Zermatt, Vienna, Südtirol
First, thanks for the article on the Südtirol/Alto Adige. I think Gemütlichkeit should regularly cover the northern Italian area that has strong Germanic influence, including Cortina d'Ampezzo and virtually all the Dolomites. It is a beautiful region not well known to American tourists but with all the amenities and outdoor activities of the rest of the Alps, including good food, beer, wine and accommodations.
My particular interest is the area of heavy fighting high in the mountains between the A-H Empire and Germany and Italy, Great Britain and France (U.S. involvement was minimal) in WWI. There are a number of good museums, restored trenches and galleries, cemeteries, monuments, etc., which are of interest to tourists, especially descendants of all the nationalities that fought in the region. Dolomitenfreunde and other organizations work together to maintain and restore areas of significance.
Some other comments:
There is a small hotel garni attached to Le Mazot also operated by Roger Muther. We were booked there but due to construction were given a small studio apartment in a nearby new building and did not stay in the older units above the restaurant. However, assuming that they are renovated and managed as well as the restaurant, they may also be a good location for a Zermatt stay.
Bargain Hotel in Meiningen
[Editors Note: Double rooms at an der Kapelle are 58 to 62 EUR ($51-$55) Ms. Hoover not only brought this hotel to our attention, but the association it belongs to: VCH-Hotels Deutschland.]
December 2001/January 2002