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Carnival time in the Salzkammergut tourist region

Lively goings-on in the Salzkammergut tourist region

A winter paradise in Bad Ischl
Wintertime in the Salzkammergut tourist region

Whether it's the carnival parade in Ebensee, Bad Aussee, drumming women or Bader Jagerl and his wife Gertraud - the landscape is just as diverse here as the silly season is.

The carnival tradition

Carnival is celebrated in lavish and boisterous style in the Salzkammergut tourist region. Tradition and folklore are given top priority during the silly season. Carnival not only heralds the last highlight of the winter customs but this tradition also drives out evil demons and asks for fertility and a rich harvest. The carnival tradition dates back to Celtic times.

From Bad Aussee's "Trommelweibern" and "Flinserln" ...

The drumming women procession moves through Bad Aussee with deafening noise on carnival Monday and Tuesday in the early morning: strong men dressed in old-fashioned women's nightwear who drive the winter out with their drums and trumpets.

The "Flinserl" are spring characters. Their precious elaborately decorated dresses are made from pure linen and embroidered with colourful sequinned patches of cloth. The magnificent garments are supposed to have come to Bad Aussee with the salt trade from Venice. The traditional "Finserl" procession takes place every year on carnival Tuesday at 2.00 p.m. in Bad Aussee town centre. It is recommended that you get there early.

… and the Ebensee "Fetzen"

In Ebensee the whole town revolves around silly goings-on at carnival time. The Ebensee "Fetzen" procession has in the meantime become an immaterial UNESCO Cultural Heritage. The jesters move through Ebensee in their typical rags and artistically carved wooden masks and party until the next morning.

And don't forget - Bader Jagerl and his wife Gertraud

Bad Ischl's carnival is unimaginable now without Bader Jagerl and his wife Gertraud, who are a very important detail in the processions. Their story is unique:

yes, they are in fact married, if you can believe the "proclamation paper" dated 13 February 1872, a joke by Bad Ischl's citizens, which reports of the couple's wedding:

"So that the evil world cannot say that a bride and bridegroom already lived together in one house before their wedding, the virtuous bridal couple, Mr Baderjagerlkopf and the virgin Gertraud Grinzinger, are intent on entering the state of marriage... The noble and honourable bridegroom Mr Baderjagerlkopf was born of age with a wooden head to his father, the former wholesaler and court supplier to His Egyptian Majesty, in 1742 in a sculptor's workshop in the royal town of Passau in Bavaria under the expert hands of two sisters... The noble, honourable and virtuous bride: Mr Josef Eißl or Wagner-Seppl, sculptor in Eglmoos, produced next to his wife the daughter the virgin Gertraud Grinzinger, a minor, 14 days old, who does not sniff tobacco, is a pure virgin and a wonderful role model of modesty and patience to all women" A brief but insofar telling description of the strange married couple that spends most of their time in the museum and who like receiving visitors there. By the way, it is highly likely that there is a link to the giant "Samson" rooted in customs in the Lungau and Upper Murtal region. If this is the case then Bader Jagerl would be addressed as the most easterly representative of his kind in Austria.

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