Alps & Culture
Culture and tradition in the Austrian Alps
The beginning. Values. Authenticity.
The Alps: steeped in legend and mysterious. Mystical and challenging. The people of the Alps: adapted to the rhythm of the seasons, their life interwoven with what the landscape provides and requires. Traditions and customs make life into a liturgical year cycle. Discover the unique culture of the Alpine area while on holiday in Austria.
The landscape of the Alps is as rich in diversity, with its meadows, Alpine pastures, mysterious forests and craggy cliffs, as it is varied with its history, legends and myths, which are entwined with this landscape. Churches and little churches, caves and mountain summits, each have their own stories to tell of goblins and dwarves, fairies and fairytale creations.
In centuries past nature has sometimes showed no mercy to mankind. The long winter especially was not something to be enjoyed as it is today; rather it was often a dangerous time for the inhabitants. This is why there were numerous customs based around winter: the ‘Perchtenläufe’ procession, to drive out winter, or the famous Aussee Flinserl carnival. When the winter had finally passed, spring was then welcomed in with exuberance. The ‘Narzissenfest’ in Altaussee is an expression of joie de vivre and definitely a cultural event which is worth seeing. Colourful church consecrations show you the tradition of the Alps, as does the ‘Almauftriebe’, the yearly cattle drive, and cheery Alpine festivals, where musicians strike up the dance.
Discover the various customs and traditions of the Alpine area during your holiday in the Austrian Alps. Listen to and read about the legends and stories, and suddenly you'll see - the laundry of the ‘Wildfrauen’ on Altaussee Trisselwand flapping in the wind, the Waterman and the King of the Alps. Myths and legends follow you wherever you go.
AlpenParks Hotels & Residences: In the middle of the cultural area of the Alps
In your holiday in the luxurious AlpenParks Hotels & Residences you will enjoy staying in an unforgettable natural and cultural landscape and will amass new and unforgettable experiences every day of your stay.
- AlpenParks Hagan Lodge Altaussee
- AlpenParks Residence Bad Hofgastein
- AlpenParks Parkhotel Zell am See
- AlpenParks Resort Maria Alm