Buttnmandl and Krampus

a Berchtesgaden tradition
in the Advent season
Buttnmandl and Krampus
03/12/2016 - 06/12/2016

Farmers have always been at the mercy of the weather and a short winter was preferred, so they thought of ways to help spring come along early. Through ‘buttn’ – the clanking and rattling – of big bells, nature was meant to be awakened early from its winter rest. Some young men would disguise themselves as ‘Buttnmandl’ wearing straw costumes, fierce looking fur masks and bells. Others would dress up as Kramperl’, wrapped in fur and wearing hideous demon masks. They would proceed through the villages
and from farm to farm to scare winter away. This tradition still lives on.

05. & 06.12.2016
From 02:30 pm at Berchtesgaden City Center

On 03.12. from 04:00 pm, we are visited by some of the ‘Krampusse’ at the Obersalzberg, Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden, Kaminbar

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