Incentive Destinations: Winter Events in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg New YearWho can forget the opening sequence in The Sound of Music with those panoramic views of Salzkammergut, Salzburg's Lake District? With its majestic mountains, Salzburg is an ultimate destination for winter events.

During the winter, Alpine skiing or snow shoeing at Untersberg, cross-country skiing on groomed trails at the Gaisberg and in nearby Hellbrunn and ice skating at Mozart Square are, of course, natural choices. There are many other things to do in Salzburg during the winter.

For next winter, you can plan to take in Winterfest, an annual event from late November until early January. Tents are set up at a park called Volksgarten in the middle of Salzburg. Circus artists from all over the world put on performances in a snowy setting. A restaurant in this pop-up tent city features a special "Winterfestmenu" showcasing Austrian cuisine.

Salzburger Christkindlmarkt takes place from the end of November until Boxing Day (December 26).

It's not too lake late to take in Mozart Week, Salzburg's Winter Classical Music Festival, from the period from the last weekend in January until the first weekend of February..

Audi quattro Ice CampSome really interesting activities for corporate events or conferences include

  • a visit to the Salzburg Culinary Theater with decor, dining style, menus and entertainment as it would have been 500 years ago
  • a medieval festival at Fortress Hohensalzburg
  • Olympic style Alpine competitions

Unique experiences include glacier skiing at Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Audi quattro presents Ice Camp at Kitzsteinhorn with Ice Art Igloo, an ice bar, and quattro ice Lounge from early January until April.

Finally, if your group wants to view The Sound of Music shooting locations, Mirabell Gardens, Mirabell Palace, Felsenreitschule (where the Von Trappe family sung Edelweiss for the last time) and the Leopoldskron Palace, used for exterior shots of the Von Trappe family home, will be enchanting covered by a blanket of snow.

Also check out Salute to Vienna Brings New Year's Concert Tradition to North America.

Photo Credits: Tourismus Salzburg and Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG

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