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Farm Holidays in Dorf Tirol: the spot beloved of princes

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Farm holidays in Burgstall
A Farm Holiday in Burgstall has lots of hiking options and cycling tours in a quiet environment to offer. The only animal museum in South Tyrol is located here, too.

Burgstall enjoys an idyllic, sunny spot at 270 metres above sea level amidst greenery at the foot of the Tschögglberg high plateau and at the edge of of nature reserve on the Etsch river. The name nods to a fortress that really did exist, but nowdays there is nothing left to see of it except the ruins of a circular wall. A holiday flat in Burgstall makes the ideal base for lots of hikes and bike tours in the surrounding area. Even Meran may be reached by bike in little time.

Farm Holidays in Burgstall: between vineyards and apple trees
Burgstall was first mentioned in records in the 13th century. It was then under the protection of the Count of Volkmar. The first buildings in the village were built on the slope and the historical village centre with the Holy Cross Church may also be found there. The valley basin was subject to regular flooding by the Etsch river in the Middle Ages and was mainly made up of marshland. At the start of the 20th century, the river was brought under control and the village could spread out over the valley basin. Only an idyllic biotope remains as a reminder of the former flood plain. Burgstall stretches across a total area of seven square kilometres. Half of the area is wooded or farmland. Livestock farmers used to live here until 1980, before the number of fruit and wine farms increased and now occupy the whole area. Apple thrive in the valley basin, with vines growing on the dry slopes, and above Burgstall there is the only chestnut tree nursery in South Tyrol. A Farm Holiday in Burgstall does not just mean following rural life and work from a vantage point, so to speak, but also means making all sorts of discoveries, as Burgstall has other things on offer, too.

South Tyrol's only animal museum
The village centre of Burgstall houses the only animal museum in South Tyrol. The idea for the museum came from the taxitermist Simon Ratschiller, who started stuffing local animals in his youth. It was opened in 1972 and has over 500 exhibits on display, including bears to harvest mice, golden eagles to wrens. Animals that had become rare over Ratschiller's lifetime may also be viewed.

Cycling tours and hikes
A holiday flat in Burgstall does not just offer peace, quiet and relaxation amidst nature, but action, too. The mild climate will have hikers and cyclists knowing no bounds all year round. The simple Graf-Volkmar-Weg path through deciduous forest above Burgstall crossing a fitness route is very popular. It is named after the former Governor of Tyrol, Count Volkmar, who had parts of the area turned into arable land and allowed it to first be settled. In addition, there are cycle paths into Passeiertal valley and the Unterland area from the village. The Etschtal valley cycle path, leading along the Etsch river to Bozen or Meran, is particularly popular. Tschögglberg hiking paradise, the high plateau above Burgstall, is easily reached by cable car from Vöran-Burgstall. It provides a variety of walking options for the whole family, as well as featuring more challenging paths, such as the 'Sunnseitnsteig' from Burgstall to Vöran. Sporty types and mountain runners really appreciate this path, which involves an ascent of over 900 metres across four kilometres. Hikers will need around two hours to do this route to Vöran. The cable car will take you conveniently back down to the valley, where regular guided tours through the orchards are on offer. This affords a closer look at South Tyrolean apples and does not just provide interesting information on their cultivation, but they may be tasted, too.

Why take a holiday in Burgstall?
  • A quiet spot amidst orchards
  • Hikes and bike rides all year round
  • South Tyrol's only animal museum and the only chestnut tree nursery may be found in the village