A winter hike only a few steps away from Vilpian. Eppan.
A walk to the Gleif chapel. We park the car in the village, a path leads directly from the centre of St. Michael/Eppan. The path leads us through apple trees and vineyards, still in hibernation, just waiting to bloom in spring. The easy ascent, along the well-kept Way of the Cross, takes about two hours.
Arrived at the Greif Chapel the view is breathtaking. When conditions are favourable, you can see the mountains over Merano, the Dolomites and Lake Kaltern and its surrounding hills.
Christmas dinner. A sweet tadition, the perfect occasion to reunite the whole family.
For an evening the concierge was able to take a break from all clients and focused solely on his family.
Merry Christmas to everyone. And maybe he is able to do the same thing on New Year's?
The Rittner Christmas markets… or at least that was the plan.
A visit to the Bozen Christmas Market and a short walk through the arcades. Then to Ritten by cable car to see the breath-taking landscape of the Dolomites. And finally, the Christmas market of Klobenstein.
After arriving in Klobenstein we desperately searched for the stalls and… Oh no!
The market was closed and won’t open before next weekend!
Lunch at the Gloriette Guesthouse. Stylish ambience with an excellent menu. We chose a bruschetta with Culatello ham, a curry apple soup with prawns and then braised octopus with olives and saddle of veal with mashed potatoes.
And for dessert, a chocolate tartlet with gingerbread.
When our stomach was full, the Rittner cable car brought us back to the summit, where we waited a few steps further at the new train station to take the bus home, where the concierge entertained his guests by telling them about a wonderful day at great heights.
Moral of the story: No calorie counting during Christmas.
These days the christkindl is very busy to make kid eyes sparkle with joy.
The concierge went to visit the most beautiful nativity scenes of the sourrounding area and came to a conclusion: the prettiest nativity scenes can be found in the romantic streets of Eppan and the parish church of St. Pauls.
It is the new attraction of the Bolzano Christmas market.
In the tourist destinations of South Tyrol, the Christmas markets have opened, where artisan craftsmen sell handmade decorations.
The gastronomic stands offer the renowned Speck and the typical Schüttelbrot, as well as jams produced by farmers in their traditional farmsteads in the most picturesque valleys.
This year’s highlight in Bolzano is the Ferris wheel. It might not be as tall as the ones in other European cities, but it offers an impressive view of Bolzano by night. The lights of the Christmas market and the illuminated city make adults and especially children dream.
After seeing the Bolzano market yesterday. Curiosity brought the concierge to Merano. What the Ferris wheel is for Bolzano, the skating rink is for Merano. The ice rink is both something for experienced skaters and aspiring ones. Maybe one of them might become the next Caroline Kostner?
Bride Tamara is accompanied by her father Bernhard and the mayor of Terlano, Klaus Runer, to say the most important “yes” of her life.
She is running a bit late, before the yes, she reflects on her choices with a nice cup of coffee.
The roof of the cabriolet is only opened slightly as to not freeze the bride to death. At last, autumn arrived in Terlano as well.
The weeding photos afterwards are shot at the Vilpiano waterfall and the wedding dinner with over 100 guests is held by a colleague near our hotel.
Compliments to the driver for his well taken care of Lady.
We wish the bride and groom a happy and long life, and for grandfather Bernhard, lots of grandkids.
The concierge is looking for the most beautiful places around the Sparerhof. An environmentally friendly day. We travelled by train, which is only a few meters from the hotel, we drive in the direction of Merano and there change train to Vinschgau.
We then continue to the village of Tscharsch and then hike to the parish church.
Once at the church, we continue our walk on the Waal, the irrigation channel that leads us to the foot of the Messner Mountain Museum. The path along this Waals is very pleasant, as it leads us along the slope of the Sonnenberg, through the forest in the direction of Castel Juval.
It is also suitable for the whole family.
Reinold Messner was born on 17 September 1944 in Brixen; His name is associated with countless sporting events, not just climbing and exploring, notably known as the world's first mountaineer to climb all 14 summits in the world over 8,000 meters. Among other things, he also crossed the Arctic, Greenland and the Gobi Desert.
These experiences, especially the culture of the mountain, are told in his numerous books. And to give everyone a better idea of the mountain, Messner determines what our next destination is, the Messner Mountain Museum.
When we arrived at the Messner Mountain Museum, we visited the beautiful and interesting building with a guided tour. The castle tour told us that the famous mountaineer was currently in.
But unfortunately, we were not lucky and did not see either Messner or a Yeti!
We consoled ourselves with a good portion of local cheese and bacon and the typical Vinschgau bread (Vinschger Paarl), before we walked down into the village of Staben, where we were greeted at the station by the Alpenhornkapelle.
The occasion was the inauguration of the new station of Staben, where the mayor of Naturns Heidegger Andreas, the vice-president of the South Tyrolean Landtag Alfreider, Daniel, dr. Martin Ausserdorfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the STA - South Tyrol, AG Transport Structures and finally Alois Köll, Mayor of Schenna.
After such a beautiful and environmentally conscious day we return to the hotel with the memory of a pleasant day outdoors.
The Oktoberfest is still going strong until next Sunday, when the taps shut off and the Octoberfest closes its doors for 2019.
After about half of this year’s edition, more than 3,3 million people visited the festival, consuming 72 whole bulls, 25 calfs and, naturally consumed uncountable amounts of beer, as the tent owners proclaim.
The bad news? Last years bands playing in the tents unanimously elected the German pop song “Cordula Grün” as the 2018 anthem. This year’s edition however suffers, as the bands have not yet found a favourite tune.
…and stay tuned!
What a great opportunity to see Nadja again, the mind behind the asparagus weeks that accompanied us trough the busy months.
Now, she‘s got a new job, very close to home…
Come join us as we take a closer look at the competition
South Tyrolean tourism offers great variety: sports, a place of peace and quiet with the family or offers for pairs, South Tyrolean hotels offer diverse and original experiences, that distinguish themselves with their hospitality and variety. Ideal if your looking to escape from the difficulties of daily life.
Good life. Cool Ride. This is the slogan of the Bikehotel Traminerhof, owned by the Pomella family, along the Strada del Vino in Termeno.
To discover the very best of the hotel, proprietor Armin and the architects take us on a tour and let us discover the hotels philosophy and its architectonic style.
Offers to rent an ebike, which make it very easy to visit the various wineries and try their splendid wines. Delicious apple specialties await us in the new Bar-62, the new meeting place for guests and locals.
A day trip to southern Bavaria. The picturesque city of Mittenwald is known for its colourful houses, its longstanding history of violin-craftmanship and the St. Peter and Paul church built in the 18th century, with its beautiful frescos.
The Marschnell Alp is the highest alp in the Ulten valley.
Marschnell Alp (2213 m)
A young bride and groom spent their honeymoon by visiting the beautiful Dolomites and chose the Sparerhof as the starting point for their daytrips. Together they visited the lakes of Caldaro, Monticcolo e Carezza and the surrounding areas. Having one more day left over before their flight home from the Venetian Marco Polo airport, they desired to explore the famous city on the lagoon and asked the Concierge for recommendations on where to spend the night.
Thanks to his connections, he contacted a Venetian colleague who gladly found the young couple a room in a small hotel directly on the famous Canal grande.
They thanked us for their stay at the Sparerhof and the recommendations from our colleague Giorgio, which made their stay in Venice unforgettable. The metaphorical cherry on top as one might say, before the newlyweds boarded their flight home.
An easy hike, possible even with a stroller, aprox. 400 meters altitude difference