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Traditions in Austria

Austria is a combination of pristine landscapes & imperial cities, historic towns & cutting-edge architecture, love of tradition & thirst for the new. Experience "Gemuetlichkeit": a lifestyle that celebrates the finer moments in life.

Handcraft & Traditions

Schladming Loden © Joerg Steiner / no  name Schladming Loden © Joerg Steiner / no name

Winterproof: Schladming Loden

Loden has been the high performance product of the Alpine population for centuries.
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Traditional block printing at the Auseerland © Eder / no  name Traditional block printing at the Auseerland © Eder / no name

Hand block printing from Aussee

Located in the Salzkammergut, with its scenic lakes, meadows and mountains. All this is reflected in the colors of its traditional costume.
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Manufacturing of the Goisern Boot © Österreich Werbung / Peter Rigaud Manufacturing of the Goisern Boot © Österreich Werbung / Peter Rigaud

Hand crafted Goiserer boots

It began 140 years ago in Bad Goisern (hence the name) with the invention of the first “engineered” mountain boot.
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Ferlacher Büchsenmacher © Ludwig Borovnik / a Ferlacher Büchsenmacher © Ludwig Borovnik / a

Ferlach's Master Gunsmiths

Renowned for their precision, rifles made in Ferlach make the heart of every collector beat faster and are coveted by hunters all worldwide.
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Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut Lake District © Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH / Andreas Röbl Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut Lake District © Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH / Andreas Röbl

Crafts in the Salzkammergut Lake Region

Love at first sight: anyone visiting the Salzkammergut is fascinated by its bewitching scenic beauty. Lush pastures, dense forests, and crystal-clear lakes alternate before an imposing mountain backdrop. And in between are placid towns and villages with traditional handcrafts.
 
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Indigo printing in Burgenland © Sonnenland Mittelburgenland Indigo printing in Burgenland © Sonnenland Mittelburgenland

Indigo Printing Burgenland

This cherrished artform is only practiced by two printers in Burgenland; where everything is old except the design.
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Traditional Costumes from Austria
‘Dirndl’ dresses/ aprons © Österreich Werbung / Grieder Traditional Costumes from Austria ‘Dirndl’ dresses/ aprons © Österreich Werbung / Grieder

The essential Dirndl (and Lederhosen) guide

The Dirndl is fun, feminine and flirty. With these attributes, the Dirndl has evolved from its humble origins to a fashion superstar.
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Bregenzerwälder Tracht © Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH Bregenzerwälder Tracht © Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH

Costumes of the Bregenzerwald

The traditional clothing of the women in the Bregenzerwald are based on a deep rooted folk tale.
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Seasonal Occasions & Traditions

Adventmarkt am Rathausplatz © Österreich Werbung / Astrid Bartl Adventmarkt am Rathausplatz © Österreich Werbung / Astrid Bartl

Christmas in Austria

Visit christmas markets, try some Gluehwein and enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
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Christmas market at Schönbrunn castle in Vienna © Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und BetriebsGmbH / Fally Christmas market at Schönbrunn castle in Vienna © Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und BetriebsGmbH / Fally

Christmas markets in Austria

During the four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, Christmas Markets pop up in every Austrian town, big & small.
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Silent Night Museum Hallein © Stille Nacht Gesellschaft Silent Night Museum Hallein © Stille Nacht Gesellschaft

The “Silent Night” carol

It touches people from all nations and cultures: the famous christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night!”
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New Year´s Concert Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber New Year´s Concert Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber

New Year's in Austria

Start the New Year in style attending the New Year's Ball at the Imperial Palace, or celebrate it on the streets of any town in Austria.
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Ball Season in Vienna © Kaffeesiederball Ball Season in Vienna © Kaffeesiederball

Ball season in Vienna

Nowhere are balls so romantically formal as in Vienna. This tradition is intoxicating to locals and visitors for far more than a single night.
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Cattle procession © Tourismusverband Lechtal Reutte Cattle procession © Tourismusverband Lechtal Reutte

Cattle procession "Almabtrieb"

The catttle procession "Almabtrieb" is an annual event in the alpine region of Austria.
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Fasnacht Imst: Scheller © Archiv Fasnacht Imst Fasnacht Imst: Scheller © Archiv Fasnacht Imst

“Fasnacht” & the Tirol mask-carvers

In Tirol, the "Fasnacht" processions are such wild celebrations that some events only staged every 3, 4 or even 5 years.
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In the mood for Austrian cuisine?

We have compiled a list of our favorite Austrian dishes for you to surprise your friends and family with...

Austrian Cuisine

Austria. Itineraries.

Looking for unforgettable experiences in Austria? Here are our itinerary suggestions for your trip.

Itineraries

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The AUSTRIA COLLECTION exemplifies the best in Austrian hospitality and its members are excellent options for your stay in Austria.

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