Axams – the Wampelerreiten
Here tradition has become UNESCO cultural heritage: carnival is a big and spectacular event in Axams and the celebrations take place every year. The village west of Innsbruck is probably home to the most unconventional carnival customs in the area around Innsbruck. The "Axamer Wampeler" take on the main role supported by many other traditional characters: big-bellied Wampeler with their stuffed shirts, Reiter, Tuxer, Flitscheler, altboarische Paarln, Nadln, witches, Bujazzln, bears and bear handlers. The characters wear precious, handcrafted costumes during the colourful celebrations. The Wampelerreiten is a particularly special event and well-worth a visit. This custom has quite rightly been granted UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status.