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Tradition and culture

Numerous valleys in South Tyrol succeeded in preserving their characteristics, customs and traditions, which are often still in use.

Stories and legends in South Tyrol have been passed down from generation to generation, old customs and traditions around carnival and the Advent period, with its Krampus runs, are still in use. On the second Sunday of June, however, the Sacred Heart Fires are lit on the slopes of the mountains. Their origin dates back to a vow given in the 19th century…

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    Sagas and legends

    Numerous stories and ancient legends have been circulated in the villages and…
  2. RS Trachten

    Traditional Costumes in South Tyrol

    Every valley and region in South Tyrol can be recognised by the different colours…
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    Rural handicrafts

    Over generations handicrafts such as carving, woodturning, felting and weaving have…
  4. Federkiel

    Quill embroidery

    In the Val Sarentino valley the centuries-old handicraft of quill embroidery with…
  5. holzschnitzer jesus tvaltabadia


    The tradition of woodcarving in the Val Gardena valley, practised above all during…
  6. Goasl

    Goaslschnöllen - Whip cracking

    During whip cracking performances it has been cracking for generations all over…
  7. egetmannumzug hochzeitskutsche

    Egetmann Parade in Termeno

    This traditional carnival parade along the South Tyrolean Wine Road drives away the…
  8. Herz Jesu Feuer Eppan

    Sacred Heart Fires

    The tradition of the mountain fires every year in June remembers the pledge given…
  9. Hexentanz Wuerzjoch

    Witches' Dance at the Passo delle Erbe

    Every year, the witches dance at the almost 2,000 m high Passo delle Erbe mountain…
  10. RS Villnoess Geisleralm Essen Gastro Teigtaschen

    Country Wedding in Castelrotto

    Every 2nd year in January, Castelrotto remembers the traditional peasant wedding…
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    "Kirschtamichl" straw doll

    The traditional Kirchtagsmichl or “Kirschtamichl”, in the dialect of the Val…
  12. Ultner Krapfen

    Krapfenbetteln - Krapfen beggars

    “If the Krapfen are good, also the year will be good” - that’s how the ancient…
  13. RS besonderer markt nikolaus kaltern teufelsmaske wild RD PC

    St. Nicholas and the Krampus

    The Krampus with their carved masks and goat skins impress in the annual Krampus runs.
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    Easter customs

    Numerous and often locally different Easter customs are part of the public holidays…
  15. RS Salurn Dorf

    Perkeo's Maschggra - Carnival in Salorno

    Another interesting carnival custom with its own history can be found in the…
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    Pfluagziachn - Plough pulling in Stelvio

    The “Pfluagziachn” (plough pulling) in Stelvio is a well-known carnival custom that…
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    Proder Maschger - Carnival in Prato allo Stelvio

    Since ancient times, the “Maschger” and the “Zussl” of Prato allo Stelvio have…
  18. RS Feuer

    Scheibenschlagen - Disk flinging

    In the Val Venosta valley the “Scheibenschlagen” is still celebrated - this old…
  19. Robl Schellenrennen

    Schellenrennen - Bells run

    In winter, around the period of St. Nicholas, New Year and carnival, you can see…
  20. RS Christkindlmarkt Schnee Bruneck Krippe

    Christmas customs

    The Advent period and Christmas holds a variety of customs in South Tyrol,…
  21. traditionen ladiner tvaltabadia

    Ladin language and culture

    Ladin is a Rhaeto-Romance language, which nowadays is still spoken in the Val Badia…
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    Andreas Hofer

    In the Val Passiria valley, the memorial and the museum of the Tyrolean freedom…
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    Max Valier

    Max Valier (1895 - 1930), a pioneer of aerospace and of rocket technology, was born…
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    Oswald von Wolkenstein

    Thanks to his autobiografical works, the life of Oswald von Wolkenstein (approx.…
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