Traditions

Mauterndorf and the surrounding communities host many special events and folk festivities that are well worth a visit. To check out the upcoming events calendar, please click here!

The Giant "Samson"

The Giant "Samson"

Samson is a figure from the Old Testament, a symbol of the Jewish struggle against the Philistines. In the romantic era, Samson was seen as a living expression of local folk culture. Even then, the tradition's appearance - including dwarves, ceremonial militia and music - was very much as it is today. Many myths, legends and speculations continue to swirl around this gigantic figure from the Lungau.

Medieval Festival in Mauterndorf

Medieval Festival in Mauterndorf

Once a year (generally in June) the town's clocks are turned back a few centuries and the Middle Ages come back to life!
The historic town center, along with the castle, serves as the backdrop for the Medieval Festival, with visitors able to immerse themselves in a time long past.
Jugglers, traders, musicians, folk groups and many more fill Mauterndorf with the life of the Middle Ages. A true adventure for big and small !

St. Bartholomew Fair

St. Bartholomew Fair

Every year at the end of August, this traditional fair is held in Mauterndorf. In honor of Mauterndorf's patron saint, numerous special events take place.
Visit the horse market and attend an auction of foals.
And be sure not to miss out on a stroll through the town center, whose streets will be flanked by around 200 market stands. Allow our local restaurants to treat you to regional specialties, all the while enjoying the colorful goings-on on this special day in the market community of Mauterndorf.

Prangstangen Zederhaus

The Prangstangen

Every year on June 24 - the feast of John the Baptist - in the Nature Park village of Zederhaus, and on June 29 - the feast of Peter and Paul - in the National Park village of Muhr, these two communities celebrate their respective patron saints. The high point is a church service followed by a procession through town. During this procession, colorful “Prangstangen” are borne through the streets. These are tall wooden poles, as much as 6 or 8 meters in height, garlanded in fresh flowers from the fields and meadows.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

In autumn, Mother Nature here in the Lungau dons her most magnificent, most colorful gown. The weather is generally very settled, sunny autumn days with pleasant temperatures invite you to set out on hikes and mountaineering adventures, bike tours, or to attend a variety of Harvest Festival events.
Experience traditional festivities, sample Lungau delicacies, enjoy ages-old traditions first-hand, celebrate shoulder to shoulder with the locals!