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Pleasure region in the heart of South Tyrol

Velturno / Feldthurns

Just 8 kilometers from Brixen, pleasure is at home. In the municipality of Velturno / Feldthurns, culinary fans are in good hands. It is no coincidence that around 3000 chestnut trees in and around Velturno / Feldthurns are considered the landmarks of the area. At 851 meters above sea level, the town presents itself sunny, idyllic, and in harmony with the seasons. In summer, numerous paths are open to hikers, in autumn there are tasty Törggelen weeks for everyone, in winter the ski areas of the region attract, and in spring, time is taken for art and culture. Tourists not only find shelter in Velturno / Feldthurns, but also in the neighboring districts of Tschiffnon, Garn, Schnauders, Untrum, and Schrambach. Whether an elegant four-star hotel or a cozy family guesthouse - everyone has found a second home here. Those who want to experience the countryside and its people up close are best off staying directly on a farm. A little away from the hustle and bustle of the town, the farms are often located in sunny hillside locations and are just waiting to be discovered. The little ones can visit their favorite animals while the parents learn in the kitchen how some of the region's specialties are created.

Velturno with Castle Velturns
Velturno with Castle Velturns
Velturno Chapel
Velturno Chapel
Castle Velturno
Castle Velturno
Exhibition in Castle Velturno
Exhibition in Castle Velturno
Castle Velturno
Castle Velturno
Schnauders with view of the Dolomites
Schnauders with view of the Dolomites
Wildlife enclosure in Schnauders
Wildlife enclosure in Schnauders

An unforgettable experience: the Törggele season

Anyone who comes to the Eisack Valley in the autumn will probably not forget this culinary festival so quickly. When the sun becomes weaker and the leaves of the trees shine in colorful colors, it's time for a beautiful autumn walk. On the way, you should definitely stop in one of the numerous Buschenschänken, because there is plenty to eat: Schlutzkrapfen, homemade sausages, potatoes, smoked meat, and much more. Of course, one dish must not be missing, the chestnuts. Whether roasted, toasted, or processed into a delicious rice dish - the chestnut is one of the best-known specialties of South Tyrol.

For such a delicious meal, one wants to drink well, and that is also taken care of. In the autumn, the winegrowers of the region present their "new wines," which are tasted during the Törggele season. To this day, experts disagree on how this custom actually originated. However, it is certain that the origin of "Törggelen" lies in the Eisack Valley and the name can be traced back to a wine press ("Torggl"). It is therefore assumed that people used to wander from one wine press to another to taste the fresh wine. It didn't take long for the whole thing to develop into a culinary experience. After all, the young wine also demands the right meals, only then does it come into its own.

Culture Hiking

With so much pleasure, a little exercise can't hurt - and it's a good thing that you can admire a few cultural treasures along the way. A hike to the Renaissance castle Velthurns is always recommended, as is a visit to the Archeoparc Tanzgasse, which brings excavations and archaeological finds from the Copper Age to light. For those who want to be a little more active, numerous hiking and cycling trails are available. Active holidaymakers can gently hike along the vineyard hills or even climb the Königsangerspitze at 2436 meters above sea level.

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