East Tirol is famous for its wild Krampus processions, © Osttirol Werbung / Zlöbl
East Tirol is famous for its wild Krampus processions, © Osttirol Werbung / Zlöbl

Krampus and Saint Nicholas processions in East Tirol

Lienz, 03.12.2019 - 06.12.2019

East Tirol has some of the most spectacular Krampus processions in Austria. Once again in 2019 there will be plenty of parades in and around Lienz. Don't miss out on the chance to see one of the most intense Krampus traditions in Debant, a village 3 kilometres east of Lienz, known as "Tischziachn" or "table pulling".

It takes a healthy portion of courage to grapple with the wild Krampuses who traditionally accompany Saint Nicholas as he comes to deliver presents to children who have been good. Not only children but plenty of adults too get a shiver down their spine when they catch a glimpse of these devilish beings in their heavy furs and wooden masks. However, the bravest of the brave have a chance to test their strength and courage each year in the village of Debant near Lienz, which hosts a spectacle known as "Tischziachn". In this "table pulling", a group of young men sit down behind a heavy wooden table and must do their best to prevent the onrushing Krapuses from dragging them out of the way and turning the table upside down. This year there will be a "Tischziachn" on 4 December in the Toni Egger Park in the centre of the village.

More traditional Krampus processions take place in other towns and villages in East Tirol. The largest is in Lienz, the biggest town in East Tirol, on 3 December – the arrival of Saint Nicholas and the Krampuses in the town centre. While Saint Nicholas traditionally brought presents to children who had been well behaved during the year, he was always accompanied by the devilish Krampus who would punish youngsters who had been bad. The tradition is continued today by groups known as "Krampusvereine", mainly comprising young men who spend much time and energy preparing the heavy animal skins and intricately carved wooden masks known as "Larven" for these few special days a year.

Events in East Tirol:

  • Krampus procssion and arrival of Saint Nicholas at Johannesplatz square in Lienz; 03.12., 19:30
  • "Tischziachn" in the Toni Egger Park in Debant; 04.12., 18:00
  • Krampus procession in Patriasdorf; 05.12., 19:00
  • Procession of young Krampuses at Johannesplatz square in Lienz; 06.12., 18:30
Krampus, © Tirol Werbung / Lea Neuhauser
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03.12.2019 - 06.12.2019

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9900 Lienz

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