Advent in the Waldviertel Austria
Our tips for a short holiday in Advent in the Waldviertel Austria in the Hotel Schwarz Alm we collected during a trip in early December. We spent two days in and around Zwettl in the Waldviertel. What we have discovered here, we introduce you here. A stay at the Hotel Schwarz Alm in Advent is especially nice. Then the hotel is festively decorated. Open log fire provides coziness. While it's cold outside, you can relax in the spa.
Our tips for the Hotel Schwarz Alm in Advent
The Hotel Schwarz Alm is an elegant four-star hotel with an intimate spa, which we like very much. The hotel is located a few kilometers outside of Zwettl in the Waldviertel. You can reach the hotel via a narrow tarred road that leads through a wooded area to a large meadow in the middle of the forest. During our visit forest and road were already frozen. The driveway was still easy to handle. Especially nice is that the hotel offers the perfect break from everyday life due to its secluded location. After street noise one listens in vain. Instead, there is a wonderful silence. If you want, you can relax here for a few days. Advent in the Waldviertel you will experience in the Hotel Schwarz Alm very relaxed.
The spa is especially suitable for this, with its pool, the relaxation rooms, the saunas, the steam and brine bath, the perfect setting. It's great to look out from the saunas through the large windows at the frosted grasses and the frozen pool. In it courageous Saunagänger can cool off also in the winter. However, we use the spa for the opposite: while we go out in the area during the day to explore, the spa serves us in the evening as a place where we warm up from the winter cold. It is wonderful to lie in one of the rest rooms and watch the winter outside in the warmth.
Winter excursions to the Waldviertel Austria around the Hotel Schwarz Alm
But we are also here to see what Advent in the Waldviertel and the Hotel Schwarz Alm have to offer. Therefore, we go every day on a discovery tour in the near and distant surroundings. What really pleases us is that we are already experiencing snow and frost at the beginning of December. While in our home at the most in the early morning the trees are covered with frost, there is already winter here. On the journey we drive through snowy hills. One morning we wake up, and frosts decorate the window of our hotel room. A pleasure that I have not had for a long time. On our rides through the countryside we pass frozen lakes. Through thick hoarfrost, the trees become winter ice sculptures. We are all the more curious about the experiences that await us in the region. We present four of them here:
Advent in the Waldviertel in the cheese maker world in Heidenreichstein
Advent is of course also the time of the Christmas markets. During our research, we discover the Advent market in the Wasserburg of Heidenreichstein, a small town about 40 kilometers away from the Hotel Schwarz Alm in Zwettl. This takes place on the Advent weekend, where we are in the Waldviertel. Perfect for a trip from Zwettl. However, a Christmas market is not worth a visit until late in the afternoon. In search of other things we can do there, we come across the cheese maker world.
Exactly the right topic for us. We join a guided tour and learn how to make goat and sheep's milk cheese. However, nobody works in production on Sunday. But on the tour you show us how cheese turns into cheese. On the way, we can also taste the different cheeses that are made in the cheese maker world. I like the final tasting of the antipasti, which are made from the cheeses: stuffed with cream cheese small peppers, olives or - especially delicious - dates.
The cheese maker world can be found here:
Litschauer street 18
3860 heath empire
The Christmas market in the Wasserburg Heidenreichstein
After our visit, the sun is already approaching the horizon. The evening is coming. So it's time to set off for Wasserburg Heidenreichstein. This is located in the center of the homonymous village surrounded by an almost completely frozen lake. On it are geese, who come with loud chatter come flying. A proud swan watches them a bit bored, it seems. He looks at her from his location on the ice and extends his wings. He looks a bit like I feel when I stretch out my arms in the morning after a restful sleep. In any case, he is obviously the master of the lake.
The castle Heidenreichstein rises on a rock in the lake and is still well preserved. Over a bridge with some slippery planks we reach the courtyard. There are wooden booths along the Hofwand. In addition, the scent of fresh gingerbread and mulled wine pulls through the air. Visitors stand between the booths and warm their hands on a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. We still have to drive a distance and instead hold our hands to a metal container from which a warming fire flickers.
The Christmas market in Wasserburg Heidenreichstein takes place in early December.
Stift Zwettl in the Waldviertel Austria
The next day we visit Stift Zwettl, the Cistercian abbey. It is about eight kilometers from the Hotel Schwarz Alm. Again, we are in Advent at a time when guided tours are offered only on certain days. Our visit is not one of them. So we stroll on our own over the monastery area. In the courtyard we observe some helpers preparing their Christmas trees. Here are the Christmas preparations in full swing.
Impressive, I find the beautiful windows and doors that face the courtyard. Decorated with painted reliefs, statues and gables, they testify to the wealth of the monastery. The entrance and the facade of the collegiate church also make a magnificent impression. Statues and relief decorate the outer walls. The gothic columns and the baroque altar inside the church can only be seen through a protective grid that blocks our access.
Therefore we make our way back. Instead of the church we prefer to visit the orangery.
The most beautiful gingerbread houses in Europe
Every year in Advent, gingerbread houses are exhibited here, which sugar bakers Peter Forster and his team have been presenting for 22 years. The exhibition is today a true Waldviertler Advent tradition. Forster learned the craft in Styria from the Pieke. Since then he has experimented with gingerbread recipes and forms.
As soon as we enter the orangery, a seductive gingerbread scent flows towards us. All we have to do is follow our nose and stand quickly in the small showroom. What we see there takes our breath away. Colored gingerbread artworks that immediately put us in a festive mood. In addition to seven "founding houses", there are also some new things this year. We see castle-like gingerbread houses and cottages in the style of confectionery, just as one imagines them.
We are only allowed to photograph two of these works of art. If you want to see the rest, you have to look at the exhibition. It is from the 12. November to 15. December 2019 opened by 10-17 clock.
The pen and the Gingerbread house exhibition you can find here:
Pin Zwettl 16
End the day with a dinner at the Hotel Schwarz Alm
Anyway, we would like to return to the Hotel Schwarz Alm every evening after our excursions. There is a romantic dinner by the fireplace on Saturday evening. On Sunday and Monday we eat in the cozy dining room of the hotel. We enjoy the friendly service in the restaurant and let us taste the great dishes from the hotel kitchen. Here is a master at work: the greeting from the kitchen, the soup, the main course and the dessert are delicious every night.
And above all: the food is exciting. It does not matter if it's the chestnut pear soup, the fillet from the Austrian fattening ox and the orange parfait with Grand Marnier from the first evening, the beef carpaccio, the frittate soup, the calf's liver and the poppy dumplings from the second evening or the wild boar ham, the creamy cream soup , the entrecôte and the strawberry parfait from the third evening - everything tastes great. So we enjoy our stay at the Hotel Schwarz Alm in Advent even in the evenings.
A detailed impression of the Hotel Schwarz Alm is provided by Petar's Video:
By car you can reach Zwettl from Munich in four hours (without traffic). It takes two hours forty-five minutes from Salzburg, one hour from Vienna for thirty minutes, three hours and fifteen minutes from Graz and one and a half hours from Linz.
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Source: own research on site. We thank the Hotel Schwarz Alm for the invitation. Our opinion, as always, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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