Culture and tradition in Achensee

Culture in the Achensee region is characterised by traditional festivals, whose perpetuation is still cherished today. The carnival parades and the ‘Krampus’ runs in winter are as much a part of the events calendar as the Alpine cattle drive and processions in summer.
Corpus Christi procession in Eben in spring

Alpine tradition is characterised in particular by ecclesiastical and agricultural festivals; so too are those in Achensee. These traditions are still cherished here 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 are expanded upon with musical events, where traditional music is to the fore.
In winter the Krampus runs throughout the region are evidence that this tradition is alive and well. The evil “devils” appear at various processions around 5th December, ‘Knecht Ruprecht’ day. Later in the winter foolish activities prevail on the carnival days in the region.

Cultural sights

The holiday region of Achensee is known for the work and the 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. Notburga Museum in Eben/Maurach exhibits interesting information about her life. 2013 marked the 700th time of death of the popular folk saint.

Other museums, such as Achensee’s Museum World, a ‘museum village’ set on an area covering around 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 all the cultural sights in the Cultural guide.
Link to the museums in the region