Harvest festival & vension week in Salzburg

Salzburg's lively culture, customs, tradition and genuine delicacies

Every year since 1995, the "Bauernherbst" has been held in the Salzburger Land. It is a celebration of regional customs and Austrian tradition. In autumn, the rural culture is demonstrated in traditional festivals, parades, Alpine abortions, folk music, regional delicacies and genuine handicraft demonstrations.

In the Hochkönig region, around the picturesque villages of Maria Alm, Dienten and Mühlbach, the programme includes bread baking, cas'n, schnapps distilling, farmers' markets, the Hochkönig venisonweeks and cosy Hoagascht'n (entertainment). At the Hoagaschtn on the mountain pastures and huts you can enjoy your autumn holiday with freshly harvested, local delicacies while the autumn sun warms your heart.

The Hochkönig venison week

From mid-September to mid-October, the Hochkönig region will be the scene of a real vension drive, as this is when the official summer pasture season ends and the region begins the Hochkönig Venisonweeks. During the Venison weeks, culinary specialities and experiences are offered at its best - regionality and hunting. Guests and locals alike enjoy guided hikes with supervised hunters, enjoyable and above all regional food on the mountain and in the valley, and the beautifully coloured landscape which is reflected throughout the region.

Another very special highlight is definitely the rut of the stags. Here you can be there live when the red deer with the mighty antlers struts out of the forest and sounds a legendary roar. And what could be more fitting than a traditional snack on one of the region's traditional mountain pastures? And what better way to round off your meal than with a game snack on the Eggeralm! And last but not least, there is the top highlight of the Venisonweek - the long table on the mountain! A 6-course menu with wine tasting under the stars on the mountain awaits all gourmet friends. The main focus of the menu is again on regional dishes, local herbs and venison. And all this is framed by an incredible panorama on the Steinbockalm.