Some stones and an ice rink – that is all you need for ‘Eisstockschießen’. Once begun by throwing stones in wild disarray in the open air, it is today a very popular sport in Austria and its international variety, curling, has become an Olympic Discipline.
At ‘Eisstockschießen’ two teams play against each other. Once the rink has been marked on the ice, the ‘Daube’, the button, is set. Now the aim is to get one’s stone as near as possible to the button. That is very difficult to achieve and needs a lot of feeling and practice. You may sometimes feel annoyed if, shortly before the close of a ‘Kehre’, as the ends are called at ‘Eisstockschießen’, one of your opponents succeeds in removing your stone with his own and in placing the latter next to the button – victory will then be his.
Winter sports are great, but now and then you really do have to put your feet up on a sunny terrace or lean back in comfort and enjoy the surroundings. A horse-drawn carriage ride is perfect for this.
On a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow covered countryside you can appreciate the Wilder Kaiser region at a contemplative pace and discover the villages of Ellmau, Going, Scheffau and Söll at leisure. On the way the carriage driver regales you with village tales and stories about the old farmhouses.
Similarly the perfect end to a day of sporting activity in the Tyrolean mountains is on a romantic horse drawn carriage ride as dusk falls, snuggled up under warm fur blankets breathing in the snowy air with the only sound of the horses hooves.
The gently undulating countryside at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser could have been made for cross-country skiing. Beginners and competent cross-country skiiers alike can make extensive use of the sunny flat superbly prepared trails between the the four Kaiser villages of Going, Ellmau, Scheffau and Söll.
The Wilder Kaiser region has over 70 kilometres of prepared trails at its disposal. One of these is the Kaisertrail in Ellmau which runs parallel to the picturesque winter walking path and also affords a spectaular view of the Kaiser mountain range.