Perchtenlauf Festival in Schärding, Austria: A Scary Festival in Beginning of Winter Season

The perchant performance.

One of performance.

On last Friday, my husband and I visited Schärding, a city in Austria. Why must we visit this city? Because we heard announcement many times in radio that winter festival would be held in Schärding. This is not the first time to come over there. You can find also my written post in this blog regarding Schärding.



Schärding is a border city directly located Bavarian, one state of the Federal Republic of Germany. This is beautiful city across river that separates Germany and Austria. This river named as Inn.

A city should become tourism destination, not only pretty but Schärding is old city fully built Baroque building. That is a reason this city called also Baroquestadt in Deutsch word or baroqoue city in English.

So back to the festival. This festival was horribly attractive for tourists and people around as visitors. We came from Germany only to watch the performance of ‘Perchten’ groups. There is more than 16 groups to festive yearly in beginning of winter season in Schärding. 

Over the night, the festival began with ‘Monster’ one by one to perform scary and awful for people around. I called ‘Monster’ because they worn dreadful masks and strange costume.

In according to the legend, perchtenlauf  is a festival to drive away the evils or ghost that aimed to human well-being and convenience during winter season. The perchant groups worn costume and horror masks only to frighten or horrify people around. The most of perchant groups looked scary and spooky then specialized to promote the strange and terrifying situations.

They made people around frightened or afraid.

Kids with one of percant in picture together.

Probably this is folklore or legend, but this festival deserved to watch. For sure, kids can come to make friendly with Perchant Groups. As parents, they can educate children to festive this occasions only for entertainment and fun.

Further more, please find short video in here.

First video

Second video


In Bahasa Indonesia

Pada Jumat lalu (8/12), saya dan suami berkesempatan mengunjungi Schärding lagi untuk sebuah festival. Sebagaimana anda ketahui, saya sudah beberapa kali menuliskan keindahan kota ini. Kota ini juga menjadi salah satu destinasi wisata, jika anda berkunjung ke Austria.



Ini adalah tontonan yang wajib disaksikan sebagai turis atau pengunjung. Saya dan suami berkunjung dari Jerman setelah mendengar iklan di radio. Lalu kami ke sana, acara dimulai pada malam hari.

Festival yang digelar bernama Perchtenlauf. 
Menurut kebiasaan kuno, perchten adalah usaha untuk mengusir roh jahat agar musim dingin menjadi nyaman. 

Upaya tersebut dengan membuat topeng yang menyeramkan. Mereka yang tergabung dalam kelompok perchten juga mengenakan kostum menyeramkan mengikuti topeng yang jadi identitas mereka. Di iringi oleh bunyi-bunyian yang menandai musim dingin hampir tiba.

Ada lebih dari 16 kelompok Perchten. Alun-alun kota Schärding berubah menjadi menyeramkan hingga membuat pengunjung ketakutan. Tetapi begitulah upaya mereka agar pengunjung bisa meramaikan suasana ini sehingga tidak lagi menakutkan. 

Orangtua juga ada yang membawa anak-anak mereka dan mengedukasi mereka bahwa acara ini hanya hiburan semata.

Anda juga bisa menyaksikan video singkat yang saya buat.

Author: Anna Liwun

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [Philippians 4:13]

6 thoughts on “Perchtenlauf Festival in Schärding, Austria: A Scary Festival in Beginning of Winter Season”

  1. Anna.
    Wow a very interesting post. I don’t know this fest in Austria and very nice as a pagan festival from ancient times. It’s usual in lots of countries as Russia, Scotland, Spain from days of yore

    I hope you had a nice day.
    Thanks again 😉😉😉😉👍👍👍👍

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    1. Yes, it could be pagan festival. You are right, David😁… well, good to know. It never happened in my country because we have only two seasons, dry and raining.

      Have a nice day, David! Don’t forget to take your coffee here 😜☕


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