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The Peace Path. Kaltern
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Concierge blooms into top form

One of our longstanding clients has a stand at the „Interpoma“ exposition in Bolzano, that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Interpoma focuses on the apple, from its cultivation to its conservation to its marketing.

It is a unique event for this economic sector in the whole world. The exposition’s goal is to represent and showcase the innerworkings of the apple industry, starting from the cultivation to the methods of conservation and storage, the marketing and distribution, to the general and international public.

The exposition is structured to show the various apple varieties and strains, the newest technological advancements from new machines to harvest methods.

Interpoma isn’t solely a giant showcase for apples but also an important place for networking and discussion.

Our client didn’t just want “a” stand, he wanted it to be surrounded by flowers and fruits, of course the apple wasn’t to be missing. We are surrounded by apples, not only by apple fields in the literary sense, but also by works of art throughout our hotel. This outstanding fruit is a part of our regions culture and therefore a piece of us.

The Merano florist Gutweniger Stefan does it all, everybody’s happy, your Concierge, and most importantly, the client.

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The artist © A. Ebbens
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Hike from Klausen to Feldthurns through Pardell
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Hike to the Leadner alp Hut
Hike from Vöran to the Leadner alp

Leadner alp: 1530m above Vöran, can be reached starting from the cable car startion in a 80 minutes hike.

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The Eisack valley chestnut-weeks are on their way

Klausen – The 17th edition of the chestnut weeks in the Eisack valley, organised by the HGV (hotel and inn-keepers association), has been opened at the Pfarrplatz in Klausen. Starting October 20th until November 4th, 15 inns and restaurants centre their culinary offer around the chestnut.

„The participating inns reinvent themselves year after year to serve their guests creative chestnut dishes”, says Helmut Tauber, chairman of the Eisack valley HGV and the organisation committee of the chestnut weeks. Maria Gasser, mayor of Klausen: “I would like to thank the innkeepers and the HGV-Eisack valley, for promoting our chestnuts time and time again.”

Opening in Klausen

15 participating inns and restaurants presented their culinary innovations and invited us to try. The two aspiring chefs Jasmin Ruedl from the restaurant “Ansitz zum Steinbock” and Alex Faltner from the Panorama-Wellness-Hotel “Feldthurnerhof” prepared two exquisite chestnut dishes live, that were then judged by a jury. Visitors had the opportunity to try the “original Eisack valley chestnut cake”, supplied by the confectionery Gasser in Lüsen. In its eighth edition the golden chestnut award went to the chestnut associations of Eisack, Vinschgau and the Keschtenriggl association, for their contributions.

Supporting programme

Next to culinary pleasures, all friends of nature and culture can experience exciting offers by the local tourist associations, like organised hikes, concerts, markets, parties and lots more that warrant a trip to the Eisack valley.

The chestnut plays a major role at the “Keschtnweg”. The idyllic hike from Neustift to Brixen, Feldthurns, Klausen, Villanders, Barbian and Ritten to Bolzano and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the autumn landscape and chestnut trees.

Participating Inns and Restaurants

Hotel Restaurant Pacher, Neustift, Tel. 0472 836 570
Restaurant Der Traubenwirt, Brixen, Tel. 0472 836 552
Gasthof Sunnegg, Brixen, Tel. 0472 834 760
Restaurant Künstlerstübele Finsterwirt, Brixen, Tel. 0472 835 343
Südtiroler Gasthaus Fink, Brixen, Tel. 0472 834 883
Alpenrose’s Dining & Living, Pinzagen/Brixen, Tel. 0472 832 191
Bauern- und Gasthof Kircherhof, Albeins/Brixen, Tel. 0472 851 005
Panorama-Wellness-Hotel Feldthurnerhof, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 333
Hotel Restaurant Taubers Unterwirt, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 225
Hotel Restaurant Oberwirt, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 212
Gasthof Wöhrmaurer, Feldthurns, Tel. 0472 855 301
Gasthof Walther von der Vogelweide, Klausen, Tel. 0472 847 369
Gasthof Ansitz Fonteklaus, Lajen-Klausen, Tel. 0471 655 654
Restaurant Ansitz zum Steinbock, Villanders, Tel. 0472 843 111
Gasthof Rösslwirt, Barbian, Tel. 0471 654 188

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Vilpianer Waterfall (mid section)

A small adventure directly from our doorstep:

Go towards the waterfall, and then turn left. A small but challenging slope awaits that goes on for about 20 minutes. You’ll soon get to the small Oberschol-inn. Across the suspension bridge and about 150 meters later at a parking lot, follow a small route into the weald that leads to two breath taking waterfalls. 5.3 km, 360 meters altitude, 2h, map

Keep walking on my friend and stay tuned!

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Time to pick up Prosecco and Gin, Conegliano

With the Kapriol gin bottle almost empty, and all the prosecco gone. Yours truly, had the perfect excuse to get in the truck and drive towards the home of Prosecco.

First stop, the bar “Al Solito Posto”, (the usual place), perfect time for a glass of Prosecco, of course, only for the co-pilot.

Fortunately, Francesco Maschio, of omonima, and the office remembered me.

By being late to the loading times, (8.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00), we arrived at 12.30, we had the chance to try the kitchen of "Al Salisà“: modern dishes from sushi to game, in a rustic environment with a terrace and wooden sofas.

A bit of shopping in the city later, we returned to a truck filled with prosecco.

And so, we returned home, with a fridge filled to the brim with prosecco and lots of motivation.

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Merano High Mountain Trail - Valley of Thousand Steps
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Vilpian Waterfall
Have you heard of the Parcines waterfall? Maybe you have, but did you know that there is a similar waterfall in Vilpian, fewer then 10 minutes on foot away from the Sparerhof, that is 82 meters high and therefor only insignificantly smaller?

700m, 10 minute walk, Map
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Kofelraster Lakes in Ulten

Starting at the Steinrast parking lot, over the Kühberg alp to the Kofelraster lakes on 2420m, and back down to the Riemerbergl alp.

15km, 905m altitude, 5h route up, our route back down, arrival

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Bicycle tour to Langfenn
Langfenn, 40km, 3h30, 1375 Höhenmeter,Track
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To the Gschnagenhardt alp
Web site: 11.1km, 3h20m, 450m altitude gain, Track, Approach
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Eishof, mountain hut in the Val di Fosse
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bridge over troubled water
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Lake Valdurna - Seebalm mountain hut - Flaggerscharten hut
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An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

As you might recall, the concierge and his following had the possibility to visit the seat of the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in Munich on the 27th of September 2017
Klaus, friend and long-time guest at the Sparerhof, invited us for a visit during the Oktoberfest.

Klaus and his group of co-workers decided to visit South Tyrol for their special leave this year, choosing between Lisbon, Vienna, London and South Tyrol, they made the right decision, a landslide victory for South Tyrol.

Thank you Klaus! You and your team have impeccable taste. To surprise the group, we organised a tour of beautiful Kaltern and hike along the wine road with a panoramic view of the lake.

Walther, partner at the vineyard Kaltern had the stove ready and conveniently fired, for us to try fresh polenta. Walther stands for a true South Tyrolean, pure, direct and able to hold one’s drink.

A true inhabitant of Kaltern, the Schiava stronghold of South Tyrol, Walther prepares a mean polenta.

Vineyards and orchards as far as the eye can see, but no corn. In realty the main ingredient for polenta was only cultivated for a, relatively speaking, brief amount of time in our valleys (300 years). With farmers soon realising that apples and fruit make for a more profitable crop and soon apple trees overgrew the landscape and exiled corn.

Polenta made in Kaltern

Even with the vanishing of corn, polenta made from the yellow flour remained in the everyday South Tyrolean kitchen. Accompanying anything from goulash, to sausages and cheese to barley coffee, traditionally eaten during the grape harvest.

Some restaurants offer polenta gnocchi, rosticciata with polenta and vegetables, it seems to go with everything, fish and meat alike. Wein.Kaltern reintroduced the original polenta from Kaltern, “kalterer plent”, cultivated on some hills in the area, and serve it together with a glass of Lago di Caldaro.
The taste of the Kaltern’s hills and lake, not only on your plate but also in your glass!

Together with our polenta we had the inimitable “Hauswurst”

The wines:

Vial Pinot Bianco

“Echoes of the sea trapped in the vineyard’s limestone soil return on the savoury-edged back palate.”

Leuchtenburg Schiava Kalterersse Classico Superiore.

“The spirit of place and a sense of provenance. Lake Kaltern, with all its grace, power, beauty, austerity and a panoramic view of Alto Adige.”

A big thank you to Walther, for your hospitality and kindness.

picts © K. Brugger

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Terlano winery

picts © K. Brugger

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The Parcines waterfall

picts © nr 3 -6 F. Faber

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Bergl Hut 2.214 m in the Schnals Valley
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Vespa, Ischia & Positano

Ischia, hot weather and vespas, all the ingredients for an Italian summer at the Sparerhof! After crossing the Brenner and the passo Giovo by vespa, stopping for a refreshing drink is a must before continuing southwards.

Beautiful vintage colours, the vespa never falls out of fashion, together with Napoli, Ischia and Positano.

Good travels, the concierge awaits your return.

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picts © nr 1 r. thaler
picts © nr 2 -3 m. teuwsen

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