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Tourismusverband Großarltal

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Harvest Festival

Customs – Cuisine – Craftsmanship

Harvest Festival, celebrated throughout Salzburger Land during harvest time, rests on three pillars: delicacies from Salzburg's natural cuisine, specialties from local agriculture, and regional customs and living folk culture. This celebration revives tradition, heritage, and ancient craftsmanship.

Join us for numerous autumn festivals and indulge in Harvest Festival delicacies prepared by our hosts. Highlights include Harvest Festival fairs, hut festivals, heritage evenings, and even cattle drives. Notably, autumn in Grossarltal, the Valley of Mountain Huts, offers the best hiking of the year with seemingly endless views.


In Grossarltal, a cattle drive (“Almabtrieb”) is celebrated only if there's been no misfortune over the summer. This means no harm to animals or farmers' families. When this happens, flower wreaths, "Schnuraus" (a special shortbread pastry made only for this occasion), and schnapps are prepared.

On the big day, cows are adorned with the wreaths and special bells. Each farmer has their own unique, handmade headgear for the cows. The herdsmen then drive the cattle from the alpine pastures down to the farm, distributing "Schnuraus" and schnapps to passersby, symbolizing a bountiful Alpine Summer.

In Grossarltal, there's no single large cattle drive. Each farmer drives their cattle separately based upon the weather and their personal fortunes. If you're fortunate, you might get to witness a cattle drive in person.

Our events calendar lists all Harvest Festival highlights.

Harvest Festival Fairs

Annually, the Harvest Festival fairs in Grossarl (late September) and Hüttschlag (early October) are a grand celebration. A harvest crown made from various grains is lovingly crafted. Local harvest produce adorns the carts, pulled by Noriker horses and accompanied by local folk-heritage groups, processing to the Festival worship service. Weather permitting, there is then an outdoor mass, otherwise, it's held at the local parish church, followed by a ceremonial parade through the village.

Event highlights in the

Harvest Festival


Ortszentrum in Hüttschlag, Großarl

Harvest court opening and "Kirchtag"

08/25/2024, 09:30 o´clock

Breitenebenalm, Großarl


09/22/2024, 10:00 o´clock
Erntekrone Großarl

Panoramabahn Talstation

Thanksgiving in Grossarl

09/29/2024, 09:00 o´clock
Pfarrkirche Hüttschlag

Ortszentrum Hüttschlag, Hüttschlag

Thanksgiving in Hüttschlag

10/06/2024, 09:30 o´clock

Regional shopping in Harvest Festival

Farm stores & direct marketers

Bauernhof Oberneureit


Farm Oberneuhof

Open 24/7
Adeg Pichler Logo


ADEG Grossarl

Closed, opens tomorrow at 07:30 AM
Hüttschlager Bauernladenstüberl


Hüttschlager Bauernladenstüberl

Closed, opens tomorrow at 11:00 AM



Closed, opens tomorrow at 09:00 AM
Logo Großarler Genuss


Grossarler Genuss

Closed, opens on Saturday 08:00 AM


farm "Steinannbauer"

Closed, opens on 05/01, 01:00 PM
Troadkastn Logo


Troadkastn (farm shop)

Closed, opens tomorrow at 02:00 PM
Loosbühelalm Herbst


Loosbühelalm, 1.769 m

Closed, opens on 05/08, 10:00 AM
Ski Amadé
Salzburger Land
Nationalpark Hohe Tauern