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D´Viechtwanger house Christmas crib

Scharnstein, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups

The birth of Christ - traditionally and imaginatively inserted into the local landscape, with hand-carved figures in a diverse setting

A wonderful example of the old custom of the landscape cribs is the Viechtwanger house crib of the Hageneder family. On seven square meters there are representations of the most important stations from the Annunciation of the Angel to the search for a hostel and the birth of Jesus and the procession of the Three Kings to the flight to Egypt. The biblical scenes, framed by Mediterranean palm trees, are imaginatively and artistically embedded in the landscape of the Almtal against the backdrop of the Dead Mountains - including the ruins and Scharnstein Castle, the Viechtwanger church and of course the house of Maria and Martin Hageneder.

The Viechtwanger house nativity scene is characterized by a large number of figures, the "Bring- und Wegmandl". From the “Lampöfanga”, the “Apfelbrocka” to the “Beinvogltraga” or the “Wunaling Neighbors, the Trüfömaunan” or the “Vergelt's Gott Mandl” the crowd of figures carved with heart and skill by Maria and Martin Hageneder, including the family members the Hageneder family are represented.

Every year a new figure or ensemble of figures is added - in 2020 the internationally known storyteller Helmut Wittmann with his wife Ursula. As a celebrity from the animal world, Nurmi the bear is also represented and maybe one day the bald ibises, which are again native to the Almtal, will also find their way. Local handicrafts and customs are reflected in the Glöcklerpass, the lumberjacks, the hunters or the gold bonnet women. Farmers show loving details when mowing and working with wood, right down to the hollow blocks left over from the last extension in front of the house.

In over 20 years, a total work of art has been created that is definitely worth a visit between St. Stephen and Candlemas.

Small nativity glossary Scenes that are shown in the Viechtwang nursery (as a pdf file for download under Multimedia / Documents)

D 'Viechtwanger house crib will unfortunately not be exhibited this year due to Corona. Thank you very much for your understanding.

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543 m

Accessibility / arrival

We recommend that you travel by public transport!

By train: Arrival with the Almtalbahn 153 from Wels or Grünau im Almtal to Viechtwang.
by bus: OÖVV bus line 533 Gmunden - Scharnstein - Grünau im Almtal - Almsee

with the Traunstein taxi:
Route 52 from Laakirchen, Kirchham or St. Konrad to Scharnstein town center or
Route 70 from Vorchdorf, Pettenbach or Steinbach am Ziehberg to Scharnstein town center
Call the taxi office 1 hour in advance on 050-422 1691 or order on the otaxi app.

by bike:
on the R 11 from Grünau im Almtal or Wels or on the R 2 Salzkammergut cycle path from Gmunden

by car:
Motorway A1: Leave the Westautobahn A1 in Regau and follow the B145 to Scharnstein
A9 motorway: Leave the A9 in Inzersdorf-Kirchdorf and follow the Austrian Romanikstraße to Scharnstein

Please only use the parking spaces provided and be considerate of private property! Thank you for your fairness!

  • Parking space: 2
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Admission: voluntary donations

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  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Winter

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D´Viechtwanger house Christmas crib
Birihub 8
4644 Scharnstein

Phone +43 7615 2906

Contact person
Maria Hageneder
D´Viechtwanger Hauskrippe
Birihub 8
4644 Scharnstein

Phone +43 7615 2906

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