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It’s clear: a trip to the Lana region is always worth it, at any time of the year. This December we spent the days immediately before Christmas in the most beautiful mountain scenery in Lana for the first time – and we would like to tell you about it today.
The Lana region embodies exactly what we love about South Tyrol and what makes the north of Italy so special: the contrasts! Mediterranean and Alpine influences. Tradition and modernity. Snowy mountain peaks and palm trees. Centuries-old farms and innovative hotel concepts.
Hand on heart: When you think of South Tyrol in winter, you probably immediately think of winter sports and mountains covered in snow, right? Today we’re proving to you that you can have a magical time in wintery South Tyrol even without snow or skiing.
The Lana region in South Tyrol at Christmas time
With twinkling lights, lots of Christmas music, beautifully decorated trees and streets, Lana exudes an atmospheric Christmas atmosphere. Not to forget the local delicacies and the mulled wine, which tastes a little better in South Tyrol than at home.
A year ago we told you about a few summer days in Lana and gave you lots of tips for the picturesque region in the Adige Valley, today the winter counterpart follows. But in this article we don’t just want to make recommendations for the run-up to Christmas and the first months of the year, but also give lots of tips that you can use all year round.
Our hotel in Lana
Let’s start with our hotel, which we learned to love in the summer of 2022 and to which we were so happy to return: the Hotel Schwarzschmied, surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards. In winter, wellness and enjoyment play perhaps an even greater role than in the summer months, and the Hotel Schwarzschmied is the perfect place for you.
By the way, you can even celebrate Christmas in the hotel, the program on December 24th sounded so nice that we would have liked to invite our whole family to South Tyrol instead of driving directly from Italy to our hometown of Baden-Württemberg. Functional training in the morning followed by a walk through the Christmas market, Christmas stories for the children in the afternoon, aperitif with harp before dinner, Christmas cookies and mulled wine in the lobby afterwards… Oh… Maybe an idea for next year, because somehow celebrating is quite something It’s quite something without hosting duties in a hotel so beautifully decorated for Christmas, isn’t it?
Speaking of the program: Guests at the Hotel Schwarzschmied receive a “Plan Your Week” guide upon check-in, which lists the numerous active hours that the hotel offers. Including yoga several times a day. Numerous retreats with well-known yoga coaches take place throughout the year in the beautiful ambience of the hotel.
One active hour per guest per day is included. The varied activity program is complemented by a wonderful wellness area that leaves nothing to be desired.
There is an indoor and outdoor pool, several relaxation rooms, saunas, a steam bath, a gym and numerous treatments on offer. For facials and massages, the hotel relies on high-quality natural cosmetics from Susanne Kaufmann.
And what else counts as part of the “all-round carefree” package in a hotel? Of course the food! And here too we were really pampered at the Schwarzschmied. Starting with the breakfast buffet, which is prepared with great attention to detail and complemented by some à la carte dishes. My favorite: the poached eggs in a glass and the apple slices with cinnamon. The perfect topping for my muesli!
In the evening, guests can also eat à la carte in the hotel restaurant or book half board with a menu. Here too, great emphasis is placed on seasonality and regionality, and the eye always eats with it.
After spending the summer in the big one Rooftop suite lived with a roof terrace, this time we stayed in one Rooftop room with a couch corner, terrace and perfect Lana view. Minimalist and yet so cozy. A particularly beautiful room category in the hotel and perfect for two people.
Winter activities in Lana
Of course you can also ski in the Lana region, on the local mountain Vigiljoch. In just a few minutes you can reach the ski area by cable car. The small, idyllic ski area covers around five kilometers of slopes. If you prefer a larger selection of slopes, you will find what you are looking for around ten kilometers from Lana, as the popular Meran 2000 ski area is located there.
But of course there are so many beautiful things to see and experience in Lana even without winter sports (and without snow!). Especially during the festive Christmas season, when the region conjures up a contemplative atmosphere with many South Tyrolean traditions.
Lovely walks in and around Lana
The Waalwege around Lana are very charming and a walk along the old watercourses is worthwhile at any time of the year. A particularly pretty Waalweg stretches above the community and leads from Oberlana to Niederlana: the Brandis-Waalweg.
Also recommended: the Marlinger Waalweg, which starts in Lana and, at 12 kilometers, is the longest in all of South Tyrol.
And of course the local mountain Vigiljoch is also worth seeing in winter. If you don’t want to ski, you can enjoy beautiful views on a snow hike and, for example, visit the church of St. Vigilius, which sits on a hill. This time we weren’t on the Vigiljoch, but we introduced you to the car-free local mountain Lanas in more detail here.
One of the numerous activities offered in the Lana region in the run-up to Christmas is a contemplative tour to the nativity scene in a beautiful mountain backdrop along the chestnut adventure trail. Accompanied by the Völlan theater group in historical costumes and garnished with Christmas music.
The Sterntaler Christmas market in the Kapuzinergarten in Lana
Just a stone’s throw from the Hotel Schwarzschmied is the historic Capuchin Garden, where the enchanting little Sterntaler Christmas market takes place on Advent weekends. With lovingly decorated stalls, mulled wine, hot apple juice, South Tyrolean delicacies, concerts for the grown-ups and puppet theaters as well as craft lessons for the little ones.
A lovely idea: the Christmas post box, in which you can send a postcard with a Christmas Lana motif to your favorite people. The Lana and surrounding area tourism association is responsible for the postage and shipping. The stalls also offer a lot of traditional South Tyrolean crafts. Perfect if you’re still looking for a Christmas present or two.
(Christmas) shopping in Lana
And that brings us directly to the topic of Christmas shopping. We also used our stay just before Christmas to shop for a few gifts for our South Tyrol-loving family. Today we would like to introduce you to three particularly beautiful addresses, two of which happen to be right next to each other in the industrial zone of Lana.
Pur South Tyrol, industrial zone 8
South Tyrolean food heaven on earth! In the Pur Südtirol gourmet market you will find the best selection of South Tyrolean specialties, from jam to Schüttelbrot and bacon to wine. On top of that, the bistro offers various snacks every day with high-quality South Tyrolean organic ingredients.
Floral workshop, industrial zone 8
In the floral workshop, beautiful flower creations are created that, in addition to events, also decorate many hotels – far beyond the borders of South Tyrol. The adjacent shop not only offers flowers and Christmas arrangements, but also many pretty gift ideas such as ceramics, coffee table books and Christmas tree decorations.
The pedestrian zone on Gries
The pedestrian zone on Gries with an urban character in the center of Lana also offers many shopping opportunities, including fashion boutiques, a bookstore, sports shops, an organic food store and much more.
Organic winery Zollweghof, Braunsbergerweg 15
South Tyrol and wine are closely linked, and Lana not only stands for an impressive variety of apples, but also for wine growing. In a particularly illustrious location above Lana is the Zollweghof organic winery, which not only offers wine tastings and snacks in the courtyard and in the decorated Christmas cellar in December, but also a selection of gifts. The perfect aperitif to bring with you to the Christmas party: the fruity, fresh rosé sparkling wine “Swing”.
Culinary delights in the Lana region
The culinary offerings in the Lana region are a poem! And the high quality of the ingredients, seasonality and regionality always play a major role. In late year that means, among other things: delicious chestnuts, oranges and lots of pumpkin.
OW da Renato, Griesplatz 2
One of the best addresses in Lana for Italian cuisine with a twist is the Oberwirt in the heart of the old town. Our favorite in December: the heavenly pumpkin tortelloni with butter and sage. We can hardly wait to come back on a warm summer evening and sit on the beautiful terrace – with a good glass of wine, of course.
La Fucina, Schmiedgasse 6
The restaurant in the Hotel Schwarzschmied is also open to external guests and is an absolute recommendation from us. Vegan, gluten- and lactose-free dishes are also created using the freshest ingredients, and the eye is always there to eat.
Kuntrawant coffee roastery with coffee bar, Josef-Aigner-Straße 2
Do you love good coffee as much as we do? Then you should definitely pay a visit to the local Kuntrawant coffee roastery. In addition to coffee specialties, the coffee bar also serves homemade cakes.
More restaurant highlights in the Lana region
Restaurant Miil, Gampenstraße 1 in Cermes
The popular restaurant is located in the former mill of the family-run Kränzelhof winery, and the menu follows the seasons. Good to know: Be sure to reserve a few weeks in advance during peak season!
1477 Reichhalter, Metzgergasse 2
The renovated historic inn is a restaurant and boutique hotel in one. The restaurant is very cozy and traditional South Tyrolean dishes are served with a modern interpretation.
Muchele dining room, Maiergasse 2 in Burgstall
In the Hotel Muchele’s restaurant, the well-known South Tyrolean chef Patrick Holzner and his team conjure up a varied 5-course menu with regional products every evening. External guests can also enjoy it.
You can find many more tips for Lana in our summer special, including several hotel recommendations.
Do you have any questions about the region or other tips that you would like to share with the Josie loves community? Feel free to write them in the comments!