Preserving what is genuine and good. Cultivating traditions and living customs. The people of Rauris and Taxenbach are proud of their history and customs - and visitors can feel this through numerous clubs, events and festivals.
Raurisertal Heimatgruppe | © TVB Rauris – Fotograf Florian Bachmeier
Rauris Home Group

The Rauris home group has been one of the most popular clubs in the market town of Rauris for generations. The traditional dances and Plattler have always been passed on to young people, who cultivate and pass them on with joy and passion.

The group is led by young girls and boys from Rauris and is usually accompanied musically by two Zugin players. The "Young Plattler" (children's group) accompany the home group on larger outings and festivities.

Local evenings summer 2024


19. July 2024 Voglmaierpark in front of TVB office 8 pm
26. July 2024 Hotel Alpina 8.30 pm
02. August 2024 Voglmaierpark in front of TVB office 8 pm
09. August 2024 Landgasthaus Weixen 8.30 pm
16. August 2024 Heimatabend 8.30 pm
24. August 2024 Performance of the local group at the Harvest Festival opening
30. August 2024 Hotel Alpina 8.30 pm
07. September 2024 Performance of the local group at the Schwoagabauer farm festival
13. September 2024 Landgasthof Weixen 8.30 pm

Traditional costume band Rauris

Raurisertal Trachtenmusikkapelle | © TVB Rauris - Fotograf Florian Bachmeier

The Rauris traditional costume band was founded in 1797, making it the oldest band in Pinzgau in SalzburgerLand. The prosperity that mining brought to the valley probably helped to finance a local traditional costume band.
Back then, it was mainly local musicians from the peasant class who learned to play - on musical instruments that were not as diverse as they are today. The musicians have immortalized mining in their traditional costumes, on which the mining coat of arms is embroidered.
Today, the Rauris traditional costume band has 48 musicians, a bandmaster, an honorary bandmaster and two honorary members. Not to forget the five sutlers, who not only look after the musicians' well-being, but also treat the listeners to schnapps.
A very well-known piece is the "Rojachermarsch", which was composed by Stefan Reiter Sr. and sets the history of the Rauris Valley to music.

Open-air concerts summer 2024
13. July 2024 8 pm in Voglmaierpark at the Tourist Office
27. July 2024 8 pm in Voglmaierpark at the Tourist Office
10. August 2024 8 pm in Voglmaierpark at the Tourist Office
24. August 2024 Concert as part of the Harvest Festival State Opening
08. September 2024 Concert as part of the farm festival at Schwoagabauer

Harvest Festival in Rauris

Raurisertal Bauernherbst Almabtrieb | © TVB Rauris - Fotograf Florian Bachmeier
  • On Saturday, August 24, 2024, the 29th Salzburg Harvest Festival will be officially opened in Rauris in the Hohe Tauern National Park with a big festival including a parade and an extensive supporting program.

    Every year, one of the more than 70 Harvest Festival locations nationwide opens the Salzburg Harvest Festival. This year it is Rauris in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Visitors can expect a top-class Harvest Festival atmosphere on this day.

    • large celebratory parade
    • Schnalzer, Schuhplattler and folk dance performances
    • Concert by the traditional costume band
    • Traditional handicrafts at the stalls
    • Culinary delicacies at the Harvest Festival stalls and at the innkeepers
    • Varied children's program
    • Musical entertainment

    The event takes place whatever the weather.

Raurisker | © TVB Rauris - Fotograf Florian Bachmeier

The Raurisker are a traditional association of Rauris residents interested in culture. The aim of the association is to revive the history of the Rauris Valley and the past of gold mining and the pack trade. They show how the miners dressed during the gold mining era and how they transported goods and tools. Why "Raurisker"? Raurisker is made up of Rauris and Isker. Isker were the former carters and craftsmen. They collect old equipment, restore it and inspire visitors and locals at successful events such as the Rauris Harvest Festival and the Wels Advent Market.

Raurisertal Adventmarkt | © TVB Rauris
Advent in the Rauris Valley

Hot chestnuts, a cup of mulled wine, home-made biscuits and spicy gingerbread. Advent in the Rauris Valley is not only full of culinary delicacies, it is also very atmospheric and has a touch of music. The Rauris Advent feeling can best be felt at our Advent markets and at one of the many atmospheric "Advent events".

On Saturday, December 9th and 16th, our Advent markets will take place in the Rauris Valley, in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, each afternoon in the Voglmaier Park. With a wide variety of gift and decoration ideas, Christmas arrangements, handmade Christmas tree baubles and monastery works. Of course, culinary delights are not to be neglected either - the exhibitors ensure this with their cold and warm delicacies.

Raurisertal Brauchtum Toifi | © TVB Rauris
Rauriser Toifi

It's loud and a little scary when the Rauriser Toifi are out and about, going from house to house and driving away evil from the Rauris Valley in SalzburgerLand. Together with Santa Claus, pretty angels and the "Einspeiber" they visit the good (and not so good) children on December 5th and bring good wishes and blessings for the New Year. The Rauriser Toifi (German: devil) look pretty wild: the carved masks are painted in red, white and black, and a red fabric tongue hangs out of the Toifin's mouth.
The traditional wooden masks have goat or ram horns attached. They walk through the valley in shaggy sheepskin coats, with a rod in their hand and with bells and jingles tied around their bellies. The Rauriser Toifi have strict requirements regarding their appearance. This ensures that the Rauriser Toifi custom remains authentic and original. A special feature of the parade is the "Einspeiber", who accompanies Santa Claus and the Rauris form of the Krampus. The Einspeiber is the so-called pre-devil in the red coat and asks people at the houses to let him in. Santa brings presents to the good children, while the not so good children are frightened and admonished at the behest of the Toifin.


Raurisertal Schnabelperchten | © TVB Rauris – Fotograf Florian Bachmeier

With a quiet “Ga Ga Ga” they go from house to house and check whether the households are being run properly. Whether the floors are mopped and there is no dust left. Woe to those who have not cleaned their houses - it is said that the Schnabelperchten will cut open their stomachs with long scissors and empty the rubbish into them! Basically, however, the Schnabelperchten are welcome guests - after all, they bring luck and blessings for the coming year...

This special form of Perchten only exists in the Rauris Valley in SalzburgerLand. In contrast to the loud Schiachperchten - the “Rauriser Toifin” or Krampussen - the Schnabelperchten move quietly through the streets. Schnabelperchten are Perchten with long beaks, cardigans, patched women's smocks and “Dotschen” and are equipped with a humpback basket, large scissors, needle and thread and a broom. The beak is artfully and elaborately tied from long wooden sticks and peasant linen.
The Schnabelperchten parade takes place on January 5th, the eve of Epiphany.
According to research, the custom dates back to the time of gold mining. Back then, miners were not always very strict about order and cleanliness...

Raurisertal Perchtenumzug | © TVB Rauris
Rauris Perchten parade

On January 6th, a whole procession of all kinds of Perchten - ugly and beautiful - parades through the Rauris Valley. After two years of research and preparation, the Perchten parade was staged again in 2015 for the first time since the end of the 19th century, and has taken place every two years in the Rauris Valley since then. The number and variety of Perchten taking part is truly impressive: from Hans Wurscht, who leads the procession, to Schön- and Tafelperchten, Dachsmandl, Korbmandl and -weibl, oil carriers, chimney sweeps, bears with drivers, the Habergeiß, Zapfenmandl, Bamwercher, Frau Percht with her two faces, and the well-known Rauriser Toifin and Schnabelperchten. The miners carry the silver crown. The Perchten masks were faithfully reproduced by hand and lovingly handcrafted. A very special gem is the pig mask that was carried in the procession until 1895. The original is now on display in the Hohenzollern hunting lodge in Sigmaringen, Germany.

The Perchten parade took place annually until the end of the 19th century, but at that time it took place alternately in Rauris, Embach, Lend, Schwarzach and Goldegg.

Raurisertal Hengstauftrieb | © TVB Rauris – Fotograf Florian Bachmeier

Beim jährlichen Hengstauftrieb im Juni am Bodenhaus kämpfen Noriker Deckhengste unter Aufsicht um die Rolle des Leithengstes. Danach werden die Tiere für rund 100 Tage "Sommerfrische" auf die Grieswiesalm getrieben. Für die Zuschauer spektakulär, für die Tiere notwendig, um einen friedlichen Almsommer verbringen zu können. 

Raurisertal Wallfahrt | © TVB Rauris - Fotograf Florian Bachmeier
Pinzgau pilgrimage

Every year, thousands of pilgrims make a pilgrimage to Peter and Paul on June 28th, from the Rauriser Seidlwinkltal in SalzburgerLand via the Großglockner High Alpine Road to Heiligenblut in Carinthia.

The Pinzgau pilgrimage to Heiligenblut is Salzburg's largest pilgrimage and can be traced back to the 15th century. According to tradition, the Pinzgau pilgrimage goes back to a vow towards the end of the Middle Ages in which the pilgrims asked for protection from the plague and wolves. Nowadays, thousands of pilgrims take part in the pilgrimage from Rauriser Seidlwinkltal or Fusch on the Glocknerstrasse to Heiligenblut.

Flyer Pinzgauer Wallfahrt

Dates for the pilgrimage from Rauriser Seidlwinkltal
Date: yearly at the 28. June
Start: 7 am morning mass at the Rauriser Tauernhaus
Overnight stays are not possible in the Tauernhaus.
Entry into Heiligenblut: 5 pm, Pilgrim Mass

29 June, 6 am: Pilgrim Mass Heiligenblut

Contact Transfer Rauris:
Taxi Plössnig
+43 6544 6444

Your pilgrimage then ends at Kolm Saigurn, the head of the Rauris valley.

Contact Transfer Heiligenblut - Fleißtal:
Taxi Fleißner: +43 664 38 36 311