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Salzkammergut Krampus Procession

Impressive and captivating – this is how the Krampus Procession, which takes place in Bad Goisern each year on 7th December, has best been described. With over 800 demonic figures, angels and others dressed as St Nicholas, this event is one of the largest of its kind in Austria.

Each Krampus outfit is different, and each procession has its own distinct features. This is also true of the Children’s Krampus Procession, the first parade to set off from the market square. The event organisers, Bad Goisern’s Voluntary Fire Brigade, welcome increasing numbers each year of groups of costumed „Krampus“ and other evil figures.

Our youngest spectators receive a visit from St Nicholas who brings hundreds of little sacks of goodies on his float. These are given out to all the children who have been well behaved. 

From 5:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy brass music for advent on the market square, and they can also enjoy delicious punch and traditional food delicacies. The main event gets underway around approx. 6:30 p.m. when the first parades of characters enter the market square. The numerous groups are introduced individually before they are „let loose“ on the market square. 



December 7, 2018 - from 5:00 p.m. (from 6:30 p.m. arriving of the groups)



Tourist Office Bad Goisern
Tel.: +43 5 95095-10

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World Heritage Advent

Gosau – Christmas in the mountains
Christmas Markets in Hallstatt
Handicrafts during Advent in the Hand.Werk.Haus
St Nicholas crosses the lake by boat
Krampus Procession in Hallstatt
Exhibition of nativity scenes in Bad Goisern
Christmas Market in Bad Goisern

Salzkammergut Krampuslauf