This blog's for other folks who want to make the most of their time in Austria and never waste brunch in a bad cafe.
Another popular celebration is Fasching (carnival time), which is the period between Epiphany and the beginning of Lent.
Then there is the Christmas season, which is celebrated with much pageantry, glitter and light, especially in the larger cities.
Here one of the most colorful customs is the men dressed in white meet at nightfall, wearing broad leather belts with heavy bells and colorful elaborate lanterns on their heads, which are works of art in themselves, tour the streets of the villages.
The procession is to shed light during the dark winter months and to bring luck for the new year.
Yet, go outside of the main cities such as Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, and the country becomes fairly rural, with small communities, which traditionally were and are resistant to cultural change.