Summer festivals & events in austria’s lungau region
Not only are our summer meadows and valleys stunning during June, some of Lungau’s and Austria’s most spectacular cultural events and festivals are also in full swing, all of which are unique to our part of ‘The Lungau’ region.
We’d of course love you to pop out to see us and can promise the most amazing Austrian escape so read on for the low down!
the samson man procession & festival
As the official emblem of Lungau, the annual Samson man celebration takes place each June and is undoubtedly one of the seasonal highlights and loved by all our guests!
First documented in 1635, each of Lungau’s 10 Samson figures are 6m tall and paraded through the streets by the Samson Bearers, accompanied by live music and ceremonial militia. It’s a truly authentic Lungau treat not to be missed!
The Samson figure has been historically documented in the Lungau since 1635 and symbolizes an Old Testament figure with superhuman strength, a strength seated in this long hair. He represents the battle against the Philistines, having killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass at Lehi. Most of the Samson figures carry such a jawbone as a symbol of strength. Many myths, legends and assumptions are interwoven with this giant figure from Salzburg’s Lungau.
the prangstangen flower poles festival
What began in the 17th century as way of thanking God for a healthy crop is now another unique and fascinating annual Lungau festival, each June.
Each 7m Prangstangen pole weighs around 80kg and requires as much as 300 hours work and as many as 60,000 fresh daisies, gentian, peonies and lady’s mantle flowers.
The honor of parading these heavy poles is reserved exclusively for unmarried men from the village, so if you’fancy settling down with one of our local hunks then we’ll see you in June!