Customs and traditions

© Menschhorn @ Bräuche und Traditionen im Salzkammergut

Down to Earth – like its inhabitants

Why do you suddenly give gingerbread hearts with sweet sayings in spring? Why do people with colourful caps run through the dark nights after New Year? And what is the lake procession in Hallstatt all about? Questions upon questions.

In addition to its scenic beauty, the Salzkammergut is also known for its ancient customs and traditions, which exist only in this form here. Reason enough to take a closer look at the most important customs, from the “Glöcklerläufen” and “Liabstattsonntag” through to the magnificent Corpus Christi procession on Lake Hallstatt.

History with a touch of Imperial and Royal, tradition inwrought with contemporary art, culture with a distinctive touch of customs.

Below you will find more about typical customs from the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and the surrounding holiday regions. We also introduce you to the Salzkammergut's most beautiful traditional events. We look forward to welcoming you to a rendezvous of tradition and modernity in the Salzkammergut.


From miners and caps"

On the 5th January, the last of the "Twelve Nights" and the eve of the Epiphany, the custom in the Alpine area is very distinct and varied. The so-called "Anklöckler” are still widespread, as they always have been.

» From miners and caps"

© Kraft | Gelebtes Brauchtum in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut: : Glöcklerläufe

The Corpus Christi Procession on Lake Hallstatt

The traditional Corpus Christi Procession on the Hallstättersee (Lake Hallstatt) will take place once again in the Spring time. The procession is an example of the many traditions unique to the Salzkammergut. Join the people of Hallstatt and share a part of their unique culture.

» The Corpus Christi Procession on Lake Hallstatt

Fiery memories - The "Krambamperlbrennen"

Traditional, down-to-earth and high-proof custom in numerous inns on the 2nd day of Christmas. A sugar-sweet social experience with consequences ....

» Fiery memories - The "Krambamperlbrennen"

Carneval season on Lake Hallstatt

Carneval or ”Fasching” who it´s called in the Salzkammergut – in no other part of the country is the Fasching season so exuberantly and zealously packed with time-honoured traditions and fancy dress parades than here in the Salzkammergut.

» Fasching in der Welterberegion Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut

Tour from Nativity Scene to Nativity Scene

Around Christmas commences the time of the “Kripperlroas”. You can visit the most beautiful nativity scenes of the Salzkammregut by horse-drawn carriage, foot or boat.

» Tour from Nativity Scene to Nativity Scene


Date: Wed, Jul. 4, 2018 , 20:00
Ort:  Kalvarienberg, 4824 Gosau
The small Kalvarienberg (Mount Calvary) Church in Gosau provides a stunning background to this musical event - a melodious holiday occasion with exceptional panorama views.


© Kraft.Hallstatt

Date: Sat, Sep. 29, 2018 , 09:00 — 16:00
Ort:  Iglmoosalm, Gosau
Counting sheep in Gosau: A leisurely day with delicious food awaits you on the Iglmoosalm.


© Kraft

Date: Sat, Dec. 1, 2018 , 13:00 — 18:00
Ort:  Heimatmuseum Gosau, 4824 Gosau
Simple, lively, colourful and traditional: Gosau "Bergweihnacht" - A Christmas Market Experience an incomparable Christmas trip to Gosau!


Date: Fri, Dec. 7, 2018 , 17:00
Ort:  Marktplatz Bad Goisern, Marktplatz 4822 Bad Goisern
700 "Krampusses" and demons, St Nicholasses and good angels will assemble once again in the market square in Bad Goisern for this annual event.


Date: Sat, Dec. 15, 2018 , 10:00
Ort:  Hand.Werk.Haus, Rudolf-von-Alt-Weg 6 4822 Bad Goisern
Over 20 of our most talented artists proudly present their products both inside and in the courtyard at the Neuwildenstein stately home.


Holidays around Lake Hallstatt

Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.

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