A short trip that tastes like Christmas. Of warm atmospheres. Of ancient traditions.
In Carinthia, at 1700 meters in the hushed mountains of the small village of Katschberg, halfway between the mountain environment of Carinthia and the Salzburger Land, there is a short path of only 6 km to be covered on foot or by carriage.
Along the way, scattered among coniferous forests and gentle hills covered in white, small illuminated huts illuminate the road offering the visitor shelter and warmth.
These are the 24 Advent houses, inside which it is possible to stop, discover what is hidden inside, have something to drink or eat while outside the sound of the mountain horns echoes that accompanies the visitor throughout the journey.
In the 24 parking stations, nothing more than expertly restored ancient barns, adults and children will be able to enjoy, from time to time, different experiences, all unforgettable, and everyone will be refreshed for free with hot tea: in the hut of songs, for example, it is possible to listen to the wonderful Advent melodies; in the log cabin you can listen to exciting Christmas stories; while in the teddy bear hut the children will be involved in a fun workshop to learn how to sew ostetti by hand.
Along the way, countless lanterns help to create a romantic alpine atmosphere, as well as illuminate the path that already after the early afternoon is covered with shadows that gradually turn into pitch darkness.
You can cover the 2.5 km of the. On foot or by sled Path of the Gnomes (Wichtelweg), up to the refuge Pritzhütte, the true starting point of the Advent Way which lasts about 45 minutes in all.
At the start of the path, each participant is given a water bottle, very useful for warming up along the way, and a lantern to illuminate the path.
The Christmas atmosphere can be felt everywhere: in the snow-covered trees, in the warm light of the lanterns, in the exciting Christmas maze.
A unique experience to prepare for Christmas that will give everyone peace and serenity and the desire to enjoy the anticipation of the party even more fully.
From 27 November to 22 December, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
The cost is 5 € (10 if you also buy the themed thermos). With small children it is advisable to reach the Pritzhütte refuge by carriage (22 € for adults, 11 for children round trip).
From car park 1 and the Stamperl pizzeria in Katschberg, a shuttle service is available at a cost of € 2.50 each way to the Alpengasthof Bacher, the starting point for the carriages or the Wichtelweg path.