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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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A two night trip including transportation from the city of Munich to Berchtesgaden where you will stay at the centrally located Hotel AlpinRos. The afternoon of December 5th is spent in Salzburg with Christmas Market tour, Krampus parade, and city tour. December 6th, after breakfast, we make our way to the local salt mine where you will be transported 150 meters below the earth’s surface for tour and lesson in salt production. Lunch at the Salt Mine and then an afternoon Schnapps tasting and tour with Krampus’ at the Grassl Enzian factory. Evening dinner at the Hofbräu brewery in Berchtesgaden then city tour, Krampus Marches, Christmas Markets, and Krampus Lairs. December 7th we have breakfast and a morning walk at the Konigsee lake and bobsled track before making our way to the village of Murnau for a short 45 minute train ride to Munich.
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