If you’re spending Christmas on holiday, you don’t want to arrange everything at the last minute. Five tips for a relaxed Christmas weekend in Paznaun, with or without children.
1GETTING IN THE MOOD
You can’t create the spirit of Christmas on demand, but there are a couple of things which are pretty much guaranteed to help. The smell of spicy lebkuchen biscuits and punch, of honey candles and roasted chestnuts, for example. Or Christmas songs which aren’t exactly the same as the standard playlist in every shopping centre. Which is why the vocal ensemble is singing with Paznaun schoolchildren at the Advent market in Kappl on 23 December – brass band included. It’s sure to calm you down.
2 CONTAINING YOUR EXCITEMENT
Going for a walk is a great way to ramp up the Christmas excitement – and not just if you need to get small children out of the way in order to prepare. Snow-covered pines and fire trees, fairy lights and cold air, too, naturally increase the happy anticipation as evening arrives. The winter path between See and Kappl is a perfect example. It begins at the See mountain railway, carrying on through woods and across meadows – and if you only want to walk in one direction, you can take the bus back from Kappl to See.
On 25 December the holiday is already almost over. If you’ve chilled out all day long, by the evening at the very latest you’ll be ready to go out again. Tobogganing, for example – the Silvrettabahn’s night-time toboggan run is open from 19.00 to 20.30, and it’s the longest one in the Alps. You can whizz down into the valley from a height of 950 metres over seven kilometres of toboggan track.
4IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A REINDEER
You can only dismiss a horse-drawn carriage ride as corny until you’ve done it yourself. You’re quicker than on foot but don’t have to pedal, you’re out in the fresh air but are well wrapped-up, and you have time to take everything in. It’s great either in the romantic version for two or with the whole family. In Galtür, for example, where you can contact Magnus Zangerle (+43 664 44 19 588) to find out more.
If you take a walk at night, you need light. At the lantern walk in See from 20.30 on 27 December, everyone contributes a little something to make this a magical evening. The walk begins at the Information Office in See and is scheduled to last one and half hours.