Easter Tradition in Burgenland: Easter Eggs Scratching

Painted easter eggs - Easter tradition in Burgenland

Easter Tradition in Burgenland

We have a Easter tradition im Burgenland got to know – scratching Easter eggs. Ostrich eggs of all colors twirl through the air on the wheel. Forsythia eggs dangle in the wind. Easter bunnies peer out from between the flower borders in the Stipsits family's front yard. It's Easter time in Stinatz. The perfect time for one Easter holidays in Burgenland. For Erika Stipsits, this means that she now hardly does anything other than decorate eggs. She dyes them and then decorates them with motifs.

Easter tradition in Burgenland: it lives on in Stinatz

Erika stipsits in her kitchen
Erika Stipsits scratching Easter eggs - Easter tradition in Burgenland


She learned how to carve Easter eggs from her mother. She knows it from her grandmother. In the months leading up to Easter, Erika Stipsits works on the eggs. These can be seen. She has collected motifs in a sample book. From this she gets the ideas for her egg decorations. There are floral motifs, hearts, leaf shapes, tendrils and borders. These turn a chicken, goose or ostrich egg into a work of art. Easter traditions vary from region to region, such as in Franken. The Easter tradition in Burgenland is something special.

Easter Eggs Carving - Easter Tradition in Burgenland


Easter eggs as they are decorated in Croatia - Easter tradition in Burgenland
Easter eggs as they are decorated in Croatia - Easter tradition in Burgenland


The village of Stinatz is close to the neighboring countries. In the turmoil of the 19th century, families were knocked out Croatia in the Burgenland, They still honor the traditions of Croatia today. Even if, as Erika Stipsits says, “the majority of young people no longer bother to continue the customs. The work is too exhausting for them. In addition, the effort is too great for them. "



In fact, carving Easter eggs is work. The calluses on Erika Stipsits' hands speak volumes. They show how exhausting the job is. "Easter usually ends with tendinitis," reports Ms. Stipsits. No wonder! She works on her works of art every day from morning until late at night.

Scraping Easter eggs in Stinatz is an Easter tradition in Burgenland


A scratched rose as Easter egg motive - Easter tradition in Burgenland
A rose as an Easter egg motif - Easter tradition in Burgenland


However, their diligence pays off. The Easter egg carvers from Stinatz are known throughout Austria. Everyone has heard of them. Erika Stipsits has appeared on television. She was even a guest of the Federal President. Her customers also come from all over the country: “One of my regular customers travels from Carinthia year after year. Just to get eggs.” The Easter tradition in Burgenland is known beyond the borders of the region.

Easter tradition in Burgenland - Watch Ms. Stipsits at work

What she likes best, however, is when customers visit her in her kitchen. She works there during the day. Then you can watch her as the works of art are created in the Easter tradition in Burgenland. You can even express your wishes about the motifs. "An Easter egg with 'Hello Kitty' is easy to make," says Erika Stipsits. Within minutes she then conjures up an egg with her fans' favorite motif. You don't need a template or instructions for this. She masters this work in her sleep. During our visit she talks about the art of carving Easter eggs. At the same time, she is working on one egg after the other. Each with a different motif, without a template. She doesn't even have to stop to think about how to design the pattern. She is familiar with the Easter tradition of scratching eggs.

Anyone who wants to watch the Easter tradition in Burgenland themselves is very welcome. In the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Saturday you can visit Ms. Erika Stipsits in her kitchen. You should only call beforehand. Ms. Erika Stipsits, Hauptstraße 196, A-7552 Stinatz, Tel. 03358/3192.

Bring this Easter tradition from Burgenland home

Instructions, motifs and templates for scratching Easter eggs can be found here:

So that you can also experience the Easter tradition from Burgenland at home, all you need is a hard-boiled egg, a fine brush, a color of your choice and a scratch template.

First, paint the hard-boiled egg with a color of your choice and let it dry. Then place the scratch template on the egg and fix it with some adhesive tape. Use the fine brush to carefully scratch off the paint from the areas that are white on the template.

You can also combine different colors or layer multiple scratch templates to create a unique design. When you're done, you can give the egg a little clear coat to protect it.

This no-wax scratching technique is also a great way to decorate your Easter eggs, and it's also a good option if you don't have crayons handy. Try it out and let your creativity run wild! This is how you bring the Easter tradition from Burgenland into the living room at home.


Travel Arrangements

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Arrival to experience the Easter tradition in Burgenland

Arrival by plane, bus or train*. The journey time to Stinatz is from Vienna by car from one and a half hours, from Salzburg three and a half hours, ex Graz an hour as well Munich five hours. You can therefore easily experience the Easter tradition in Burgenland on a weekend trip.

Rental car

Reserve your rental car here in Austria *

Accommodation to see the Easter tradition in Burgenland

We recommend an overnight stay in Falkensteiner Balance Resort * (Adults only) or in Thermenhotel PuchasPLUS * in Stegersbach. With an overnight stay in these hotels you will definitely make your trip to the Easter tradition in Burgenland one Enjoyment trip.


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Source Easter tradition in Burgenland – scratching Easter eggs: on-site research with the support of Burgenland Tourismus and Kreativ Reisen. However, our opinion remains our own.

Text Easter tradition in Burgenland: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Easter Tradition in Burgenland: Easter Eggs Scratching

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.

6 thoughts too "Easter Tradition in Burgenland: Easter Eggs Scratching"

  1. Good morning,

    I need your help, please.

    We urgently need eggs for Easter
    24.03 & 25.03.2018 at Forchtenstein Castle in Mattersburg.

    That would be great if people agreed to take the time for 2 days to astonish other people and give them happy and unique moments.

    Urgently ask for your help by making a commitment.

    With connected thanks

    Martina priest

    1. Hello, Mrs. Priest,

      With us you are with your request at the wrong address. Please contact Mrs. Stinatz directly (phone number and address can be found in the article above). Maybe she herself has time or can refer you to someone.

      Sincerely yours,
      Monika Fuchs

    1. Hi Silke,

      Mrs. Stipsits does that all winter. It begins in late autumn and scrapes the patterns into the colored eggs during the winter months. She's so good at it that she often does not have to look to scratch her patterns. Practice creates masters.

      Best regards,

  2. These eggs are not meant for eating. They are first blown out, dyed and then scratched - a lot of work in it. I could not resist and took some with me and decorated it with a beautiful Easter bouquet. Now I'll pick her up in an egg container for next year.

  3. I like old craft, and like the post deshlab all the more. And I noticed in your beautiful pictures that they are very similar to the Sorbian egg ornaments. But they are not scratched, but painted with wax ... really nice. Actually, you do not like such eggs in the end, right?

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