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KALTERN AM SEE

Kaltern – perhaps the point where the south begins for northerners, but an Alpine place for those from the south. This confusing concept becomes understandable when looking at the landscape. Waves of vineyards rise up the slopes of the foothills, to be replaced by gentle deciduous forest of differently coloured hues according to the season. And in the midst of this, nestling in lovely countryside, are the houses and churches that go to make up the districts of the wine village of Kaltern.

A meeting place ...

The market square, the centre of the village, with streets and alleyways leading off it in all directions and lined with shops, is situated where the buildings gather around an impressive church. The church tower of Kaltern gazes down on the people on the square licking ice-cream, enjoying an apéritif, rolling up by bike or sitting in the sun. The square is never boring, as it hosts the majority of events. Outdoor concerts, farmers' markets, the odd summer festival, the long Thursday evenings with late closing, and in winter the Christmas market, where wine is served steaming hot for a change, in the form of spicy mulled wine.

Wine, through and through

Yes, Kaltern is a wine village. This becomes clear looking at the many glasses that are lifted here in order for their white, pink or red contents to catch the light and their colours to be appraised on the market square, whether at tasting sessions or in Weinhaus Punkt. There are wine farms everywhere. The farmers work outside all year round and the wine cellars proudly present their best vintages. It is not just the architecture, but also the character of the locals, that bears witness to the fact that Kaltern is a wine village – here, they know how to appreciate the good things in life.

What's the best way to do Kaltern?

Hotel Römerrast is also committed to enjoying the good things in life. Monika and Karl know that wine is not just to be drunk, but may also be experienced whilst out walking and cycling. On an enjoyable discovery tour of Kaltern, the Wine Road and its finest villages and landscape in hiking boots or on a bike – this is their holiday tip for guests. “Stopping off and getting stuck in“ – exploration should always involve local delights and dips in the lakes of the Überetsch valley.

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