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  Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol
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  • Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol - Bundesland Tirol
      Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol
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  • Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol - Bundesland Tirol
      Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol
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  • Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol - Bundesland Tirol
      Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol
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  • Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol - Bundesland Tirol
      Schleicherlaufen in Telfs / Tirol
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Schleicherlaufen in Telfs is a carneval-event that takes place only every 5th year, and the next time is in 2015 !
It is not easy to translate Schleicher into english, but "sneaker" might be a good explanation : they have a bell fixed at their back and they have to make sure that this bell stays calm, this is why they have to move very cautiously.
Schleichers will always have a mask, a flag and some pretzels and very elegant socks.
New Schleicherhats are made for each Schleicherlaufen and they are really great works of art, I think I saw around 50 different such hats at the Schleicherlaufen 2010.
The tradition of the Schleicherlauf goes back at least to the 15th century as it was mentioned in old documents already in 1571. But the way it is celebrated nowadays is a tradition that was started in 1890 and since then it took place every 5th year, except of the times of WW II.
Around 500 participants will be in the performances and only men are allowed to participate !
There are mostly around 20.000 spectators, in 2010 the entrancefee was 8 euros for standingplaces.
The Laninger-familyclan is another typical row of characters of the "Schleicherlaufen" and they are decendants of local farmers whose brothers had herited the farms and they had to search for jobs somewhere else and were mostly living in wagons like vagabonds, offering all sorts of "services" for the local farmers, everything from prostitution to sharpening of knifes and scyths, playing music etc.
Mostly they were so poor that they could not even aford a horse and so the whole family had to tear the wagon.Togeather with the grandparents "the Naz" is sitting in the wagon, the Naz is a just small child, but smoking and also spitting at the audience, so be carful, when you see him !
The Big-game-hunters were my favorite characters at Schleicherlaufen. There is an elephant and a camel, there is an orang utan in a cage, there are apes and bears running wild, a lama with 2 riders, an oistrich with a rider and a giant turtle as a part of the parade of Schleicherlaufen. They also have a wagon and while they are doing the parade they will make also a performance with a trampolin and saltos etc.

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Telfs is just about 25 minutes west from Innsbruck and you can drive there on the Autobahn / highway, BUT dont forget to put a vignette (a highway-sticker) on your windscreen ! Ordinary roads will go there as well, but you will need a lot more time.
By train it is easy as well, the trainstation is called "Telfs-Oberpfaffenhofen", but make sure to catch the right train, because not every train that is leaving Innsbruck into the western direction will also stop there !

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  • Updated Mar 18, 2011
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