It is an old Alemannian tradition since over a thousand years throughout the Alps. Young, unmarried men dressed in thick fur costumes and muffled with big beast-like heads with large horns, big cow bells aorund their waists and rods in their hands run through the streets of Ofterschwang. It is being said, that they want to chase away the demons of the dark winter nights with the loudness of the cow bells and the evil look of their costumes. They appear from the surrounding forests and run through the streets of the villages, run from door to door and call on the children to say a prayer or sing a song they have learnd - or make i.e. push-ups if they cannot perform. If they haven't behaved throughout the year, they might even get a hiding on their legs with the rods.
We recommend to either stay indoors as from 6 pm and watch the scene through the windows (never challenge a "Klaus"!) or join us for a social get-together at the Torurist Information in Ofterschwang, which is a safe place.
Warm sausages, mulled wine and punch are offered at the social get-together at the Tourist Information in Ofterschwang. Children receive a litle bag filled with sweets and nuts from Holy St. Nicholas.