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Good Holiday Ideas | August 19, 2022

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Austria’s hairiest resort

Austria’s hairiest resort
Paula Hill

The world’s best beards competed in Saalfelden Leogang world championships in Austria. Some 318 participants from 20 countries presented their creative facial hair-dos.

The most successful countries included the United States (6 titles), Germany (5 titles), and Austria (4 titles). Britain got two.

Contestants presented their extraordinary facial hair-dos to 1,500 visitors from the world over, and took part in marching displays led by local bands.

Some 18 world beard champions were chosen for these main categories: “moustache,” “chin-beard,” “mutton chops,” “full beard,” and “trend beard. Sub-categories included “musketeer chin-beard,” “imperial mutton chops,” or the most inventive “freestyle full beard.”

“We are especially happy that 318 participants from more than 20 countries were able to compete, demonstrating that Saalfelden Leogang is generating robust interest abroad,” says Marco Pointner, head of the Saalfelden Leogang Tourism Board.

After winning six world championship titles, the United States emerged as the most successful nation, followed by Germany, Britain’s Johnny King did win a world’s best for a Dali-style moustache.