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Krampus combines many Pagan figures and traditions. In Bavaria today, Krampus is a terrifying half goat, half demon creature sporting a leather or wood mask, thick furs, and haunting cowbells. The Krampus traditionally would punish or reward children based on the strict Christian “bad vs. good” moral model. Nowadays, the Krampus act as companions to St. Nicholas, visiting towns on the 5th & 6th of December. Particular to Berchtesgaden, the Buttenmandl’ dress up in specially grown hay costumes, running house to house, frightening naughty children and passersby alike. The Buttenmandl’, along with the Krampus, roam the streets beating bystanders with thick braided switches. This thrilling yet threatening art of driving out evil is an insane cultural event not to be missed. You too may be deemed naughty, fit for a lashing!
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Our two night trip includes transportation from the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden, where you will stay at the Hotel Alpina Ros. After checking in to this centrally-located three star accommodation, we make our way into town for the first day of Christmas Markets and Krampus parades. A tour of the town along with the Wittlesbach Castle is included. You will have free time for the remainder of the afternoon, and then the group will head to dinner at the historic Goldener Bär. This restaurant is a watering hole for Krampus, fortifying themselves before their late night thrashings. They are bound to entertain and terrify alike, while you enjoy traditional Bavarian eats. After dinner, you are free to tempt your fate with the Krampus and partake in the insanity! We will regroup for breakfast at the hotel in the morning before making our way to the local salt mine where you will be transported over 150 meters below the earth’s surface! Lunch at the famous Hofbrau Brewery in Berchtesgaden and then afternoon Schnapps tasting with Krampus’ at the Grassl Enzian factory. The evening then begins again with parades and Christmas Markets in downtown Berchtesgaden. December 7th we pack our stuff and make our way back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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