Glöcklerlauf - A fascinating, traditional event

The "Glöcklerlauf" - A Procession of light and sound

The "Glöcklerlauf" is a time-honoured local tradition. This is hardly surprising, as it is believed that the illuminated head decorations and the ringing of the bells bring good luck into the community in the coming year, and that they protect us from unfortunate events. Processions take place on the evening of January 5th. Eager spectators gather to watch the parades of figures dressed all in white. The men carry large bells attached to their belts and wear elaborate head decorations. These are illuminated on the inside by large candles.

These decorations are hand made by those taking part in the procession, with finest attention to detail. The "caps" consist of a wooden frame, securely stuck together and covered in black paper clay. In earlier times, cardboard was used instead of paper. We have records of this dating back as far as 1906.

Motifs are then cut from this outer frame, and coloured paper stuck behind each of the cut-outs. The seams are usually covered by tissue paper fronds. Please join us on this special occasion ...


Sun, Jan. 5, 2025 16:45 Town square Obertraun (Gemeindeplatz), Obertraun 180 Obertraun

Sun, Jan. 5, 2025 17:00 — 19:00 Bad Ischl, Bad Ischl

Sun, Jan. 5, 2025 20:00 Marketplace Bad Goisern, Marktplatz Bad Goisern

Enjoy a gentle tour

The winter in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut has many facets - also a very tranquil one. As a nature lover, you can enjoy the snowy winter landscape around Lake Hallstatt and Gosau Valley at its most romantic. Many prepared winter hiking trails invite you to relax, marvel and enjoy the snow-covered landscape. The smooth, soft crunching of the snow, the wintry silence and the magnificent winter scenery all have magical power. Numerous winter trails are even located right on the doorstep of your hosts and together with the thermal spa offerings they make a perfect combination for a great winter vacation around Lake Hallstatt. See you in Austria!

Glöcklerlauf in Bad Goisern

Glöcklerlauf in Obertraun

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