This manger is built in a private house, at the Kalvarienberg.
It shows 12 scenes from the new will, with 130 movable figures.
Bruno Habertheuer manufactured the manger, in 18 winters.
This laudable handiwork is to be viewed anytime, in the house of the family Habertheuer, in Mariazell.
Address: Kalvarienberg, 1, Mariazell
The gingerbreads are a sweet tradition in Mariazell.
"The entire bee " is a sightseeing program, where you have the possibility to see the tradition, and the old craft of Mariazell.
This town is famous for its gingerbreads and the wonderful creations from this sweet dough.
More info and pictures find you in the web page.
Mariazell is a centre of Central European spiritual lives.
Approximately one million pilgrims from whole world come annually to Mariazell.
They come here to pray and to admire the lovely landscape.
Many of these believers like to come, specifically on the four weekends before Christmas, to the Mariazeller Advent.
The town is in this time, a real winter miracle world.
You have the possibility here to experience the Advent very intensively.
The Basilica stands in centre of the Mariazell Advent festivities.
Morning Roraten and Advent fairs, big concerts, and small prayers take place here.
On the 21st December is the foundation day of the town.
The tasteful Advent market stretches to feet of the basilica over the main place.
There are to buy real and authentic products.
You find here, sundries gifts, Christmas decorations, special scents and seasonings, woodcuttings and glistening Christian tree balls.
The Mariazell Advent market is extending this year.
A whole street appears as Advent market area.
The smell of orange punch and cinnamon stars, gingerbreads and vanilla cookie bewitches the whole market.
In the middle of the market, exactly opposite from basilica, is placed the "Mariazeller Adventkranz" (Advent wreath) with 24 candles.
That is the world-wide biggest hanging wreath.
In Mariazell, opposite the baroque basilica, is placed, every year, during the Advent time, the biggest hanging wreath of the world.
It has 12 meters of diameter and weighs six tons.
A candle, from the 24 candles on the wreath, is ignited daily.
The daily ignition of a candle, is the symbol of illuminating of dark winter evenings until the light-whole Christmas celebration.
It is played Christian music and the people sing Christmas songs.
It is a tradition where memories of the childhood become awake and one enjoys the collared miracle earth.
The gingerbreads of Mariazell are fame and a history.
Here is a special exhibition, from gingerbreads, mead, and wax.
There, you can see a copy of the Mariazeller town kernel
from gingerbreads and marzipan.
That is: Minimundus Mariazell.
You learn worth knowing about the Lebzeltertradition.
It is an experience for all visitors.
Hotel "Goldenen Löwen"
Wiener Neustädterstrasse 8
Gingerbread stands No.18, opposite the Basilica
Family Pirker-Mariazellerhof-Pirker G.m.b.H.
Grazer Strasse 10
I happened to be in Mariazell for Fasching. This takes place on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. I don't profess to know much about the origins or exactly what goes on but it is practised in Austria and Germany by the Catholic population and appears to be a general letting down of hair before Lent.
On Rose Monday everyone dresses up and acts a bit crazy. I attended a masked party and was a bit concerned. I felt very much like the Edward Woodward character in "The Wicker Man" and suspected that I might have been lured in to the community to be sacrificed in some weird ritual. I survived.
Much alcohol is consumed and there is not much activity on Tuesday due to everyone being hung over.