Rupertikirtag, Salzburg’s festival in honour of its patron, St Rupert, is held every September. ‘Rupert’ himself, shown here, marks the opening of the five-day event by tapping the beer barrel.
Barrels of Rupertikirtag’s signature beer, Stiegl, are brought to the festival’s opening on horse-drawn wagons, accompanied by a re-creation of the city’s 18th century guard.
Artisans, like this worker in pewter, display their handcrafts in stalls that fill the Altermarkt.
Residenzplatz is filled with fun-fair rides. Young and old alike bring out their traditional wear, called tracht, especially for the occasion.
The traditional Bierhalle hosts hundreds, who are entertained by bands. Favourite drinking songs bring the crowd to their feet – and to the table tops.