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Experience the Salzburger Lungau All Inclusive - Lungau Card hiking with cable car in UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburg's Lungau


Emblem of Lungau

Gigantic heroic figures of the 16th century

The Samson figure has been historically documented in the Lungau since 1635 and symbolizes an Old Testament figure with superhuman strength, a strength seated in this long hair. He represents the battle against the Philistines, having killed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass at Lehi. Most of the Samson figures carry such a jawbone as a symbol of strength. Many myths, legends and assumptions are interwoven with this giant figure from UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburg's Lungau.


Samson is as much as 6.5 m tall and weighs around 85 kg. In the inner Alpine region, there are twelve of these figures, with ten Samsons in the Lungau (Mariapfarr, Mauterndorf, Muhr, Ramingstein, St. Andrä, St. Margarethen, St. Michael, Tamsweg, Unternberg and Wölting) and two in neighboring Styria (Krakaudorf und Murau).


This heroic biblical figure is the emblem of the Lungau. Which explains why he is so often on display at a variety of local festivities. He is born on the shoulders of a young bachelor, who is able to skillfully balance the weight of this giant figure by means of a frame built on the inside of the hollow body. Already 2010 the "Samsontragen" (carrying of the Samson figure) was entered into the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria.

Samson Parades 2016

This year, Samson parades and dances will be held on several special dates during Lungau's "Summer in the Hills" season and during Harvest Festival. It truly is an imposing sight as Samson, accompanied by the village band, is moved with dignity through the village streets, venturing a short dance every now and then, with the two dwarves swirling around him.


Date Time Village Event / Location
25.05.2016 7 pm Tamsweg Village center
26.05.2016 11 am Mauterndorf Village center
26.05.2016 1.30 pm St. Michael Village center
26.05.2016 2 pm St. Margarethen Village center
28.05.2016 7 pm Tamsweg Village center
05.06.2016 2 pm Mariapfarr Village center
12.06.2016 9.30 am St. Michael Choir Festival "Fire & Voice"
29.06.2016 2 pm Muhr Prangstangen
02.07.2016 4 pm St. Michael 600 years market survey
03.07.2016 10 am St. Michael 600 years market survey
17.07.2016 1.30 pm Mauterndorf castle place
17.07.2016   St. Margarethen Village center
23.07.2016 7 pm Tamsweg marketplace
24.07.2016 2 pm Tamsweg marketplace
29.07.2016 7 pm Mariapfarr Village center
07.08.2016 1 pm Tamsweg Village center
07.08.2016 2 pm Muhr Village center
14.08.2016 10 am St. Michael

Summer festival
fire department St. Michael

15.08.2016 10.30 am Katschberg / St. Michael Samson Parade
15.08.2016 6.30 pm Mauterndorf ab Castle place
03.09.2016 2 pm Mariapfarr Village center,
Samson meeting
11.09.2016 12 pm Unternberg Samson dance at harvest festival
11.09.2016 1.30 pm Tamsweg Wölting
25.09.2016 10.30 am St. Michael Thanksgiving- and Market festival
25.09.2016 11.30 am Muhr Thanksgiving

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