"Advent is a Leuchtn, a Liacht in der Nåcht, a Schein vulla Wünschn und Gfreun..." says one of our favourite Advent songsAnd it's true: Advent is a time with an inherent feeling of warmth. A time that lights a little light in us and awakens memories of days that seem long lost. Anyone who has ever been to Advent with us in the Ahrntal knows what we are talking about, of course: It's almost like getting into a time machine and travelling back to days of old. In the coming weeks, there are many wonderful opportunities to experience magical moments of wishing and rejoicing here in the Ahrntal. We have summarised our personal highlights for you:
Simply magical: The magical Christmas forest at the waterfalls
When the silence settles over the valley and night falls, the lights go on in the forest around the Reinbach waterfalls. They point the way to an enchanting little world of magical nostalgia, homely cosiness and fine culinary delights. The Waldweihnacht in Winkl near Sand in Taufers is a special experience. Every weekend in Advent and on 8 December, you can follow the magically lit forest path to the first waterfall, or be driven by a romantic horse-drawn sleigh. Once you arrive, you will be treated to traditional delicacies and warm drinks. Particularly atmospheric: the illuminated "Christusfelsen".
Scary and beautiful spectacle - the Krampus procession
Scary masks, rattling chains and eerie murmurs: the devils who make mischief in our village on 3 December do not seem to fit in at first glance with the contemplative Advent season. In reality, the Tuifl and Perchten are an important part of Alpine culture. The heavy skins, thick rods and hand-carved masks are supposed to drive away the evil, the cold, the dark. Toifl and Perchten from various Alpine valleys take part in the big Krampus procession, and with a bit of luck you might even catch a glimpse of St. Nicholas and his adorable Engerlen. By the way: If you are too afraid of the Krampussen, our host Sepp will be happy to act as your personal protector.
Medieval flair and the smell of Christmas
Roasted almonds and chestnuts from the open fire. Freshly baked kiachlan and hot punch... Advent is a feast for all the senses. The medieval town of Bruneck invites you to stroll, taste and snack every day until 6 January. Pretty little wooden huts are lined up close to each other and offer not only delicacies but also lots of pretty things, handicrafts and more. Our tip: Leave your car at the hotel and take the regional bus, which will take you directly to the centre of Bruneck in no time.