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Farm Holidays in Salurn: Perché no? : Perché no?

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Farm holidays in Salurn
A Farm Holiday in Salurn means visiting the birthplace of Perkeo the dwarf – one of the most famous court jesters in Germany.

Perkeo owes his name to his hard drinking habits, as whenever he was asked if he wanted another drink, he would reply “Perché no?“, or “why not?“. He would also have needed a hardworking liver for this task. Perkeo, who was originally called Clemens Pankert, was invited to the castle of Elector Philipp von der Pfalz in Heidelberg at the age fo 16, where he was not just the court dwarf, but also protector of the large castle wine cask. Who could better have carried out this duty than a Salurn local? The southernmost municipality of South Tyrol, around 30 kilometres south of Bozen, is the largest area growing white wine in South Tyrol and lies on the South Tyrol Wine Road. But Salurn has more to offer than just good white wine.

Farm Holidays in Salurn: noblesse oblige
Salurn, which was first mentioned in records in 575 AD, occupies a very convenient spot from a strategic point of view. Near the village, the Etsch river valley narrows to form the 'Salurner Klause', or 'Salurn Pass'. This narrow point is today the border of South Tyrol with neighbouring Trentino and is also the German-Italian linguistic border. Early on, this position allowed the village to heap up wealth, too: one of the major trade routes between north and south Europe leads through here and Salurn gained an important role as a post station. Along with trade and postal services, Salurn was also famous for its silk worm farms. The economic prosperity of the village may have been a reason for lots of aristocratic families making it their home. There is no other village in South Tyrol that can boast such a density of noble families. These aristocrats were also able to influence Salurn in sustainable fashion: the village is remarkable for its medieval, Renaissance and Baroque houses. 'Noblesse oblige', as they say, which also applies to tourism, as a holiday in Salurn promises to be an aristocratic one.

There are two other districts to the historical main village in the municipality of Salurn: Buchholz and Gfrill. Lots of hikes start here, which is no wonder when you realise that both districts are right near Trudner Horn Nature Park, which has over 400 kilometres of paths running through it. Climbing Trudner Horn mountain starting at Gfrill is just one of the many hiking options. Anyone staying at a holiday flat in the Salurn district of Buchholz can go on a walk to the sculpture garden created by the Bozen artist Sieglinde Tatz-Borgognon. Featuring over 200 sculptures, the artist focusses on the theme of 'Freedom and Harmony between Art and Nature'. The Dürerweg path lies above Buchholz, which goes from Laag, a district of Neumarkt, to Salurn. The path gets its name from the famous German painter, Albrecht Dürer, who chose to make a detour via Buchholz on his way to Venice in 1494 because the Etsch had flooded again and the road was under water. If you just have a few hours instead of a whole day, a walk up to the castle of Haderburg will take you to one of the biggest attractions in Salurn.

Legendary walls
Haderburg perches high about Salurn and is now just a ruin, but remarkably well preserved. The castle, which was mentioned in records back in the 11th century as Castellum Salurna, was an important point for monitoring and controlling traffic through the Salurner Klause pass. In the 16th century, it lost its strategic power and fell into ruin. Its white walls visible for miles around were able to impress lots of travellers in subsequent times, which resulted in the ruins being the scene of the legend of 'The old wine cellar of Salurn' by the Brothers Grimm. In 2003, the Haderburg was restored and, ever since, a castle inn has served up medieval dishes as well as being the venue for lots of different events.

Perkeo's return
Another cultural highlight in Salurn is 'Perkeos Maschggra' carnival, which takes place on alternate years in February. Perkeo returns from Heidelberg specially on this occasion of this procession, which is in his honour, after all, and takes over Salurn for a short time. He goes around the alleyways of the village whooping and partying with his entourage accompanied by lots of floats.

Why take a holiday in Salurn?
  • Culture in a hiking heaven
  • The highlight of Haderburg castle
  • Partying with Perkeo the court dwarf

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