Zillertal Krapfen Festival in Schwendau

Village festivals in the Zillertal Valley are famous for their gregariousness, their special ambience and, not least, their regional delicacies. The Schwendau Krapfen Festival (food festival) is a high-point of the summer festivities and incredibly popular with locals and guests alike. On 18th August 2019, it is time to head down to Schwendau village centre to feast on delicious "Krapfen" all over again!


Zillertaler Krapfenfest in Schwendau

© Norbert Freudenthaler

Created by Elisabeth Frontull

The Organisers

Now in its 13th year, Hippach Brass Band are organisers of the Krapfen Festival. Christian Sporer, chairman of Hippach Brass Band, tells us about how this legendary festival came into being: „I wanted to organise a village festival in Schwendau for some time. This dream turned into reality 13 years ago and we have organised the Zillertal Krapafen Festival every year, ever since.“ 


Hippach Brass Band has a long history to look back on. It was founded in 1845 and celebrated its 170th anniversary two years ago. The band consists of 64 active musicians. 5 vivandières (daughters of the regiment) and 3 flag bearers.


The Location & Supporting Programme

The imposing village centre of Schwendau and popular Zillertal Krapfen - with either a sweet or cheese filling - are just one highlight amongst the many fresh, regional and homemade specialties that make this food festival an extremely pleasant and enjoyable day trip destination for people of all ages. Those old enough to imbibe in a drop of mountain magic will enjoy sampling some of Schwendau's finest schnapps after their meal, with the schnapps maker on hand personally to make recommendations. 



Festival Programme & Music

10.30 hrs  Festive procession of the brass band from Hippach centre, along Lindenstraße to Schwendau village centre and the Krapfen Festival
11.00-15.00 hrs "Echt Böhmisch"
15.30-20.30 hrs "Die Goldrieder aus Osttirol"

What's available

All types of original Zillertal Krapfen (savoury and sweet crepes), grilled meats, Melchermuas (dairyman's omelette), homemade cakes, sampling of the finest schnapps from Schwendau

"Echt" Böhmisch
© "Echt" Böhmisch
Zillertaler Krapfenfest
© Norbert Freudenthaler
Goldrieder aus Osttirol
© Goldrieder aus Osttirol

There is a playground for children, children's painting and even horse-drawn carriage rides at Schwendau fire equipment house.

The festival takes place whatever the weather. Traditional costume attire is welcomed. Admission is free!


Recipe for Zillertal Krapfen

Hippach Brass Band

Schwendau Village

Die Krapfenfabrik am Krapfenfest in Schwendau
© Norbert Freudenthaler
Trachtenbekleidung im Zillertal
© Norbert Freudenthaler
Schnapsverkostung vom Stiegenhaushof in Schwendau
© Norbert Freudenthaler