Easter traditions in Salzburg County

Easter Market in Salzburg's open air museum

Easter in Austria is full of time-honoured traditions that in many families are still celebrated today like Easter egg colouring, binding Palm Bouquets and special culinary traditions like baking Easter lambs and eating Easter ham. To ensure that these traditions never die and Easter Market is organised each year in Salzburg's open air museum. The museum is just a 40 minute drive from Ebner's Waldhof by the lake and is a is a fascinating testimony to Austria's history. This is the ideal excursion for families with children who just can't wait for the Easter bunny to arrive. 

In the middle of the Untersberg National Park, close to the City of Salzburg you will find Salzburg's open air museum. On the 500,000 square meter plot, time seems to have stood still: The "Salzburger Freilichtmuseum" documents farming life in the County of Salzburg from the 16th to the 20th Century. Seventy original building including farm houses, mills, barns and even a school have been relocated here, piece for piece to give visitors not only the chance to see history but to live it. Every year at Easter the museum is home to the traditional Easter Market. 

Easter like it used to be

Easter in Salzburg

Easter ham, Easter eggs, Easter ham, Easter butter and various different sorts of traditionally baked bread, pretzels and doughnuts - just some of the delicious specialities that are sold by local farmers at the Easter Market in Salzburg's open air museum. Handcraft demonstrations give visitors a fascinating insight into how things used to be made at Easter time. 

  • hand-crafted Easter eggs
  • cross-stitch
  • candle decorating 
  • basket weaving
  • carving
  • wood painting
  • pottery making on the potter's wheel
  • Ester egg waxing
  • Easter egg painting
  • hand printing of material

Easter egg hunt for the kids

On Easter Sunday the Easter Bunny appears. Packed up with his stash of Easter eggs the Easter Bunny personally hands out his little treasures to excited children. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Easter Bunny will pop up around the hotel and the museum. Watch out! Some of the eggs have been hidden- it's down to you to find them.