Up to 30,000 visitors and around 3,000 contributors celebrate the world-famous Gauder Fest every year on the first weekend of May, making it the biggest and most important traditional costume and spring festival in the Alpine region. Safeguarded by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage initiative, it’s a festival filled with warmth and joviality, and one that is deeply rooted in more than 600 years of tradition.
Ancient traditions live on
For more than 500 years, Tyrol’s oldest private brewery, Zillertal Beer, has supplied Gauder Fest with the strongest festival beers in all of Austria, and a drink named Gauder Bock has achieved cult status among connoisseurs. Gauder Bock, which is 7.8 per cent alcohol by volume, is brewed in September, then left to age for eight months before being served in early May. Another unique brew is Gauder Capricorn, a special bock-style beer that is made to a recipe dating back to the 1920s.
The name Gauder Fest has its roots in this brewery, and is not – as many people believe – derived from the word Gaudi (German for joy or fun). It refers to the brewery property Gauderlehen, where the festival took place before being moved to its new location in the village in 1950.
GAUDER FEST 2019:
02 May to 05 May
AT THAT TIME AND TODAY...
The legendary Gambrinus is the patron saint of brewers. Just as in times gone by, he appears at the parade sitting on a keg of Zillertal beer on a carriage pulled by horses.
Customs endure: today, as back then, visitors and contributors to Gauder Fest in Zell am Ziller get excited about the decorated carriages, teams of horses and traditional costumes.
In the past, Ranggeln was used to determine, one's rank and status in the village through the display of strength and skill. Such competitions have a long tradition in the Alpine region.
At Gauder Market craftsmen display traditional handicrafts and lovingly created local products from Zillertal.
ContactTourismusverband Zell-Gerlos, Zillertal Arena
6280 Zell im Zillertal
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