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Lance for water jousting in Halle (Saale)

Lance for water jousting in Halle (Saale), Germany

This showcase at the Hallors and Saline Museum in Halle (Saale) displays the costume of a Hallor with its typical 18 buttons and a lance. Such lances are still in use for the traditional  water joustings one can experience e.g. during the lantern festival of Halle (Hallesches Laternenfest).

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Blaudruckerei Koó in Steinberg-Dörfl

At the Blaudruckerei Koó in Steinberg-Dörfl, Austria

The Blaudruckerei Koó was established in 1921. It is one of the last businesses in Europe using the traditional technique for printing fabrics and dyeing them with indigo. Visitors of this company in a small place in Burgenland will learn about the machines, materials and pattern used in this technique.

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Log driving at Mendlingtal

Log driving at Mendlingtal, Austria

At the theme park Mendlingtal Valley there is a chance to watch log drivers at work. At the photo above some workers are trying to put the logs through the last weir before the logs will arrive the timber mill.

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Maypole in Schorndorf

Maypole in Schorndorf, GermanyA maypole in the town square of Schorndorf. The signs placed at the maypole represents different industries working in the city. Are there similar maypoles in your region?

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Perchtenlauf in Judenburg

Perchte at a Perchtenlauf in Judenburg, Austria

The Perchtenlauf (Procession of Perchten) in Judenburg was the first Perchtenlauf I have ever watched. I was impressed with how scary the masks looked like. Though I don’t think that a Perchtenlauf in the mid of November is really traditional I like the idea of this event and recommend to watch such a procession if you get the chance anywhere in the Alpine region.

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Symbols at a wooden building in Haus

Wooden symbols at a building in Haus, Austria

Interesting symbols seen at a wooden building in Haus. Does anyone know the meaning of these symbols one can see at the right side of the lantern.

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Gender gap at a church in Haus

Gender gap at a church in Haus, Austria

Interesting detail seen at the Baroque church of Haus im Ennstal: Gentlemen are sitting at the right pews, for the ladies are the left pews reserved. On the right side there is one row less than on the left side. That means: Gentlemen have more space between the rows.

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Fingerhakeln in Ehrenhausen

Fingerhakeln in Ehrenhausen, Austria

Fun sculpture seen in Ehrenhausen, a place in the Austrian province Styria. It shows a local tradition called ‘Fingerhakeln’. Is this tradition in your region known? Do you know any English term for it? Perhaps ‘finger wrestling’?

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Parade of miners wearing an ‘Arschleder’

Miners wearing an 'Arschleder' at the central place of Leoben

An interesting detail seen at a celebration for miners in Leoben. The miners are wearing a so called ‘Arschleder’ (German), also known as breech leather or miner’s apron. More…

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The 10th beer is paid by the mayor

The 10th beer is paid by the mayor

This is an interesting sign I saw at a  restaurant in Wels, Austria. It says that the 10th glass of beer is paid by the mayor. Noot sure if this is a joke or a promise. More…

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Osterbrunnen in Wolfegg

Osterbrunnen (Easter well) in Wolfegg, Germany

Decorating Osterbrunnen (Easter fountains) is a German tradition dating back to early 20th century. The first Easter fountains was seen in the  Fränkische Schweiz (Franconian Switzerland). In the meantime more and more Easter fountains can be found in other parts of Germany. More…

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A stork indicating a newborn

Stork indicating a newborn in Austria

In some parts of Austria a model of a stork standing in front of a home indicates a newborn is living there. Are there such signs for announcing a baby in your region too? More…