Salzburger Land’s annual Harvest Festival has been in full swing since the end of August and continues through to October 27, 2013. Throughout the two-month Austrian autumn festivities, over 70 villages and towns (including the city of Salzburg) host more than 2,000 events and activities!
In traditional style, celebrations highlight the local farmers’ bounty through homemade feasts, music, dance, parades, market fairs, and customary ceremonies, such as the return of the livestock from the mountains. Excursions, such as biking, horseback riding and especially walking and hiking amidst a gorgeous autumn landscape, are also an important part of the annual festivities; and this year’s theme—“Healthy Harvest Festival”—showcases the value of wholesome dining after exercising in the great outdoors. During the festival, numerous tourist organisations, hotels and companies offer guided walks and hikes throughout Salzburger Land, in regions such as Wagrain-Kleinarl, the Salzburg Sportwelt and Lungau. You can also enjoy the Harvest Festival in many other ways while on foot. Some events feature walking from mountain hut to mountain hut in the company of folk musicians as part of a traditional Almroas.
You can also plan your walking route to coincide with your stomach and taste buds: walk between Harvest Festival eateries (from farmhouses to restaurants) to delight in local specialties, such as cured meats, sausages, noodles, cheese dumplings, jam-filled doughnuts, roasts, fresh apple juice, schnapps, fine cheeses, baked bread, meatballs and more!
Additionally, numerous regions around Salzburger Land host site-specific festivals, such as cheese festivals, pumpkin fêtes and Saint Days, and the city of Salzburg has several music festivals (the Jazz Fest and Cryptophony) planned for October 2013. Farmers markets and fairs featuring local produce, preserves, delicacies and artisanal crafts are particularly vibrant during harvest time and many museums around the region host special exhibits, and often admission is free! As the Salzburger Land Tourism Harvest Festival page describes: “Traditions, folk heritage and craftsmanship are inspired with new life. Hike from one mountain farm (Alm) to the next, experience cheerful homecoming parades for cattle returning from summer grazing. Or ride along Salzburg's bike paths to the various Harvest Festival venues...”
No matter where your interest lies, you are surely to find something that peaks your interest for the remainder of this year’s Harvest Festival and for autumns to come. And to learn more about the amazing walking holiday opportunities in Salzburger Land any time of year, visit: http://www.touchingnature.co.uk/austria-walking-salzburg-salzburgerland.htm