Tirolean Mountain Christmas

Anyone who is interested in regional traditions can visit the „Tiroler Bergweihnacht“ (Tirolean Mountain Christmas) at the Sixenhof in Achenkirch, featuring a nativity scene with life-size figures and live animals. Visitors will be presented a 30-minute alpine version of the Christmas story.

a nativity scene featuring life-size figures and live animals the centuries-old barn of the Sixenhof ©Tirol Werbung, Grössinger Michael

©Tirol Werbung, Grössinger Michael

This year marks the 20th edition of the event where the centuries-old barn of the Sixenhof, a museum of local history, will be transformed into a nativity scene featuring life-size figures and live animals. Visitors will be presented a 30-minute alpine version of the Christmas story, and afterwards are welcome to taste “Achentaler Zelten” – a special fruit bread from the local bakery in the old open-fire kitchen of the historic single farmhouse. The fruit bread is a traditional bakery which the Tirolean people enjoy during the festive season.

The admission fee also covers a visit of the 14 showrooms of the local history museum. A traditionally decorated Christmas tree and one of the oldest nativity scenes of the Achental is displayed in the former bedroom of the farmers.

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  • 200 years “Silent Night” at the Sixenhof

    The Sixenhof is also one of the places where visitors can trace the history of the world’s most famous and most popular Christmas carol. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of “Silent Night! Holy Night!” a new exhibition is dedicated to the famous national singer Ludwig Rainer, the most significant singer to spread the song during his tours across America and Russia.

    Exhibits include Rainer’s original garment chest which he used on his travels around the world. When Ludwig Rainer returned to Tirol in 1868, he settled at Lake Achensee where he had the noble Hotel Seehof (which unfortunately no longer exists) and the chapel of the same name built in Achenkirch. Rainer died at age 71 and was buried in the local cemetery in Achenkirch.

    On Saturdays and Sundays from 24th November to 27th December, visitors can explore the traces left by the national singer at Lake Achensee by taking guided toursClick here for reservations and more information.

  • Admission

    Adults: EUR 6.50
    Children up to 15 years: EUR 2.50
    Children up to 6 years are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult!

    Per person including refreshments (coffee, tea or mulled wine and Achentaler Zelten fruit bread: EUR 9.50
    Per person without refreshments: EUR 6.00
    Groups larger than 20 people: bus driver/guides are free!

  • Opening Times

    Opening times
    from 24th November to 27th December 2019 every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

    Admission for groups of 20 people and more is possible at any time outside the regular opening times.