© Advent season in the Dachstein Salzkammergut (photo: Viorel Munteanu)
Craftsmanship can be experienced especially during Advent. Here is a handmade angel in a white dress (photo: Viorel Munteanu)

Advent in the
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St Nicholas crosses the lake by boat

Once a year, the children of Obertraun congregate on the shore of Lake Hallstatt and eagerly await the arrival of St Nicholas who crosses the lake by boat to visit them.

There is little noise from the boat itself, and at first it is difficult to see. Only the gentle lapping of the waves on Lake Hallstatt tell that St Nicholas is on his way.

It is a very special moment when he comes into view in his typical wooden boat –  known as „der Fuhre“ – on the lake, especially for the children. He is accompanied by „Knecht Ruprecht“ and carries a large sack crammed full of apples, nuts and chocolate
St Nicholas loves listening to all the poems as they are read aloud, and all too soon he disappears again across the lake, just as quietly as he arrived. It will be another year til we see him again. St Nicholas is coming this year on the 01 st Advent weekend!


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To shorten the waiting time, the flute children of the music school and some young musicians from Obertraun play on the shore. To warm up, there is a punch and biscuit stand from the Obertraun kindergarten and the Kinderfreunde. At the end of November the time has come & this year for the first time there is the possibility to visit a small but nice St. Nicholas market from 14:00 o'clock!

The Krampus stays at home on this day.

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