Culture and customs in the Salzkammergut

Advent in Bad Goisern and Hallstatt – World heritage advent in Dachstein-Salzkammergut

Witner panorama of Hallstatt with the lake
Experience the wintery atmosphere in Hallstatt

In the Salzkammergut, lively tradition can be felt during the whole year. It reaches its peak in the seasonal traditional events. Especially the cold season and advent are a time full of traditional customs that are lived in their originality until today.

In winter, guests experience the authenticity and originality of the region from the contemplative advent season to the wild carnival. Customs and tradition go hand in hand with contemporary culture and modernity.

Christmas markets and other tradition highlights in winter in the Salzkammergut

Christmas markets in the Salzkammergut

Numerous New Year's Eve markets and Christmas markets will guarantee a contemplative atmosphere in the quietest time of the year in the Salzkammergut. The Christmas market in Hallstatt, the Wolfgangsee Advent, the advent in Bad Ischl, Mondsee and the villages of the Fuschlsee region, the Bergweihnacht in Gosau, the Traunsee Weihnacht and the Schlösser Advent will increase the joyful anticipation of the Christ Child and guarantee wild and romantic moments in a unique atmosphere.

Crib exhibitions

Around Christmas – from the beginning of December to the beginning of February – you can visit the most beautiful handmade cribs in the Salzkammergut in several museums of the region.


A unique particularity in the Salzkammergut are the so-called Glöcklerläufe on the 5th of December. With beautifully bright, handmade lanterns, the light figures will walk through the villages of the Salzkammergut and bring salvation and blessing to the villagers. With their bells they drive away evil spirits that haunt the place especially in the Twelve Nights. The best known of these is probably the Glöcklerlauf in Bad Ischl, though by far not the only one in the region

Carnival parades

The carnival parades are celebrated especially in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut, the Ausseerland, in Ischl and in Ebensee. Until Ash Wednesday, numerous strange figures will parade through Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Altaussee and the other villages, for example the "Trommelweiber" on carnival Monday.

Hallstatt in winter

The world heritage village Hallstatt with its museum is worth visiting, especially in winter. More idyllic than in summer, you will feel 4000 years of history. The exhibition of local handicrafts in Bad Goisern and the small emperor's town Ischl with the modern Eurotherme make it hard to decide between skiing and not-skiing.

Peace and quietude in the advent season in Bad Goisern

Indulge yourself to a few days off and visit the Salzkammergut during advent. Landhotel Agathawirt in Bad Goisern is the perfect starting point to explore the region with all its particularities. In the midst of the idyllic landscape not far from Hallstatt and Lake Hallstatt, infinite winter sports possibilities will await you. Send us your no-obligation enquiry or book your stay at Hotel Agathawirt online and look forward to contemplative days in the Salzkammergut!

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