As soon as the cattle, horses, sheep and goats happily inhabit their lush green summer quarters after having been driven up to Salzburg’s alpine pastures for mountain grazing, numerous celebrations throughout the country mark the official start of “Alpine Summer”.
At the end of August, the 5th season starts in SalzburgerLand. It is the time to collect and process the harvest, a time of festivals, encounters and enjoyment. Here, you have the opportunity to get to know traditional peasant life with handicrafts, hikes, cooking classes, harvest festivals, Alpine cattle driving and traditional customs.
Since 1996, every year SalzburgerLand has been dominated by the Bauernherbst from the end of August to the beginning of November. The mountain herdsmen return to the villages after the Alpine summer with their artfully decorated cows, while for the farmers it is harvest time and slowly preparing for the winter. But it is also a time to celebrate together. At the end of August, the Bauernherbst is officially opened with a big party and this is followed by around 2,000 events characterised by peasant traditions, genuine customs and culinary enjoyment.
A farmer’s table
The Bauernherbst hosts serve up local specialities such as Lungauer Eachtling, Fuschlseer Trout, Pinzgau Schottnockn, Hasenörl and Apfelradl at the traditional festivals and inns.
At the stalls in the farmers markets you can taste homemade farmers’ produce. There is cheese, in which you can taste the Alpine summer herbs, smoky bacon and sausages, crispy farmer’s bread, freshly harvested apples and pears and one or the other home-fired Schnapps.
Celebrate Harvest Festival
After the everyday farming life working on the field and with the cattle, producing cheese, butter and bread, harvesting the fruit trees and cutting the last of the hay you can really feel the zest for life. Together with other guests you just want to relax and treat yourself by dancing, playing music, socialising and enjoying the food and drink. Lederhosen and Dirndl are proudly worn, and old craftsmanship is lovingly presented. Ornate hay figures are bound up and visitors can prove their craftsmanship while scything the grass, making wicker baskets or tile making. Special Bauernherbst holiday packages promise days full of activity while hiking or cycling, regional cuisine and a colourful supporting programme with a great atmosphere and genuine customs.
12 facts about the Salzburg Bauernherbst
- The Salzburger Bauernherbst was opened in the 14 Flachgau towns for the first time in 1996.
- Around 2,000 events provide cultural, musical and culinary enjoyment.
- In 2020, 73 Bauernherbst towns will celebrate the Bauernherbst from end of August to early November.
- The theme for 2020 is “Dancing in the Bauernherbst”.
- The official opening of the Bauernherbst takes place every year at the end of August in a different region of SalzburgerLand. In 2020, it’s in Tamsweg on Sunday 16st August 2020.
- Since its foundation, around 500,000 visitors have enjoyed the festivities every year.
- For more than 20 years, the Bauernherbst has created a symbiosis between agriculture, associations, the economy and tourism, and strengthens the development of village and rural culture.
- Around 340 Bauernherbst hosts offer local and regional food to guests.
- Around 14,000 active participants (farmers, craftsmen, hosts, musicians and dancers) contribute to the success of the festivals.
- Bauernherbst towns are recognisable by, among other things, the Bauernherbst signposts, the Bauernherbst tree or the creative decorations.
- Traditions and customs can be combined well with sport and football, and this is why the Bauernherbst has been “a guest at the Red Bull Arena” at a Salzburg Bulls game for several years in autumn.
- Selected partners from the business world also contribute to the success of the Bauernherbst.