Traditions in the Lungau holiday region

Experience culture & tradition in Mauterndorf


The most southerly district in the Salzburg federal state, the Lungau, has retained its traditions in many areas and so many of these traditions have been passed on over the years. Whether the Prangstangentragen (decorated poles procession) in Muhr and Zederhaus or the water target shooting on the Prebersee lake, visitors are always welcome!


A special high point of the year in the Lungau are the Samson processions in the summer.

Samson giant figures

You should not fail to miss this extraordinary experience

In the 18th century, the giant Samson figures formed part of a baroque procession on Corpus Christi or during the Prang days. The Samson figure represents biblical heroes and is a symbol of the Lungau.

Nowadays the Samson is still carried in a celebratory procession through the town on certain days. The Mauterndorf figure is about 5 m high, 75 kg heavy and is carried by one person. The Samson is accompanied by two dwarves, one male and one female, a traditionally costumed group, guards and the band.


During the celebratory procession, the Samson halts several times in order to dance, which is a true art form given the size of this giant figure!


In the mood for the Middle Ages for young and old?

Samson figure in Mauterndorf

An exciting trip back in time to the late Middle Ages awaits the visitor to Mauterndorf Castle. Life in the castle at the end of the 15th century is presented true to life in the interactive exhibition. There is a fascinating view of Mauterndorf and the surrounding mountains from the 44 metre high fortified tower.

Mauterndorf Castle