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Friday, May 30th, 2014 Dult in Salzburg

From June 7 until June 15 the “DULT“, which is a traditional festivity around the time of Pentecost, takes place in the Exhibition Centre. The DULT is very popular in Salzburg because it offers a lot of different amusements. There is an amusement park (observation wheel, roller coaster,..), traditional food and Music and lots more. On June 13th there is even a big fireworks at the Dult!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Maypole

The tradition of erecting the maypole is celebrated a bit different in each region. In general it is about a huge tree or trunk which is decorated and erected on the 1st of May in the centre of each village (also here in Grödig). Before erecting the maypole it is usually carried through the village accompanied by a local marching band. In the past men had to erect the tree themselves but nowadays they often use machines as well. 1st of May is celebrated the whole day and of course there is plenty of  traditional Austrian food and a lot of beer! Also the traditional “Dirdnl” Dress and the “Lederhose” is a must-have on this day! :)

Friday, March 7th, 2014 Easter

2014 we celebrate Easter in April: Palm Sunday is on April 13th. On this day we start Easter by carrying palms. But where does this tradition come from?
On Palm Sunday the palms are carried first to the church where they get blessed. After that we place them in our houses. It should remind us of the day where Jesus rode into Jerusalem and People cheered to him as a Kind by laying down Palms on his way. They did that because Palms were a sign for independence these days. A traditional Palm (or as we call it “Palmbuschen”) is made of 7 natural materials. Some People do it a bit less traditional and decorate their palms with small easter eggs and ribbons.
Another Tradition on Palm Sunday: The Family member which sleeps longer than the others is called “Palmesel” (that means Palm donkey) :)

Friday, February 21st, 2014 Carnival

Just a few days to Carnival! This year it will be celebrated on the 4th of March and many Carnival lovers are preparing their costumes these days. The biggest carnival event in Salzburg is the Carnival Parade of Maxglan. It is set on the 1st of March at abour 1 pm. The parade is especially nice for children! In the evening you can enjoy the carnival nightlife in Salzburgs Old City with many dressed up people!

You also have to try a traditional “Faschingskrapfen”! (like on the picture) :)

We wish you a nice Carnival time!


Friday, December 13th, 2013 Christmas is coming!

Only 11 days until Christmas! So the “Christkind” as we call it in Austria is not far away.

For those you haven´t got already presents for their friends and families that means that they will have to enter crowded shopping malls. Those who have prepared everything yet can enjoy their evenings at our traditional Christmas market in Salzburg!

We wish you and your families a nice weekend and a peaceful Christmas time!


Sunday, December 1st, 2013 Christmas markets!

This year our traditional Christmas market (we call it “Christkindlmarkt”) celebrates its 40th anniversary. Traditional handcraft, toys and delicious food…this market in Salzburg´s City centre offers everything you need for a great Christmas time!

There is another 40 year jubilee here in our area: St. Leonhard´s Christmas market invites you to have a nice and peaceful Christmas time. On Weekends they even have a special program for you. St. Leonhard is just a few Walking minutes away from the Sallerhof!

We wish you a nice Christmas time!

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 Krampus in Grödig

The procession of the is a highlight of Salzburg´s Christmas time. Many visitors come to Grödig every yea to visit the show. Originally the Krampus is the companion of St. Nicholas who arrives on the 6th of December to award nice children. This year the procession of the Grödiger Krampusse takes place on December 6th at 6:30 pm. During the procession you can warm you up by drinking a traditional Glühwein.

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:

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