What makes the Zillertal so special? In addition to the beautiful landscape and the diverse range of offers for holidaymakers, it is above all the tradition that is so cherished here and that gives our valley its charm. Tradition, music and culture make the Zillertal unique and unmistakable. Numerous music groups and stars of the folk music scene are at home here and provide plenty of entertainment all year round. Genuine customs, which are celebrated at the Gauder Fest and special festivals, testify to a centuries-old tradition. And culture is not neglected either. Open-air theaters, festivals or museums steeped in history enrich the valley and attract locals and guests alike.
If you would like to get to know local customs, local culture and music while on holiday, the following offers await you in the Zillertal:
The largest spring and traditional costume festival in Austria attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Zell every year on the first weekend in May. The fixed points in the program include a number of attractions: The ORF “Licht-ins-Dunkel” gala, the traditional beer tapping with Gambrinus speech, animal exhibition, Gauder market, Day of the Trachtler Youth, Ranggeln, Gauder Sechskampf and, as the highlight, the big pageant Thousands of participants - and much more!
The Zillertal is known worldwide for its folk music. Over 200 music groups and bands are active in the valley. The most famous are probably the "Schürzenjäger", but also the winners of the "Grand Prix of Folk Music" Marc Pircher and the "Zillertaler Haderlumpen" are Zillertaler. The dialect band “Ciela”, which is particularly popular with young locals, is somewhat different. The Zillertal are also musical companions in their private lives, and the “Ziacha” is unpacked from time to time - spontaneous musical interludes in traditional inns are not uncommon.
A real Zillertal has it: the Zillertal costume. For men it consists of a loden skirt, traditional trousers and chest patch, the woman wears the traditional "skirt". The traditional costume is worn by the riflemen and the chapels, it is also used for weddings, baptisms and other church events. A trend in recent years: traditional costume fashion is back in. Whether dirndl or lederhosen in all conceivable variations, the traditional costume specialist is the "Zillertal Trachtenwelt". The ancient craft of quill pen embroidery is still practiced in order to make the "satchels" to match the costume.
The most famous of all Christmas carols "Silent Night, Holy Night" was not composed in the Zillertal, but was carried out into the world by Zillertal singers. In the century before last, the singer families Rainer and Strasser sang in front of Kaiser and Zar and on American soil - impressive evidence of musicality and internationality. Two museums bring you closer to this extraordinary story.
They are resident in every community: music bands and riflemen. They can always be found on church holidays and are considered symbols and custodians of Zillertal customs. Most of the music bands play open-air concerts in summer - modern pieces of music can also be found in the repertoire! Always worth a visit.
Aside from the traditional and customary, some alternative cultural initiatives have emerged in recent years: the “Stummer Schrei” cultural festival in Stumm impresses with an extensive and varied program, and the “Steudltenn” cultural associations in Uderns and “Vertigo-free” in Tux also offer regular events interesting cultural offers.
Many local bands and groups show their skills at the popular summer festivals. The best-known even have their own concerts, some of which last several days, such as the “Zillertaler Mander”, the “Ursprung Buam”, the “Haderlumpen” or the great classic in the Zillertal, the “Schürzenjäger” open air in Finkenberg.
What would the colorful autumn be without its cattle drive festivals? The alpine summer is over and the cows are being driven from the alpine pastures into the valley. This is of course celebrated, culinary delicacies and musical accompaniment are well taken care of. Every year thousands of onlookers come to marvel at this spectacle.
As you can see, the Zillertal is always worth a trip. Immerse yourself in the diverse culture and tradition of the valley, so you can get to know the Zillertal people even better. Whether as a musician or a member of a (cultural) association, the people of Zillertal are proud of their origins, and this is also reflected in the colorful offerings on site.