Corpus Christi procession in Lake Hallstatt - © Kraft

Corpus Christi procession Hallstatt 2025

Date: Thu, Jun. 19, 2025
Time: 09:00
Location:  Hallstatt, 4830 Hallstatt
Colourful Corpus Christi procession in the Catholic parish church, the romantic marketplace and the unique Lake Hallstatt. A truly "heavenly" experience!


Brief information in advance

Corpus Christi Day and the procession in Hallstatt begins with a Gozzes service in the Catholic Church, followed by a short stop at the historic market square and the subsequent sea procession. And you can be there live: The sightseeing ship and the quaint salt ship called "Navia" will take you directly into the sea procession. A unique experience. Real traditions far away from the tourist kitsch. And now more about the history of the Corpus Christi procession on Lake Hallstatt in Austria.

Brief information

The Corpus Christi procession in Hallstatt is one of the most beautiful traditional festivals in the Salzkammergut. Visitors can experience this from shore - or from a ship or boat. If you want to be there live, you should reserve a place in good time. The day begins with a service in the Catholic Church, followed by a consecration in the historic market square and the traditional lake procession. And now more about the history of this event....

World famous procession on the lake in Hallstatt
Corpus Christi, 19th of June 2025

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.

Corpus Christi procession on Lake 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

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Free accommodation for the Corpus Christi procession on 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.