When the parish church bells ring at noon, the Schellenrührers jump out of one of the oldest house entrances in Mittenwald. Each of the Schellenrührers symbolize a calendar month. Dressed in traditional Lederhosen pants and hats and armed with heavy cowbells, they are ready to wake up the spirits of spring. Welcome to the Fasching season in the Alpenwelt Karwendel region.
Fasching (Mardi Gras) in the Zugspitze Region
Once a year, from Epiphany to Shrove Tuesday, comical Fasching characters, so-called Maschkeras, run and dance around town. A true Maschkera is not recognized behind their Larve mask until the church bells ring at midnight. The hand-carved masks, as well as the costumes, are often passed down from one generation to the next.
Silly Thursday, known as Unsinniger Donnerstag, when the Schellenrührers run and dance through the towns of Mittenwald, Krün, and Wallgau and let their heavy cowbells clang loudly is the highlight of the Fasching season. They follow the leader who symbolizes spring and are accompanied by traditional characters such as Bärentreiber who drive a bear before them, Pfannenzieher pulling their friends in a huge frying pan, and groups of Jacklschutzer tossing a rag doll symbolizing winter.
Wake up the spirits of spring
The 500 year-old custom dates back to cults from the pagan times. It is intended to drive out winter and ring in spring. This centuries-old custom attracts numerous visitors to the charming towns of the Alpenwelt Karwendel region every year. So why not plan a winter vacation during the Fasching season and experience the unique custom of Maschkeras firsthand?
Being part of the Fasching processions in the Bavarian Alps is sure to be a truly memorable experience. Don't wait: book your accommodation in the Zugspitze Region today!