Holzknechtnockn is a traditional dish in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut (photo: RudiKainPhotografie)

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The tradition of ice curling

Local people take ice curling at least as seriously as members of parliament take their highest mandates!

The pride of the ice curlers

A tremendous sense of enjoyment is not based solely on taking part in a regional or state championship, but far more important is the endless pride when achieving a good shot on the perfectly flat ice curling rinks. Besides the official clubs who take things much more seriously than the hobbyists and are always striving for vistory, there are teams who have been formed more by coincidence. They too enjoy this trend sport in a much more amateur fashion, throwing their sticks hundreds of times whilst aiming them between two wooden stumps.

 

The ice curling variants

Those who can say they truly know something about ice curling can be critical of the state of the alley, and this might lead to the occasional quarrel!  Over the last few years many new variations on this conventional sport have been developed.  To date these include ice curling with feasts of roast, grilled sausage and salted and smoked meats! Inter club, one school year group against another, young against old – the combinations and possibilities are endless.

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The ice curling captains

The referees on the ice curling alleys are the „Moar“ – the captains of each of the two teams. They bring the teams to order and are constantly brandishing around with a measuring stick, their hats or one of the braided cords of their traditional hats to measure which stick is closest. They can be heard calling out instructions for the next perfect shot, often in an interesting „secret“ language. Throughout the winter months, most people will take part in an ice curling competition, and the ladies take impeccable pride in their performance too.

 

Guests are always welcome to join in anice curling competition for a small fee. 

Ice curling rinks

ice skating in Obertraun
Obertraun

Ice skating and curling rink

Skating rink and curling lane The ice skating rink is at the National Sports and Recreation Centre Obertraun. It can be used for free.Of course, the ice rink in Obertraun is only in operation when the temperatures are cold enough.Experience a 360°...

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Curling
Gosau

Curling rink at the hut "Kohlstatthütte"

A beautiful ice rink for locals and guests. Curling is ideal for groups, clubs, businesses or clubs that want to do something special in winter. The tradition of ice curlingCurling in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut region is a modern...

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Brandwirt
Gosau

Curling rink at the inn Brandwirt

When the winter months begin, the familiar sounds of the colliding ice sticks of locals and guests resound everywhere. If it's evening after skiing or cross-country skiing, you'll meet again on the ice rink for curling, you don't just have to watch...

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Curling
Gosau

Curling rink at the inn Gosauschmied

A beautiful ice rink for locals and guests. Beginners and advanced players, small and large groups can enjoy the fun of winter sports on this ice rink at Gasthof Gosauschmied. Winter pleasure at the ice rinkCurling is an old folk sport and...

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Curling in Bad Goisern
Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Curling rink Rassingmühle

 A cross between a traditional guest house and a country inn. Situated right by the River Traun near Bad Goisern, one of the loveliest and oldest hostelries in the region offers walkers, cyclists etc a place to stop off for a rest and enjoy...

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