Everywhere in SalzburgerLand, summer draws to a close with Almabtrieb festivals.
The terms “Almabtrieb” or “Almabfahrt” are used in SalzburgerLand to describe the return of cattle from summer grazing in the hill country to their barns in the valley below. If summer grazing season has passed by safely, and without any deadly incidents for man or animal, the herds are dressed up in their Sunday best, then returned home, where they are greeted by a local fair, music and dance. These festivals generally take place in September around the feast of Saint Rupert (24.9.) or in October.
Harvest Festival, Bauernherbst
Celebrations from August to October Harvest Festival is celebrated, as the name suggests, at harvest time, with over 2,000 special events throughout Salzburg.
Traditions, folk heritage and craftsmanship are inspired with new life. Hike from one hill farm to the next, experience cheerful homecoming parades for cattle returning from summer grazing. Or ride along Salzburg's bike paths to the various Harvest Festival venues, with festivities in 73 different communities.
Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by a demon-like creature. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria and southern Bavaria, especially the market town Berchtesgaden, during the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.
With the arrival of the solstice, bonfires atop the mountains and hills of SalzburgerLand light up the night skies. Mid June is the time of the longest days
and shortest nights of the year. (Summer Solstice, 21. Juni) (Summer Solstice, 21 June) It is then that we encounter a
tradition which has been practiced ever since Celtic times: Hundreds of alpinists take this day as the occasion to head up into the mountains of SalzburgerLand to celebrate an ancient
festival. They pile up wood and dead branches and, as night
falls, light up a fire that can be seen far and wide. These solstice bonfires are actually a Christian tradition, one that symbolizes light and life.
The Samson figure has been historically documented in the Lungau since 1635 and symbolizes an Old Testament figure with superhuman strength, a strength seated in this long hair. He represents the battle against the Philistines, having killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass at Lehi. Most of the Samson figures carry such a jawbone as a symbol of strength. Many myths, legends and assumptions are interwoven with this giant figure from the Lungau Samson is as much as 6.5 m tall and weighs around 85 kg. In the inner Alpine region, there are twelve of these figures, with ten Samsons in the Lungau (Mariapfarr, Mauterndorf, Muhr, Ramingstein, St. Andrä, St. Margarethen, St. Michael, Tamsweg, Unternberg and Wölting) and two in neighboring Styria (Krakaudorf und Murau).
The maypole, raised throughout Austria and the SalzburgerLand on May 1st, is a symbol of fertility and love for life, and simultaneously an expression of the victory of Springtime over Winter. Aside from the raising ceremony, "Pole Stealing" has become quite a popular sport amongst the young men. The tree is felled as close to May 1st as possible. Guards have to be posted to guard the tree until it's time to raise the maypole and celebrate with music and dance. If the tree is stolen during this time - even if that be only the treetop - then the ransom can turn out to be very "costly" indeed. Even after the maypole has been raised, it still needs to be guarded until midnight at which time the bet expires.
This privately owned Salzburg brewery combines tradition and innovation, forming a concept for success that makes Stiegl the strongest beer brand in Austria. The 'beer with the red steps' is an unmistakable symbol in Austria for 'the art of brewing at the highest level'. Since 1998, Austria's leading private brewery has consistently borne the unique, eye-catching brand logo. The Stiegl brewery brand logo can now be found everywhere, in circulars, TV ads, promotions, on glasses, advertising materials, and even on the furnishing in our restaurants and shops.