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Alpine Summer Opening 2018

OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENTS, TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS AND ALPINE SUMMER TRADITIONS IN SALZBURGERLAND

When the cows, horses, sheep and goats arrive at their lush green summer quarters on Salzburg’s Alpine pastures, the official opening of the Alpine Summer is heralded with many opening festivities throughout SalzburgerLand.

Every year on the weekend before the summer solstice, a different region in SalzburgerLand is given the honour of hosting a great party for the Alpine Summer opening. The state opening of the Alpine Summer is a fun gathering of musicians and hikers. They are pampered with regional delicacies and classical Alpine treats. Visitors here have the opportunity to watch over the shoulders of traditional craftsmen at work and to enjoy taking part in an Alpine meadow dance. When the large Alpine Summer bells can be heard ringing across the mountain pastures, then you know that the Alpine Summer season is officially opened.

ALPINE SUMMER OPENING 2018 – CELEBRATE WITH US!

“Made by Hand – tradition and innovation on the pasture” – that is the motto of this year’s Alpine Summer and the official opening of the Salzburg Alpine Summer on Sunday 24th June 2018, on the Gruberalm/Mayerlehen hut in Hintersee. This traditional Alpine hut of the Matieschek family is a true gem in the middle of the mountains of the Osterhorn mountain range near the city of Salzburg. This “happy place” which is the Gruberalm, sits like a natural arena between the steep and rugged walls of the Regenspitz and the Gruberhorn. The innkeepers, Lisi and Werner manage the Mayerlehen hut completely organically. In the summer months, children can visit workshops about life on an Alpine pasture and the diversity of nature within the framework of the “Alpine Pasture School”. This Alpine pasture is one of ten “Elder” pastures in the Fuschl and Wolfgang Lakes region. The finest foods and juices are made from the berries and flowers of the Elder. The produce from the Elder Bush, as well as many other home-made produce, can be found on the menu and also to take away in the Alpine pasture farm shop.

PROGRAM

The official festival starts at 9:00 with a guided hike “Experience the diversity of nature”. Werner Matieschek, an Alpine farmer, leads guests up to the Gruberalm (meeting point 9:00 at the Lämmerbach car park). One should definitely not miss the Elder breakfast up on the mountain! Live traditional music and a colourful main and children’s program await guests at 11:00 after the official Alpine Summer opening.

Celebrate with us! Herbert Gschwendtner leads you through the program.

More info at: www.fuschlseeregion.com

To participate in the 9 a.m. guided hike “Experience the diversity of nature”, a registration is required at:

info@salzburgerland.com or on +43 662 6688 48. Contact person: Mrs Barbara Walzer.

 

Holunderblüte Holleralmen© Fuschlseeregion, Elderflowers on Elder pastures

ALPINE SUMMER OPENING CEREMONIES AND EVENTS

In addition to the official opening celebrations at the start of the Alpine Summer, there are also many further events being celebrated during the summer months in all regions on the Alpine pastures. On attractive hikes across many Alpine pastures, there are fine musical sounds, cultural readings, creative workshops, culinary delights and plenty of socialising around the table. Traditional mountain crafts such as putting up a Pinzgauer fence, spinning of fine sheep’s wool or butter moulding are demonstrated at many Alpine Summer events.

Alpine Summer events calendar

 

ANIMAL Alpine Summer OPENING IN RAURIS, ON 23rd JUNE, 2018 – Driving of the Stallions

A particularly spectacular event is the driving of the Stallions, which has been going on for decades. Before the Noriker Stallions have earned their 100-day summer holiday on the lush pastures of “Snow Meadows”, at the rear of the Rauris Valley, they have to go once into the ring. The hierarchy must first be determined so that the summer is fight-free. At the traditional, annual Rauriser Noriker Stallion drive, you can experience this impressive spectacle up close at the Alpengasthof Bodenhaus on the last weekend in June. The spectacular determination of the leading Stallion is an important pre-requisite for a relaxed and bloodless Alpine summer. After about an hour of wild demonstrations of power and struggles, the order of hierarchy is established amongst the Stallions and peace reigns as they all find their place. In this way, the mighty steeds can enjoy their summer stress-free.

HAND-CRAFTED TREASURES: THE BUTTER MOULD

In the making of butter, generations of handed-down butter moulding skills can be witnessed with the richly decorated butter moulds. The intricate carvings in the bottom of the mould display the origin of the Alpine butter for connoisseurs. Often, there are floral patterns, such as the Edelweiss or Gentian. But there are also religious symbols, chamois, deer or the name of the Alpine pasture – immortalised by the carving in the stone pine wood transferred onto the soft butter. There are not many farmers who still master this moulding. However, you can look over the shoulders of the masters of this old tradition of moulding at the events of the Salzburg Alpine Summer.

THE TOP ALPINE SUMMER EVENTS IN SALZBURGER LAND

PINZGAU: FROM 6th JULY to 7th SEPTEMBER, 2018

ALPINE PASTURE CULTURE – TRADITION MEETS MODERNITY IN SAALFELDEN-LEOGANG

Throughout the whole Alpine Summer, weekly art and culture projects are staged in Saalfelden Leogang on the surrounding Alpine pastures. Under the motto of “Tradition meets modernity”, musical treats, readings, handicrafts and painting workshops with artists are offered. The natural romantic landscape around the rustic Alpine huts offers the ideal environment for creative and witty hours.

TENNENGAU: ON 7th JULY 2018

ALPINE CHEESE FESTIVAL IN THE GOLLING CASTLE

In July in the Golling Castle, you can enjoy a day based on the Salzburg Taste Regions called “Tennengauer Alpine cheese & mountain lamb”. The Alpine Cheese Festival is a culinary feast for all cheese fans and lovers of lamb, and is accompanied by the finest folk music. At the Taste Market, you can treat yourself to Alpine cheese and mountain lamb delicacies.

Käseplatte mit Schnitt- und Frischkäse© Tennengau – Tennengauer Alpine cheese

LUNGAU: On 19th AUGUST, 2018

PREBER MUSICAL FESTIVAL

A beautiful hike to the huts in the Preber region is topped off at the Preber Musical Festival in August by the traditional singers and musicians along with musical accompaniment by Alpine horns and brass instruments. This is followed up with joint musical performances at the huts.

FLACHGAU: ON 24th JUNE, 2018

ELDER PASTURES ELDERBERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL IN THE FUSCHL AND WOLFGANG LAKES REGION

The Alpine Summer is heralded in with Elderberry delicacies, music and dance on the Postalm at Lake Wolfgang and the Elder Pastures in the Lake Fuschl region! On the ten Elder Pastures, there are farmer’s doughnuts with Elderberry compote, fresh elderberry juice or cream cheese with elderberry leaves on offer! The Festival program includes folk music and guided Alpine hikes.

PONGAU: 26th AUGUST TO 8th SEPTEMBER, 2018

ALPINE PASTURE: CLASSICAL MUSIC IN BAD HOFGASTEIN

In Gastein as a part of ALM:CLASSIC, the Alpine pastures are turned into a concert hall with spectacular mountain scenery! In the programme there are concerts by the Salzburg Philharmonic Orchestra which are accompanied by traditional folk music groups.

In the free Alpine Summer Brochure 2018, you will find the most beautiful Alpine Summer Festivals and everything you need to know about the 175 top-class Alpine Summer huts.

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