Experience your Christmas break in Austria with the traditional Glöckner and their lanterns at Lake Mondsee
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Local winter customs at Christmastime at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl

Perchten parades, winter customs and Twelve Wild Winter Nights: traditions at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl 

Austrian winter customs

Christmas in Austria is truly beautiful. And the traditional Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang is the best place to spend it.

The Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang has a rich history and has even gained global fame during its 500-year existence, as the setting for the romantic comedy of Leopold, the singing waiter, and the woman of his dreams, the pretty Rössl landlady, in the operetta "Im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee".

Guests at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl have enjoyed being at the heart of quintessential Austrian customs and traditions for centuries. It's no surprise, then, that your destination of choice in the Salzkammergut makes a big deal of Austrian Christmas traditions. The charming town of St. Wolfgang is utterly romantic in December. There are Krampus and Perchten parades around St. Nicholas Day on 6 December.

Multiple People are standing in the Snow and carry Laterns

Christmas in Austria: Perchten parade in St. Wolfgang

The Krampuses and Perchten figures that come out on parade every year around 5 December are an absolute must-see in St. Wolfgang. Although the bells of the sinister Perchten figures make an unbelievable din, their elaborately carved masks and fur suits are a spectacle worth seeing. And who knows, maybe St. Nicholas will bestow you with presents? Your romantic stay at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl will seem like a gift from St. Nicholas, too. After watching the hustle and bustle on the market square, take a swim in the lake; the Lake Pool, heated to 30°C all year round, is at its most spectacular in December. As you unwind in the warm water, steam rises around you. The view of the snow-covered winter landscape around the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl will stay with you for a long time!

Tradition, not tat: Christmas in Austria

The pre-Christmas period in Austria is punctuated by a wide variety of customs. For example, 'Barbara' branches are traditionally cut from fruit trees on 4 December and placed in a vase. If the branches blossom, it promises happiness in the New Year – and, for unmarried women, even the prospect of a wedding. Sounds like one for you? Then whisk your sweetheart away to the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl! Who knows, perhaps you'll return to the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl in May for your wedding?

Glöckler and Christmas nights

Every year on 4 January, figures dressed in white parade through the village. Artful, illuminated caps adorn their heads – our Glöckler. The Glöckler are good spirits of light who drive away the evil spirits of the night before Christmas, so the Glöckler parade takes place every year on 4 January, the last of the Twelve Wild Winter Nights.

Jot this date in your calendar and enjoy this traditional spectacle from your box seat on the lake – the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl.

Spend your Christmas in Austria. Let yourself be pampered by the team at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl and savour the most wonderful time of the year. To book your getaway, just send us a no-obligation enquiry!

Rössl new year

Enjoy the new year with us at the Weisses Rössl at Wolfgangsee

4 nights between 28.12.24 & 03.01.25

from     € 1,380.- p.P.

Active in the Rössl hiking in the Salzkammergut

Discover the unrivalled beauty of the Salzkammergut at any time of year with unique hiking tours

from     € 585,- p.P.

Rössl holidays 21.12.24 to 05.01.25

Enjoy the winter holidays with us at the Weisses Rössl on Lake Wolfgangsee

4 nights between 21.12.24 & 5.01.25

from     € 1,170.- p.P.

It's friends time

Friends-time at the lake Wolfgang!

from     € 479,- p.P.

Mini-break for romantics

and everyone who wants to become one.

3 nights with welcome gift, fondue experience, romantic dinner, bath for two and a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

from     € 655,- p.P.

Celebrations - Im Weissen Rössl

A birthday coming up? A christening or another wonderful event - there is always a reason to celebrate!
We are delighted to be able to offer you the elegant setting for your successful celebration at the Weisses Rössl.

from     € 565.- p.P.

Do not disturb

Enjoy romantic days with us in our emperior bath and in-room breakfast!

from     € 375,- p.P.

Active in the Rössl

Short holiday in the Rössl - sun, boating, cycling, hiking and visiting fantastic sights...

from     € 585,- p.P.

Lovers' time out

Enjoy a short trip for lovers.

2 nights, 6-course menu, fondue, breakfast, SPA and much more...

from     € 510,- p.P.

Rössl gourmet

2 nights with a culinary highlight each.

from     € 470,- p.P.

Rössl gourmet 2 nights

2 nights with each a dinner highlight.

from     € 470,- p.P.

Rössl well-being

2 nights with spa treatments and our 1500m² spa on the lake - with floating lake lido and Jacuzzi

from     € 485,- p.P.


Discover our 80m² new Spa Suite and relax in your own wellness area!

from     € 1335,- p.P.


Spend your honeymoon days at the White Horse Inn!

from     € 790,- p.P.

When the lights go out...

Our top tip: "When the lights go out in the village". For a few hours, the electric lights go out all over the village, and St.Wolfgang is bathed in candlelight. Our guests can also avoid the crowds at weekends and visit the atmospheric Advent market when it is quieter.

from     € 440,- p.P.

Chestnuts, punch & roast apples

Advent magic at Lake Wolfgang - atmospheric Advent season!

from     € 507,- p.P.

Christmas with us

Celebrate Christmas at the Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang

4 nights from 22nd of December to 26th December 2024

from     € 1,200.- p.P.

Hiking Holiday in Austria - We give you the mountains and the lake into the bargain

7 nights in a double room and enjoy the autumnal colours of nature while hiking

from     € 1,080.- p.P.