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Religious festivals, cattle drives & more!

Culture & tradition at Lake Achensee

Tirol is steeped in tradition. The customs and celebrations that comprise today’s quintessential Tirolean lifestyle started centuries ago. Traditional folk culture is also characterized by religious and rural festivals, and the Achensee region is no exception. Each autumn, villagers celebrate the cattle drives, which mark the return of the cattle from the summer pastures, with parades and feasts. Religious ceremonies on public holidays, such as the Corpus Christi or Pentecost processions, are also kept alive. In addition, the region hosts many events centering on folk music. What all festivals have in common is that locals put on their best festive dirndls and lederhosen, which vary in design between regions. 

In winter, typically on December 5, people dress up as demonic creatures for the traditional exuberant Krampus runs. Later in the winter, carnival is celebrated with much festivity and colourful parades. On the longest day of the year in June, summer solstice bonfires are lit in the mountains surrounding Lake Achensee. Very often the fires are religious themed.

The Achensee holiday region is also known for the work of Saint Notburga, a simple maid who was committed to helping the poor and sick. The Notburga Museum in Eben, located in one of the country’s most beautiful baroque buildings, is dedicated to Tirol's only female saint, who is also the patron saint of servants and peasants.

Many churches and chapels in the Achensee region are also testimony to the country’s long cultural history. More information is available in the culture guide and the brochure "Wiesinger Kirchen- und Kapellenweg".

What's happening at Lake Achensee?

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Rural Youth Ball
Rural Youth Ball
20:00 - 02:00
Gemeindesaal Wiesing
Folk dance
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Folk dance
19:00 - 22:00
Gemeindesaal Wiesing
Carnival shooting
Carnival shooting
18:00 - 22:00
Schützengilde Achenkirch
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Carnival parade
Carnival parade
12:30 - 20:00
Achenkirch
Carnival association ball
Carnival association ball
20:00 - 02:00
Gemeindesaal Wiesing
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Carnival parade
Carnival parade
14:00 - 18:00
Wiesing
Reading, concert, and vernissage
Reading, concert, and vernissage
20:00 - 22:00
Altes Widum
Die Findling
Die Findling
20:00 - 22:00
Altes Widum
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Opening achensee.literatour 2023 with Dirk Stermann
Opening achensee.literatour 2023 with Dirk Stermann
20:00 - 21:30
Hotel Entners am See
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Reading with Bettina Scheiflinger at Posthotel Achenkirch
Reading with Bettina Scheiflinger at Posthotel Achenkirch
15:00 - 15:45
Posthotel Achenkirch, Hotellobby
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Reading with Tonio Schachinger & Tanja Raich
Reading with Tonio Schachinger & Tanja Raich
20:00 - 21:30
Altes Widum
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Reading on the mountain with Sandra Lüpkes
Reading on the mountain with Sandra Lüpkes
10:30 - 12:00
Rofan cable car valley station in…
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Debut reading with Anja Bachl
Debut reading with Anja Bachl
15:00 - 15:45
Seehotel Einwaller
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Reading with Bernhard Aichner at the Fischergut in Pertisau
Reading with Bernhard Aichner at the Fischergut in Pertisau
19:30 - 21:00
Fischergut in Pertisau
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Thriller Hike with Beate Maxian on the Dien-Mut-Weg
Thriller Hike with Beate Maxian on the Dien-Mut-Weg
10:00 - 12:00
Parkplatz, Beginn Dien-Mut-Weg, nahe…
Bataillons Schützenfest
Bataillons Schützenfest
19:00 - 02:00
Veranstaltungszentrum Maurach
Anna Maurer Quartett
Anna Maurer Quartett
20:00 - 22:00
Altes Widum
Achensee summer solstice bonfires
Achensee summer solstice bonfires
21:00 - 23:00
Region Achensee
"Saltbrennt"
"Saltbrennt"
20:00 - 22:00
Altes Widum

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