In medieval Rattenberg, the smallest town in Austria, Advent has been celebrated differently for over 20 years! Without the usual Christmas market stalls, but with a lot of candlelight, warming fireplaces and a special wine. This year's motto is: "Miracles and Mysteries".
Candles in the windows, torches and open fireplaces let the picturesque facades of the medieval houses appear in a warm, original light that conveys a feeling of security. In Rattenberg, the Advent weekends largely do without artificial light, the hectic flashing and the brightly colored orgies of color, which outshine everything else in Christmas elsewhere. Instead: contemplation, contemplation, reflection on the essentials. Namely to bring light into the dark. This is wonderfully expressed in the place of 1,000 lights and the upside-down Advent wreath, where visitors can listen to meditative music and lyrics to think.
There are very few classic sales stands at Rattenberger Advent. All shops in the city as well as the famous glass art shops have opened their doors and offer their products. On the Advent stage by the Christmas tree, local musicians and artists enchant the guests with Christmas Tyrolean customs. On Sundays, the Anklöpfler roam the city, and if you fancy a little taste experience, you should definitely try the Rattenberger Advent wine with elderberry flavor, served in the original Rattenbeger Advent glass.
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