Every year in January the balloon week takes place in Gosau at Dachstein, where countless balloons decorate both the ground and the air. (photo: RudiKainPhotografie)

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Krampus Procession in Hallstatt

The Hallstatt Krampuslauf Procession takes place each year on 5th December, the traditional „Krampus Day“.

Where does the name “Krampus” come from?

The name derives from the Old German cramps = "claw" or from the Bavarian "Krampn" = something lifeless, withered or withered. In our area Salzkammergut the Krampus is rather familiar under the name "Kramperl".


What does "Krampus" mean?

The Krampus is in the alpine customs a fright figure of the Advent, which accompanies the Saint Nicholas. ... In the Salzkammergut we call it "Nikolaus".


When is the Krampustag?

The Krampus run the D'Hirlatzer devil takes place annually on 5th December at the market square of Hallstatt. The Krampustag is the 5th of December, the St. Nicholas' Festival actually on the 6th of December, but usually both figures appear together on the evening of the 5th of December.


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Before „D’Hirlatzer Devils“ assemble on the market square, they go from house to house to reward all who have been well behaved this year. Sometimes, but not very often, they will need to punish those who have been bad!

The evil-looking characters make spectators afraid, and have a long tradition. The hand-carved wooden masks are often handed down from one generation to another. The thick cloaks worn by the Krampus figures are often made from sheep wool, and the sounds of the large metal bells carried throughout the procession can be heard from far away.


Visit us also at the famous "Salzkammergut Krampuslauf" in Bad Goisern. On December 7th, the market square in Goisern will turn into a seething cauldron again: Brave Engerl and Nikolaus meet at the legendary Salzkammergut Krampus run on countless evil Krampus and Perchten! Viewers and participants travel from near and far to this impressive folklore event. And for the "youngster Kramperl" there`s even a children's Krampuslauf.

Contact & Service

Tourist information Hallstatt
Seestraße 114
4830 Hallstatt

+43 5 95095-30
+43 5 95095-74


Don’t hesitate to contact the team of local guides at the tourist board Hallstatt - Michelle Knoll, Laura Rainer, Lukas Puntigamand Marah Wächter  – for any questions about Hallstatt and the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut.

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