With their artistically designed paper headdresses, as they roam the streets of the Salzburg historic district the Glöckler represent the spirits of light. Their mission is to drive out the evil spirits of wintertime. A tradition known as the Glöcklerlauf, it takes place on the evening of January 5, the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
The Glöcklerlauf in Salzburg is a truly spectacular folk custom! Clad in white and sporting colorful paper headdresses, on January 5 the Glöckler make their way through the Salzburg historic district. Their headdresses are designed in the form of pyramids, suns, halfmoons, crowns or stars. And because their remarkable headwear is also illuminated from the inside, the Glöckler stand out even more radiantly after dark.
Interesting tidbits: The Glöcklers’ headdresses are as much as 2 meters tall and, in some cases, can weigh as much as 15 kilograms. The name Glöckler is derived from the Middle High German word klocken (‘to knock’).
Route of the Glöcklerlauf to be walked by the Jung-Alpenland heritage group in Salzburg
- Nonntaler Hauptstraße 86 (ca. 6:15 p.m.)
- Schulhofauer, Radauer family
- Kleingmain, Kandler bakery
- Senior citizens’ home, Nonntal
- Volkskultur, Petersbrunnhof (ca. 7:10 p.m.)
- Nonntal, Erhardplatz
- Kajetanerplatz, Gasthaus Hinterbrühl
- Kapitelplatz (8 p.m.)
- Residenzplatz (ca. 8:15 p.m.)
- Cafe Tomaselli, Alter Markt
- Hotel Goldener Hirsch
- K+K, Waagplatz (ca. 9 p.m.)