Ho Ho Ho! The 5 Best Christmas Markets in Alto Adige

Dec 07, 2022 372

Although lovely in summer, northeastern region Alto Adige’s wonders really shine (both literally and metaphorically) in winter. Home to the Dolomite Alps–which boast 1,315 kilometers of slopes–Alto Adige (also known as South Tyrol) is obviously a winter sports lover’s paradise, but there’s also much to be said about the scene off the slopes: as temperatures drop, the region’s many charming little villages light up for the holiday season, welcoming the long-awaited festive spirit with vivid, decorative Christmas markets all around. Here, a guide to the merriest in Alto Adige (and which artisanal crafts make the best gifts) plus where to stay and eat:


Between December and January in Merano, the Passer Promenade, Piazza Terme and Piazza della Rena are filled with around 60 typical little wooden houses. In addition to the displays of the most original handicraft creations and excellent gastronomic specialties (don’t miss zelten–a dessert made with dried and candied fruit, typical of the Christmas tradition of Alto Adige–and strudel), a visit to the Merano market is a wonderful opportunity to discover more about this spa town that was a protagonist of the Belle Epoque.

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