Advent at Admont Abbey

Advent at Admont Abbey

Contemplative - touching - reflective

Admont's annual Advent market features handicrafts, cultural attractions and fine cuisine. 2017, it had been taking place for the 19th time in the very special surroundings of the Benedictine Abbey. 

Christmas is just around the corner...

Once a blanket of snow has formed on the Gesäuse mountains and the quiet time of year has arrived, then we know that Christmas will soon be knocking on the door. This is particularly evident in Admont, because anticipation begins to build with the Advent attractions offered by Admont Abbey. For those looking eagerly forward to the big day, the time waiting can be happily spent dispatching wishes through our special Christmas post service to the 'Christkindl' (who brings the gifts in Austria), listening to the Weisenbläser brass band or admiring the live nativity scene.

Admont Benedictine Abbey is transformed into an otherworldly place in winter. In this ambience, visitors can experience tranquil and heart-warming hours within the walls of the Abbey, particularly at Advent time, when the annual events traditionally staged in the third week of Advent provide for a unique atmosphere. Some look forward to a glass of mulled wine, others to a taste of the local specialities on offer, such as the rye pancakes and the home-made sausages from the Grabnerhof farm. Still others come for the Christmas shopping, as here they can buy handicrafts, bonnets, candles, decorations and much more!

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An atmosphere like no other…

The atmosphere alone here at this time is something not to be missed, but Advent at Admont Abbey has a long tradition and brings with it a fascinating programme of events. Children will look forward to using the Christmas post office, through which they can send their wishes to the Christ Child, the Christmas gift-bringer. There is also a 'Christkindl' workshop in which they can make their own little Christmas presents; there are pony rides and even a live nativity scene to witness. And here you can quite literally get a taste of the locality in the form of the Ennstal and Styrian rye and cheese pancakes on offer.

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