“Where we are, is UP.” Up north, that’s what Waldviertel Tourismus proclaims as the “high north” of Lower Austria. Here, on this massive highland that stretches into southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic, we are talking 1.000 metres above sea level. A fact that may well get us Danube-dwellers in the lower-lying areas jealous, especially when winter calls in and leaves us covered in fog, whereas further UP north, the Waldviertel relishes in winter sunshine. Plus, there’s cool winter stuff to do here such as snow boot hiking, cross-country skiing or winter walks into every far-flung corner of this pretty upland. Dive into a winter fairytale …
Leave your own traces either walking or cross-country skiing together with friends or family. And wouldn’t you like the local cook show you how to make these delicious “Mohnnudeln” (poppy seed dessert), a local speciality of the area … ?
If you fancy something really relaxing, you should go and visit Austria’s first “Faulenzer-Hotel” in the Waldviertel. Faulenzen Sie mit uns auf Facebook (chill out with us on Facebook) is the motto and well worth the visit: Go check it out! www.faulenzerhotel.at
What’s your alternative to … ?
… long queues on packed slopes and mass tourism in the mountains? “Slow tourism” is booming also in the winter, spearheaded by cool alternatives such as snowboot-hiking tours in the style of Canadian trappers. Such boots can be hired easily and almost everywhere, as well as cross-country skis and gear up here in the Waldviertel. Sweat, see & soak up the local atmosphere – you wouldn’t be able to reach most spots unless you “snow-hiked” there yourself!
Beer Tasting & Christmas Markets: The Town of Zwettl
Watching the master of the Zwettler Brauerei brew his typical, well-known “Zwettler Bier”, you can enjoy a quiet, village-like atmosphere in this peaceful little town at the Christmas markets in Zwettl. Peace and quiet, that’s what’s all around: Once you take a turn from the main roads, the Waldviertel “hits you” with its peace and wide open space that is unique in this country of ours, Austria. Some call it “rough”, whereas I prefer the more creative term .waldviertel.winteractivities– UP here is where you can really go on vacation and enjoy a holiday away from typical, standard winter clichés.