All hell breaks loose on the Market Place!
The Salzkammergut Krampus parade, in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, is very special - spectators and participants often travel from far and wide to this impressive traditional event. From the variety of traditions of magnificent masks and costumes, from the various regions and states, those of the Salzkammergut-Krampus have become one of one of the most popular. Even many of the "Krampus fever" infected children have formed their own groups. St. Nikolaus brings gifts!
All little spectators can already get excited, because St. Nicholas will bring with him in his car, hundreds of small bags and will distribute them to all the good children. And those who can recite a poem for St. Nicholas, should certainly not need to fear the dark devil figures.
It all starts on the Market Place as early as 17.00 hrs. where the Advent brass band sets the mood. To help keep the cold at bay there will be hot drinks, delicious punches and culinary delights at the tea stands. Continuing with the children's Krampus with St. Nicholas expected around 18.30 hrs. During the main Krampus parade one group of sinister figures will follow the next through the town centre. Each group, along with their special characteristics, will be introduced. Now it is really only: make note of the date and on 7th December go along to Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt to the Salzkammergut Krampus parade!
A bit of history and tradition
Whatwho is Krampus ?
"The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine region the Krampus is represented by an incubus in company of St Nicholas. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December and particularly in the evening of 5th of December and roam the streets frightening children (and adults) with rusty chains and bells. In some rural areas also slight birching especially of young females by the Krampus is part of tradition." The present day Krampus costume consists of red wooden masks or Larve, black sheep's skin and horns. Considerable effort goes into the manufacture of the hand-crafted masks, as many younger adults in rural communities engage competitively in the Krampus events.
Krampus parade - Krampuslauf
Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt
How about a winter holiday in the world heritage?
The oldest salt mine in the world, the breathtaking "Five Fingers" viewing platform, the view of snow covered Dachstein Glacier from the romantic Lake Gosau - these and more destinations thrilled millions of visitors, from around the world, who visited the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut in summer. However, also in winter, the four towns of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region - Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun – have their own special charms: Rest & Relaxation in lovingly furnished apartments and perfectly equipped hotels, fantastic winter hiking trails, unrivalled snowshoe trails, romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides and a variety of thermal baths on the outskirts of the World Heritage region. Numerous swimming pools, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms are available. Or treat yourself to one of the numerous applications such as classical or relaxing massages. Indulge yourself and enjoy the absolute tranquillity between mountains and lakes. Beautiful winter holiday in the world heritage!
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.