Culture and tradition at Lake Achensee
Culture in the Achensee region is characterised by traditional festivals which are still alive today. The carnival parades and the ‘Krampus’ runs in winter are as much a part of the events calendar as the alpine cattle drives and processions in summer.
Alpine tradition is characterised in particular by ecclesiastical and agricultural festivals, and this also applies to the Achensee region where these traditions are still cherished today. The alpine cattle drives, which take place in September every year, are celebrated with big public festivals. People have remained true to the tradition of processions on church holidays such as Whitsun. These traditional festivals feature musical events with traditional brass music.
In winter, the Krampus runs throughout the region are testimony that this tradition is still alive. The evil “devils” appear at various processions around 5 December, ‘Knecht Ruprecht’ day. Later in the winter there will be carnival celebrations throughout the region.
The Achensee holiday region is known for the work and death of Saint Notburga. In the 13th century this popular patron saint of Tirol, the simple maid Notburga, provided support to the poor and the weak. The Notburga Museum in Eben/Maurach exhibits interesting information about her life. 2013 marked the 700th death anniversary of the popular national saint.
Other museums, such as Achensee’s Museum World, a ‘museum village’ set on an area comprising ca. eight hectares in Maurach, the museum of local history in Sixenhof, a 650 year old farmhouse, and the museum for the legendary Tiroler Steinöl® (shale oil) are worth a visit.
The many churches and chapels in the Achensee region reveal the splendour and beauty of a long cultural history. You can learn more about the history and the cultural sights in the Cultural guide.
Link to the museums in the region