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Christmas Market Break in Fuschl

Festive charm amid dramatic scenery
 
Get in the festive spirit in Austria’s stunning Lake District, where charming villages hold traditional Christmas markets and decorate the water with floating lanterns. Stay in a 4-star Alpine retreat (with pool) set enviably by a lake, just 40 minutes from Salzburg and its famous markets.
Christmas Market Break in Fuschl. 3 nights
Christmas Market Break in Fuschl. 3 nights
 

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A Christmas market break in Fuschl

For a Christmas market break with a difference, head to Austria’s Lake District. Here, the handsome villages which nestle on the shores of Wolfgangsee hold traditional markets that are every bit as captivating and atmospheric as Austria’s larger, better-known markets. Each is distinctive: in St Gilgen, the theme is Baroque-style art, in St Wolfgang it is lanterns, while Strobl prides itself on its authentic stalls (complete with original wooden roof tiles) and dozens of Nativity scenes. Spend one day visiting these and the other at Salzburg’s renowned markets, which are less than an hour’s bus ride away, for a complete Christmas market experience.
At the end of each day, you can relax in the tranquillity of the four-star Hotel Seerose on the shores of neighbouring Lake Fuschl. With its wonderful away-from-it-all feeling and inspirational views across the water, this is a very special place. The panoramic indoor swimming pool and lakeside terrace – the perfect spot to relax with a drink – are the icing on the cake.
 

Our expert says

"Just as our winter holidays focus on the quiet side of the mountain, so too does this Christmas market break. Yes, you can visit Salzburg if you want, but you may prefer to stick to the local markets, and at the end of the day you can retreat to tranquil, lakeside Fuschl."
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

The Christmas markets (all Thursday to Sunday) are held in the pretty villages nestling on the shores of neighbouring Wolfgangsee. There’s no fixed itinerary, so explore them as the mood takes you. 
  • A Baroque-themed market
    The nearest Christmas market is in St Gilgen, at the head of the lake, for which buses depart every hour from right outside your hotel and take just six minutes. An eleven-metre-high red candle burns on the shore, and fifty other, smaller candles lead the way to the outdoor ice-skating rink and market, whose stalls are decorated with Baroque-style paintings and interspersed with several Nativity scenes, again in Baroque style. Do not neglect the village itself, with its intricately painted houses, onion-domed church and two small museums (one devoted to folk instruments, the other to lace-making). It is also worth taking the cable car up the 1522-metre-high Zwölferhorn for impressive views over the Salzburg Lake District.
  • Watch craftsmen at work
    From St Gilgen, you can take a boat half-way down the lake to St Wolfgang, arrival at which is marked by a 20-metre-high lantern floating on the water. Other lanterns illuminate the way from the two large gates to the market, where tall, decorated Christmas trees frame the stalls. One of the highlights is being able to watch craftsmen at work making Christmas decorations and wooden gifts, as well as bakers making gingerbread at Gandl’s, and you should also be sure to visit the grounds of the vicarage to see the Nativity scene with its life-sized figurines carved in the local style.
  • Nativity scenes & ancient stalls
    If the markets of St Gilgen and St Wolfgang don’t sate your appetite for the local events, then it is also possible to catch a boat from the latter to Strobl at the far end of the lake. What sets the market apart here are the ancient stalls, complete with original wooden roof tiles, and the dozens of Nativity scenes, some of them made by local children.
  • Austria’s most renowned Christmas markets  
    To experience markets on a much bigger scale that are renowned throughout Europe, spend a day in Salzburg. Regular buses run direct from Fuschl to the city and take under an hour. There are several markets in different locations, and the atmosphere is all the more special thanks to the carol-singers, brass bands and various Christmas exhibitions. (Alternatively, if you are flying via Mozart’s city, you may prefer to spend a couple of nights there either on your outward or homeward journey.)
    Salzburg
  • Winter walking & snowshoeing
    If, on the other hand, you only want to devote some of your time to Christmas markets, you can instead strike out on foot or on snowshoes to appreciate the splendour of Lake Fuschl and its surroundings. As features on the ground can look very different depending on the snow conditions, we do not provide detailed route notes, but instead provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks. The local tourist office will be happy to provide more information. One 11-kilometre path, for example, leads from the village around the lake.

    Other activities available locally include tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
    Walking
    Horse-drawn sleigh ride
 

Where you stay

The charming village of Fuschl am See (altitude: 670m) is situated at the head of Lake Fuschl (Fuschlsee), between the city of Salzburg and the spa town of Bad Ischl. Despite bustling with visitors in summer, under a blanket of snow it is much more tranquil. The village has a couple of bars and restaurants, a bank with an ATM, a supermarket and a tourist office.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Hotel Seerose

Bedrooms

 

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  • 3 nights: 29 November 2019 - 22 December 2019

    Start Wednesday, Thursday or Friday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    29 Nov - 06 Dec 2019 £565
    11 Dec - 19 Dec 2019 £595
    Single traveller supplement £25

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: British Airways Gatwick-Salzburg (2h) (out dep 0715, home arr 1205#; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (0h40)
    #Times vary depending on day of travel, please contact us for details

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Seerose, Fuschl
    Full lake view & balcony: 29 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £12
    Single room: 29 Nov - 10 Dec 2019 £10
    Single room: 11 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £10

    Extra nights

    Hotel Seerose, Fuschl (with dinner) Double room Single room
    29 Nov - 10 Dec 2019 £86 £96
    11 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £90 £100
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
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    Birmingham - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Bristol - Salzburg easyJet 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Salzburg jet2 
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    Edinburgh - Salzburg jet2 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Glasgow - Salzburg jet2 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Leeds Bradford - Salzburg jet2 
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    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
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    Heathrow - Salzburg British Airways,  Eurowings 
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    Luton - Salzburg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Salzburg British Airways,  Eurowings,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Salzburg Airport
 
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FAQs

  • They are two mattresses (each with separate bedding) on one large base. They are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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