An idyllic Advent trail around the Almsee Lake in the Hofalm areaIn December the Hofalm area and the Almsee lake are transformed into a tranquil Christmas idyll. Everyone visiting our lovely mountain village in winter has to have enjoyed a horse-drawn sleigh ride. This satisfying natural experience has a long tradition in the mountain village of Filzmoos. I hear the gentle ringing of the sleigh bells in the distance. We start in the village centre of Filzmoos and head towards Hinterwinkl. Then on further along the toll road, which is open exclusively for sleighs and walkers in winter. At a speed of 2 horse power we glide through forests and the wildly-romantic mountain landscape. The snow banks either side get higher and higher. Filzmoos is known as the snowiest village in SalzburgerLand. A reflective stillness reigns, interrupted only by the ringing of the sleigh bells and the snorting of the horses. The ride up to the Hofalm takes around 1 hour. Having enjoyed a schnaps in our sleigh along the way, we arrive at the foot of the Bischofsmütze mountain and admire the impressive scenery.
The Christmas Idyll can be reached on foot along a winter footpath, on snowshoes, by taxi or, most atmospheric of all by horse-drawn sleigh. On foot it takes around an hour to the Hofalm. Please note that the path is not illuminated and you should perhaps take a headlamp with you.
Book horse-drawn sleigh rides:
The Schörghofer Family
Tel. 0043 664 3566751
Closed on Mondays
The Bliem Family
Tel. 0043 6453 8594
Closed on Tuesdays
After visiting the Christmas Market, we wander up towards the church. The Advent Walk leads from the Village Square through the village to the Parish Church of the “Filzmoos Child“ and back down to the Village Square. Walking time is approx. 15 minutes. Petra and Rene are charmed by the Christmas spirit which you can feel throughout the village. The houses are illuminated with fairy lights and give the village a magical shine in Advent.To warm up and really get in a Christmassy mood we enjoy a mug of mulled wine along the way.
To finish I’d like to invite my parents-in-law to an Advent afternoon in the Oberhofgut. The farmhouse snug is cosily warm and the scent of traditional fruit loaf oozes from the oven. “Christmas as in bygone days“. Poems and tales are read, Christmas songs are sung and you an enjoy the simple and traditional things in life.Won over by the magic of the pre-Christmas period which prevails in our village, Stefan’s family head back home. Yet it definitely won’t be their last visit to our winter idyll.
...a culinary tour of the Filzmoos Village restaurants – with horse-drawn sleighs, brass music, devils etc.There’s a very special event taking place in advent. All too often we don’t concentrate on the important things in life in the run up to Christmas: spending time with our loved ones. A small tip, where this could do this, is a visit to the “Culinary Advent” in Filzmoos. This culinary journey encompassing a unique 5-course Advent menu, wine tasting and accompanying music is a particular highlight this year. Tickets are available in the Filzmoos Tourist Office. You’ll find more information here: www.filzmoos.at