Monday, April 4, 2011
Spring, Sun, South Tyrol
We stayed in the Falkensteiner Hotel Lido outside Bruneck in a little town called Chienes, but the train stop was called Ehrenburg/Casteldarne. Go figure. The Falkensteiner Hotel chain has a good reputation and is equipped to cater for people who need a gluten-free diet (for my CD readers).
We started walking from our hotel along the railroad tracks. After a few wrong turns that led us down a couple muddy paths, two hours later we took our first rest in the quaint village of St. Lorenzen (St. Lorenzo). A few Veneziani later—a popular South Tyrolean cocktail made of Prosecco, Aperol and mineral water—we staggered on our way to Bruneck (Brunico) where we caught the train back to our hotel.
The dinner buffet at Falkensteiner hotels is a playground for foodies. Antipasti prepared with love, a crazy assortment of salads, and unique treats like shrimp wrapped and fried in julienne potato. We ate too much—I guess that goes without saying.
For a couple of kilometers the path winds up and down, up and down. Then, above the orchards the Schloss Thurnstein appears in the distance. You can zigzag up to the castle, but we didn’t. We had other plans.