Thu. Jul 18th, 2024


Austria is a beautiful country nestled in the heart of Europe, known for its breathtaking views and diverse culture. It has a long and rich history and its culture has been heavily influenced by its location at the crossroads of Europe.

As a result, they have developed a unique set of peculiar customs and traditions that set them apart from the rest of Europe. From traditional festivals and holidays to special foods and drinks, this country offers a lot of interesting and unusual customs to explore.

This guide will provide an overview of some of the more peculiar customs and traditions, delving into the history and culture behind them so that visitors can truly appreciate the unique culture this country has to offer.

Sauna and Nudist Beach

It’s quite common for Austrians to take part in a sauna session with their friends, but there’s a twist – you won’t find any clothes in the sauna. That’s right, they are no strangers to the nudist sauna. It’s seen as a tradition and a great way to relax and socialize with friends.

But that’s not all – they also have a few nudist beaches. These beaches are perfect for sunbathing and swimming in the nude, and they’re surprisingly popular. While most people feel a bit uncomfortable at first, they quickly come to enjoy the feeling of liberation and freedom that comes with being able to strip down and enjoy the sun.

Of course, this means that saunas and nudist beaches can be a bit awkward for those who aren’t used to being in the buff. An as Asian, I found it quite a bit difficult to get used to it. They are generally conservative people (from my point of view), but they don’t mind bathing naked in saunas and nudist beaches, especially in summer.

It may appear as a peculiar custom for people like me, but if you can get used to it, these are actually quite enjoyable. Just remember to keep your clothes off!

Wine Harvest

The Wine Harvest is one of the most anticipated and celebrated festivals of the year. It takes place in the fall when the grape harvest is complete and the winemakers are ready to celebrate their hard work. Festivities include wine tastings, visiting vineyards, and eating a lot of grape-flavored food and drinks. (It somehow reminds me of a movie entitled, A Walk In The Clouds, starring Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón.)


Heuriger is a term they use for wine tavern which is only available at a specific time of the year.


As we all know, food plays an important role in culture. Mahlzeit is the German-speaking country’s version of Bon appetit or Buon appetito. It’s a way of saying everyone at the table to enjoy their meal before they take the first bite. And they say prost or cheers for drinks except for one.

Sturm is a type of fermented grape juice in Austria, usually in the markets during the Autumn and Winter seasons. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or just having a casual meal, it’s a great way to lift the mood. While Sturm may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s certainly an experience. The drink’s unique flavor comes from the fermentation process, which gives it a slightly sour taste. For drinking Sturm, Austrians say Mahlzeit instead of cheers! A peculiar custom that has its roots in the fermentation process similar to food preparation.

Although Sturm isn’t everyone’s favorite, it has a special place in the hearts of the locals. So why not give it a try? You might just find yourself enjoying the special taste of this fermented grape. Mahlzeit!


Mulled wine is a drink that will warm your heart, if not your hands. Yes, it’s served hot, which makes it the perfect companion for cold winter days. And it’s the perfect way to finish off an evening at the Christmas markets, with the sweet smell of cinnamon and cloves floating in the air. Not to mention the fact that it has a nice kick to it, thanks to the addition of brandy or rum. Is this a peculiar custom? Let me know!

It’s no wonder people have been enjoying this sweet and spicy concoction for centuries! Just be careful – it’s easy to forget how much you’re drinking, so pace yourself and don’t overdo it! But if you’re feeling brave, you can always add a few extra shots of spirit to give it an extra kick. So if you’re looking for a delicious and comforting winter drink, look no further than mulled wine. You won’t regret it!

Reparatur Seidl

If you happen to find yourself in Austria with a hangover, you’re in luck! That’s because there’s a peculiar custom in Austria for treating hangovers, known as “Reparatur Seidl”. The name might sound odd, but it’s actually quite simple. All you need to do is buy a liter of beer, fill a glass with it, and then add a bit of sparkling water. The result? A light, refreshing drink that’s perfect for curing a nasty hangover.

They swear by it, and even if it doesn’t actually work, it’s still a fun way to start the day. So the next time you find yourself in the beautiful country of Austria, don’t forget to try this peculiar custom. A Reparatur Seidl might just be the thing you need to get back on your feet and enjoy the rest of your trip.



School cone, or Schultüte, is a peculiar custom among Austrian children. On their first day of school, children are given a cone filled with presents such as books, school supplies, and sweets. It’s an exciting tradition that helps to ease the transition into school. The custom dates back to the 19th century, and it’s an important part of Austrian culture.

Not only does it provide children with a warm welcome to school, but it also gives parents an opportunity to show their support and love for their children. Not surprisingly, the tradition is still going strong today and is highly anticipated by children each year. Whether a peculiar custom or not, this is absolutely the best way to start the school year!


Lead casting, or Bleigießen, is a peculiar custom that’s popular in Austria at New Year’s. People get together and pour molten lead into a bowl of cold water. As it hardens and cools, it forms a peculiar shape. Then, everyone takes turns interpreting the shape and what it means for their fortunes in the coming year.

Is it a heart? That means love will be on the way. A cross? That means it’s time to get serious and buckle down. No matter which shape it takes, the interpretations are always creative and often amusing. Whether this peculiar custom is odd or not, it’s a unique, fun way to bring friends and family together as the year ends and a new one begins. So if you’re looking for a new way to celebrate New Year’s, why not give lead casting a shot? It might just be the most peculiar and fun way to spend the night!


Every winter in Austria, a peculiar custom takes place – the Krampus Run. The Krampuslauf, as it’s called in German, is a centuries-old tradition involving costumed men called Krampuses. They are dressed in furry costumes and often wearing masks, parade through the streets of Austria, and chase down local children. It’s a kind of game of tag, but with a terrifying twist. Of course, it’s all in good fun and everyone participating has a great time.

This is so popular that it’s become an annual tourist attraction in Austria. People from all over the world flock to the country to witness (and sometimes even participate in) the peculiar custom. So if you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, why not join the Krampus Run this winter? It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience!


It is another peculiar custom that people enjoy so much. This annual carnival takes place during the weeks leading up to Lent, and involves a lot of costume-wearing, partying, and general merriment. And then there’s the ‘mini-Maypole’. This is a tradition that takes place in May, when kids in the countryside take a small Maypole around the village and dance around it.

It’s a fun way for kids to celebrate the arrival of spring. And finally, there’s the ‘Fingerhakeln’ festival. Every year, thousands of people from all over Austria gather to partake in this unique competition, which involves gripping a wooden pole with your fingers and trying to pull your opponent off it. It’s a strange sight to behold, but one that’s firmly entrenched in Austrian culture. So if you’re ever in Austria, be sure to take part in the peculiar customs and you’ll surely have a unique experience!

Peculiar Customs on Greetings and Gestures

Austrians are used to tourists and are quick to welcome them into the culture. There are a few things to keep in mind when greeting Austrians, as well as engaging in other social activities.

When shaking hands, Austrians usually wait for the other person to initiate the handshake. It is customary to wait for the other person to extend their hand first.

When greeting friends and family, Austrians usually hug. It is important to note that women will often not initiate the hug and it may be awkward to hug a woman in Austria.

When dining with Austrians, it is customary to wait for the host or hostess to sit first and then wait for others to sit based on seniority.

To sum this up, there is only one golden rule in Austria. You cannot be impolite. You have to greet and say bye to people upon entering and leaving a room. They find it rude if you enter a room or leave without saying anything.

Austria is a beautiful country that is full of culture and fascinating history. Whether this list of peculiar customs sounds odd or not, this country should be on your bucket list! Exploring the world improves you in five ways. You just have to take the trip to find out!

Reparatur Seidl, I have to say, is my favorite peculiar custom! Which one is yours?



By Lala