New Year's Eve fireworks Mittelberg | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Robert Niederwolfsgruber

09 Nov. 2017 · Family | Winter Activities
Carolin Schratt

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Kleinwalsertal

Events, restaurant recommendations and insider tips for everyone celebrating New Year’s Eve in Kleinwalsertal.

District Music Festival Party Celebrations | ©  Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Dominik Berchtold

Tip 1: Open-Air New Year’s Eve Festival:

The village square (Gemeindeplatz) in Riezlern will be declared a party zone from 9.00 pm. The live band Blaumeisen from Switzerland will create just the right atmosphere and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be available to keep you warm. New Year’s Eve celebrations would not be complete without a fantastic firework display! Entry to this event is free of charge. Bad weather won’t give you an excuse not to drop in on the festivities as the area will be made weather-proof.

Panorama valley at night | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Frank Drechsel

Tip 2: Observation Points for the Fireworks:

There are a number of great locations where you can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks, whether you are in Riezlern, Hirschegg or Mittelberg. If you walk from the Casinoplatz along Westeggweg towards Söllereck, you will get the best view over Riezlern. To reach the best vantage point in Hirschegg, you need to set off from behind the Hotel Birkenhöhe and then turn right past the Parsenn Skikuli lift. Heading out of Mittelberg, you need to position yourself in Höfle. Go past the Wildental ski lift and up the road until you reach the junction. Continue in the direction of the Schwabenhütte. You will get an outstanding view of the fireworks if you stand on the left-hand edge of the slopes or on the hiking trail.

Winter hiking in Kleinwalsertal | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Oliver Farys

Tip 3: Winter Hiking along the Schwarzwasserbach.

‘In complete silence we hear the entire world.’ Some people prefer to experience the New Year period with this quotation by the writer and satirist Kurt Tucholsky in mind. These types of people enjoy the tranquility of winter before the New Year’s Eve festivities and like to look back over the previous year in a reflective way. A hike along the Schwarzwasserbach river is a great way to do this. The starting point from Riezlern will take you along Eggstrasse and Kesselschwandweg down to the impressive Naturbrücke (natural bridge). You can then continue along this route over the Kesselschwand down to Schwarzwasserbach. The return trip takes you through the district of Egg and back to Riezlern. Variations to this route and different places to start the trip can be found in the detailed description.

Gourmethost Walserstuba | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Oliver Farys

Tip 4: Places to Eat Out on New Year’s Eve – Fondues to Gala Dinners:

A programme of culinary delights or just partying with the family – whatever you choose to do on New’s Year Eve, make sure that you book early!

Alpengasthof Hörnlepass: Buffet & music
Cuisino at the casino: Gala dinner with comedy show
Sporthotel Walliser: Magnificent New Year’s Eve buffet with DJ
Genuss- & Aktivhotel Sonnenburg: New Year’s Eve gala menu with live music

Old Walser house in Bödmen | © Kleinwalsertal Tourism eGen | Photographer: Dominik Berchtold

Tip 5: Experience New Year’s ‘Jumping’

Have you ever heard of New Year’s jumping (Neujahrspringen)? No, it doesn’t have anything to do with ski jumping at the turn of the year! It is actually a lovely Walser tradition. On New Year’s Day, it is customary for school children to ‘jump’ from house to house, usually in pairs or threes, with the purpose of wishing the occupants of the houses a Happy New Year. They often sing songs as they do so or recite a poem  and receive a few coins for their efforts.

Locals like to reminisce about the times that they used to take part in New Year’s jumping: the times when they would pass by the baker’s shop and he would slip them some bread or something sweet or the butcher’s who would let them have a small sausage or some salami. A highlight was also the ski shop where you might get some ski wax. This would only ever happen during the day after the children had waited to receive their own New Year’s greetings.

Hirschegg Panorama at night | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Dominik Berchtold

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I am rudely awoken from my dreams by my alarm clock at 5.15 a.m. I climb out of my warm bed and take a glance out of the window at the clear starry skies.