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Living Traditions

Traditions and customs are really important to us in the Berchtesgadener Land region.

The dawn of spring is accompanied by traditions such as whip cracking and the Easter celebrations.
On 1st May, a maypole is erected and the mountain festival is celebrated at Whitsun.
An expansive list of activities and events means that you can't help but enjoy the cultural summer.

The 'Almabtrieb' and the harvest festival in autumn are followed by the Kramperllauf – a Bavarian and Austrian tradition in which revellers dress up as Krampus, a horned beast which punishes naughty children at Christmas, and walk through the town – and the Buttnmandllauf, the equivalent event in the Berchtesgaden area. The festive period is then welcomed by the 'Weihnachtsschiessen' on 17th December.