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A Farm Holiday in Waidbruck: culture and nature close enough to touch

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A Farm Holiday in Waidbruck
On a Farm Holiday in Waidbruck, a trip to the castle of Trostburg is a must. 'Trostburg Tresl', the last inhabitant of the castle, will have story or two to tell about its most famous inhabitant, Oswald von Wolkenstein.

Waidbruck lies at the start of Grödental valley, and, with just 200 inhabitants, is the smallest municipality in South Tyrol. However, this hasn't done its importance any harm. Back in Roman times, the first settlement was built here, then known as Sublavio, and Waidbruck was a place for travellers and pilgrims to stop off and rest at in the Middle Ages. In the meantime, the municipality has morphed from stopping-off point to base for excursions in the Eisacktal-Wipptal holiday region.

A Farm Holiday in Waidbruck: Trostburg Castle highlight
From a holiday flat in Waidbruck, eyes are instinctively drawn to the impressive Trostburg fortifications. A visit to its interior reveals that one of the most famous castles in South Tyrol has a tale or two to tell. Trostburg Castle was first mentioned in records in 1173, when it was the seat of a collateral line of the Lords of Villanders. The Counts of Wolkenstein-Trostburg were considered its most famous dwellers, however. They were one of the most important noble families in Tyrol. The Counts used the Trostburg as their family seat for around 600 years. The well-known minnesinger, Oswald von Wolkenstein, was also raised at Trostburg Castle during this time.

The history of 'Trostburg-Tresl'
In 1981, the Trostburg passed into the hands of the South Tyrolean Castles Association and was thus rescued from dereliction. These days, it is open to the public. The highlights of the Trostburg, such as the splendid knights' hall with its coffered ceiling emblazoned with coats of arms from Renaissance times and the three-fold vaulted Gothic 'Stube', may be viewed as part of a guided tour on a holiday in Waidbruck. The steep medieval 'Rittersteig' path leading from Waidbruck parish church to the castle is the recommended route for visitors. After the 20-minute ascent, Theres Gröber will lead visitors through the castle. 'Trostburg-Tresl''s life is closely tied up with the Trostburg. Theres Gröber has spent her whole life being the 'good soul of the castle'. As well as holding guided tours, 'Trostburg Tresl' also takes care of the administrative side of things and tends the fields. Listening to her genuine stories turns a trip into a really special experience. As well as the Castles Association, the Trostburg also houses the South Tyrolean Castles Museum and the 'Castles – monuments of history' permanent exhibition featuring a large number of models of castles. Another highlight awaits at the Trostburg: the largest historical wine press in South Tyrol, also known as a 'Torggl'.

Calm and active
Once upon a time, princes found a place of shelter and calm in the many castles of the area on their way to imperial coronations in Rome. Even today, on holiday in Waidbruck, guests will appreciate the peace and quiet and convenient location of the smallest municipality in South Tyrol. A holiday flat in Waidbruck makes the ideal base for extensive hikes to mountain pastures or challenging tours in Grödental valley in summer or a leisurely day at family-friendly Seiser Alm ski resort for some winter sports fun. The nearby towns of Bozen, Klausen and Brixen may be reached by train in the space of a few minutes. Anyone preferring to get pedalling can take the Eisacktal Cycle Path heading north to Klausen or south to the province capital of Bozen.

Why take a holiday in Waidbruck?
  • In the middle of Eisacktal-Wipptal holiday region
  • Experiencing the castles of South Tyrol
  • Getting some exercise on the Eisacktal Cycle Path

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