The Corpus Christi Procession on Lake Hallstatt
A piece of World Cultural Heritage
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 lake procession ...
... consists of numerous boats decorated with flowers and garlands. As early as 6:00 a.m. in the morning, participants in the Corpus Christi complete their part in the event. The procession begins at the edge of the village. Participants venture out on to the lake in their traditional boats before returning ashore. Their journey ends by the church. In keeping with tradition, a shot is fired each hour, on the hour, from a traditional boat on the lake.
From the market place to the lake
As always, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Catholic church. Afterwards, the Corpus Christi procession makes its way towards the first Station of the Cross situated in the festively decorated market square. Local people as well as vistors dressed in traditional national costume assemble in the centre of the World Heritage village. Local brass bands perform some short pieces of music, after which the procession continues towards the lake where festively decorated small boats and floats wait to be launched. Many of the inhabitants of Hallstatt travel back by traditional boat to the other side of the village where they will eagerly await the arrival of the Corpus Christi procession.
Experience local tradition on the lake
Visitors wishing to view the procession can join one of the lake cruise boats. Tickets are on sale on the day from 8:00 a.m. onwards from the lake Hallstatt shipping ticket offices. Motor boats are also popular and are available to hire.
Unfortunately it is not possible to join one of the boats in the procession. In the event of bad weather, the Corpus Christi procession will take place on dry land.