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Handcrafts and Traditions

Austria is blessed by coincidences: close to nature and informal, yet valuing tradition and etiquette. Once-courtly formalities are lived out with a light touch at elegant events, while the finest labours of hand and head perfect traditional techniques, taking these creatively into the modern era.

Passion for Tradition

Café Korb in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Lammerhuber Café Korb in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Lammerhuber

Kaffeehaus Culture Vienna

The Viennese say they looted sacks of coffee beans after the Turks withdrew following a failed siege in 1683. But it was a spy on the payroll of the Royal Court who gave the city its real taste for coffee. Born in Istanbul, he founded Vienna’s first Kaffeehaus in 1685.
A real taste for coffee
Ferlach Rifle © Ludwig Borovnik Ferlach Rifle © Ludwig Borovnik

Ferlach's Master Gunsmiths

They are as beautiful as museum pieces when they leave the workshop, but destined for practical use. Renowned for their precision, weapons made in Ferlach make the heart of every collector beat faster and are coveted by hunters all over the world.
Renowned for precision
Heilkräuterladen © Verein TEH Heilkräuterladen © Verein TEH

Pinzgau's Natural Medicine

The Pinzgau region, tucked between Tirol and Bavaria, is a quintessential Alpine environment, with its forests, meadows and magnificent farms. Over the centuries the mountain dwellers of Pinzgau, often living isolated from the rest of the world, have found novel ways to survive, existing on what they could find on their doorstep.
Cures and remedies
Silent Night Museum Hallein © stillenachtland.at Silent Night Museum Hallein © stillenachtland.at

The “Silent Night” Carol

It touches people from all nations and cultures. The “Silent Night! Holy Night!” carol is an expression of the deepest reflection and a spiritual longing for peace.
Where it all began
Ball Season in Vienna © Kaffeesiederball Ball Season in Vienna © Kaffeesiederball

Wiener Walzer and Ball Season

Nowhere are balls so romantically formal as in Vienna. This tradition is intoxicating to locals and visitors for far more than a single night.
Everything dances
Pine Resin © Ernst Schagl Pine Resin © Ernst Schagl

The Melody of Pine Resin

A botanical rarity extends south of Vienna, from the Wienerwald as far as Rax and Schneeberg: the largest and most northerly forest of Austrian black pine in Europe. It conceals more than one secret - and trees with faces!
Lower Austria's gold
Bregenzerwald Architecture © Österreich Werbung/Wiesenhofer Bregenzerwald Architecture © Österreich Werbung/Wiesenhofer

Wood Architecture in Vorarlberg

In the building traditions of other countries it may be fine stones and hand-made tiles - in Vorarlberg, that status is given to wood. In the Bregenzerwald region, the knowledge about this age-old building material is actively preserved and applied with a contemporary twist.
The elegance of wood
Hütte auf der Saukaralm bei Grossarl, SalzburgerLand © Österreich Werbung/Andreas Hofer Hütte auf der Saukaralm bei Grossarl, SalzburgerLand © Österreich Werbung/Andreas Hofer

High on the Alpine Pasture

For a short while in summer, the Alpine pastures transport animals and people alike into an intoxicating mood.
Almsommer in SalzburgerLand
Reed Harvest in Illmitz © Österreich Werbung/Diejun Reed Harvest in Illmitz © Österreich Werbung/Diejun

Reed Roofs in Burgenland

Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland is surrounded by one of the largest contiguous belts of reed beds. And it is the reason for a special winter sport: reed-cutting.
Out of the water, onto the roof
Schladming Loden © Jörg Steiner Schladming Loden © Jörg Steiner

Schladming Loden

Loden has been the high performance product of the Alpine population for centuries, synonymous with the national identity. Nothing protects so naturally against cold, rain and wind. The “Schladminger Rock” is particularly famous, a robust men’s jacket. The cloth for this garment is produced in Austria’s oldest Loden mill.
Naturally cold, rain and wind resistant
Falknerei in Niederösterreich © Österreich Werbung / Sportive Falknerei in Niederösterreich © Österreich Werbung / Sportive

Falconry in Austria

From the falconer’s fist, the falcon launches itself and climbs high into the air, until it spots its prey. For 5000 years, humans have been benefitting from the hunting instinct of birds of prey.
The art of free flight
Roland Neuwirth Schrammeln © Wiener Volksliedwerk Roland Neuwirth Schrammeln © Wiener Volksliedwerk

"Dudeln" and "Schrammelmusik"

The best things about Vienna seem to come from somewhere else. The "Wiener Schnitzel", for instance, actually comes from Milan, and the same goes for such authentically Viennese forms of music as “Dudeln” (the local name for yodelling) and "Schrammelmusik”, which have also “migrated” here.
Authentic Vienna from somewhere else
Carnival in Imst © Melitta Abber Carnival in Imst © Melitta Abber

“Fasnacht” and Tirol's Mask-Carvers

In Tirol, the processions marking “Fasnacht” (the Shrovetide carnival) are such wild celebrations that these traditional events are only staged every 3, 4 or even 5 years.
The major festival
Stift Heiligenkreuz © Österreich Werbung/Volker Preusser Stift Heiligenkreuz © Österreich Werbung/Volker Preusser

The Sound of Heiligenkreuz Abbey

Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Europe’s largest Cistercian Monastery, lies behind protective walls, less than half an hour’s drive from Vienna. With an uninterrupted 900 years history of monasticism, Heiligenkreuz is both a tourist attraction and a deeply spiritual experience.
Behind protective walls
Goiserer Shoemaker's © Leo Himsl Goiserer Shoemaker's © Leo Himsl

Goiserer Boots

It began 140 years ago in Bad Goisern with the invention of the first “engineered” mountain boot. Today the Goiserer is still the epitome of top quality, but it has evolved to be fit for city life as well.
"Engineered" for mountains
Bregenzerwald Cheese © Käsestraße Bregenzerwald Bregenzerwald Cheese © Käsestraße Bregenzerwald

The Taste of Alpine Pastures

For centuries, the tradition of three-level pasture management in the Alps has been practised in Vorarlberg. This results in some unusual and rare types of cheese. The “Käsestrasse Bregenzerwald” (Bregenzerwald Cheese Trail) invites you to experience this cultural heritage, the people, their hospitality and, of course, the cheese.
The Bregenzerwald Cheese Trail
Wachau Vineyards © Österreich Werbung/Himsl Wachau Vineyards © Österreich Werbung/Himsl

Viticulture in Lower Austria

In Lower Austria, the vines were planted on fruitful soil. Since the Romans grew vines on the favoured sites in this northern province of their Empire, wine has been prized here as a pleasurable cultural heritage and elevated to cult status by committed wine-growers.
A history of world class wine
Yodelling © Steirisches Volksliedwerk Yodelling © Steirisches Volksliedwerk

Yodelling in Styria

As loud as a scream or as melodious as a song - that’s the yodellers from Styria. Sung as a modulated “jo” syllable, the power of the voice is something which fascinates the world over and invites people to try it for themselves.
Ancient communication
Salt from Hallein Salt Mine © Österreich Werbung/Peter Rigaud Salt from Hallein Salt Mine © Österreich Werbung/Peter Rigaud

Hallein Salt Mine

You can visit one of the oldest salt mines in the world at Hallein near Salzburg. Its salt provided a livelihood for local people, brought riches to the archbishops, and built the magnificent city of Salzburg we admire today.
Salt of the earth
Bad Bleiberg Mining Tunnel © Bad Bleiberg Bad Bleiberg Mining Tunnel © Bad Bleiberg

Bleiberg's Mining Culture

„Glück auf!“ is the greeting of miners to wish each other a productive day and a safe journey back to daylight. Despite closure of the mine in 1993, this traditional miners’ greeting is still on everyone’s lips in Bad Bleiberg near Villach in Carinthia.
„Glück auf!“
Pas de Deux Vorführung in der Spanischen Hofreitschule © Spanische Hofreitschule/Michael Rzep Pas de Deux Vorführung in der Spanischen Hofreitschule © Spanische Hofreitschule/Michael Rzep

Spanish Riding School Vienna

The Lipizzaner stallions enchant their public at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the oldest riding school in the world.
High school of horsemanship
Blaudruckerei Koó © Koó Blaudruckerei Koó © Koó

Indigo Printing Burgenland

Indigo printing revolutionised Europe’s textile industry in the 17th century, when thousands of printing works sprang up. Nowadays this handcraft is only practised by two printers, in a Burgenland workshop where everything is old except the designs. This heartens traditionalists as much as young creative talent.
A blue print for art
Funeral Museum Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Muhr Funeral Museum Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Muhr

Cult of the Dead Vienna

The Viennese concern themselves with death quite happily during their lifetime: they sing about it, play with it and build monuments to it. The cult of the dead is a slightly macabre yet gleeful manifestation, and a strategically clever move against the finiteness of life.
Cemetries and tributes
Breadmaking Lesachtal © Lesachtaler Mühlenverein Breadmaking Lesachtal © Lesachtaler Mühlenverein

Breadmaking in the Lesachtal Valley

Home-made bread is an expression of wealth and the joy of living in the Lesachtal valley in Carinthia.
From corn to bread
Traditional Costume Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus/Lingg Traditional Costume Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus/Lingg

Bregenzerwald Women's Costume

The women of the Bregenzerwald marched bravely towards the attackers. When the attackers saw the women approaching in their white clothes, they turned and ran. They took the women to be angels. Since then, legend has it, the women wear dark skirts, to avoid being mistaken for otherworldly beings.
The beauty of the Juppe

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