© Credit: TVB Attersee-Attergau/Veronika Phillipp, advent wreath
Advent wreath with red candles

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Advent in the Attersee-Attergau region

Advent, the quietest and most contemplative time of the year, has many cherished traditions and customs, which should not be neglected even in this rather challenging year: The Nussdorfer Nativity scene, the Nussdorfer Adventfenster, the Christkindl post box in the Bienenhof in Attersee or the Christmassy decorated Attergaustraße in St. Georgen will be there again this year. 

Soak up the magic of the pre-Christmas season at various Advent events in the region or use the Attersee-Attergau region as a central starting point for numerous Christmas markets and events in the area. 

Everything looks so festive:
The Attergaustrasse in Advent

Every year during the Advent season, the Attergaustrasse in St. Georgen im Attergau is festively decorated and invites you to stroll. Around 100 Christmas trees line the main street and create a festive atmosphere.

In the evening, when dusk has fallen, the shopkeepers place lanterns with illuminated candles in front of their doors. In addition to the traditional Christmas lighting, around 600 red Christmas tree baubles create a very special atmosphere, even during the day. 

© Foto: TVB Attersee-Attergau/Simone Suess, Attergauerstraße im Advent
Attergaustraße in St. Georgen im Attergau weihnachtlich geschmückt.

Christmas crib with personal character

Every year during the Advent season in Nußdorf am Attersee a nativity scene with larger-than-life figures is set up in the music pavilion. The lovingly designed cot figures represent inhabitants of Nußdorf. In the course of time the number of figures has grown. 

A beautiful angel watches over the nativity scene itself and announces the following: "Take a break and stop by where the people of Nußdorf keep watch at the village nativity scene at Christmas time - and with their ancestors!


An illuminated window every day

For over 20 years, it has been customary in the municipality of Nussdorf am Attersee from 1st December to 24th December for a different resident to decorate a window every day for Christmas and to provide atmospheric lighting at dusk. 

All residents involved in the campaign make a great effort to design the window every year, which is clearly visible.


A letter to the Christ Child

At the Bienenhof in Attersee am Attersee, between 29.11 and 06.12 there is the opportunity to hand in letters to the Christ Child, Christmas cards or other Christmas greetings, which are then taken to the Christkindl post office in Steyr and provided with the special Christkindl stamp. 

The Christmas post will be delivered punctually until the Christmas holidays. 


Glöckler drive away evil spirits

An ancient custom in the Salzkammergut is the Glöckler: Every year on January 5th, on the evening before Epiphany, men and women dressed in white and wearing their lovingly designed light caps run from house to house to banish evil and bring salvation and blessing with their bells on their backs. 

The production of the Glöcklerkappen requires a lot of craftsmanship and attention to detail. During the Glöcklerauf several Glöckler always form a so-called pass. Even the little ones are eager to join in and form their own children's passports. 

© Foto: TVB Attersee-Attergau/Gabriela Hilz, Glöcklerlauf
Traditionelle Glöckler bei ihrem Aufmarsch am 5. Jänner.


In the Christmas bakery  - Pleasure bakery Muss

Around 25 types of spelt flour are currently in the biscuit assortment of the Genussbackstube Muss from Berg im Attergau. Only the gingerbread is made from wheat flour, but all biscuits are produced exclusively with real butter.

The spelt for the flour comes from our own organic farming and all the raw materials we buy come exclusively from the Attersee-Attergau region. Each biscuit is truly unique: not too big, shaped by hand and decorated with love.

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Advent markets in the surroundings

Many beloved Advent markets like the one in Mondsee are unfortunately cancelled this year. Nevertheless, Christmas lighting will be installed in Mondsee, Christmas trees will be set up on the lake and in front of the basilica and, by popular demand, the Advent wreath will be set up on the lakeside meadow. 

The Wolfgangsee Advent also invites its visitors this year in a new, quieter and smaller form to all Wolfgangsee villages from 27.11. You can marvel at the magnificent Christmas decorations until 06.01.2021

The very popular castle event in Gmunden is also cancelled this year. As an alternative programme, there is the Advent stroll through Gmunden town centre, the Advent market in Altmünster or the monastery advent in Traunkirchen.

In Bad Ischl, the traditional Advent-Roas is expected to start on 3 December. In Salzburg it is still uncertain whether the Christmas market on Dom- und Residenzplatz can take place this year and in Linz the Christmas markets for 2020 have unfortunately already been cancelled. Except for the Advent of the villages, all Advent markets in the Fuschlsee region have unfortunately been postponed until next year.