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Exhibitions of Christmas Nativity Scenes

Salzburg is famous for its original and artistically important Nativity scenes. Aside from galleries and private households, you can also marvel at these handmade artworks at many Salzburg churches.

Displays of crèches have been a tradition in Salzburg since the 18th century. Practically every church in Salzburg, along with countless private homes, features one of these beautifully created masterpieces amongst their festive decorations. While the houses of worship tend to display magnificent baroque Nativity ensembles, families also find delight in alternatives that might well be more humorous or add a more local touch to the Nativity story. Visit one of the numerous crèche exhibitions in Salzburg and allow yourself to be enchanted by these lovingly decorated scenes.

Christmas mangers in Salzburg's churches

  • Cathedral: Nov. 22 - Feb. 2, Manger by a Tyrolean artist, c.1870
  • St. Peter's Monastery: Dec. 8 – Feb. 2, Manger by Riedmüller from Thaur, Tyrol
  • St. Michael's Church, Residence Square: all year, manger with Salzburg background
  • Franciscan Church, Sigmund Haffner Gasse: Dec. 24  – Feb. 2, baroque manger, c. 1790
  • St. Cajetan's Church, Kajetanerplatz: approx. Dec. 24 – Feb. 2, manger dating from 1923
  • St. Sebastian's Church, Linzer Gasse: Dec. 24 – Feb. 2, baroque manger with Salzburg background
  • St. Andrew's Parish Church, St. Andrew's Square: all year, manger dating from 1910/1950
  • Loreto Church, Paris Lodron Strasse: Dec. 24  – approx. Feb. 2, manger dating from 1834
  • Mülln Church, Augustinergasse: Dec. 24  – Feb. 2, manger dating from 1926 by H. Kurtz

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