Christmas time in Salzburg

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Krampus in Gnigl ​​- Customs in winter in Austria

For Christmas in Salzburg

A strange vehicle is en route to Salzburg at Christmas time Salzburg country. A tractor decorated with pine branches pulls an extraordinary wagon behind it. A wooden hut is built on the loading area. Similar to the tractor, this is densely decorated with fir green and on the front is the inscription "Krampusse auf Tour".

Witch at the Krampus run in Gnigl
Witch at the Krampus run in Gnigl

Krampus on tour

As the train stops in front of an inn in front of the gates of Salzburg, sinister figures in shaggy and long fur leap from inside the car. Scarring are less their bodies, but all the more their wild faces. These are crowned by horns up to two meters long. They make a tremendous spectacle and a hell of a noise.



Performing leaps and bounds, they storm the inn. There, the unaware guests look up from their lavishly laden plates and face true monster faces. These cause a wild goings-on with cowbells tied on their backs by their stormy jumping around.

Distorted grimaces, crooked and frightening faces under menacing horns, startled approaching ladies who hug them with their fur paws. Some of the strangers take the attack calmly and smile at the ugly masks. Others turn away in shock and refuse to look into the gaping mouths or the menacing eyes of the Krampus. And also the masters of creation do not go unnoticed. With long ox tails, the Krampus beat on the male guests.

This is how you celebrate the Christmas season in Salzburg

After half an hour the spook is over. The wild things disappear as quickly as they came. Saint Nicholas follows them. In a red bishop's hat and white regalia, he walks peacefully from table to table, accompanied by a helper with a brace on his back. From there he gets gift packages for the frightened children and gives the men a shot of home-made distilled wine.



The St. Nicholas Festival is celebrated in the Salzburger Land in a similar or similar way. A special experience.

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Christmas time in Salzburg

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

2 thoughts too "Christmas time in Salzburg"

  1. Nice if the report pleases. That was a very special experience, which we were not prepared for on our visit to Salzburg last weekend. The better we enjoyed the spectacle then.
    Best regards,

  2. A really great report about the Krampusse in Salzburg. =) Also the whole blog I like very well, I have a small travel blog myself and in search of good travel guides I am always. ;-)
    In Vorarlberg, too, we meet the unequal team of Nicholas and Krampus and small children say their memorized poem so that they get the two sweets.

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