On Sunday February 25th, 2023, villages in the Vorarlberg region celebrate a centuries-old tradition: the lighting of the Funken. On this first Sunday after Ash Wednesday, villagers burn down a dozen-high wooden tower with the aim of 'driving out the demons of winter'. This is an atmospheric event, full of symbolism but also with fireworks, music, all kinds of delicacies and torch waving on the mountain slopes.
On the church square in Schröcken, inhabitants set fire to a 30-metre wooden tower at 19:30, which they have worked hard to set up for weeks. The tower is filled with straw and Christmas trees. On top is the Funken witch, filled with gunpowder. It is exciting every year whether the burning tower falls over or whether the witch eventually explodes. If the tower falls before it reaches the witch, it is seen as a bad omen.
Will you be there when winter is driven out and welcome the rising light together with the locals? Enjoy the music of a DJ in Schröcken and there is also a snow bar with a view of hundreds of torches illuminating the mountain and the valley.
Experience this unique tradition during your stay at PURE Resort Schruns. At the exclusive PURE resort, you have a wonderful view of the mountains. You will also find many options for a relaxation or an active winter holiday in the Austrian Alps. Our apartments, penthouses and double rooms are modern and luxuriously furnished, exactly right for an unforgettable holiday in Austria.
Book your stay to be part of 'Igniting the Funken' on the weekend of February 24th, 25th and 26th, 2023 at: