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Farm Holidays In Lana: a holiday with many faces

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Farm holidays in Lana
A Farm Holiday in Lana means hiking in the different high-lying areas and lots of culture and culinary treats.

Taking a Farm Holiday in Lana means being able to choose your altitude, as Lana is divided up into three different areas. The district begins in the south of the Meran valley basin with Lana at 300 metres, extends over to Völlan at 700 metres and reaches up to Pawigl on the southern slopes of Vigiljoch pass at 1,200 metres. It's not a place to get bored in, as the market community has a lot to offer.

A Farm Holiday in Lana: castles, churches and farmers
The village of Lana has written a piece of church history, as the around 30 churches and chapels and several 10th-century monasteries, such as St. Margaret's Church with its 13th-century frescoes, the parish church of the Assumption with its Schnatterpeck altar – the largest Gothic winged altar in Tyrol – and the Holy Cross Church with the second-largest bell in South Tyrol can testify. The castles and fortresses are bear witness to past times, too, especially those influenced by fruit farming. For a long time, the valley basin of the Etsch was marshland before it was drained and made available to grow crops on. Nowadays, Lana is the largest fruit-growing municipality in South Tyrol. The Museum of Fruit Cultivation affords insight into the history and development of fruit farming and tells a piece of South Tyrolean cultural history, too. Exhibits include a wine press from 1570, the oldest in South Tyrol. The small 'Bauernmuseum', or farming museum, in the climactic spa of Völlan tempts visitors to embark on a journey into the past. Old furniture and utensils, rooms lovingly reconstructed and true to their original state show how the inhabitants of the mountain villages once lived and worked.

Don't forget your walking boots
Crossing orchards, woodland and wetlands and going up to mountain pastures and peaks - Lana, Völlan and Pawigl are a paradise for hikers and cyclists alike. The starting points for easy walks and leisurely bike tours in the area are never far from a holiday flat in Lana. Historical Brandis Waalweg path runs pleasantly along an irrigation channel laid by farmers in times gone by. These 'Waale' channels used to take water from the mountains to the parched fields. The sculpture-themed walk along the Falschauer biotope and into the romantic, untamed Gaulschlucht gorge should definitely be slotted into a day's programme. There are plenty of hikes to be done as well as Nordic walking or mountain bike tours in the climactic spa of Völlan, surrounded by vineyards, chestnut groves and orchards, and in the sun-drenched little village of Pawigl. One of the most impressive routes in Völlan is the Chestnut Path. The ten stations along the path provide lots of interesting and curious facts about sweet chestnuts as a crop. The car-free hiking region of Vigiljoch pass above Lana may be reached by a small cable car at the start of Ultental valley. A network of hiking paths going past several mineral springs pervades the extensive area at Vigiljoch. The area is ideal for paragliding, too, and in winter turns into a small family ski resort. A Farm Holiday in Lana may be used to play golf. The 9-hole course at the foot of the ruined Brandis fortress enjoys a pleasant climate and may be played on nearly all year round.

Culinary and cultural highlights
A Farm Holiday in Lana has a lot more to offer than just sporting activities. A wide range of events take place here all year round. 'Kindersommer' series of events in July and August is very popular with families. While the little ones can choose between llama trekking tours, climbing adventures, kids' cookery courses and lots of other great exploratory pursuits, the parents can enjoy the afternoon as a couple. Culture-lovers can mark the Passion Plays, 'Blütenfesttage' apple blossom festival, open-air theatre, LanaLive series of concerts and Lana literature days in their diaries. 'Wildkräutertage' wild herb days and the 'Bäuerliche Genussmeile', or 'Rural Gourmet Mile', where more than 40 stands serve up farm dishes, are culinary highlights. In autumn, when it's 'Törggelen' time everywhere, especially in Eisacktal valley, 'Keschtnriggl' festival takes place around Lana, which does not just afford visitors an insight into culture and customs but provides lots of interesting facts about chestnuts. Farmers and forest rangers offer guided walks and lots of restaurants conjure up menus based on chestnuts. The highlight is the chestnut festival in Völlan with folk music and a farmers' market. In winter, the Sterntaler Christmas market will have people in festive mood.

Why take a holiday in Lana?
  • Lots of cultural and enjoyable events
  • Hiking at several different altitudes
  • Plenty of churches, castles and other testaments to history

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