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Krampus parades in the holiday region

Every year we traditionally celebrate St. Nicholas in the holiday region, who is accompanied by the Krampus. Get a brief insight the history of the Krampus and the events in this time in the holiday region Dachstein Salzkammergut.

In the 17th century, St. Nicholas bestowed the „brave“ children, while the Krampus punished the „naughty“ ones. The origin can probably be found in an italian figure from the 16th century: During this time people believed in the idea that the devil would devour the souls of the sinners.



On the 5th of december, it’s the evening before the feast of  St. Nicholas, is Krampus Day in Austria. Usually the Krampus are accompanied in their „Pass“ – their group – by two „Engerl“ („Angel“) and a „Daxnmandl“. The „Passen“ traditionally go from house to house on Krampus Day and ask for entry into the houses.

The following photo gallery can be navigated with the arrow keys (left, right).

A Krampus is traditionally decorated with a wooden mask („Larve“)with horns carved from stone or linden wood, a sheep- or goatskin trouser suit and cowbells attached to a belt on the back. In addition, each Krampus carries a horse or a cow tail or a rod with it.



As tradition is a top priority in the Salzkammergut, several Krampus parades take place in the holiday region every year. At the Krampus parades – which have a long tradition in many Eastern and Southeastern European countries – various „Passen“ run through the villages and try to scare the people. Especially (young) men like to dress as Krampus. Sometimes their long tails and rods are used. Of course, St. Nicholas is alway there and gives away little presents to the children. 

The Salzkammergut Krampus Parade in Bad Goisern

Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut
Kirchengasse 4, 4822 Bad Goisern


Tel.: +43 5 95095
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Events about the Krampus:

Relocation of the Krampus

Relocation of the " Children Krampus" on the Market Square Hallstatt

Relocation of the Children Krampus on the Market Square in Hallstatt.
Time period: to 04.12.2021
Hallstatt market square
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Krampuslauf Hallstatt

Relocation of the "Krampus" by Hirlatzer Teufel

For all the brave spectators there waits a wild hustle on the market square!
Time period: to 05.12.2020
Hallstatt market square
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Krampus and Perchten at the Salzkammergut Krampus run
Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

The Salzkammergut Krampus parade

On December 7, the market square in Goisern turns into a seething cauldron again: nice angels and Santa Claus meet at the legendary Salzkammergut Krampus parade on countless evil...
Time period: to 07.12.2021
market square Bad Goisern
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