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Farm Holidays in Vahrn: gateway to the south

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Farm holidays in Natz-Schabs
A Farm Holiday in the middle of a high apple-growing plateau. Natz-Schabs in the Eisack valley is the northernmost apple-growing area in South Tyrol.

The holiday region of Natz-Schabs comprises the five villages of Natz, Schabs, Raas, Viums and Aicha and stretches across a high-lying area above the town of Brixen at an altitude of 730 to 890 metres. The municipality's approximately 3,000 inhabitants mostly make a living from apple farming and tourism. The landscape is dominated by orchards, woodland and there is a well-tended cultural scene.

Staying in a holiday flat in Natz-Schabs: from the blossom to the fruit
Before apple farming became possible on the Alpine plateau between the Eisack and Rienz rivers, the population lived in relative poverty. Thanks to the moving of an eleven-kilometre-long natural-pressure pipeline from Lüsen to the Natz plateau in the 1950s, a comprehensive irrigation system was installed in Natz-Schabs and fruit farming became possible. Nowadays, the varieties of Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Elstar and Gala are particularly able to thrive on around 270 hectares of land. The over 900,000 apple trees yield more than 11,000 tonnes of apples every year. The well-known white wine grape of Müller Thurgau and Sylvaner are also grown in Natz-Schabs. As well as the unusual climate, featuring many hours of sunshine and warm days followed by mild nights, the farmers' work contributes towards ensuring a good harvest. Anyone wishing for further information on this fruit after viewing the pink and white sea of blossom in spring or the ripe apples hanging from the trees in autumn will gain interesting insights into traditional apple farming on guided apple-themed tours from April to October.

A range of walks
A Farm Holiday in Natz-Schabs means having access to a 65-kilometre-long network of well-marked hiking paths that radiate in all directions. A circular walk around the villages far away from bothersome through-traffic may be done from Natz, visiting churches and chapels, such as St. Magdalena Chapel in Viums. The holiday region also features lots of themed paths such as the circular apple walk from Natz to Schabs, the 'Wine and Water' path in Raas or an exciting trip to the Rienzschlucht gorge. Even the nearby cathedral town of Brixen or well-known Neustift Monastery are easy to reach from Natz-Schabs. The walk around Raiermoos biotope taking the Nature Trail path is unique. Together with the biotopes of Sommersürs in Viums as Zuzzis and Laugen in Natz, Raiermoos biotope provides a habitat for endangered plants and animals. The Natz-Schabs plateau is excellent for running or Nordic walking, too.

Focus on Natz-Schabs
Thanks to its central position right at the intersection of Eisacktal-Wipptal and Pustertal cycle paths, Natz-Schabs makes the perfect base for exploring Pustertal and Eisacktal valleys by bike. Throughout the year, Natz-Schabs makes an ideal base for excursions in well-known hiking areas like the Lüsner Alm pasture. In winter, family ski areas such as the Plose are within easy reach. Holidaymakers staying at a holiday flat in Natz-Schabs may reach cultural destinations in a short time: the little town of Klausen and the former cathedral town of Brixen with its museums and historical monuments, the fortress of Franzensfeste or Schloss Rodenegg castle are always worth a trip.

A village celebrates
The holiday region of Natz-Schabs is in party mood all year round. On the 1st of May, a festival celebrating the apple queens takes place when lots of apple queens from home and abroad meet. The regal procession with carriages and decorated floats is especially worth seeing. In June, the village of Natz receives music fans at the most unusual folk festival in South Tyrol - Alpen-Flair Festival. The range of live music goes from well-known German hits and folk music to rock and pop. In July and August, the popular 'Sunnseitn Feschtl' event takes place once a week, featuring an evening market, music and specialities such as 'Tirtlen' pancakes or polenta. The high plateau celebrates the Apple Festival at harvest festival time and the new apple queen is crowned. The start of her period of office is sealed with the traditional first cutting of the strudel. In the afternoon, the large harvest festival procession takes place. The float with the proud apple crown is always popular with young and old alike. In the cold season, it heats up again in Natz during the 'Krampuslauf', or 'demons' race'. During this race put on by the Krampus associations, visitors can admire valuable masks and costumes.

Why take a holiday in Natz-Schabs?
  • A quiet spot amidst apple orchards
  • Ideal base for excursions through the Eisacktal and Pustertal valleys
  • Varied hikes: from gorges to biotopes, from villages to towns

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