Winter traditions in and around Schloss Mittersill

Salzburg winter traditions and winter events

Winter is a time for family, for shared experiences, but also for tranquility and reflection. Various Salzburg winter traditions and customs accompany your vacation in Schloss Mittersill and in our picturesquely beautiful surroundings. Have you experienced our castle around Christmas or the turn of the year in all its festive glory?


Are you familiar with the many amazing events between the National Park Hohe Tauern and the Kitzbühel Alps? Would you like to experience the world-famous Hahnenkamm ski race up close? Your castle team have collected a few ideas and some of the best winter traditions in Salzburg for you.

Christmas at Schloss Mittersill

Christmas at Schloss Mittersill

Christmas is a time for family, friends, and for Schloss Mittersill! Spend the special moments of the Christmas season in a unique place. Have your dream Christmas, hidden behind 900-year-old walls. Individual planning and consultation make your festive days in contemplative times into an unforgettable experience, thanks to the ideal and personal service at Schloss Mittersill. We are always here for your every question and request, personally or just a phone call away. We will gladly advise you on your Christmas program in the castle, with classic Salzburg winter traditions and customs such as Anklöckeln and the traditional devotions.

New Year’s Eve at Schloss Mittersill

Time to relive the year, time for something new, time for Schloss Mittersill. Treat yourself and your loved ones to an extraordinary experience that you’ll never forget. Immerse yourself in the impressive atmosphere of the castle on New Year’s Eve. Look forward to special highlights for the turn of the year with concerts and culinary delights. We ask that you book your New Year’s Eve stay as soon in advance as possible as this season is particularly popular with our guests.

Snow Polo World Cup in Kitzbühel

Who says that polo is only a sport for green meadows and fair weather? The elite of the sport meet outside town every January during the annual Snow Polo World Cup in Kitzbühel. The aim is to shoot a small ball into the opposition’s goal with a wooden bat while on horseback. Accompanied by social events and VIP guests, snow polo is one of the region’s most beautiful and classy winter traditions.


The people of the region have carried out the ritual of cleansing with smoke since time immemorial. Immerse yourself in a world of native herbs and resins and be inspired by the various smells. After a short introduction and explanation, you will be shown the fumigation items and can enjoy one of the most beautiful winter traditions in Salzburg.


Saint Nicholas, accompanied by angels and a bunch of Krampus, praises and admonishes children and hands out gifts from the gift basket. The Krampus is a scary being accompanying Saint Nicholas in lore, and is a figure of Advent customs. While Saint Nicholas gives presents to the good kids, the bad kids are punished by the Krampus.


The Tresterer custom has been practiced for hundreds of years. There are three different costumes: Schirchpercht, Schönpercht (Tresterer), and Hans Wurst. The Schirchperchten, with their mask and loud bells, run into the halls or farmhouse parlors to wake up and rouse the evil. Then Hans Wurst chases off the Schirchperchten and makes the sign of the cross on the floor. Then the first Schönpercht (Tresterer) enters, starting a beautiful dance, before the others join in and chase away the evil. The process is musically accompanied by clarinets, wishing luck and mercy for the new year.

Horse races

Mittersill: Felbermeilinger field | Up to 2,000 horse racing enthusiasts watch these exciting contests every year. National-class and international-class horses start. The exciting program spans different contests, such as several trotting races, one trotting ride, a Noriker race, pony riding, and pony trotting for younger participants.


The myth, the legend, the race: World-class athletes have been racing down the breathtaking Streif slope since 1931. The alpine World Cup contest on the Hahnenkamm creates spectacular scenes every year. Karussell, Seidlalmsprung, Hausbergkante and Mausefalle are not just familiar to skiing fans. Ski enthusiasts absolutely must see the Hahnenkamm race. The breathtaking racing is accompanied by a varied winter program.

Hahnenkamm Kitzbühel

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