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 - scratch the Easter eggs. Ostrich eggs in all colors whirl through the air on the bike. Eggs dangle in the wind on the forsythia. Easter bunnies peek out from between the flower beds in the Stipsits family's front yard. It's Easter time in Stinatz. For Erika Stipsits, this means that she now hardly does anything other than decorate eggs. To do this, she colors them and then decorates them with motifs.

Easter Custom 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.

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.

Easter Eggs Scratching in Stinatz

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


Your diligence pays off, however. 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 comes from Carinthia every year. Just to get eggs. "

Easter tradition in Burgenland - Watch Ms. Stipsits at work

However, she prefers 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. You can even express wishes about 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. She does not need a template or instructions for this. She masters this work in her sleep. During our visit she tells about the art of carving Easter eggs. At the same time, she processes one egg after the other. Each with different motifs, without a template. She doesn't even have to pause to think about how the pattern should be designed.

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.



Travel Arrangements

Getting there

Book yours here 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 and up Munich five hours.

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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 make your trip to Burgenland one Enjoyment trip.


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Easter Tradition in Burgenland: Easter Eggs Scratching

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 Fox

    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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