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    Experience South Tyrol - it's unforgettable!

    Don't miss the diverse range of experiences of South Tyrol! Enjoy sporting activities, discover the rich culture and visit diverse events in Alpine and Mediterranean locations. Whether young or old, everyone will find something suitable. To help you decide, we present our suggestions for an unforgettable holiday in South Tyrol. Experience the diversity!

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    Churches & Monasteries
    Church St. Rochus in Pfuss/Pozzo
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    Patronal feast: August 16th

    The church was built around 1516 as a votive chapel as to thank for having  escaped the plague.

    Source: Parrish office Kaltern

    Churches & Monasteries
    Church of St. Anne in Lana
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The church near the medieval seat of the German Order in Lana (today a care home) was built in the middle of the 15th century and contains high-quality Baroque furnishings.

    Churches & Monasteries
    St. Agatha church
    Meran/Merano and environs

    This Gothic church with high-quality furnishings from the Baroque period was first mentioned in the records in 1306. After a successful restoration (1991-1993), a Romanesque apse (dating from 1100) with paintings was uncovered during the excavations. Privately owned.

    Places to See
    Technology Monument Monte San Vigilio
    Meran/Merano and environs

    31 August 2012 marked exactly one hundred years since the Mount Vigiljoch cable car made its maiden voyage, the world's third suspended cable car approved for passengers. To mark this anniversary and beyond the cable car monument remembers this technological breakthrough.

    In Lana, at the roundabout of Meranerstrasse / Ultnerstrasse streets, looking down to the station towards the valley, one of the decommissioned cabins of the Monte S. Vigilio cable car, still functioning today according to the latest safety standards, serves as an all-around visible eye-catcher.

    The Lana Monte S. Vigilio Cable Car

    As the world's third suspended cable car approved for passengers, in 1912 the cable car on Monte S. Vigilio made history. Today, rebuilt according to modern safety standards, the cable car is a technical monument of national importance.

    Since the company of the Monte S. Vigilio cable car tried already in 1912 to attain a refined artistic impression, it proclaimed Gustav Birkenstaedt as the artistic consultant to the company, which included, beyond the cable car, also the planned “high colony” (Höhenkolonie). As a result, Birkenstaedt developed the plans for the mountain hotel located near the mountain station and for a holiday house model that proved influential for the emerging residential area.

    In 2008 the cable car once again underwent a general refurbishment. New cabins allow passenger transportation today without accompaniment in the cabin, and a video surveillance system ensures maximum safety. The journey from Lana to Monte S. Vigilio (1,486 m above sea level) takes 8 minutes.

    Forts & Castles
    Ruin St. Peter/S. Pietro in Altenburg/Castelvecchio
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    Patronal feast: June 29th.

    The church ruins date back to the 5th century AD. The building reminds of church buildings in Aquileia and Milan. During excavations, the old position of the altar as well as the relic chamber could be determined. The S. Peter ruin in Altenburg is probably the oldest Tyrolean church ruin. Its decay began with the closure of the church in 1782.

    Source: Parish office Kaltern

    Churches & Monasteries
    Church "St. Leonhard" in Unterplanitzing/Pianizza di Sotto
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    Patronal feast: November 6th The late Romanesque rotunda was probably connected to a medieval pilgrim hospice. On the frescoes on the inside, at the feet of the sculputre "St. Leonhard with the chain", the coat of arms of the lords von Fuchs is recognizable. Around 1420 a new building of the church was built. The equipment came from the "Grabenkirche" of Bolzano.

    Tower in Pianizza di Sotto
    The medieval residential tower was owned by the lords Fuchs von Fuchsenberg in 1739.

    Source: Parrish office Kaltern

    Parks
    Biotope Falschauer
    Meran/Merano and environs

    How much habitat we let nature? Until the mid-20th century, the estuary was a 100-acre natural paradise in the ever more intensively used Adige Valley.

    The whole Adige Valley was once a giant natural paradise full of ponds, riverside forests and bogs. People would keep away from the marshlands and its bad smell and instead settled on the elevated plains, hills and mountains of the area - not least because of the many floods. That explains the village development in many modern municipalities like Lana, Postal or Gargazzone.

    Yet in the middle of the 20th century about 100 hectares of the lands in the river delta of the Valsura lay fallow. In the course of the German and Italian economic miracles the area experienced an unstoppable industrialisation that nearly upset its natural balance. When people started to rethink this ‘progress' in the 1970's the remains of the river delta of the Falschauer were declared a protected biotope.

    Today the delta covers about 32 hectares, it is a refuge for many endangered animals and an irreplaceable habitat for more than 230 species of bird, including 50 breeding birds, amphibians, colubrids, fish and water insects, as well as for numerous rare plants.

    Tip
    Visitors who walk around in the accessible part of the mostly untouched delta can take a break at the ponds or bogs and listen to the countless number of birds and frogs.

    A visit is possible throughout the year!

    Guides, schools
    Ice stick shooting
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The traditional sport of the Alpine People

    Ice stick shooting is as similar to curling, as skittles is to bowling. The technical differences are few, but while the latter have become popular sports around the globe, the former are celebrated in the Alpine countries as old traditions, just like fistfall and skittles.

    Aside from the gymnasts and cyclists of Club Edelrot, the 'Eisschützen' (ice stick shooters) are the oldest sports club in Lana. Photographic archives prove that this winter sport has been popular in this area as far back as the late 18 hundreds, when the 'Fasslbinder' (coopers) from the Unterinntal Valley and the 'Eisenbahner' (railroaders) introduced ice stick shooting here in Lana. The 'Eisschützenverein Lana', which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008, is therefore one of the oldest ice stick shooter clubs in the country.

    The practice location of the ice stick shooters is at the mouth of the Gola Canyon in Oberlana, which still today is the venue for local and regional ice stick shooting tournaments. Periodic meets, tournaments and festivities will ensure that this wonderful tradition will continue on into the future.

    Churches & Monasteries
    Church of St. Severin
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The church was consecrated in 1433. Valuable frescoes from the 15th century; one of the frescoes shows Mayenburg Castle in its original form.

    Holy Mass:
    Sunday at 7.00 and 9.00 in german language

    Paragliding
    Fly42 paragliding and tandem flights
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The dream of flying is as old as humanity. Why not even experience something special. Just realize your dream with a paragliding tandem flight! Experience with us the Meraner Land from the bird's eye view.

    Break out of the everyday life and explore the sky above Merano as free as a bird, fly over meadows, forests and mountains. It takes only a few steps and you escape the gray everyday life!

    We accompany you in flight and offer you an unforgettable experience .... Let us enchant you!

    Churches & Monasteries
    Church in St. Anton/S. Antonio
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    Patronal feast: January 17th The oldest parts of the church are in the tower (13th century) and in the nave walls. Around 1430, the Gothic Polygon Choir was added. The uniformly re-creation of the choir from 1472 have been carried out by the two painters Bernhard and Jakob, who worked in Bolzano. The great Christophorus on the southern façade is also a work of this painting group.

    The church is accessible only during the holy masses (Monday 8 am).

    Source: Parrish office Kaltern

    Bike Rental
    Bike Rental Südtirol Rad/Alto Adige Bici
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The bike rental ”Südtirol Bike” is situated on the Rottenburg Square, right next to the bus stop “Piazza Rottenburg/Rottenburger Platz” and just a few minutes walk from the historical centre of Kaltern. The bike rental offers a vast variety of bikes, such as mountainbikes, citybikes and e-bikes for adults and children, as well as different bike accessories.

    Hiking guides
    Certified hiking guide Paul Obertimpfler
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Certified hiking guide Paul Obertimpfler

    New: "Alpenrosenweg" on the Vigiljoch: weekly or by appointment

    2-day hike with the certified hiking guide Paul Obertimpfler with a minimum number of participants of 3 persons (more information and registration directly on mobile +39 335 124 549 8 or paul.obertimpfler@rolmail.net).

    Forts & Castles
    Leonburg Castle
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Built in the early 13th century with three-story keeps and living areas with Gothic parlours; a rare example of a medieval castle complex largely preserved in its original state; in the possession of the Counts of Brandis for 800 years. The castle is privately owned and cannot be visited.

    Guides, schools
    Ski area San Vigilio
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The small, family-friendly S. Vigilio peak offers skiers big excitement. The ski area is both idyllic and authentic, and offers four ski lifts for its five kilometres of slopes. A one of a kind nature experience awaits!

    San Vigilio is the ideal ski destination for families. Here you can ski in peace, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and relax for lunch on one of the many sunny terraces, where you can enjoy the spectacular views across the Adige Valley to the Rosengarten group of peaks in the Dolomites.

    The ski tracks at Vigiljoch are ideal for the leisurely skier, while the "race track" poses a real challenge for the young. That is why ski courses for kids and adults are offered here throughout the winter season.

    The slopes Jocher and Seehof are ideal for the leisure skier, while the Bärenbad and racing track slopes pose a real challenge for future ski stars. And of course, ski courses in a relaxed environment are offered all winter long for kids and adults.

    EVENTHIGHLIGHT
    • Super Saturday on February 1, 2020: Games Olympics and Open Air Party with the band "Rebell Yell".
    • Winter open-air games in February: Dietmar Gamper transforms the Vigiljoch into a theater stage for the sixth time
    • This winter there are two small winter playgrounds at the mountain and valley station of the cable car where children can play and romp around.

     
    USEFUL INFORMATION

    • During maintenance work and lack of snow, the operation is stopped.
    • Dogs transported by cable car must wear a muzzle.This can be obtained on request and for a deposit at the valley station of the cable car.
    • Snowshoe rental at the valley station of the cable car, 5,00 Euro (without poles)
    • Vigiljoch is part of the Ortler Skiarena - children up to 8 years are free

    Churches & Monasteries
    Church of St. Georgen
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Church from the 13th century. Remnants of mural from the 14th century on the facade. Remains of a wooden church from the time around 800 AD, the only one south of the Alps. Only open during masses.

    Culture & Attractions
    Circular Hike Kalterer See Lake
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    The wonder of walking! So much has already been written and said about the marvel of walking and if you're a hiker, you already know what we mean. Walking grounds you and keeps you gently connected with nature. The pace is just right and leaves space for your thoughts; it also gives you the chance to observe details in nature and make necessary life adjustments.
    Guides, schools
    Sledding in the Lana area
    Meran/Merano and environs

    Most people from Lana probably sat on a sled even before they could walk, since sledding is one of the favourite pastimes of the area. It is no wonder, that the multiple world and Olympic luge champion Armin Zöggeler, comes from Foiana, in the Lana area.

    The San Vigilio is right at the doorstep and it takes only a few minutes on the cable car to reach this magic winter wonderland. The well groomed sledding slope is ideal for family sledding trips as well as exiting rides with friends. The 4 km long slope offers everything a sledding fan desires: numerous curves and a sufficient incline.

    However, there are also great conditions for big and small sledding fans in other ski areas around Lana, e. g. in Merano 2000 or the 3.5 km long sledding slope on the glacier in Schnalstal as well as the traditional slope on the Schwemmalm pasture in the Ulten Valley, that can be reached by foot in a mere 20 minutes walk through a magical winter forest.

    Cultural centres and theatre
    South Tyrolean Wine Academy
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    Experiencing wine knowledge – at the Südtiroler Wine Academy you’ll find wide ranging opportunities to explore various available wine courses. The South Tyrolean Wine Academy, founded by the Südtiroler Sommelier Association and wein.kaltern, offers something for every wine lover - whether you are a wine novice or expert connoisseur, whether you’re looking for a professional course or just out to have an enjoyable evening. The available courses can be found on the website.

    Guides, schools
    Ski areas in the region
    Meran/Merano and environs

    There are 5 ski areas located around Lana, which form part of the greater Ortler ski arena; all five are accessible with one single passcard. These are the five ski areas in the sports and leisure region Meraner Land, and are just as diverse as the region itself.

    Aside from the more family-oriented ski area San Vigilio, the area Merano 2000 caters to a younger urban clientele, who look for a livelier entertainment offering after a day of skiing or tobogganing. Schwemmalm in Ulten Valley near Lana is one of the better kept secrets of the region. Ski tourers, combination skiers and freeriders find a variety of challenges here.

    Those, who reside in the car-free ski area of Pfelders in the Passeier Valley, never walk longer than three minutes to the nearest ski lift. Among the favourite activities for visitors here are the tours on horseback across snowy landscapes, ice skating on natural ice, cross-country skiing and tobogganing.

    At the Schnalser glacier, snow can be found all year round! Skiers enjoy the broad and snow-safe tracks on the glacier. Freestylers, on the other hand, prefer the large-scale local Snowpark.

    In all five of these ski areas, snow is guaranteed until the end of March - in the Schnals Valley until the end of June. All 5 areas also offer a large selection of cosy snow huts, pubs and restaurants for a pleasurable resting time.

    Museums
    Little Museum
    Meran/Merano and environs

    1991 Alexander Schwabl found during cleanup in the basement a few pieces of equipment from the Second World War. He decided to keep these things in order to preserve them from decay and thus from oblivion. Soon, other findings from other basements, attics and storage rooms were added.

    Leisure & Experience
    Minigolf Lake Kaltern/Caldaro
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    Do you fancy a Minigolf match? The Minigolf Club on Lake Kaltern with ist 18 holes attracks not only children and families. It is open every day from Ester to All Saints.

    Forts & Castles
    Ansitz Kreit
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    Eines der schönsten Anwesen auf rebbepflanztem Hügel. Beliebter Drehort für Filmszenen. Ehemals einfacher mittelalterlicher Weinhof; Umbau zu einem vornehmen Ansitz im Stilempfinden
    der Zeit um 1600 vom Besitzer Elias Leis (Baumeister Luca d’Allio): zwei Ecktürme am Wohntrakt, Freitreppe, Loggia, gewölbte Mittelsäle mit Doppelbogenfenstern. Wegen Überschuldung wurde das Anwesen bald verkauft. Über die Jahrhunderte mehrmals Besitzerwechsel, u. a. Johann Anton Zeffer, der 1641 mit „von Zephyris“ geadelt wurde. Seit dem frühen 19. Jh. im bäuerlichen Besitz.
    Die Kapelle mit Fassadenturm ist dem Viehpatron St. Anton Abt geweiht und auf einem mittelalterlichen Kern erbaut, im 17. Jh. erweitert. Die Deckenmalerei, Szenen des Hl. Antonius, stammt von Lukas Plazer (1664).
    Other producers
    Kapellerhof
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    Sale of fruits and vegetables (according to the season), apple juice and bee products (all home-made) at the Farmers Market on the market square in Caldaro/Kaltern (every Tuesday from Easter to All Saints) or by telephonically agreement directly at the farm. From the end of June to the 19th of September you get the apple juice and the wine at the sale booth in Merano/Sinigo (Via Reich/Reichstraße) too.

    Lakes, cascades
    Lake Kaltern
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The Lake Kaltern The Mediterranean landscape around Lake Kalterer See leads many to the correct assumption that this lake really is the warmest lake in the Alps! There are four public beaches that offer direct access to the lake, known for its especially inviting water quality and colorful splendor! Sometimes it's a tint of deep blue, other times it mirrors the green of the surrounding landscape! And Lake Kalterer See is so versatile: row boats, sailboats, pedal boats and surf boards glide across the water. Yet it's so incredibly tranquil here. For sure you'll hear the sound of children's laughter; after all, this is their little corner of paradise. Quite simply, it's beautiful in the lake, on the lake and all around the lake.

    Parks
    Gaul Canyon
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The Gaul Canyon....craggy and beautiful

    Bizarre rock formations, unique vegetation and the picturesque location at the foot of Castle Braunsberg make the Gola Canyon in Lana charming and unique.

    Only a few minutes from the centre of Lana you feel like you are in a different world: the Gola Canyon directly at the foot of the hill on which Castle Braunsberg is towering.

    Steep rocky slopes rise above the pebbly riverbed of the Falschauer. Between the cool rock walls the temperature stays fresh even at the height of summer. A number of different rock types come together here.

    Between the quartz porphyry and the primary gneiss rocks there is also a thin layer of granite. Between the massive rocks the mountain stream runs untamed and only a slim strip of land passes over the river.

    Already for some decades the easily accessible meadow at the centre of the Gola Canyon has been used as a venue for numerous events. The glade is used for summer feasts as well as an atmospheric backdrop for the Lana open-air theatre.

    From the Gola Meadow the well secured path continues over a number of suspension bridges deeper into the rocky canyon passing by a roaring waterfall.

    You can follow it either into the narrowing,wild and romantic canyon or up to Castle Braunsberg, where a lovely view over Lana awaits you.

    Churches & Monasteries
    Church of the Holy Cross
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The Church of the Holy Cross Heilig Kreuz Kirche in Mitterlana is the central church in Lana and dates from the 20th century. The church was built during the term of office of the Dean, Rev. Alfred Delucca OT in the politically and economically difficult years between 1938 and 1943. The building was completed in 1950 and inaugurated during the Feast of Christ the King by Suffragan Bishop Oreste Rauzi of Trento.

    The spherical roof of the tower is colloquially known as the Lana Apple by the local people. What is today's main parish church in Lana was built between 1938 and 1950 following plans by the famous Stuttgart church-builder, Otto Lindner, in the style of an ancient Roman basilica.

    Holy Mass:
    Saturday at 18.00 (in summer at 19.30) in german language
    Sunday at 07.00 Uhr and 09.00 in german language

    Cultural centres and theatre
    Market Square Caldaro
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    The people all have totally different personalities, there are no two alike. And this fact is worth studying. The best time is the morning, when your mind is still quite fresh. And the best place is Kaltern's main village market square. Just simply observe, with perhaps a cup of espresso, and - slow down the pace a bit.

    Enjoy some ice cream near the fountain, no, here it's called gelato. Or perhaps even a cappuccino. But if you want to continue doing as the locals do in the afternoon, then it should be a glass of lightly chilled Kalterersee wine.
    Bathing Lakes & Outdoor Pools
    Public bathing beach Klughammer
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    This public bathing establishment, located in the district Klughammer/Campi al Lago, offers a relaxed atmosphere and a direct access to Lake Kaltern. Moreover, differently from other establishments, the sun shines longer here. And right next to the swimming pool there is also a kiosk and a restaurant. Parking available.

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