Zirl & culture
Culture enjoys a high status throughout the year in Zirl. The village has a long tradition of craftsmanship in carving intricate nativity scenes and boasts a museum dedicated to this unique form of art.
The vast collection of nativity scenes typical of the Zirl region is well worth a visit for everyone. The exhibits in the museum of local history, which include old scripts and photographs as well as farming and household implements and tools, give visitors an insight into daily life in times gone by. The museum also houses sketches and drawings by the famous church painter Franz Plattner. Just a few steps further along is the parish church of the Holy Cross containing beautiful frescoes painted by the same local artist.
The beginning of Lent also marks the end of carnival or, as it is known locally, “Fasnacht”, which, in Zirl, is marked by performances by the “Türggeler”, masked figures in costumes made of corn husks. The village’s cultural year comes to a reflective close with a series of enchanting Advent concerts heralding the approach of Christmas.