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Farm Holidays in Enneberg: tradition-loving hosts

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Farm holidays in Enneberg
In the cradle of Ladin culture: on a Farm Holiday in Enneberg, you'll discover customs upheld and thrilling natural spectacles.

Enneberg, Mareo in Ladin, is one of five Ladin municipalities in the Gadertal valley. With very few exceptions, the inhabitants speak Ladin as their native language. The municipality of Enneberg, the 'Gateway to Gadertal', comprises the villages of Enneberg Pfarre, St. Vigil, Welschellen and Zwischenwasser, which could not be more dissimilar to each other. Zwischenwasser has a population of just 60 and is located 'between the waters' – this is where Vigiler Bach stream flows into the river Gader. It is the first village in the valley. Enneberg Pfarre is very agricultural and lots of the numerous farms are as old as the village centre. Welschellen is a typical mountain village on a steep slope with all important buildings clustered around the church. The village of St. Vigil, which is more touristy, being the main village in the parish, forms a contrast. Enneberg is the largest of the Gadertal municipalities in terms of area and lies on the edge of Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park.

A Farm Holiday in Enneberg: do you eat Ladin?
Enneberg is regarded as the cradle of Ladin culture. No matter where Ladin natives may be in the world, they always stay in close contact with their valley and its customs. The Ladin language alone makes the Ladin culture something a bit independent. You don't need to understand the Ladin language to experience Ladin culture, though. Ladin cuisine, for example, is very tasty, even if the names of the dishes sound a bit strange. While you can work out that 'turtres' are actually 'Tirtlan' pancakes, most of the specialities require some explanation as to what they really are. Many dishes are simply typical for the Ladin area and don't exist elsewhere in South Tyrol. Like lots of Alpine valleys, the Gadertal valley based its cuisine on what was in supply locally. In the Dolomites, the only things that were harvested were those that the soil produced in the short growing season after the long winter. Bread was baked just twice a year and then dried so that it didn't go mouldy. Fresh meat was a rarity. Pigs were slaughtered just once a year, usually before Christmas. Their meat was cured, smoked and dried so that 'Speck' and sausages kept for a few months or longer.

Not a trace of boredom in a holiday flat in Enneberg
Fanes or Sennes mountain pastures are suitable for hiking to as well as for mountain bike tours on the famous Fanes-Sennes-Runde circuit. With the Dolomites constantly in view, St. Vigil Park Visitors' Centre is dedicated to the flora and fauna of the nature park. The mountain community in northern Gadertal valley has direct connections in St. Vigil with Kronplatz ski slopes. The St. Vigil side of the Bruneck local mountain itself features slopes catering for all levels. A certain piste, however, is not for the lily-livered: the 'Erta', meaning 'the steep one' in Ladin, is one of the 'black five' racing pistes in Kronplatz ski resort. Die Fanes- oder Sennesalm eignet sich für Wanderungen ebenso gut wie für eine Mountainbike-Toure auf der bekannten Fanes-Sennes-Runde. Und das alles immer mit Blick auf die Dolomiten. Das Naturparkhaus in St. Vigil widmet sich der Flora und Fauna im Naturpark. Die Berggemeinde im nördlichen Gadertal ist in St. Vigil direkt an das Skigebiet Kronplatz angeschlossen. Die St. Vigiler Seite des Brunecker Hausbergs selbst bietet Pisten für alle Niveaus. Eine ganz bestimmte Piste allerdings ist nichts für weiche Knie: Die „Erta“, was auf Ladinisch „die Steile“ bedeutet, ist eine der „Black Five“-Rennpisten des Kronplatz-Skigebiets.

Tyrol's Joan of Arc
St. Vigil in Enneberg is the birthplace of the freedom fighter, Katharina Lanz. This woman, who later went down in history as 'the girl from Spinges,' was born in St. Vigil and came to Spinges in the parish of Mühlbach as a farmhand to learn German. She fought against Napoleon's troups on the side of the Inntal valley riflemen in 1797. It is said that she stood on the graveyard wall and fought off the enemy with a pitchfork. This native of Enneberg returned to her home village after the battles and spoke little about what she had seen and experienced. There is a statue of her on the village square, as well as a stained glass window in the parish church at Spinges in her memory. As oral tradition would have it, she is depicted with a pitchfork in her hand.

Why take a holiday in Enneberg?
  • An absolute paradise for action-seekers with connections to Kronplatz in winter
  • Genuine Ladin culture
  • The evening glow of the Dolomites

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