Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

As a hopeless Christmas fan I thought I already knew a lot about the "most beautiful time of the year". Until my road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut.

Here I was taught better and learned the following:

Lesson 1:

All word creations with Advent come without a connecting "s" in Austria. So Advent market, Advent calendar, Advent caroling and Advent time. Sounds from a German perspective first of all getting used to, but it is like that.

Lesson 2:

In Austria tradition still lives in a completely different way, as I knew it so far. The pre-Christmas period there is full to bursting with events with traditional origin. And everyone joins in. Tradition is cool here and is actively lived and cultivated by young and old alike. If you want to spend the pre-Christmas period in a traditional way, this is the right place to be!

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Lesson Three:

Small with character instead of commercial mass is on the program here. What I've been increasingly missing at big Christmas markets lately is character. Authentic, regional and special products that you don't see everywhere. In the Salzkammergut you can still see real craftsmanship. Some things were not known to me at all, because they do not exist in Swabia at all or I had no contact with it so far. Much of it has to do with religion and folklore. Or do you know feather quill embroidery, smoking and Perchtenlaufe?

Lesson Four:

The entourage of St. Nicholas is quite spooky in Austria . Krampusse or also Perchten are called the dark comrades, which accompany together with angels the holy man. One should be careful of both, however, the Krampus represents the servant Ruprecht, the punishing companion of St. Nicholas and Perchten the exorcists of the winter respectively. whose evil spirits. Both have rods or whips with them and also do not hesitate to make use of them. A touch with a horse's tail is said to bring luck and fertility. To stand in the first row at a procession I consider personally therefore less recommendable. Who would like to experience gladly once a Krampus or Perchtenlauf, should simply keep the eyes open. In almost every village up to 5.12. Events held.

My road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Since hardly anyone will be as Christmas-crazy as I am to travel to all the Advent markets in the Salzkammergut – which, however, I can only recommend to everyone – I have put together 5 perfect days in the pre-Christmas Salzkammergut for you. Easy to follow. Lots of fun!

By the way: A really good overview of the opening hours of all Advent markets in the Salzkammergut can be found on this website.

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Advent market hopping with the ship on the Wolfgangsee (Thursday to Sunday)

Surrounded by a majestic mountain backdrop, the 13 km² Wolfgangsee is the hub of all activity in the lakeside towns of St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang and Strobl. Not surprisingly, it is also the connecting element of the Wolgangseer Advent. Because all 3 Advent markets are connected by 6 frequently running heated boats, making the Advent market visit here just as relaxing as it should be.

While each of the 3 markets at Wolfgangsee has its own special character, they are all united by the motto "Advent like in the old days", the focus on traditional crafts and atmospheric ambience as well as the deliberate avoidance of kitsch and Americanized Christmas traditions. Because at the Wolfgangsee still the Christkind brings the gifts, Santa Claus has here appearance prohibition. This open banishment of the man with the Rauschebart helped the Wolfgangsee even to international headlines.

  • The " 3 in one go" day ticket for the trip to all 3 Advent markets with the Wolfgangseeschifffahrt costs € 21.20 per person (as of 2019), family tickets available. On Advent Sundays, children up to 14 years of age travel free when accompanied by an adult.
  • The Advent market in St. Gilgen and Strobl is open on the opening weekend from Friday and Sunday and on all 4 Advent weekends from Thursday to Sunday
  • The Advent market in St. Wolfgang is open 7 days a week, every Wednesday the market is illuminated only by candlelight. More info about all 3 markets here .

Advent market St. Gilgen

At the Advent market in St.Gilgen is all under the motto Baroque. The wooden stalls, lovingly decorated with baroque figures by Viennese artist Raja Schwan Reichmann, fit perfectly into the picturesque village scenery. If you would like to immortalize yourself and your loved ones in baroque garb, you can do so at the baroque statue. In addition, there is a baroque crib and even a baroque shepherd play in the attic of the Mozart House. In keeping with the Mozart theme, the Dallmann confectionery directly at the Advent market offers "Mozart's travel cake". If this is not enough you can sign up for the Mozartkugel course. The St. Gilgen Advent candles made of red glass show the way through the Advent market and down to the pier, where a huge, 11m high candle shines above the lake.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Advent market Strobl

A comet shows the way to the Advent market in Strobl. That this is the sign of the pre-Christmas Strobl is not by chance. With its life-size and living crib and the crib exhibition in the reading room it is also called the crib village. Next to the wooden Mary and Joseph in front of the empty manger (the baby Jesus is not yet born), sheep and goats bleat and are happy about the attention of the youngest residents. Opposite the flu, a deer enclosure is laid out. 30 loosely distributed huts, Swedish fires and the floating punch island provide a rustic, cozy, intimate atmosphere.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Roadtrip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Advent market St. Wolfgang

Visible from afar over the Wolfgangsee is the landmark of the Advent market in St. Wolfgang. Wolfgang: The 19 m high lantern that seems to float in the water. St. Wolfgang was the first of the 3 lakeside communities to hold an Advent market for the first time 16 years ago. An association of 6 entrepreneurs, called market association, joined together, and took on the organization. A concept that worked and still does today. The stalls blend harmoniously into the festively lit alleys of the town, with soft Christmas sounds in the background. It becomes particularly atmospheric every Wednesday, when all artificial light goes out and only the glow of the candles illuminates the alleys.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

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Every Thursday through Sunday during Advent, there is also the large craft exhibition in the town hall of St. Wolfgang takes place. Between 20 and 30 changing hobby and professional artists exhibit their works here. We admire artistic straw stars, felt goods, woodwork and much more. In the basement of the town hall, next to the children's craft room, there is the Engerl post office, where the little Advent market visitors can send their Christmas wishes to the Christ Child with the help of the Weihnachtsengerl.

Every Thursday to Sunday during the Advent season, the large craft exhibition also takes place in the town hall of St. Wolfgang. Between 20 and 30 changing hobby and professional artists exhibit their works here. We admire artistic straw stars, felt goods, woodwork and much more. In the basement of the town hall, next to the children's craft room, there is the Engerl post office, where the little Advent market visitors can send their Christmas wishes to the Christ Child with the help of the Weihnachtsengerl

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

A special pride of the Advent Market is the Salzkammergut nativity scene in the parish garden, with about 70 life-size wooden figures. Also for the culinary well-being is provided. They deliberately avoid chips and sausages and instead focus on hearty soups in edible bread bowls, Kaiserschmarrn and sweet, handmade foam rolls. The selection of hot drinks is also impressive: from berry punch to orange punch and apple punch, everything is available. Of course with fruit garnish.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

If you want to retreat a little from the hustle and bustle or are looking for a special souvenir made of wood, tin or glass, you have come to the right place at "Kronprinz Rudolf& his love" at the right address. In the back room under the vault a cozy cafe has been created, where you can eat fresh apple strudel and Brettljause in a cozy atmosphere. You should also visit the SEE distillery of the Peinsteiner couple. Here are not only premium gins (6 of them awarded with gold) but also a rum and about 100 liqueurs. There is something for everyone!

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Bad Ischl and Schlosser-Advent at the Traunsee (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Advent market and stroll in Bad Ischl

Where old-established traditional entrepreneurs meet newcomers and "young savages" and above all a breath of Sissi blows, there is already for 41 years the Advent market in Bad Ischl. Unlike the other Advent markets, this one is deliberately held in the cozy warmth, namely in the historic walls of the former drinking hall. In the place where drinking cures used to be administered, the stalls are lined up for the Advent season. I am impressed by the variety of old and well-known family businesses from the 19th century. Century, which still maintain the traditional production of traditional costumes, hats, gingerbread and wooden goods. Partly you can look over the shoulder at some production steps on site. Whether on handkerchiefs, liqueurs, beer, soap or postcards – the famous emperor and empress smile at me everywhere Because of the imperial summer residence, many Sissi fans come to Bad Ischl and everything with her face and name is still a big seller today.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

One of the newcomers and definitely an eye-catcher: "Sissikuss" was born out of designer Katharina Wimmer's idea to create special souvenirs that represent Bad Ischl and its surroundings with a modern twist and a touch of irony. All suppliers of the high-quality raw products come from the region, the appealing labels come from the pen of the designer. From the poster of the Asian flourishing Sissi to postcards of the tattoo-covered hipster Franz, Elisabeth gin with gold leaves and Kaiser Birn brandy, (almost) all products refer to the former imperial couple – but in a new, refreshing and previously unknown way.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Two proofs that it is always worthwhile to follow one's passion are Matthias Gasteiger and Walter Ladner. Matthias Gasteiger, a trained mechanic, is an extremely successful sommelier of noble spirits and can look forward to a number of awards. Already in the first sentence he tells me that vinegar is the future and an elixir against aging. He produces a total of 15 Goumet vinegars from fruit juice. At my very first vinegar tasting, I am amazed at how delicious it is. In addition, I learn what world champion liqueur tastes like and what can go wrong when distilling spirits – Mr. Gasteiger has 40 varieties of them. And – how could it be otherwise – the brandies are adorned with the image of the emperor while the liqueurs are decorated by the beautiful empress.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

After a banker career of more than 30 years he changed completely – to a "wood philosopher", as he calls it himself. He works with the wood of old trees, whose imperfections he brings out and lets tell stories. Wonderfully turned bowls, wildwood works and vases are created under his hand.

  • The Advent market in Bad Ischl is from 22.11. to 21.12.Open daily in 2019. Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 o'clock.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Castles Advent in the lake and country castle Ort at the Traunsee

2 castles form the unique scenery of the castle Advent at the Traunsee. Lying on an island in the Traunsee and connected to the shore by a bridge, the Seeschloss Ort is the perfect postcard motif. With Christmas illumination twice. But also the much later built country castle shows itself at Advent from its best side.

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The premises of the two castles harmonize perfectly with the unique offer of over 130 changing hobby and professional craftsmen and create a very special atmosphere. "Old" arts such as basket weaving, gilding and quill embroidery come alive again before the eyes of the visitors. There are also new, sometimes extravagant things to discover, such as art made from earth pitch, jewelry made from hunting trophies, elegant glass fountain pens and the world's strongest lager beer (14 percent), Samichlaus. Christmas scents mingle with spicy herbs and I am amazed at the creative ways in which they can be processed. The exhibitors who have traveled the furthest are nuns from the Monastery of St. Elizabeth from Minsk in Belarus, who sell handmade goods produced in their monastery. In the outdoor area you can enjoy a hearty goulash, raclette bread or a glass of punch.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Roadtrip along the most beautiful advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

But there is not only something for the adults at the Schlosser-Advent: There is childcare, a craft hour and every Sunday the Christ Child comes to visit. If you want to extend your Christmas stroll, you can take the regularly scheduled boat or the slow train from the Advent market to downtown Gmunden – free of charge (included in the admission price).

  • The Schlosser Advent in Gmunden is open from Friday to Sunday on 4 weekends in Advent (starting on the 22nd of December).11., concluding on 15.12.2019). The entrance fee is 5,- €, children up to 16 years are free of charge.
  • Included free of charge in the admission price is the boat trip or the boat trip to the market. the slow train to Gmunden. Exact departure times can be found on the website of the Advent Market.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Advent of the villages in the Fuschlsee region (Saturday and Sunday.)

A fine thing is the Advent in the villages in the Fuschlseeregion. Small, familiar but special markets entice to a pre-Christmas stroll, drinking punch and socializing.

Ebenau mill hiking trail

The mill on the rushing brook rattles… Exactly that applies in Ebenau not once but seven times. In close proximity to the village, especially below the Plotz waterfall are 7 restored mills from the 16. and 17. The mills of the 19th century, which also gave Ebenau the nickname "mill village. The oldest mill is the Schroffenau Mill, which was built in 1540 in an exposed position at the head of the almost 50 m high Plotzel waterfall. It was in use until 1954. Due to the difficult reachable location the grain had to be carried the last part of the way. Four other mills are located in close proximity to each other at the foot of the waterfall. The 6 km long mill hiking trail leads along all the mills and also gives an insight into the beautiful nature around Ebenau. The perfect morning program before visiting the Advent market.


    On Outdooractive you can find the complete tour. If you want to be on the safe side, you can download the app and follow the tour via Gps.

Tips for the Schlosser Advent at Lake Traunsee The Schlosser Advent is open from Friday to Sunday on 4 weekends in Advent (starting on 23.11., concluding on 16.12.2018). The entrance fee is € 4.50, children up to 16 years are free. Included free of charge in the admission price is the boat trip or the slow train to Gmunden. Exact departure times can be found on the Advent Market website

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Tips for the Schlosser Advent at Lake Traunsee The Schlosser Advent is open from Friday to Sunday on 4 weekends in Advent (starting on 23.11., concluding on 16.12.2018). The entrance fee is € 4.50, children up to 16 years are free. Included free of charge in the admission price is the boat trip or the slow train to Gmunden. Exact departure times can be found on the website of the Advent Market

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Ebenau Advent Market

Familiar and cozy is the flair at the small but fine Ebenauer Advent market, which 2019 for the 27th. Times is celebrated. In the Fountain Garden, where the wooden huts nestle closely together in a circle and the scent of fir branches, chestnuts and punch is in the air, young and old gather around the fireplaces every year on the first 3 Advent weekends.

So not at all contemplative quiet but with a loud bang the Advent market is opened every year on Saturday of the first Advent weekend. The "opening blast", the cannon blast, of the uniformed rifle corps has tradition. And so I feel also extremely honored as also I may fire a "Tuscher".

The offer at the stalls combines the best that Ebenau and the surrounding area have to offer. At the association of Ebenau farm women there is everything from Advent wreaths to handicrafts to preserves, at the beekeeper there is not only honey, candles and care products but also a warm honey mead. A few stalls further there are chocolate specialties next to the stand with wooden toys and opposite it goes to the preserves: Fruity liqueurs, jams and dried fruits want to be tried. A relaxed social program rounds the whole thing off. And if then in the evening all around the fire places crowd, then it becomes correctly homelig. With the Ebenauer Advent market.


    The Ebenau Advent takes place on Saturday and Sunday of the 1., 2. and 3. Advent weekend in each case from 14:00 to 20:00 o'clock instead of

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

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The most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut (1)

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Roadtrip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Guggenthaler Advent

The wooden stalls around the Guggenthaler Kircherl, which is located above Guggenthal with a view over the valley, stand close together. From hut to hut and between the branches of the trees warm light chains are stretched, in quiet conversations engrossed the visitors move from stand to stand. Here I learn that the monstrance bean produces its beautiful pattern all by itself, that it is wonderfully suited for chains of faith and that you can build nativity scenes on tree mushrooms. In addition, you can stock up on smoked goods, beekeeping products, fun and useful household items such as the dishwashing apron or the cloth box sofa, and lots of home-made and preserved goods. A reason to really enjoy the food stands is not only the offer, but also that the proceeds are donated to charitable causes of the church Guggenthal and the St. Lazarus relief organization are used.

Some conditions further I come with Walter Mumper, Schnitzer of the local Koppler Perchten& I talk to the Krampusse and learn that a mask takes about 2 days and the position of the eyes and nose is measured exactly to the wearer. First the face is carved from the block of wood. Afterwards this is hollowed out with the power saw. He tells me that since the success of "Lord of the Rings" many requests for orc-like masks come in. He himself refuses, however, to carve such masks. An interesting insight into the world of the Krampusse and Perchten!

The Guggenthaler Advent takes place in each case on Saturday and Sunday on 4 weekends in the Advent openly (starting on 23.11., Finally on the 22nd.12.2019) from 14:00 to 19:00 o'clock takes place.

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

"Silent Night" lantern walk in Hintersee

On the traces of the probably most well-known Christmas melody one can walk in Hintersee. In honor of the former vicar Joseph Mohr, lyricist of "Silent Night, Holy Night", who was employed in Hintersee for 9 years, a memorial chapel was built in 2016. Then, in mid-2018, its extension, a memorial trail 1.2 km long and comprising 6 stations was created. In the Advent season you can celebrate this in a particularly contemplative way, namely in the form of a guided lantern hike accompanied by music and narration. A special experience!

  • More info about the Joseph Mohr memorial trail can be found here
  • The guided tours with musical accompaniment take place on 1. Advent weekend Saturdays at 6:00 p.m., on 2. until 4. Advent weekend on Friday at 18:00 clock takes place. Registration required. Cost: 4,- €

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Roadtrip along the most beautiful advent markets in the Salzkammergut

Roadtrip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Farm store visit and Mondsee Advent (Friday, Saturday& Sunday)

Farm store of the Oberhinteregger family

If you are lucky enough to be in the region on a Friday, then you should pay a visit to the Oberhinteregger family in Faistenau. Because every Friday the doors of their farm store are open. The Oberhintereggers are real do-it-yourselfers. The own cows supply the milk for the different kinds of cheese, the bees the honey, in the smokehouse farmhouse bread is baked and bacon, sausages and fish are smoked and from the herbs of the large herb garden are created under the expert hand of Mrs. Oberhinteregger salts, teas, tinctures and creams. Everything that the Oberhintereggers don't make themselves is brought in by barter from regional businesses. For groups, the Oberhintereggers offer baking, beekeeping and herbal courses. And that's not all: next year a cafe will be added, where the daughter of the house will serve cakes and pies.

The Oberhinteregger family's adventure farm is located on Tiefbrunnaustr. 17, 5324 Faistenau

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Craft market in the cloister in Mondsee

The gothic cloister of the former monastery is in the Advent season the cozy warm backdrop of the craft market. Weekly changing artisans from near and far present here many unique finds. I'm tempted by the dried flower ornaments and the incredibly cute crocheted bookmarks. And I can't pass by the organic gourmet salts and mustard without sampling. And this, although I am normally not a mustard lover. My favorite: The chocolate chili mustard. In front of the basilica is the culinary part of the Advent market.

  • The Advent market in the cloister and in front of the basilica takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 22nd to 22nd September.11. until 22.12.2019 instead of. The crafts market in the cloister is open on Fridays from 15:00 to 19:30 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 19:30. Advent market on the market square is open until 21:30 each day.
  • All events in the Advent season in Mondsee can be found on this website

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in Salzkammergut

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in SalzkammergutRoad trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Advent singing in Mondsee

I had the great luck to be in Mondsee on the day when both the Advent Singing and the Perchtenlauf took place. The Advent singing took place in the majestic basilica with great acoustics. A total of 3 choirs, including a children's choir, one of the local choir and an Italian partner choir provided 1.5 hours of Christmas atmosphere and one or the other goose bumps moment. If you also have the opportunity to attend an Advent caroling during your visit to the Salzkammergut, then do it. You will not regret it!

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Road trip along the most beautiful Advent markets in the Salzkammergut region

Perchtenlauf in Mondsee

In Mondsee I experience my very first Perchten run. Thick rows of people crowd along the route. And suddenly it's time. The Perchtenlauf is opened by the Stoaner Perchten from Mondsee, altogether 6 Perchten-Passen (= groups) participate in the procession with altogether 140 Perchten. The furry figures look terrifying as they parade wildly through the street with their huge horns and crooked grimaces, clanging their bells. The very young are lovingly stroked over the head, with larger spectators is sometimes not at all squeamishly handled with the whip. And in the middle of it all – as a total contrast – the friendly smiling St. Nicholas and his angels, diligently handing out sweets to the dear children. Bizarre!

I learn that the Stoaner Perchten are one of the oldest Perchten groups in the Mondsee area and surroundings and still wear old customs masks. All the masks we use during the run have been carved by Stoana Sepp and belong to him. To the Stoaner Perchten belong 15 active ones as well as some volunteers at the age of 15 to 60 years, which carry 7 to 15 kg heavy masks. The Perchtenlauf takes place 6 to 7 times a year. Besides the Perchten, the passport of the Stoaner Perchten includes a Santa Claus, Engerl, witches, Wurzelmandl and a farmer with Hoberngoas (Habergeib).

But this is only the beginning. For the following troops rely on even more creepy factor and have definitely been inspired by "The Lord of the Rings. The similarity of some figures with the gruesome "orcs" is frightening. Somber music from u.a. Rammstein and red smoke bombs complete the picture. I hide behind a group of small children and watch half fascinated, half amazed the spectacle. I have never seen anything like this.

Behind the "finish line" of the run, the most gruesome monsters turn back into normal, somewhat breathless children, teenagers and adults in no time at all. After all, wearing the masks (also called larvae), some of which weigh up to 20 kilos, is a real workout.

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