Zillertal customs and tradition
Traditional, home-style cooking as well as schnapps distilling tips are still passed down from the grandmothers and grandfathers (lovingly referred to as Nadl and Nene respectively) to the following generations.
Zillertal home-style cuisine includes: farmhouse donuts, Schliachtarnudln (noodles in cheese sauce), Holzknechtkrapfen (cheese and potato omelet), Zerggl (fried cheese dumpling), Melchermuas (a type of pancake), Kiachl (a type of pastry), and many other specialties. Of course, after a hearty, delicious meal, we recommend a "Zichna" (schnapps distilled with pine cones).
Musical groups such as Die Ursprung Buam, Die Jungen Zillertaler, Marc Pircher, Zellberg Buam, and Schürzenjäger, and many others come from the Zillertal.
There are many musical groups here, seeing that everyone in the valley shares a love of singing. This includes the Rainer singers from Fügen, who spread the song "Silent Night, Holy Night" throughout the world. In every community, there is a musical group that organizes weekly open-air concerts in the summer from June to September for guests and locals. This is also where guests are honored.
More Zillertal traditions
Other traditions include the cattle drive in September and the St. Nicholas and Krampus procession on December 5-6. On Palm Sunday, palm branches are carried to the church. There are bonfires for Easter, the "Grasausläuten" (which includes ringing bells to encourage the crops to grow in spring) in May, and the solstice festival, which lights up the mountains with bonfires between June 22 and 24.
You also definitely shouldn't miss out on a ride on the Zillertal steam locomotive.