Landgasthof Adler Pelzmuhle
PelzmÃ¼hle 1, Elzach, Baden-Wurttemberg, 79215, Germany
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Rägemolli, daddy and junior
Rägemolli jr. practising the Saublodere
Safe at Daddy's hand
A baby Schuttig in an old pram
Travel Tips for Elzach
Fastnacht / Fasnet: Carnival in Elzach
The small town of Elzach at the far end of the Elz valley is famous for its ancient carnival traditions. Here you can watch the alemannic Fastnacht at its best, and scariest. Take care!
Elzach is one of the most traditional centres of the alemannic Fastnacht and member of the Viererbund together with Rottweil, Überlingen and Oberndorf.
Fastnacht begins on carnival Sunday at noon. A big parade takes place on Sunday afternoon (15.00), then there is the night parade (Sunday 20.00). Another parade happens on Tuesday afternoon. Two types of costumes are all the guild allows: the Schuttig and the Rägemolli , plus a number of singular figures.
Elzach can easily be visited from Freiburg. Hint: Don't go by car, there is but one road along the valley which will be jampacked, and parking won't be found in the town centre, you'll have to park on the outskirts and walk quite a bit. Take the train (Breisgau S-Bahn).
The main figure in the Fastnacht of Elzach is the Schuttig . The red fringy Häs (costume, clothing) is worn with a green headcover, a triangular straw hat covered with snail shells and three red woollen balls, wood-carved mask, white scarf and gloves. The Schuttig never takes off his mask in public.
All masks are individually made to measure, carved from linden wood. Eight different types of masks offer a wide variety. See the travelogue on masks for more Schuttig portraits!
The second typical Häs in Elzach, less frequent than the Schuttig , is the Rägemolli . The name derives from "Regenmolch", a local name for the fire salamander, because of the black dots. The corners of the hat have paper palls instead of wool, the headcover and scarf may have different colours.
The front side of the jacket is painted with a moon, a bat and an owl while the back side shows the sun.
Many Rägemollis carry a broomstick to tease people with.
Saublodere: Pig's Bladders
Most Schuttigs carry Saublodere : a stick with two or three inflates pig's bladders (indeed, real ones).
These serve two purposes: 1. hitting the ground to make noise, and 2. hitting people, preferably on the head.
Yes it hurts, and yes it's a tiny little bit disgusting, especially in the rain when they become wet, smeary and stinky...
The Black Devil Schuttig
The Teufelschuttig (Devil Schuttig), a singular figure, leads the parade. His Häs is like that of the Schuttigs but all in black with red gloves and scarf. The wooden trident is the devil's 'weapon'.
There is a lot of running at the beginning of the parade. The kids will tease the devil and provoke him to chase them with his trident.