The exhibit features 11 themes that separate Christmas during the War years and self-contained areas to learn about the popular and devil-looking character, Krampus. What makes the museum special is that Ursa Kloiber collected the artifacts during a 40-year period.
You’ll discover everything from handwritten notes to Santa to 1800-style ornaments. Everything you see in modern day décor originated from historic treasures including cards, ornaments, mangers, cookware, games and more. I found it interesting how each era influenced the beauty and charm of Christmas decorations. I have to admit, I miss those authentic handmade gifts. Oh if we can only turn back time, right?
The most exciting aspect of the museum is Krampus. I’ve known about Krampus for a while, but Americans may not have heard about Krampus until an interview with Christoph Waltz on the Jimmy Fallon show.
Waltz mentioned that Krampus keeps the children in check and that Christmas also praises wisdom. And to that, I say “Willkommen Krampus” to teach modern day children about detaching from materialism. Krampus, the half goat half devil man, would take naughty children, place them in a bag and beat them around Christmas time. In the museum, you’ll see plenty of paintings and statues that show the best of this devil’s looks.
The museum also has a gift shop that sells Christmas items year round. If you are old-fashioned, I recommend buying the postcards that illustrate Christmas cards from 1890-1950. For Austria, the gift shop offers affordable and traditional German/Austrian artifacts including coned-incense Santa smokers to authentic Austrian Christmas cookbooks.
Attached to the museum is the Weinachts café that offers plenty of delicious cakes, coffees and teas. Compared to Germany, the café is more expensive. Two coffees cost approximately nine Euros.
For Christmas lovers and enthusiasts, the Salzburg Christmas museum displays the essence and class of Austrian culture and its history. It’s the perfect place to visit year round and to think, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”