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By mid-December at the latest, most of us are already completely overwhelmed by the hubbub of Christmas season. This “time of peace and charity” can become really quite stressful for many. Despite the fact that it is precisely now that we should be taking time to find peace & quiet, sip on a mug of hot punch and contemplate the events of the past year. Enjoying our eager anticipation for the big celebration and family time to come. A goal which tends to meet with great success, incidentally, in the mountains of Austria. For example, at our exclusive hideaway in Wipptal, Tyrol.
Before the peace & quiet of the Christmas season sets in for good, things briefly become quite noisy in the Alpine region: That’s when the Krampusses get up to their mischief, attempting to drive away evil with their loud bells and roars. The Perchten and other strange characters who roam the streets at this time of year have many different names – and faces. Even quite beautiful on occasion!
Alpine Summer in the mountains of Austria is gradually coming to an end. The cows will say a final “goodbye” to their idyllic summer homes on the high pastures and return to their warm barns in the valley. There, the locals celebrate Harvest Festival across the length and breadth of Salzburger Land, and busily bring in their crops. To rustle up mouthwatering apple, red currant and plum cakes, for example. And potatoes, for a favorite childhood dish of mine.