Ziller Valley Music:
For centuries people in the Ziller Valley have had a reputation as musical, and this reputation is completely justified. There’s a musician or singer in almost every family in the valley. The Ziller Valley’s Music School is flourishing, with instruments such as the diatonic accordion, the Tyrolean folk harp and wind instruments proving particularly popular. The saying: “Where there’s singing you can relax, because bad people don’t know any songs”, is entirely fitting. In this respect, Zillertaler’s love of music encourages and compliments their friendly nature. At the Schmankerlfest in Hippach, musical entertainment will be provided from 11am by the legendary Almrauschklang and, from 3pm, by the men of the Zillertal Schmiss.
Ziller Valley Locals:
True, Ziller Valley locals are known as business-minded. But is that really so bad? Quite the opposite! Zillertalers are a fun-loving folk whose open-hearted nature attracts people and makes them feel instantly at home – ideal for the business of tourism. They are both laid-back and talkative. It doesn’t take much to get the conversation going, regardless of where you come from and what language you speak – Zillertalers will always find a way to create a mutual understanding. The Schmankerlfest is a chance for guests from far and wide to experience this down-to-earth atmosphere of goodwill combined with Ziller Valley food specialities, all wrapped up in local musical sound!
Ziller Valley Specialities:
The local food is rich and satisfying, for good reason. Most of the Ziller Valley was populated from the mountains into the valley, and hearty food was needed to fuel the hard labour of mountain farmers and lumberjacks. The barns housed cattle and the fields yielded potatoes. Therefore, the staple ingredients of milk, cheese, butter and potatoes are at the heart of the best Ziller Valley specialities – Zillertaler Krapfen (deep fried parcels of potato and cheese), Melchermuas (rich pancake), Kasspressknödel (cheese dumplings), Holzknechtkrapfen (rolled pancake with cheese), Kiachl (the ‘Austrian croissant’)… All of these dishes can be sampled at the Schmankerlfest.
So, treat yourself, enjoy a taste of the Ziller Valley, and feel welcome here because you truly are!
Top Tip: For a unique experience, arrive at the festival steam train by taking the Zillertalbahn Ramsau station.