringer at Christmas. Also for the kids: the Christkindl Workshop, where they can craft small Christmas presents, the impressive nativity scenes in the church and even the live nativity scene. You can also taste the Gesäuse here, with specialities such as Styrian-style crepes called ‘Roggenkrapfen’ or ‘Steirerkrapfen’.

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