The wild narcissi decorate the spring countryside in Ausseerland – Salzkammergut. It transforms the idyllic alpine region, from the Dachstein, Loser and Toten Gebirge into a fragrant sea of flowers. Yellow, white and green as far as the eye can see.
In Ausseerland – Salzkammergut, the white star-shaped narcissi, are in bloom between the middle of May and the middle of June, depending on the altitude. Narzissenfest, Austria’s largest flower festival, takes place at this time every year. The 60th Narzissenfest will take place from May 30th to June 2nd 2019.
The festival links the local traditions and friendly hospitality with the natural surroundings of the area. A colourful program of events allows guests to mingle with the local community and admire the sweet-smelling, imaginative figures hand made from narcissi. We welcome you to our Narzissenfest!
The history of the festival
The idea for the Narzissenfest originated at the end of the 1950s in the town of Mariazell. However it quickly became clear that an annual festival of the narcissus could not be guaranteed. However in Ausseerland, there is an abundance of fields of narcissus and it was quickly recognized that an annual festival would be a boost to the struggling local economy at the time.
The first Narzissenfest took place from 28th to the 29th of May, 1960, organised by the tourist committee of Bad Aussee. Since then, school children, traditional costume groups and more music groups have become as much of an attraction as the decorated cars and figures of the Sunday procession. From the first festival, a highlight has always been the electing of the Narzissenkönigin (queen of the narcissus) and her two princesses.
The procession of the figures on the lake began in 1963 and took place on both Grundlsee on the Saturday afternoon and Altaussee on Sunday after the parade through Bad Aussee. For many years there was a firework display in Bad Aussee on Saturday and a live radio program from the event. The festival attracted between 2000 and 4000 visitors in the early years.
It quickly developed into a festival involving most of the local Ausseer community which has contributed largely to its success and continues to this day. During the 1970s, as visitor numbers increased to 20,000, a committee was set up to administer and organize the festival each year. It brought together Altaussee, Grundlsee and Bad Aussee and in 1983 a record number of guests to the festival of 25,000 was recorded. One of the reasons for the increase in visitor numbers was due to a television program ‘JAHRMARKT’ that was aired directly from the Narzissenfest in Ausseerland.
City parade in Bad Aussee
The Narzissenfest offers this year even more of a chance to view the figures than in previous years. Visitors have the opportunity to view the narcissus figures from 08.00 am accompanied by traditional music, and displays of local handicrafts and customs.
It allows guests more time to enjoy the displays of narcissi in Town Centre of Bad Aussee, the central point of Austria. As visitors wander around the narcissus figures there will be a chance to try regional food and drink, available throughout the morning, in addition, shops, cafes and restaurants in Bad Aussee will remain open for the exhibition
Between 11.00 am and 11:30 am, the procession will start on its way to Altaussee, accompanied by the Musikkapellen and traditionally dressed groups made up of all ages, displaying the historical costumes of the region. The procession can be enjoyed along the Altausseer Straße.
In a colorful round, the boats move with the daffodils figures near the shore of lake Altaussee.
Your accommodation for this event
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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