After your relaxing night in a comfortable, beautifully designed room, away from the noise of motorised vehicles, you pull aside the curtains and look at San Candido’s historic monuments and the farms at the Innichberg Mountain, while the town’s narrow lanes and squares start coming to life. You feel slightly hungry. This means that you have to walk – or take the elevator– to breakfast. Oh dear, it’s already quite late. But that’s no problem, because breakfast is served until 11:00 am. Even people “who don’t do mornings” are delighted at the sight of this breakfast buffet which greets you with a wide variety of sweet and savoury dishes, crunchy white and whole-wheat bread rolls, and organic produce from San Candido and the Alta Pusteria/Hochpustertal valley. And if it wasn’t the for the hiking and mountain trails, the ski runs and cross-country skiing trails which entice you to discover the amazing landscape of the Tre Cime/Drei Zinnen, you would quite happily linger longer over breakfast.
You’re finally on holiday! What will you do with this fresh day? Go for a relaxing hike in the wide, open terrain of the Alta Pusteria valley? Will you overcome your own laziness by struggling up the hill for a surge of satisfaction when you reach the summit? Our local mountain, the Monte Baranci/Haunold and the Tre Cime peaks are only a stone’s throw away. The blue sky promises a warm and sunny day. So perhaps it would be nicer to take a leisurely ride up by cable car and simply do nothing but relax in the sun in front of an Alpine hut, enjoying the pure air and the overwhelming beauty of nature. Jumping on a bike, taking a mostly downhill tour down to Brunico/Bruneck or Lienz and returning comfortably by train to San Candido is just as tempting. It’s not easy to choose – and during winter it’s no easier either.
Plan to do some wedelning down the blue, red or even black slopes of the Alta Pusteria valley today and tackle the 200 kilometres of ski runs at the Plan de Corones/Kronplatz tomorrow? Or the other way round? Either way, you can leave the car at home. Ski buses and the Ski Pustertal Express train are reliable shuttle options. Cross-country skiing enthusiasts too want to have fun. After all, San Candido is known to be the Mecca of cross-country skiing and the Alta Pusteria is Italy’s preferred cross-country destination! The main advice however is that you start by winding down. Start the holiday with a contemplative walk with or without snowshoes. An excursion into the white landscape with its tingling, crisp winter air is a wonderful therapy and puts you right in a holiday mood. How about a visit to the toboggan run afterwards? Whatever you choose, a holiday in San Candido in the Alta Pusteria valley is always too short, both in summer and in winter.
Pleasantly sleepy, your head free of thoughts. It’s nice that you still have some spare time before dinner. Take a walk through town. Shopping in San Candido is fun. But it’s not all. You can go for an old-fashioned stroll, waste your time, do some window-shopping and watch local life in the town square. The town is enjoyable. At the end, there are usually a few bags to leave in the room. Then it is time for an aperitif in front of the open fire and a quick glance at the newspapers. Still, there is much more to discover: the local Aquafun swimming pool and the sauna in the hotel. Not to mention about all the other fun things to do in San Candido and the Alta Pusteria valley.
Time for dinner. The dining room is as elegant as always, filled with a pleasant, warm light. Take a look at the menu. Yes, you have a total of three menus to choose from. Which culinary journey does the executive chef propose today? Tyrolean specialties, game meat, fish or a vegetarian fare? It doesn’t matter, as they are all a treat for the palate, and your host will recommend the matching wine. So you won’t regret it if you exercised restraint over lunch…