Driving away evil spirits in the Allgäu
Each year as winter draws on and the nights become colder scary figures known as "Klaussner" and "Barbell" wend their ways through the villages of the Allgäu. This unusual custom go way back to the culture of the Aleman: it’s all about driving out the evil spirits of winter and spreading the blessing of life. Usually the Klaussner wear massive fur cloaks and some are adorned with twigs and moss.
Heavy cow bells hang from their belts that clang with each and every step making a terrifying clamour. Hidden behind the horned masks are the faces of the young men and women of the village. Their frightening appearance is said to drive away evil winter spirits. In some villages the Klaussner go from house to house driving out evil demons as they go with their cacophony and cow bell commotion. Sonthofen hosts the largest Klaussner club in the whole of the Allgäu.
Every year 4th – 6th December: "Klausentreiben" and "Bärbelespringen" in Blanchet, Burgberg, Immenstadt, Rettenberg and SonthofenDates 2017
- Oberstdorf, 4th and 6th December (18:00)
- Ettensberg, 4th and 6th December (19:00)
- Burgberg, 4th to 6th December (19:00)
- Immenstadt, 5th and 6th December (19:00)
- Fischen, 4th and 6th December (18:00)
- Ofterschwang, 4th and 5th December (19:30)
- Bolsterlang, 4th to 6th December (18:00)