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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 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 2018

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
30.05.2018 7 pm Tamsweg market area
31.05.2018 1.30 pm Mauterndorf marketplace
31.05.2018 2 pm St. Michael Corpus Christi
31.05.2018 2 pm St. Margarethen market area
02.06.2018 7 pm Tamsweg market area
03.06.2018 2 pm St. Andrä district Lintsching

9 am

St. Michael Chorfestival Feuer & Stimme
10.06.2018 2 pm Mariapfarr market area
29.06.2018 2 pm Muhr Prangstangen
01.07.2018 8 am Ramingstein/Kendlbruck Prangtag
07.07.2018 4 pm St. Andrä Fire Department "Kuppelcup"
21.07.2018 7 pm Tamsweg market area with large austrian "Zapfenstreich"
22.07.2018 11 am St. Margarethen market area
22.07.2018 1.30 pm Mauterndorf departure below the castle
22.07.2018 2 pm Tamsweg market area
02.08.2018 7.30 pm Mauterndorf Samsontanz
05.08.2018 1 pm Tamsweg market area
05.08.2018 2 pm Muhr fire station
12.08.2018 10 am St. Michael Summer festival of the fire brigade St. Michael
15.08.2018 10.30 am St. Michael Katschberghöhe
15.08.2018 2 pm Mariapfarr Hoher Festtag
15.08.2018 6.30 pm Mauterndorf departure below the castle
09.09.2018 1.30 pm Tamsweg Wölting
16.09.2018 12 am Unternberg Harvest Festival
16.09.2018 1 pm St. Andrä Harvest Festival
23.09.2018 8 am Ramingstein Thanksgiving
30.09.2018 10 am St. Michael Thanksgiving & market festival
30.09.2018 12 am Muhr Thanksgiving

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