X-mas markets are big thing all over Austria and Germany. Besides the big X-mas markets that are open the whole Advent season in the bigger towns, most villages have a weekend with their own X-mas market where the different clubs and organisations have their own stall an sell Glühwein, Punsch, Glühmost and other typical stuff for X-mas markets.
In St.Marien there's also a handicraft-exhibition and a different concert in church every year.
Of course there is also a traditional Perchtenlauf - a tradition that should drive away the winter ghosts.
Gasthaus Luger is a typical Austrian village restaurant.
The owner is Stefan Luger, age 26. He has an excellent cook-education and creates delicous meals. So it's more or less an insider tip to go eating there - you'll get fine cuisine for very reasonable prices.
The ambiente is not that fancy (until now), but the food makes up for that.
In the evenings you can meet with friends have all kinds of drinks, of course Austrian beer and excellent wines. You can even get sth. to eat around midnight.
On holidays you should make reservations for a table, if you wanna have lunch.
Depending on the season there are also always specials on the menu.
From a traditional Austrian Schnitzl or Brettljause to Sweet-sour shrimps or beef-filets you can get it all there !
Favorite Dish: Filetspitzen
Lugerkeller is a kind of pub/ bar located in the basement of Gasthaus Luger.
It's open Friday and Saturday and on special occasions.
There's always a Halloween-Party, a X-mas Party, New Year's Eve Party, etc. and sometimes live gigs.
Dress Code: None
Austrian culture includes many differnt occassions for big parties and festivals.
Different festivals form village-life.
One of the highlights every two years in St.Marien is the so called Dorffest, a big party for the people of the village in the center of the village organised by the Musikverein Jung St.Marien.
It starts Friday night and ends on Sunday.
There's a huge pavillion/ party-tent and differnt open-air bars.
Entertainment includes concerts from different orchestras, a Big Band, etc.
People can get all different kinds of drinks and snacks.
Next Dorffest takes place July 28th - 30th 2006.