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Farm Holidays in Prags: a gem of Hochpustertal valley

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Farm holidays in Prags
A Farm Holiday in Prags is a real adventure in nature and provides plenty of options to get out and about in the surrounding Prags Dolomites.

With around 650 inhabitants, Prags is one of the smallest municipalities of South Tyrol. The parish stretches out in Pragser Tal valley between Welsberg-Taisten and the village of Niederdorf at an altitude of 1,120 to 3,146 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the Prags Dolomites.

Close to nature on a Farm Holiday in Prags
Most of the area lies in Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park. Pragser Tal valley divides into two branches. The Innerprags area, situated along Pragser Bach stream, has the villages of Schmieden and St. Veit, where most of the Prags locals live, as its centre, while the remainder of the population lives in small hamlets with traditional farms scattered over the whole valley. Pragser Wildsee lake is at the end of the valley, with the Seekofel mountain rising up behind it. The second branch of the valley heads towards the south. This is where Außerprags, with Altprags and the green high plateau of Plätzwiese, may be found. In the east, Prags is bordered by the Helltaler Schlechten and Dürrenstein mountains, amongst others, and the area of the neighbouring municipality of Toblach starts behind it.

The healing of the countess
Altprags healing spring may be found in Außerprags. Its sulphur springs are said to have been used to heal disease back in 1490 and enjoyed a good reputation. The countess of Görz, Paola Gonzaga, mentioned Bad Altprags in her travel notes. She had the church of Mary Magdalen in Moos near Niederdorf built, so grateful was she that her aching limbs had been soothed here. In 1565, Archduke Ferdinand II granted permission for a bathing hut to be built. In 1692, a chapel was constructed near the spring, where patients who had been cured left their crutches behind as votive offerings. The spa had its heyday during the 19th century and was held in high prestige beyond the local borders. With the end of the 19th century came the last of the glory days of Bad Altprags, too. New buildings such as Bad Neuprags and Hotel Pragser Wildsee came to the fore. These springs at Prags were similar to lots of other spas in the Alpine area. Their popularity and fame declined during this time and, like in lots of other places too, by the time the Second World War came, these healing sites experienced their demise.

The queen of the Fanes
The Seekofel mountain towers high above the municipality of Prags and Pragser Wildsee lake. It stands at the centre of lots of legends about the Fanes people from Ladin folk tales. One story has it that the queen of Fanes appears every year at the first new moon in autumn and crosses the lake with her twin sister. They are waiting for the longed-for day when everything will be again as it once was.


Anyone coming to Pragser Tal valley in winter will find a 3.5-kilometre-long cross-country circuit route to practise on in Innerprags. There are other runs near holiday flats in Prags in the village of Schmieden as well as in Altprags and in Fanes-Sennes-Prag Nature Park on the Plätzwiese plateau with its unique views of the Dolomites, of course

Why take a holiday in Prags?
  • Walking around Pragser Wildsee lake
  • An excursion to Plätzwiese plateau
  • Ideal for action-seekers who enjoy their peace and quiet, too