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Tradition, Music and Culture

What makes the Zillertal so special? In addition to breathtaking scenery and diverse offerings for tourists, tradition is very important here, which creates the unique charm of the valley. Tradition, music and culture make the Zillertal unique and distinctive. Many music groups and stars of the folk music scene call the Zillertal their home and entertain locals and tourists year-round. The Zillertal celebrates authentic centuries-old customs and traditional festivals like the Gauder Festival in Zell am Ziller. Showcasing the culture of the valley is also very important in the Zillertal. Open-air performances, festivals and museums with historical significance contribute to the varied mix in the valley and attract locals and tourists alike.

Do you want to become acquainted with local customs, traditions and music? Have a look:


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Gauder Festival

The largest traditional spring festival in all of Austria attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Zell am Ziller every year during the first weekend in May. Annual attractions include the ORF ‘Licht ins Dunkel’ (Light in Darkness) Gala, a benefit concert featuring popular artists that supports public television station ORF’s charity. There is the traditional beer-tapping and ‘Gambrinusrede’ (a humorous review of the events since the previous year’s Gauder Fest by local comedians). Outdoor activities include an animal exposition, the Gauder Market with crafts and handmade products, a day dedicated to youngsters presenting traditional costumes, ‘Ranggeln’ (a traditional form of wrestling) and the Gauder ‘Sechskampf’ (a six-event sporting competition). The highlight of the week is the traditional Sunday parade with thousands of participants and displays. The Gauder Festival has many events for children and families as well.

Folk Music

The Zillertal is known around the world for its folk music. More than 200 musicians and bands actively perform; the ‘Schürzenjäger’ is probably the most famous group from the valley. Other well known performers are Marc Pircher and the Zillertaler Haderlumpen, winners of the folk music ‘Grand Prix’. The band Ciela performs a very different type of music in local dialect, attracting many fans among young locals. Many ordinary Zillertalers are musically inclined and it is not uncommon for one of them will take out his or her ‘Ziacha’ (accordion) and give a spontaneous musical performances in the traditional restaurants.

Die Tracht –Traditional Zillertal Apparel

Every true Zillertal local will have one: the Zillertal Tracht – the valley’s unique traditional apparel. Men’s versions include black trousers, a jacket made of grey wool with a hand-enscribed cummerbund. Women wear the traditional ‘Röckl’ (skirt). Traditional dress is worn by Schützen and local band members and locals also wear it for weddings, christenings and other church events. A trend of recent years is the comeback of traditional dresses: locals wear Dirndl (a traditional women’s dress) or Lederhose (leather pants) in all variations. The Zillertaler Trachtenwelt in Schlitters is a retail store specializing in traditional clothing. The ‘Ranzen’ is an embroidered leather belt produced by local craftsmen practicing pine feather embroidery. It is a must for authentic traditional attire.

Silent Night, Holy Night

The most famous of all Christmas songs, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ was not composed in the Zillertal, but it is noteworthy that Zillertal singers carried it into the world. In the 19th century the singing families Rainer and Strasser performed the song befor emperors like Tsar and Kaiser – and on American soil. This helped to advance the song internationally and showcase the musical talents of the Zillertal. You can learn more about the intriguing story of the spread of this famous Christmas song in two museums in the Zillertal.

Music Bands and Schützen

Each town has its own music band and group of Schützen (traditional local riflemen and militia). They take part in many religious holidays and village festivals and are seen as symbols and keepers of Zillertal’s authentic customs. Most bands perform weekly during the summer at concerts. They often add modern music pieces to their repertoire and are a delight for everyone to hear.

Music Festivals

Many local bands and performers show off their craft during popular summer festivals. Bands such as the Zillertaler Mander, the Ursprung Buam and the Haderlumpen sponsor their own festivals spanning days. The classic music event in the Zillertal is the Schürzenjäger-Open-Air festival in Finkenberg.

Cultural Festivals

In addition to authentic traditional events of the Zillertal, modern and alternative cultural initiatives have been founded in recent years. Like the summer cultural festival ‘Stummer Schrei’ which is held every two years in the village of Stumm. It offers a wide and diverse program of activities. The organizations ‘Steudltenn’ in Uderns and 'Schwindelfrei’ in Tux regularly sponsor interesting cultural events as well.

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Almabtrieb – Cow Homecoming

The colorful Zillertal autumn would not be quite the same without its Almabrieb festivals. As summer draws to a close, farmers decorate their cows with flowers and pictures and lead them down the mountain pastures and into the valley. In celebration of this tradition, many villages hold a festival with local culinary delights and music. Each year tens of thousands of guests come to the valley to take part in this event.


The Zillertal is always worth a visit. Indulge yourself in the colorful culture and tradition of this valley and get to know the locals a little bit better. Zillertalers – whether musicians, performers, museum curators or members of cultural organizations – are very proud of their heritage. Just look around to experience the diverse cultural traditions and events of the valley.