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Easter Markets and Traditions in Austria

Easter in Austria brings out more colours than you could imagine. The various Easter Markets invite you to experience unique regional traditions under the blanket of the delightful spring sunshine, and a grand selection of concerts fill the evenings with musical delight.
Easter Market Schönbrunn Palace © MTS Austria GmbH Easter Market Schönbrunn Palace © MTS Austria GmbH

Easter Markets in Vienna

Old Viennese Easter Market, Freyung, 16.03.-02.04.2018
www.altwiener-markt.at (website in German only)

Am Hof Easter Market, 05.04.-22.04.2019
www.ostermarkt-hof.at (website in German only)

Schönbrunn Palace Easter Market, 06.04.-22.04.2019
www.ostermarkt.co.at

Kalvarienberg Festival, 14.03.-01.04.2018
www.kalvarienbergfest.at (website in German only)

Women in traditional costumes and the finished "Palmbuschen" © Salzburger Freilichtmuseum Women in traditional costumes and the finished "Palmbuschen" © Salzburger Freilichtmuseum

Easter Markets in Salzburg

Traditional Easter Market in the Gwandhaus in Salzburg, 17.-25.03.2018
www.salzburg.info

Salzburg Easter Festival, 06.04.-22.04.2019
www.osterfestspiele-salzburg.at

Easter Market at Gut Aiderbichl, 06.04.-28.04.2019
www.gut-aiderbichl.at (website in German only)

Traditional Easter Market in the Salzburg Open-Air Museum, 24.03.2018
www.freilichtmuseum.com

Easter Market in the Old 'Krämerhaus', Hof bei Salzburg, 16.-17.03.2018
www.fuschlsee.salzkammergut.at

Did you know that... the farmers and townsmen of Großarl sing ancient melodies hourly on the nights of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday? Read more about this Easter tradition.
Painted easter eggs © elisabeth_convent__wally_witsch Painted easter eggs © elisabeth_convent__wally_witsch

Easter Markets in Styria

Easter Exhibition at Castle Farrach, 09.-11.03.2018
www.schlossfarrach.at (website in German only)

Easter Markets in Graz, 23.03.-02.04.2018
Hauptplatz Market, Franciscan Quarter Market and Kid's Easterworld

Easter Workshops at Stübing Open-Air Museum, 23.03. & 25.03.2018
www.stuebing.at (website in German only)

Easter Market in Weiz, 24.03.2018
www.tourismus-weiz.at (website in German only)

Easter Market in Donnersbach, 18.03.2018
www.schladming-dachstein.at

Did you know that... children in Eastern Styria carry consecrated fire from house to house on Holy Saturday? Read more about this Easter tradition.
Velikonoční trh v Innsbrucku © alexander_tolmo Velikonoční trh v Innsbrucku © alexander_tolmo

Easter Markets in Tirol

Innsbruck Easter Market, 22.03.-02.04.2018
www.innsbruck.info

Tirol Easter Festival, Innsbruck, 17.03.-01.04.2018
www.innsbruck.info

Easter Market in Hall in Tirol, 23.-24.03.2018
www.hall-wattens.at

Easter Market in Kufstein, 30 -31.03.2018
www.kufstein.com

Easter Market in Lienz, 19.04.-20.04.2019
www.lienz.gv.at (website in German only)

Easter Market in Weißleiten, 30.-31.03.2018
www.kitzbueheler-alpen.com

Did you know that... there is an annual "Ram Parade" in East Tirol? Read more about this Easter tradition.
Eastermarket in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee © Wörthersee Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia Eastermarket in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee © Wörthersee Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia

Easter Markets in Carinthia

Artistically designed decorations, traditional crafts, delicious Carinthian cuisine and colouful Easter gifts.

Klagenfurt Easter Market, Neuer Platz, 15.03.-01.04.2018
www.visitklagenfurt.at

Villach Easter Market, 22.-31.03.2018
www.region-villach.at (website in German only)

Easter market in Mallnitz, 29.03.2018
www.mallnitz.at (website in German only)

Did you know that... a village in Carinthia performs a Passion Play to protect the village from floods and epidemics? Read more about this Easter tradition.

For a taste of Carinthian Easter, try our traditional Reindling Cake recipe.

Painted Easter Eggs © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Weinhäupl Painted Easter Eggs © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Weinhäupl

Easter Markets in Vorarlberg

Easter Market in Feldkirch with fruit tree market, 30.03.2018
www.feldkirch.travel

Easter Market in Lustenau, 24.03.2018
marketing.lustenau.at (website in German only)

Vorklöschtner Easter Craft Fair in Bregenz, 18.03.2018
www.bregenz.travel, www.lebensraum-bregenz.at (website in German only)

Eastermarket in Schärding © H. Berndorfer Eastermarket in Schärding © H. Berndorfer

Easter Markets in Upper Austria

Salzkammergut Easter Exhibition, 10.-11.03.2018
www.laakirchen.at (website in German only)

Easter Market at Burg Kreuzen Castle, 17.-18.03.2018
www.donauregion.at

Easter Market at at Stehrerhof Open-Air Museum, 17.-18.03.2018
www.stehrerhof.at (website in German only)

Easter Market at Castle Weinberg, 17.-18.03.2018
www.schloss-weinberg.at

Easter Market in Obernberg am Inn, 18.03.2018
www.obernberg.at (website in German only)

Bunt bemalte Ostereier © Wörthersee Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia Bunt bemalte Ostereier © Wörthersee Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia

Easter Markets in Lower Austria

Schloss Hof Easter Market, 17.-18.03. and 31.03.-02.04.2018
www.schlosshof.at

Easter Market in the Kartause Charterhouse, 23.-25.03.2018
www.gaming.gv.at (website in German only)

Eggenburg Easer Market, 24.-25.03.2018
www.eggenburg.gv.at (website in German only)

Marchfeld Easter Market at Marchegg Castle, 16.-18.03.2018
www.marchegg.at (website in German only)

Grafenegg Spring, 31.03.-02.04.2018
www.grafenegg.com

Did you know that... godparents bring their godchildren a sweet "Godnküpfi" in Lower Austria? Read more about this Easter Tradition.
Ostereier aus Stinatz, Südburgenland © Südburgenland Tourismus Ostereier aus Stinatz, Südburgenland © Südburgenland Tourismus

Easter Markets in Burgenland

'Spring Awakening' Easter Market in the Kremayrhaus, 21.03.-21.04.2019
www.rust.at

Easter Market in Purbach, 16.03.-18.03.2018
www.purbach.at (website in German only)

Easter Market in Oberpullendorf, 23.03.-02.04.2018
www.oberpullendorf.at (website in German only)

Easter Market in Jennersdorf, 27.03.2018
www.jennersdorf.eu (website in German only)

Easter market in Gols, 24.03.2018
www.gols.at (website in German only)

Did you know that... there is a 100-year-old carving technique used in Stinatz to create the gorgeous patterns on their colourful decorative eggs? Read more about this Easter tradition.

Regional Austrian Easter traditions

Austria is colourful in terms of its culture, cuisine, customs and traditions all the year round, but especially at Eastertime. What's more, each region has its very own special regional characteristics around this religious festival. Read on to find out more...

SalzburgerLand: Mount of Olives and Passion of Christ Choral Commemoration

Every year on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday it's time for the Grossarl “Mount of Olives and Passion of Christ Choral Commemoration”, a very unique event which looks back on a long tradition. From 8pm on Maundy Thursday to 4am on Good Friday the farmers of the area sing old Passiontide tunes on the hourly, and on the next day it’s the townsmen to take the vocal stage. In their singing they tell of the events surrounding Jesus’s crucifixion and rejoice in the Resurrection.

www.skiamade.com

Styria: "Weihfeuertragen" (carrying consecrated fire)

Children from East Styria get up bright and early on Holy Saturday before the Easter dishes are consecrated, to be "incense bearers". They congregate with their "glow pots" - little metal buckets with long handles - near the church, where the priest then blesses a burning fire. The children place hot coals from the consecrated fire into the buckets, to light the tinder they are carrying. They then carry their "glow pots" with the consecrated fire from house to house. The custom of delivering the sacred fire dates back to early times when there were no matches or lighters, so people couldn't afford to let their hearths go out and had to ensure that they kept the fire going at all times. Only once a year, on Good Friday, did they let their fires go out deliberately. On Holy Saturday the Eastern Styrians would light the heart fire with the consecrated fire from the parish, but only the children who arrived first at the houses with the fire would be rewarded with special gifts.

www.steiermark.com

East Tirol: ram parade in Virgen

Every year on the first Saturday after Easter colourful festivities take place in Virgen, East Tirol. In the “Ram Procession” a ram is paraded from Virgen to Obermauern adorned with flowers and colourful ribbons, and followed by a large crowd of people. The procession leads to the pilgrimage church of “Maria Schnee” in Obermauern where a solemn service is carried out. The animal is taken three times around the alter and is raffled off after the service. The proceeds from the auction go towards the pilgrimage church. The origins of this tradition goes back to the Thirty Years’ War, when the plague raged through the area, so the inhabitants took a pilgrimage to Lavant to escape it, where the ram was solemnly scarified.

www.virgen.at (website in German only)

Carinthia: The Tresdorf Passion Play

The annual passion play in Tresdorf, Carinthia, is full to the brim with emotion but very little dialogue. You’ll find the protagonists of Christ, Pilate, Herod, Simon of Cyrene, Judas and the Archangel Gabrial. The amateur actors tell the story of Christ from the point of view of the ordinary people from that time. The performance starts on Maundy Thursday, when all participants meet at the “Krassnigmühle”. Ulrich’s Kirchl church (the highest point of the village) is the next stop and becomes the Mount of Olives, where Jesus travels with his three disciples only to be betrayed by Judas. After the flagellation and thorn crowning, the characters return to their starting point. On Good Friday Jesus carries a wooden cross and returns to the church, where he lingers and prays for around quarter of an hour. According to legend, performing the Passion Play will protect the village from floods and epidemics. The simplicity and silent gestures of the Passion Play ensures that they attract many visitors back year after year.

www.nationalpark-hohetauern.at

Lower Austria: Mostviertel "Godnküpfi" (godparents' day)

Around Easter, Catholics in the Mostviertler region celebrate “Godntag”. On this day, the godparents (called “Godn” in this area) pay a visit to their godchildren, bringing them "Godnküpfi", a sweet delicacy made from tender yeast dough, artfully crafted and in the shape of a croissant. The sweet delicacy is an integral part of the Easter culinary tradition, and is topped with a coin and presented together with the Easter eggs, to be eaten on Easter Sunday alongside the traditional Easter ham.

www.mostviertel.info (website in German only)

Burgenland: admire the Easter eggs from Stinatz

At Easter, the women from the area of Stinatz in southern Burgenland decorate the colourful Easter eggs with sharp knives, scratching intricate engravings into the shells, which have been treated with special colours, making them more resistant for this process. This ancient tradition has been passed down from the Croats in the region for more than 100 years. Traditionally, these Easter egg decorators used mainly red, purple or black-coloured eggs, which they decorated with traditional floral ornaments or religious motifs. Today, however, they are a lot more colourful and imaginative. You can admire these small works of art if you visit southern Burgenland over Easter.

www.suedburgenland.info (website in German only)

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