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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 Traditional Start in the New Year

The new year in Salzburg starts with a curious tradtion- the Glöcklerlauf:

In the night from the 5th to 6th January, the so called last Rauhnacht (the last of the Twelve Nights, that concludes Christmas) a procession takes place.

Men, dressed in white clothes, wearing belts with heavy bells and headdresses, that are lighted from inside out, wander the streets. They start their procession in the district Kleingmain at 7 pm. and walk to the city center of Salzburg, where the procession ends at about 9 pm.

In former times, the procession was believed to chase away the cold and darkness and invite light and warmth to come back. The men with their amazing, bright headpieces create a wonderful and mystical scenery that is worth seeing!

Monday, October 1st, 2012 Fair at the open air museum

Outside the city center, in the middle of a beautiful natural landscape, is the open air museum of Großgmain. On the 50 ha big property over 100 buildings from the rural regions of Salzburg display traditional culture and way of life.

There is a 7 km long walk between the different areas, but the railway on the museum property also helps you get around. The open air museum is especially popular with families and offers many interesting attractions like old tractors and tools, historic taverns and buildingns with pleasant gardens, a Kneipp facility, a butterfly trail and a house of sound. Demonstrations of different handicrafts also enrich the museum.

Don’t miss the fair at the open air museum: From October 6th to October 7th, a fair with traditional music, food and games, brings holiday mood into the open air museum!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 New Year’s Eve

You might wonder, why the title of this blog is ‚New Year’s Eve’- and that in September. Well, in Austria, we celebrate New Year’s Eve twice: once in December and the second time in September!

From September 24th until September 30th, there is a beer festival and the highlight of the festival is the so called Brausilvester, the breweries New Year’s Eve.

But lets start at the beginning. Hundreds of years ago, there was no possibility to cool beer during summer. Because beer needs to stay cool in order to be enjoyable, beer was only made during autumn/winter from September 29th until April 23rd. Therefore, the breweries New Year’s Eve was a celebration of the last and new beer season.

Although there are now sufficient possibilities to cool beer, the breweries New Year’s Eve stayed. Almost all of the breweries in Austria, and of course Salzburg offer special events for this occasion. For further information on the participating breweries and the breweries New Year’s Eve you can visit their homepage:

Saturday, September 1st, 2012 Dirndldress-Sunday

On September 9th the ‚Gwandhaus’, a popular shop for traditional Austrian clothes,  opens for its special dirndldress-Sunday.

First there is a mass at 11 a.m. in the garden of the Gwandhaus. Afterwards the Gwandhaus is open for visit. There is traditional music and traditional food from the Restaurant and the Greißlerei de Merin.

At the Atelier you can visit the needlewomen and learn more about traditional sewing techniques. Also the museum with rare and antique costumes and the shop is open.

Sallerhof Tipp: Arrive to the Gwandhaus with bus 25 (busstop in Grödig only 5 walking minutes away from the Sallerhof). Bus 25 has also a busstop at the Gwandhaus. This way, you can enjoy a glas of beer or wine without worrying how to get home afterwards.

Monday, June 25th, 2012 Traditional music on Salzburg’s streets

If you are in the city center of Salzburg and hear traditional music, then you might experience the ‘Salzburger Straßenmusik’.

Every Saturday from April until September (10-13 a.m.) various local music groups are in the city center, playing their music and showing traditional costumes and dances.

As enrichment to other street artist, the local groups can be found at various and changing places in the city center.

Monday, June 4th, 2012 Traditional Afternoon

The Heckentheater (theatre of the hedge) is part of the Mirabellgarden and one of the oldest Heckentheater in the area. Every Friday evening in Summer at 18:30 the Heckentheater is filled by local music groups and traditional costume associations for the Brauchtumsnachmittag, an event where traditional music and customs are performed.

If the weather is not good enough to perform in outside, then the event is moved into the castle.  The castle Mirabell and it’s wonderful garden was build in the 17th century by archbishop Wolf Dietrich of Raitenau. The garden was changed later on by the plans of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Since then the garden and of course the castle are extremely popular attractions.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 Carnival in Salzburg

The name carnival comprises a variety of traditions that have one thing in common: party and fun. Carnival time is during the time between two Christian holidays, but most of the events take place in February.

Did you know that Salzburg has the oldest carnival guild of Austria? The Salzburg carnival guild was founded in 1948 and is part of many events like carnival balls or carnival processions. Important part of every guild is the royal couple, in Salzburg there is also a children’s couple.

You can enjoy a carnival procession on February 19th in Anif, just a few minutes from the Sallerhof!

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 Krampus in Grödig

Typical for the time before Christmas is the Krampus. It is a dressed person with a scraggy costume, a scary mask and noisy bells around the hips. Originally the Krampus is the companion of St. Nicholas who arrives on the 6th of December to award nice children.

As processions with the Krampus are becoming more and more popular they already start a few days earlier. But if you see a person dressed up as Krampus after the 6th of December its probably a Percht follower. They look very much alike but the Percht followers usually arrive on December 6th, December 22nd and January 6th to cast out winter.

Learn more about this popular tradition by visiting the procession of the Grödiger Krampusse on December 6th, just a few walking minutes from the Sallerhof!

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 St. Martins feast

Salzburg Militia

Every year at the beginning of November, the militia organizes a popular festivity: St. Martins feast, in the honour of the city and militia patron, the holy Martin.

The ceremonial act starts at the dome in Salzburg, where the city militia and other militias from the country come together to celebrate the mass. Afterwards there is a procession through the city centre.

At midday, parts of the militia and many interested people come together at the Mönchsberg for a shooting match. With crossbows they compete against each other and there is also a shooting match for non-militia members. The shooting match has an historic origin and reminds of times when the citizens of Salzburg still had to defend themselves.

Monday, September 19th, 2011 harvest festival in Salzburg

An important part of the local calendar of events is the harvest festival. With over 2000 events in the country of Salzburg tradition and customs are revived and the harvest time is celebrated.

One particular popular event for example is the Ruperit-Kermesse (‘Ruperti-Kirtag) in the city center of Salzburg.

In honour of the name day of the patron saint (St. Rupert) a five day festival is organized with traditional food, music and other popular attractions.

With over 100.000 people visiting this feast, it is one of the most popular traditional events in Austria.

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