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 guys disappear as fast as they came. They are followed by St. Nicholas. He walks peacefully from table to table in a red bishop's hat and white robe, accompanied by a helper with Kraxe on his back. From there, he brings small gift packages for the frightened children and gives the men a stamperl of homemade schnapps.



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 Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

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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