The Advent market in Sterzing in South Tyrol is similar to the Salzburg Mountain Advent in the Grossarltal, the Wolfgangsee Advent and the Berchtesgaden Advent. These are Advent markets where quality, authenticity, tradition and originality play an important role.
If the wood crackles in the peasant oven, the peaks shine white and the days are getting shorter, then Advent season is in South Tyrol. The elaborately carved cribs are unpacked, put up in the parlors and decorated with moss and pine-trees from the woods. Light garlands with pine-trees point the way to the Christmas market in Sterzing. Handmade Christmas decorations made of glass, straw and wood or traditional handicrafts such as the "Patschen", slippers from Loden are to be admired.
Everywhere it smells of freshly baked cookies and apple strudel. With the purchase of this handmade gingerbread, the aid project of the Foundation "Fondazione Francesca Rava" will help the children in Haiti a better future.
Tradition lives in the almost 1000-meter-high late-medieval mining town with its cultural monuments, the impressive "Zwölferturm" and the special exhibition on the mining history. The many colorful facades of houses with their characteristic bay windows also create a unique ambience.
Due to the current Corona regulations the Christmas market in Sterzing will not take place. They are currently working on offering an alternative and contemplative Christmas programme.
The trip from Grossarltal to Sterzing takes about 3 hours. During the Sterzing Advent and the Salzburg Mountain Advent in Grossarltal you will experience an Advent market where tradition and authenticity are still in the foreground.