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Austrian 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.

Get to Know Austria's Traditions

Falknerei in Niederösterreich © Österreich Werbung / Sportive Falknerei in Niederösterreich © Österreich Werbung / Sportive

Falconry in Austria

Experience the 5,000-year-old-tradition of falconry in Austria.
The art of free flight
Pas de Deux at the Spanish Riding School © Spanische Hofreitschule / Michael Rzepa Pas de Deux at the Spanish Riding School © Spanische Hofreitschule / Michael Rzepa

Spanish Riding School Vienna (VIDEOS)

The Lipizzaner stallions enchant their public at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the oldest riding school in the world.
High school of horsemanship
The Bregenzerwald region is known for rooted agriculture and handicraft but with a modern touch © Vorarlberg Tourismus / Dietmar Walser The Bregenzerwald region is known for rooted agriculture and handicraft but with a modern touch © Vorarlberg Tourismus / Dietmar Walser

Cheese Road in Vorarlberg

Follow The Cheese Route in the gently undulating Bregenzerwald for the perfect combination of natural beauty and unparallled taste.

Taste the Deliciousness
Cattle drive at the Almabtrieb at the Achensee © Achensee Tourism Cattle drive at the Almabtrieb at the Achensee © Achensee Tourism

"Almabtrieb" cattle procession

The "Almabtrieb" cattle procession is an annual event all over the Alpine regions of Austria.
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the idyllic christmas market at lake Wolfgang © Wolfgangsee Tourismus Gesellschaft / Savel Alexander the idyllic christmas market at lake Wolfgang © Wolfgangsee Tourismus Gesellschaft / Savel Alexander

Christmas Markets in Austria

From the middle of November until the end of the year, Austria is the place to find romantic Christmas markets. Glistening lights, seasonal treats and snow-covered roofs make for a magical experience in Austria's towns.
Our favourite markets
Trachtenmode © Platzhirsch / Bettina Grieshofer Trachtenmode © Platzhirsch / Bettina Grieshofer

Yodelling in Styria

As loud as a scream or as melodious as a song - that’s the yodellers from Styria.
Ancient communication
Silent Night Museum Hallein © Stille Nacht Gesellschaft Silent Night Museum Hallein © Stille Nacht Gesellschaft

The “Silent Night” Carol

Written in Austria 200 years ago, “Silent Night” touches people from all nations and cultures today.
Where it all began
The traditional Café Sperl in Vienna © WienTourismus / Peter  Rigaud The traditional Café Sperl in Vienna © WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Coffee House Culture

The Austrian coffee house (Kaffeehaus) is an institution - with its own associated culture and customs.
A real taste for coffee

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