Mariazell is a small Austrian town in the Styria region, located north of Graz and southwest of Vienna, in an idyllic landscape at about 870 meters above sea level. The place is the most important pilgrimage center in Austria, in fact here an image of the Madonna carved in wood has been venerated since the Middle Ages.
The main attraction is the church, Basilika Mariä Geburt, which houses the image object of veneration, revered not only by the Austrians but also by the peoples of Eastern Europe, the church was built in the seventeenth century and has a sumptuous Baroque interior contains the Gnadenkapelle where the venerated image is located. The city is twinned with Loreto.
MARIAZELL CHRISTMAS MARKET
1) Mariazell Christmas Market on the main square of the village in front of the Basilica (Mariazeller Advent). This market is the right place for you if you are looking for special and original Christmas gifts. You will find ceramics, decorative objects for the home, wooden figurines for the crib, relaxing herbal teas, homemade Christmas biscuits, fruit juices, gingerbread specialties, candles, honey, cinnamon, orange, vanilla, traditional ornaments for the ‘Christmas tree. Mariazell’s advent program is usually very rich, you can admire and listen to Christmas music and choirs, torchlight processions and the traditional Krampus parade, you will find the classic Advent calendar, a large Advent wreath, a house made of gingerbread 5 meters and a living nativity scene.