Guide to Christmas markets in South Tyrol, the discovery of those must-see
Christmas is getting closer and closer, the cold begins to arrive and with it will soon snow on the mountains. Candida white blanket cover as a cold blanket every alpine country, coloring of white magic peaks and valleys and giving the atmosphere cheerful and joyful that only winter can give.
One of the enchanted places where this atmosphere is palpable every year is the ‘ South Tyrol. I speak from personal experience because every winter I spent my childhood in a small valley of this border area, an area where languages and traditions of different countries mingle in the multicultural amalgam that enriches making it special.
Each year, in South Tyrol, take place the classic Christmas markets. I say classic because for me it is an event that has been repeated every year since I was a child, but those who had never seen them have to visit at least once in your life! Did we mention the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe and Italy, we have proposed ideas travel and organized trips, and offers many places to enjoy this atmosphere so characteristic, now you just need to find out what the markets do not lose in South Tyrol, between the great classics and unexpected places.
The five original Christmas markets
The most famous pre-Christmas markets of South Tyrol are undoubtedly those of Bolzano, the capital of the autonomous province of South Tyrol, but also those of Bressanone, Merano, Vipiteno, and Brunico each year attract thousands of tourists from all over Italy and beyond. But not all of them have visited and I would grope a description of the atmosphere that you breathe, so, just to tempt you.
Imagine a square in one of the five centers of South Tyrol I mentioned above, small, clean and extremely well maintained. Now imagine that it is full of people, hundreds of men, women and children muffled in winter jackets; Now look at them in the face, you’ll see the smile and dreamy eyes.
In the square there for the occasion dozens of small wooden houses of conifer, the roof of the Christmas market in Bolzano (which is held in Piazza Walter ) is colored by elegant red and white stripes, but it is said that you can note this colorful color because in the period when market is held ( from November 26 to January 6, with closing only 24 and December 25) it is easy for you to tinge no roofs white to snow.
Below each roof run elegant decorations of holly, fir or pine branches that frame the lintel of the houses. These are open on one side and are home to four different things. The famous food and wine of the South Tyrolean tradition will fill his eyes and smell intoxicated. Hot donuts, apple strudel (prepare it in two versions: with the pastry and pastry, both mouth-watering), apple fritters, Kaiserschmarrn (it is sweet omelet sprinkled with powdered sugar and jam red currant, a pleasure for the senses), but also bacon, cheese of all types, shapes and colors will be offered by big man chubby and ruddy with the German-speaking accent and gentle manner.
Everything is light and color: the small balls of Christmas lights add a further touch of magic to the markets of these areas, camping like little pearls gleaming on every tree and house.
In addition to the delicious food also lovers of good wine or beer will be fully satisfied. In the markets of Bolzano, but also of Bressanone, Merano, Vipiteno and Brunico are the periods of mulled wine. The hot and spicy nectar pours from big pots of steaming metal and gives since the first sip, a warmth that goes beyond the temperature of the liquid.
For those who love beer, however, there will be spoiled for choice: the proximity to Austria and Bavaria and the excellent mountain water sources give the South Tyrolean beer flavor and unmistakable aroma. White (Weiss is the name of the beer yeast and aromatic), clear, red and brown fill jugs of biblical proportions and bring joy and desire to sing.
As in any festive occasion, also during the Christmas Markets bands Tyrolean cheer with their music brass and silvery notes anyone pass egger Anno kidnapped by the Christmas market.
But you will not find only the pleasures of the palate: the Tyrolean are also famous wood craftsmen and exhibit their works of masterly beauty stands on all the Christmas markets, choose carefully and you can give a piece of extraordinary bill as unique gift for relatives and friends.
A bit ‘of information: it has been said of the dates of the market of Bolzano and the place in which is traditionally held, now we see where and when you can find the markets of the other four main places where these markets are held.
The Christmas market of Brixen held from November 27 to January 6 in Piazza Duomo and only closes on Christmas Day.
The “Christmas Market” Merano (the name of the Christmas market in this small town) however, held from November 27 to January 6 (closed only on Christmas Day) on the promenade “Lungo Passirio” that runs along the ‘namesake mountain stream that flows rushing on Timmelsjoch then sprayed cold and roaring the town of Merano, adding to the already impressive air Christmas market of a natural setting enviable.
A Brunico, a medieval town that is also home to a famous castle in square Tschurtschenthaler has held the annual Christmas market (again from November 27 to January 6 with closure on Christmas Day) where are the handicraft products, as well as food, of course, lord it.
At Sterling, in the square where stands the Tower of the Twelve, medieval clock tower, it is held on the Advent market, always from November 27 to January 6 with the closing on December 25. Also, here you will find the beautiful wooden houses full of delicious food and objects of local artisans from the admirable skill.
The Christmas markets in South Tyrol: children
We have spoken already of what everyone knows, the greatest centers of South Tyrol are the pearls mountain, there is no doubt, and their markets are no different, however, to really immerse themselves in Tyrolean Christmas, are the smaller ones markets that can give the most intense emotions.
Recently Booking South Tyrol, the booking portal hoteliers union official and public operators of this beautiful area, has compiled a list of must-markets, the smallest of the five classics above and authentic mirror of what is the real South Tyrolean tradition: Let’s find out together.
Rittner market: the “TreNatale”
This market has a unique feature of its kind. Stations Soprabolzano and Collalbo do not find the small and characteristic wooden houses if you want to visit the Christmas market plateau of Renon. Just take the cable car from Bolzano every weekend from November 28 to December 27 and what awaits is a train, the wagons which have been restored and transformed into a Christmas market unique. That’s why the title: in TreNatale you can sample the local specialties and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a good glass of beer in an unusual setting.
The market “Alpine Advent” in Sarntal
In Sarn, a town in the province of Bolzano, which gives its name to the city valley, during Advent and, in particular, all weekends and public holidays, from 28 November to 20 December, held a small but beautiful Christmas market.
For the occasion are erected twenty wooden houses, which are decorated and adorned in a beautiful and, given the altitude, even at that time nature helps to decorate the white snowy blankets the top of the roofs of these small and features structures. In addition to the famous gastronomic specialties (try here is undoubtedly the Striezel, a typical bread that is served with bacon), to cheer especially the four advent weekend will be activities such as horse-drawn carriages rides, musical entertainment and guided tours of the famous Maso old town.
This year there will be a special theme, which, not hardly believe, will add a twist to the fairy-tale event already very folk. The theme of the market in 2015, in fact, consists of the lanterns of all shapes and sizes, which will animate the country with their bright white splendor.
The market of St. George
The market of San Giorgio, a small village a few kilometers from Scene, held ( 11 to 13 December ) in the shadow of an imposing belfry (a medieval tower), also called, Tower Owl, that stands, impressive and high with its conical roof tip, next to the homonymous church.
This charming, beautiful enough to justify the trip, but the Christmas market is the time of maximum splendor of this place and of this small town, which comes alive the atmosphere of the festival. The log cabins will host, among other things, exhibitions of local handicrafts in wood and cloth, beautiful ideas for gifts and, of course, the inevitable local food specialties.
The Market Closed
In the province of Bolzano is the small town of Chiusa. Former farmhouse, this small town during the period of the Christmas market ( from 27 November to 20 December ) takes a step backward in time.
The streets and alleys of the village work night watchmen with robes fashioned medieval, ancient melodies spread their notes directly from distant middle age, jugglers and fire eaters dressed in period cheer the visitors in the streets with their tools of the trade, maneuvering between games of skill and dangerous performances with fire.
This stunning animation and the aura of the past relived around the market. Stroll sipping mulled wine or a good hot tea, stopping occasionally to attend a traveling show, buy local products and unique items, what could be better?
The Market Castle Tyrol
From 5 to 8 December , the small Castle Tyrol near Bolzano opens the doors of its famous medieval castle up to 20 hours, in the courtyard and in which knights’ hall you can see artisans at work that will reveal the live their crafts and stroll through the streets of downtown listening to musical performances and choirs in Tyrolean style.
Stars of the party, to the delight of children, will be sheep and donkeys that will be on display in wooden fences and petted, an experience that will surely please all family members.
Market in Castel Rametz
From 4 to 20 December, the historic estate of Castel Rametz near Merano will open its doors by hosting a wonderful Christmas market enlivened by carols, intoxicated by the scents of delicious delicacies and wine tasting in the area. Just visit the castle is well worth the trip, if he is the center of many wonderful initiatives, I would say it is an experience not to be missed.
Christmas markets: Offers
I have tried with the description of the atmosphere, delicacies and wonderful initiatives of the Christmas markets in South Tyrol? Included in it have started a beautiful winter holiday in South Tyrol where day skiing and maybe enjoy the beautiful Christmas experiences that provide the area? On the official Booking South Tyrol, which includes all major hoteliers and public operators in the area, you will find wonderful offers to spend Christmas in Tyrol and enjoy the fantastic initiatives and Christmas markets. You may choose to sleep in a comfortable hotel, in a shelter or in a fantastic chalet directly on the slopes and go down only to visit the picturesque villages of the area that I consider the pearl of mountain resorts in the Italian Alps.
I have led to the discovery of the Christmas markets in almost all California. I have described what you see, hear, smell, touch on the occasion of these beautiful moments of Christmas. I think I have somehow transmitted positive energy every year of my childhood, areas such as those I have described I have been able to give, now you just have to experience for yourself what you have just seen with the eye of imagination.