The first rays of sunshine glisten on the dewy meadow flowers. Birdsong is the only thing you can hear – how magical! Our walking boots are laced up quickly, our rucksacks filled with provisions and it’s off into the mountains in Wagrain-Kleinarl, where we’re spending our holiday this year.
Music up at the alpine huts
Today is Wednesday and we want to head up high to experience “Music at the Alms“ in an alpine hut. Every Wednesday in summer local music groups play at the alpine huts and restaurants in Wagrain-Kleinarl.
At 9 am we join the guided walk. Guided by Agnes we start our ascent. The sun is shining and it’s really warm. We’ve got quite a way to go, yet along the way Agnes shows us herbs and explains what they can be used for. The altitude metres are soon behind us and it’s just a few more minutes until we reach the hut itself. We can already hear the music playing. Exhilarated, we conquer the last few metres.
It’s just after 12 midday – what perfect timing. We enjoy tasty butter milk and a hearty snack platter and listen to the music. Soon everyone sitting at the tables has linked arms and is swaying from side to side and singing along.
A breathtaking view over the sunny valley, a rustic mountain hut with an even more rustic dairywoman dressed in “lederhosen” leather trousers and a checked shirt, fresh farm produce and hearty folk music ringing in your ears – that’s how you imagine a “holiday in the mountains” to be – in typical alpine tradition – how wonderful!
Music & Theatre and co.
On warm summer evenings you won’t want to go to bed too early. If you prefer to unwind leisurely after an exciting day in Wagrain-Kleinarl, then “Music & Theatre“ is right up your street. Every Friday in July and August bands play in the Market Square in Wagrain. There’s seating & standing room, snacks and all sorts of drinks – something for everyone.
Each week a different band plays, so there’s a colourful mix of pop, jazz, rock, oldies and classics to sing along and dance to. That’s twice the entertainment (and it’s free of charge).
Yet there’s even more music to discover in Wagrain-Kleinarl. The village bands give concerts in the village squares and local clubs invite guests along to folklore evenings. Dressed in typical Austrian costume of “dirndl” dresses and “lederhosen” leather trousers the locals perform their traditional thigh slapping dances, songs, yodelling and more.
200 years of “Silent Night, Holy Night!“
Our holiday in the mountains in Wagrain-Kleinarl full of hiking tours, day excursions, music highlights and peak experiences is over far too quickly. However, we’re eagerly awaiting our winter holiday in SalzburgerLand.
The world’s most well-known song for peace “Silent Night, Holy Night!“ celebrates its 200 year anniversary and the whole of SalzburgerLand is celebrating. Special exhibitions, theatre performances, Christmas markets, concerts… and more await us throughout the anniversary year 2018. Wagrain-Kleinarl too, as Silent Night resort, is part of the celebrations. Joseph Mohr, the writer of the song lyrics to “Silent Night“, lived in Wagrain for many years. He was a dedicated vicar and worked wonders in the resort and for the locals. The Silent Night Museum in the Pflegerschlössl displys an exhibition about his life and works. A genuine highlight, in addition to the cosy Christmas markets and other events during the Advent period in Wagrain-Kleinarl, is sure to be the puppet theatre “Silent Mouse and Silent Night”. In co-operation with the Salzburg State Theatre puppets and people perform a folk piece about the song for peace and its author.
So we can really look forward to unique musical happenings on our winter holiday.
Photo credits: Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus