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As in the past: Life without electricity

A life without electricity. How is that supposed to work? I'm sure a lot of people are wondering. With ice cellar and wax-pulling. On a trip to Waldhausen, you travel to a past that is not even that far away and find out how people used to light up and how they could survive without a refrigerator.

  • Wax pulling – DIY candles
  • Personal acquaintance: waxmaker and ice cellar owner
  • Knowledge about ice-cutting
  • Traditional dumplings/for children Kinderschnitzerl
  • Insight into the life of the past


  • Wax pulling - DIY candles
  • Knowledge about ice-cutting
  • Personal acquaintance: waxmaker and ice cellar owner
  • Traditional dumplings/for children Kinderschnitzerl
  •  Insight into the life of the past
Duration4 Hours
Participantsmin. 5 to max. 15 persons
LanguagesGerman, English
Important information

from EUR 30 per person

In order to take place, a minimum of 5 participants is required.

for a tour in English, please get in touch with the hosts before booking. (please keep in mind that there is an extra charge for the translation)

Availability3. May - 22. October, from Wednesday till Sunday


GPS Data: 48.306684, 14.943619 Gerhard Wimmer, Dendlreith 15, 4391 Waldhausen 48.273098, 14.947876 Schauer Christoph, Gasthof Schauer, Markt 6, 4391 Waldhausen

Gerhard Wimmer, Dendlreith 15, 4391 Waldhausen
Dendlreith 15, Dendlreith, Österreich

parking spaces are available at both venues

Offered by

Gasthof Schauer

- Dendlreith

Further Information

About the hosts

Gerhard Wimmer: As the last beewax farmer I am the only one of my kind in Austria. Since I was a kid, it smells like Christmas in our room. Because only in this room of the house it is possible to produce the beeswax candles perfectly. My family has been following this very sensitive art for 200 years. As a passionate beekeeper, I have been dealing with bees and their products since time immemorial. Therefore, I am particularly pleased to have learned this craft and I am happy to pass on this knowledge.

Christoph Schauer: I grew up in Strudengau and know how to tell some stories about the region and our traditional house. For over 120 years, the inn has been owned by my family. In addition to the guests, I look after the associated forest and the in-house orchard and use the products to make the homemade cider as well as the naturally cloudy apple and pear juice. I am happy to give our guests an insight into the secrets of our ice cellar and its use. We learn how it was possible to store meat and other food in the long term before the age of refrigerators and freezers.

About the region

Waldhausen im Strudengau is the easternmost town in Upper Austria, nestled in the gentle hills of the Mühlviertel. There are impressive natural monuments and wonderful vantage points to recharge your batteries. The history of the place can be discovered exciting in the former monastery or on the historical paths through the market.