On St. Nicholas Day, we drove two hours south to Innsbruck, Austria, to visit some Christmas markets and meet Krampus. Freising was enveloped in dense, freezing fog, but in the Alps the weather was quite lovely.
After some Glühwein, we took the Hungerburgbahn partway up the mountain to the north of the city. This is a very impressive ride.
After some warm mead, we followed St. Nicholas a bit further up the mountain to a bonfire. Soon the Krampuses (Krampi? Krampteen?) hurtled down the mountain, with bundles of sticks and carts to haul away the naughty children, and ran around the bonfire shouting and waving. It was very loud, and very impressive.
While generally Krampus is a scary dude, this event was suitable for children. After running, some of the Krampuses posed for photos.
And at last, my favorite photo from the day. The sign on the shop says “Everything beautiful and good”, and the Krampus is just walking by.
We enjoyed Innsbruck, and would like to go back sometime when the days are a bit longer.