"Anklöpfeln" carol singing
A cultural heritage in the Zillertal Valley
It is listed on the register of Austria's Intangible Cultural Heritages – the custom of "Anklöpfeln" carol singing on the last three Thursday evenings before Christmas. This beautiful tradition is still celebrated in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region in Zillertal Valley. It is intended to convey the story of Maria and Joseph searching for shelter preceding the birth of the Infant Jesus.
Monika and Gerhard Anker ensure this beautiful tradition is passed on to the next generation in the tranquil community of Brandberg in Zillertal. Dressed as shepherds, the "Anklöpfler" visit neighbours and friends to announce the imminent birth of our Lord.