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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 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 2019

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.


DateTimeVillageEvent / Location
16.06.20199 amSt. MichaelChorfestival Feuer & Stimme
19.06.20197 pmTamswegFronleichnam
20.06.201911.30 amMauterndorfFronleichnam
20.06.20192 pmSt. MichaelFronleichnam
20.06.20192 pmSt. MargarethenFronleichnam
22.06.20197 pmTamswegSamsonumzug
29.06.20192 pmMuhrPrangstangenfest
30.06.20192 pmMariapfarrFronleichnam
06.07.20194 pmSt. Andrämit Dämmerschoppen
07.07.201910 amRamingsteinKendlbrucker Prangtag
21.07.201911 amSt. Margarethenmarket area
21.07.20191.30 pmMauterndorfFest der Bürgermusik
27.07.20196.30 pmMauterndorfSamsontanz Schützengaudi
27.07.20197 pmTamswegSamsonumzug
28.07.20192 pmTamswegSamsonumzug
01.08.20197.30 pmMauterndorfIm Rahmen der Brauchtumswoche
04.08.20191 pmTamswegim Rahmen des Waldfestes
04.08.20192 pmMuhrFeuerwehrfrühschoppen
11.08.201910 amSt. MichaelSommerfest der Feuerwehr
15.08.201910.30 amSt. MichaelSamsonumzug am Katschberg
15.08.20192 pmMariapfarrHoher Festtag
15.08.20196.30 pmMauterndorfSamsonumzug
06.09.20196 pmMauterndorfSamsontanz
15.09.201912 amUnternbergBauernherbstfest
15.09.20191.30 pmSt. Andrämit Konzert vorm Gasthof Andlwirt
22.09.201910 amRaminigsteinErntedank
22.09.201912 amMuhrErntedank
29.09.201910 amSt. MichaelErntedankfest

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