Thick snowflakes falling silently to the ground, peaceful music along with the fragrances of cinnamon and mulled wine - for many people in Gastein and their guests, this period before Christmas is the most beautiful time of year.
During Advent, music plays an important role in Salzburger Land. Enjoy wind ensembles performing festive folk melodies and the unmistakable sounds of the alpenhorn. Other musical highlights include "Advent Singing" and an Advent concert performed by the local choral society.
During Advent, children's eyes begin to gleam in joyous anticipation. The youngsters look forward to rides on horse-drawn carriages, roasting hot dogs, and getting to pet the sheep and goats. And for truly special moments, there is perhaps nothing to beat those hikes by torchlight through wintry Gastein Valley.
Discover the magic of Advent in Salzburger Land and each of Gastein's three communities. This is the season of peace and reflection. And nowhere is that more evident, or more beautiful, than right here in the midst of the snow-capped Hohe Tauern peaks.
The Krampus tradition has been maintained in Gastein Valley true to its traditional roots. Over 100 Krampus groups, known locally as "Passen", make their way from house to house in all three communities on the two days. In order to drive out evil and reward those who have been good!
On 5 December, you can experience this traditional folk custom in the town centers, while on 6 December the Krampus groups will be roaming the outlying areas as well.
At the Advent markets in Gastein Valley, local craftsmen and -women exhibit their pieces, primarily made from wood and other natural materials. Can you imagine a better opportunity to pick up some new decorations for your Christmas tree? Of course, during Advent in Salzburger Land it would be impossible to overlook the opportunities to indulge in some appropriately festive food & drink. A wide selection of local specialties are served, along with mugs of that famous mulled wine. This sweet drink with a hint of cinnamon warms you from the inside (and actually tastes far better when the temperatures are below freezing!).
We should also mention the traditional Krampus figures you will encounter occasionally, especially at the start of Advent in Gastein Valley. The first time you see them, you might be a bit unsettled by their horned masks and the din they tend to stir up. But not to worry, they are quite harmless.
Experience regional crafts and traditions during Advent in Salzburg province, as you discover the magic of a pre-Christmas holiday in Gastein.
|Sunday, 3 December||Advent concert of the local choral society||Bad Hofgastein parish church|
|Friday, 8 December||Böckstein Advent Singing "GastEinKlang"||Böckstein pilgrimage church|
|Sunday, 24 December||Christmas wind music||from house to house|
|Monday, 25 December||Advent concert of the local choral society||Bad Hofgastein parish church|