May 1 is celebrated as a labour day in much of the world, but in Austria it’s celebrated with beer and a maypole, rather than riots and protests. We headed to the Salzburger Freilichtmuseum (German) or open-air museum to check out the lederhosen, dirndls and beer…

This waterwheel powered a mill.
The May Day celebrations are held in the Salzburger Freilicht Open Air Museum, housing dozens of houses transported from around Austria.
Lederhosen and a dirndl… Spotted!
Lederhosen and dirndls are dress de jour.
Horse and cart taking families around the large park
A horse and cart, carrying families around the park.
If the horse and cart doesn't work for you, try the train.
If horse and cart don’t work for you, try the train.
Like these guys did.
Like these guys did.
young boy attempts may pole
The goal is to climb the maypole, towering above the second story of nearby buildings.
A temporary beer garden is set up by the maypole.
A temporary beer garden is set up around the maypole
Well-supplied musicians
Musicians are well supplied throughout the event.
Wooden handbag, anyone?
Wooden handbag, anyone?
Rocking the style
Rocking the style.
Most successful attempts were done with few clothes
Most successful attempts were done with few clothes.
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We had a beer and walk with some of the folks from Villa Cicubo in Salzburg.
A wooden chapel reconstructed in the gardens
There are dozens of beautifully restored buildings.
Walking towards the Maypole
Walking towards the maypole.
Spirits and distilled and sold at one farmhouse
Spirits and distilled and sold at one farmhouse… Perfect!
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