Corpus Christi procession Hallstatt 2017

Date: Thu, Jun. 15, 2017
Time: 09:00
Location:  Hallstatt, 4830 Hallstatt

World famous procession on the lake in Hallstatt

Corpus Christi, 15th of June 2017

When Hallstatt decorates it’s "Fuhren", the traditional boats of the fjord-like lake, with fresh beech leaves and flowers, and the whole town puts on their “Sunday best” clothes, then it is Corpus Christi. The festival is a commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus and is always celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Because the small saline village had so little space on land, the procession was moved, around 400 years ago, onto the lake on boats and salt ships; not least in order to get a view of the salt mountain, the old workplace of Hallstatt folk for thousands of years.

Unique cultural experience

In today's World Heritage town, the holiday begins with a High Mass in the Catholic church. Weather permitting, the procession continues to the colorfully decorated market square to then finally cast off from the shores on the festive "Himmelsfuhre" boat. The four blessing stations are celebrated on our lake with singing and prayer. What a moving spectacle! What an experience, when the echoes from the volleys of the saluting guns of the “Hallstätter Prangerschützen” bounce off one rock face to the other, when the colourful procession glides majestically over the tranquil lake. Corpus Christi in the Salzkammergut, especially in Hallstatt – is not only an absolute highlight for faithful Catholics. Far beyond the borders of Austria, the Hallstatt lake procession is well known, and visitors from all corners of the Earth come to experience this special day in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Corpus Christi Gunners must get up early

Another feature of the procession are the “Hallstätter Fronleichnamsschützen “ - the Hallstatt Corpus Christi gunners. They announce the most important parts of the procession with their “Prangerstutzen” saluting guns, which are each named after saints. By firing three shots before the Gospel and the blessing of each station, they loudly proclaim the importance of the next few minutes. However, the men of the Corpus Christi gunners must get up a little earlier. They start shooting at the outskirts of Hallstatt at 6 o´clock and then proceed every 15 minutes across the lake closer to the church, at whose feet they then accompany the solemn entry of the clergy to high office with their shots at 9 o´clock ´ In today's UNESCO World Heritage town, the procession was first documented in 1623. The peculiarity of the Corpus Christi procession in Hallstatt is its form. Since then, it has been held on the lake and since 1628 is considered as an everlasting endowment of salt mining in Hallstatt.

Experience it up-close

Whoever wants to follow the historic maritime procession up-close and not just from the shore, are recommended to board one of the three pleasure boats "Hallstatt", "Goisern" or "Dachstein". They dock around 10.15 o´clock at the bus terminal - on the left after exiting the tunnel towards Obertraun. However, you should get to boat landing place early enough to secure a place. Reservations for groups are always required! Whoever wants to be individual on the lake should "charter" a small electric boat. This way you can travel completely independent of time. Further information can be obtained from the “Hallstättersee–Schifffahrt“ service number under 06134/8228 or send an e-mail to


Information at a glance

  • Contakt:
    The catholic parish church in Hallstatt Katholische Pfarre Hallstatt
    Kirchenweg 40
    4830 Hallstatt
    Phone: +43 (0) 6134  8279
    Homepage: (only in German)

    Opening times of the Bonehouse in Hallstatt:
    Closed from November 2015 to May 2016
    Groups are welcome. 1 week advance notification necessary.
    For contact information see above.
    Open from 1st of May to 30th of October 2016
    Daily from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs.
    Admission price: 1,50 Euro
    Opening times of the catholic parish church: 1st of May to 26th of october 2015
    Daily from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs.
    Daily from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs.
    Admission price: free

  • Hallstatt Tourist Office
    Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut / Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut
    Seestraße 99
    4830 Hallstatt
    Phone: +43-6134-8208
    Fax: +43-6134-8352

    Opening hours
    January to April: Mon – Fri 8:30 - 17:00 hrs. / Sat. 9:00 - 13:00 hrs / Son & Holidays cloased
    May to June: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 - 17:00 hrs. / Sat, Sun & Holidays 9:00 - 14:30 hrs.
    July to October: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 - 18:00 Uhr / 9:00 - 16:00 hrs.
    November: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 - 17:00 hrs. / Sat, Son & Holidays cloased
    December: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 - 17:00 hrs. / Sat, Son cloased

  • On the move with the Postbus through the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Current timetable as a PDF download. (568KB)

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