Bergsilvester 2020 - a completely different New Year's Eve in Kleinwalsertal
In 2020, many things were different and so was the New Year's Eve in Kleinwalsertal. For the first time in decades, no guests were able to spend the turn of the year in the Alpine valley. For locals this was very unusual, many loyal fans were longing. But despite everything, those responsible decided to hold the premiere of the ‘Bergsilvester Kleinwalsertal’ (=Mountain’s New Year’s Eve). For the benefit of nature and animals, New Year’s Eve was celebrated completely without fireworks but instead experiences to pause, marvel and join in. Katrin Berchtold tells us what challenges such a special event come with.
Challenges and more challenges
With a smile on her face, Katrin says there were "pretty coherent ideas - especially for the Corona year 2020". By coincidence, the first concept was already almost Corona compliant. But due to contact and exit restrictions, the planned New Year's Eve party on the town’s square, unfortunately had to be canceled, as well as loudspeakers that were supposed to invite people to listen and dance in the local centers.
However, the people responsible have not had to discuss for long to carry out the Bergsilvester, despite all challenges and although no guests could visit. One of the mayor's arguments was that the locals had already dispensed so much in 2020, so a positive statement had to be made. And the countless positive feedback confirms this decision.
And Katrin's wishes for 2021? She considers briefly, "Well, that's not an easy question, especially in light of current developments." First, the most important thing for Katrin is good health and that the valley, its locals and companies manage survive the crisis in economic terms as well. In her opinion, this can be achieved through good cooperation, mutual understanding, confidence and as we say in "ned lugg lo" (don't give in, give up – keep going).