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Aperschnalzen 2024

A custom of whip cracking used to drive winter away


Aperschnalzen—is an authentic tradition in Salzburg and Bavaria, which is believed to drive out winter and awake the spirit of nature. Usually held at​ the end of January or beginning of February, it draws young men to take part in the competition.

The main attraction is the skilful usage of whips, up to 4 m long, called "Goal." Snapping and cracking, amazing coordination—this is what competitors show. From 7 to 11 members can take part simultaneously so long as the number is uneven. This fascinating old tradition attracts lots of locals and tourists as well.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin