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. On our trips across the country 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 tour and learn how to make cheese from goat's and sheep's milk. However, nobody works in production on Sunday. But the tour shows us how milk becomes cheese. Along the way, we can also taste the different types of cheese that are made in the Käsemacher world. What I like best is the final tasting of the antipasti made from the cheeses: small peppers filled with cream cheese, olives or - particularly tasty - 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.
Already when we enter the orangery, we can smell a seductive gingerbread. We just have to follow our nose and quickly stand in the small exhibition space. What we see there takes our breath away. Colored pieces of art made from gingerbread that immediately put us in a Christmas mood. In addition to seven “founding houses”, there is also something new this year. We see castle-like gingerbread houses and confectionery-style houses, just as one would imagine.
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 inspires. It doesn't matter whether it's the chestnut and pear soup, the filet from the Austrian mastox and the orange parfait with Grand Marnier from the first evening, the carpaccio from the beef, the fritters soup, the veal liver and the poppy seed dumplings from the second evening or the wild boar ham, the cream foam soup , the entrecote and the strawberry parfait from the third evening is - everything tastes great. This is how we enjoy our stay at the Hotel Schwarz Alm in Advent evenings.
A detailed impression of the Hotel Schwarz Alm is provided by Petar's Video:
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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.
The Hotel Schwarz Alm * in Zwettl you can book through our partner booking.com.
More ideas for short breaks at the beginning of the year
- Carp are traditional New Year's Eve in Franconia. Why not even one Short breaks to enjoy Aischgründer carp?.
- Another winter rest place for deceleration and relaxation is Bad Neualbenreuth in the Upper Palatinate.
- Do you like more bustle and customs? Then we recommend one Short trip to the beautiful people of Ebensee in Upper Austria Beginning of January.
- Do not you have enough of Christmas yet? Then take a look Kripperlroas in Ebensee on. The cribs can be seen until the beginning of February.
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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