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Krampus runs in Salzburg

26. November 2018

In the first week of December, you’ll get the unique opportunity to attend a Krampus run, a Central European tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

A Krampus is a horned furry figure carrying a switch that is reminiscent of the devil and Saint Nicholas’ loyal companion. The legend says that while Saint Nicholas rewards children with sweets for behaving well throughout the year, the Krampus punishes them for being naughty.

The Krampus run itself is a parade that takes place mostly on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day in Austrian and Bavarian villages, where men dress up as Krampus and run around the city centre to scare visitors, especially children. In case you’ve never heard of this tradition, we’ve linked a video from last years parade in Salzburg for you.

If you want to know more about the Krampus and its history “DasKino” is showing a documentary about it at the moment that was honoured with several international prizes.

Check out one of the parades in the city centre of Salzburg on December 5th:

17:00 Uhr, Linzer Gasse, Old Town

17:30 Uhr,  Festspielhaus -> Getreidegasse

18:30 Uhr, Krampuslauf Christkindlmarkt Salzburg (Christmas market)