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Xmas in Ritten

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!

What now?

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.

Stay tuned!!!

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Saint Pauls, Eppan on the wineroad
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London Eye?


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.

Stay tuned!!!

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?

Stay tuned!!!

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When winter comes in fall
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The bride travels in a Citroen DS 21, Cabriolet from 1966

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.

Stay tuned!!!

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Juval - Messner Mountain Museum

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.

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Ticket Ticket
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Short walk from Naraun to Völlan
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Oktoberfest 2019

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!

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A look behind the curtains

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.

Hotel Traminerhof
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.

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Mittenwald market in Germany

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.

Stay gescmeiding

we are having duck
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The Gampen Gallery in the Bunker
Hail Storm
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Hike to the highest alp in the Ulten valley.

The Marschnell Alp is the highest alp in the Ulten valley.

Marschnell Alp (2213 m)

City life?
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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.

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Bathing lake Felixer Weiher

An easy hike, possible even with a stroller, aprox. 400 meters altitude difference

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To the Mariolberger hut near Sant'Elena, Ulten Valley
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Biking to Lago di Garda

A group of ambitious bikers settled down at the Sparerhof for the night, after having completed their first days’ worth of cycling from Malles to Merano and finally to the Sparerhof. Here they relaxed mind and muscles and prepared themselves for the further journey.

At arrival they performed a Jodel, that could be heard from one end of the village to the other. However, some claim their talents where aided by the great tasting beer they granted themselves after an exhausting day on their bikes.

After a light dinner, rich in carbohydrates, they decided to rest, but of course not before having a delightful conversation with the concierge.

In the morning after treating themselves to a breakfast with various homemade jams, cakes, yogurt, typical south Tyrolean whole grain bread, they took a goodbye picture for the concierge before the went on their way down the cycling path along the Adige to Trento.

By tomorrow, they should arrive at the lake.

Stay tuned…

Breaking news: We received word the group has arrived at the lake and even sent a picture of their refreshing bath in the Lago di Garda.

Stay tuned!

Arrival Departure mornings Trento, lunch break A dip in the lake
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Mountain hike to the Obisell hut
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Fortress Franzensfeste & exhibit 50x50x50 free spaces

Artistic lead: Hartwig Thaler

For the fifth time now, the exhibition “50x50x50”, opens at the Fortress Franzensfeste.

FREIRÄUME (translates to free spaces) exhibits the works of over 50 contemporary artists with a special relation towards South Tyrol. Some of them are born here, live outside of South Tyrol or found their home here. As artists they represent what the lively cultural and artistical scene in and around South Tyrol. They occupy the free spaces of Thought and Action and fill them with new and exciting horizons.

The participating artists are:

Mariana Acuña, Leonhard Angerer, Sylvia Barbolini, born to kill (AliPaloma, Julian Angerer, Martin Fritz, Anna Heiss, Nora Pider), Moritz Brunner, Peter Burchia, Peter Chiusole, Monika Costabiei, Markus Damini, Erich Dapunt, Josefh Delleg, Stefan Fabi, Fazekas Fanni BOH_ART, Stefano Favaretto, Karolina Gacke, Astrid Gamper, Markus Gasser, Dario Grigolato, Sonya Hofer, Peter|||KOMPRIPIOTR|||Holzknecht, Ursula Huber, Heinz Innerhofer & Christina Auer, Franz Irsara, Harald Kastlunger, Markus Keim – Beate Hecher, Adama Keita, Markus Kiniger, Lars Klauser, Arthur Kostner, Matthäus Kostner, Kyra Leimegger, Ivo Mahlknecht, Mandarina Muttertier, Massimo Nalin, Verena Oberhollenzer, Margit Pittschieler, Edith Plattner, Hans Peter Ploner, Petra Polli, Andrea Pozza, Martin Pöll, Gregor Prugger, Leonora Amalia Prugger, Christiane Raich, Abbas Asadi Reza, Susanne Rieper, Orlando Rojas Gutiérrez, Thaddäus Salcher, Hubert Scheibe, Matthias Schönweger, Flavio Senoner, Johanna Senoner, Sergio Sommavilla, Maria Stockner, Martina Stuffer Tarhan, Georg Tappeiner, Tobias Tavella, Hartwig Thaler, Gala Vague, Peter Verwunderlich, Alexander Wierer & Vakhtang Sikharulidze, Francesca Witzmann.

From the 8th June to the 8th September, the exhibition curated by Hartwig Thaler, can be found in the internal and external spaces of the Fortress and transform the area into a celebration of arts. Other activities such as music and dance performances or literature and music will accompany the exhibition during the summer.

50x50x50 FREIRÄUME, supported by the regional museum Fortress Franzensfeste and the association OPPIDUM, was opened on Saturday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. in attendance of the chairman of the museum Angelika Fleckinger, the major of Franzensfeste and president of OPPIDUM, Thomas Klapfer, the artistic leader and curator Hartwig Thaler, many of the exhibiting artists and many visitors.

Additional program supporting the exhibition:

21. June, 17 o ‘clock
Alba – „Vom Schatten ins Licht“
Performance with children and teenagers of the Community Dance Academy

26. July, 20.30 o ‘clock
Violin and Piano performance in collaboration with the AlpenClassica Festival

17. August 20 o’ clock
space is only noise
Sound performance by Tobias Tavella

7. September 20 o’ clock
La casa fuori
Literary evening of the compagnia delle poete under the leadership of Grazia Negro of the literature agency LINGUAFRANCA

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Acknowledging the engagement of the Terlano asparagus hosts

The eight Terlano asparagus hosts reached the finals of this year’s EUREGIO competition “Tourism meets agriculture” with their Terlano asparagus season project and have been rewarded for their longstanding engagement.

The competition “Tourism meets agriculture” looked for projects in Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino that combined the two aspects and promoted their relationship and importance. The project of the Terlano asparagus hosts was presented and honoured in the Bolzano Merkantilgebäude, reaching the finals out of 73 projects.

For 36 years now, eight asparagus hosts from Terlano, Vilpiano and Settequerce, together with the asparagus farmers, the winery Terlano and the tourism association of Terlano organise the speciality weeks of the Terlano asparagus season. Taking place every year during the asparagus harvest, from the beginning of April to the end of May, the asparagus weeks have established themselves as one of the most renowned culinary speciality weeks in South Tyrol.
Ever since the founding of the asparagus weeks, the primary goal has been to combine and cross-develop the two economic branches.

Apart from the Easter week, the months April and May, are among the least busy months for tourism in South Tyrol. The Terlano asparagus season achieved a rise in attractivity and visitor numbers for the off-season. The asparagus triangle (Terlano, Vilpiano and Settequerce) profits all year round from the speciality weeks. Those who know Terlano, connect the village not only with wine, but also asparagus. On the other side, thanks to the asparagus weeks, it was possible to increase the awareness and the sales volume of the rather niche agricultural product. In the last years the production of asparagus has increased. The cooperation with the asparagus farmers and the winery further motivated to find new partnerships with small and local producers, like the association of small animal breeders, egg farmers with the quality sign South Tyrol and various butchers, bakers and apple cultivators.

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