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Farm Holidays in St. Christina: the right end of the stick

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Farm holidays in St. Christina
On a Farm Holiday in St. Christina, you can have breakfast to views of the Dolomites and visit the largest nativity scene in the world.

On a stroll through the alleyways of St. Christina, you're sure to come across a woodcarving workshop. The people of Gröden were simple mountain farmers who kept themselves busy on long winter evenings carving pieces of wood for hundreds of years and never would have dreamt that St. Christina would one day be famous for this hobby. Nowadays, there are still woodcarvers and farmers in Gröden, but they divide the tasks up differently and most farmers concentrate on cattle farming today.

A Farm Holiday in St. Christina:a mecca for woodcarving
Woodcarving, as in other villages in Gröden, can look back on a long tradition in St. Christina. Admirers of these carved wooden figures can visit the largest nativity scene in the world here. In Iman sports centre in the village centre, there is a stable made of wood with life-size figures. Mary and Baby Jesus were the first to be created in the 1980s and were displayed in the church during Advent. Gradually, various artists from Gröden produced more figures and added them to the scene. And nearly 30 years later, new sculptures are still being added to it.

The oldest church in the valley: St. Christina
The parish church of St. Christina is likewise worth a visit: the oldest church in Gröden was mentioned in a papal letter of indulgence as far back as 1342, but just the bell tower going as far as the edge of the roof remains of the Romanesque church. It owes its current form to several conversions and extensions. The high altar, built in the workshop of the famous Vinatzer sculptor family in 1690, is worth a look.

The residential castle of Gröden
Those feeling nostalgic for past times will be able to go on a trip from their holiday flat in St. Christina to Fischburg castle between Wolkenstein and St. Christina. This monumental building from the Renaissance served as a summer and winter residence and accordingly contains more hunting equipment than weapons. Plenty of fishing accessories were found here, which is not surprising, as the castle is well known for being near lots of fishing lakes. Nowadays, it is in the hands of a family from Venice, who have had it renovated from top to bottom.

Hiking heaven in sumer, skiing paradise in winter
A Farm Holiday in St. Christina means a holiday in the midst of the Dolomites, and anyone staying here should actively explore the legendary 'pale mountains'. Langkofel, Plattkofel, Sass Rigais - whether hiking or climbing, there are amazing views to be had from their peaks. In winter, this panorama is a real bonus for skiers and snowboarders.

Anyone preferring to take things a little easy can walk to Tervela waterfall. A fascinating natural spectacle takes place here near the village centre in summer, when water coming from a source on Langkofel mountain plunges at first 35 metres and then 12 metres downwards. This waterfall is an insider tip for ice climbers in winter. A trip here may be combined with 'Raida dl Luech' circular village walk, which runs along former railway tracks past lots of sights.

Why take a holiday in St. Christina?
  • Wonderful views of Langkofel, Plattkofel and Sass Rigais mountains
  • Admiring life-size wooden figures
  • A centre for skiing and hiking