Christmas is coming!
On the Christmas trail in Steyr with Högl.
Childhood memories of Christmas
The first snowflakes have fallen, and this year’s glittering Christmas tree, beautifully wrapped presents and jolly festivities with our nearest and dearest are all firmly in sight. Yet we also love thinking back to Christmases past, whether that be from last year or thirty years ago.
In the Christmas Museum in Steyr, Upper Austria, visitors can travel over a hundred years back in time to delight in historical Christmas decorations from 1830 to 1945, made from glass, porcelain, metal, card and paper. Over ten rooms, along with 14,000 Christmas decorations and 200 traditional dolls and dolls’ houses are also on display, sure to bring back many a happy memory. There’s plenty for younger visitors to discover too – with a little train taking them on a journey through the nativity scenes to the angels’ workshop, where preparations for Christmas are in full swing.
Chruch: (c) Erich Hinterwirth, River: (c)TVB Steyr
A Christmas walk to the Pilgrimage Church of Christkindl
On the walk back to the city’s historical centre, as you cross Steyr Bridge, you’ll see the Pilgrimage Church of Christkindl (the Christ Child, the Austrian equivalent of Father Christmas). This landmark has long been at the heart of Christmas festivities in Steyr. The Pilgrimage Church was built 300 years ago, on the spot where seriously ill Steyr resident Ferdinand Sertl placed a wax figure of the Christ Child in the hollow of a tree, praying for a cure. To this day, many people make a pilgrimage to the wax Christ Child in the ‘Tree below the heavens’ to reflect for a short while.
You can find out more about the Christkindl Region of Steyr here:www.christkindlregion.com
(c) TVB Steyr
A letter to the Christ Child
Just behind the Pilgrimage Church is the Christkindl Post Office, founded in 1950. In the run-up to Christmas, the post office sends two million letters, stamped with a special postmark, answering children’s Christmas wish lists with loving care. But adults can send their Christmas wishes here too – and we’ve put together some Högl gift ideas for your own Christmas list:
Have a very merry Christmas full of cheer, and may all your wishes come true!
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