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Farm Holidays in Marling: a village full of treats

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Farm holidays in Marling
A Farm Holiday in Marling promises a variety of walks from the flat valley basin up into the mountains and features traditional delicacies.

Views wander from the Meran basin up to the granite rocks of the Ifinger mountains and towards the south to the reddish porhpry flank of the Tschögglberg high plateau: this is what the landscape looks like when observing it from Marling, a village set at 363 metres above sea level, a few minutes away from the spa town of Meran. The settlement lies on a moraine hill, nestling amidst orchards and vineyards, with the 19th century parish Church of the Assumption dominating the village centre. The roundabout at the start of the village welcomes people with a roaring red lion – Marling's coat of arms. It was cast by the artisan foundry in Marling, the only one in South Tyrol.

A Farm Holiday in Marling will go down well with connoisseurs
Marling has kept its original village character and traditional agriculture. Lots of farmers still make a living from apple and wine farming in this fruit and wine village. Anyone going on a Farm Holiday in Marling will feel themselves instantly drawn into Marling's traditions and right at the centre of the action. Spring, in particular, is an impressive sight, when apple trees sport their pink-white blossom. Things get a bit tense on starry nights with clear skies, when temperatures can sink below zero. This is a cue for the farmers to spring into action and activate their frost protection irrigation systems as quickly as possible. In the morning, guests are then treated to a rather surreal sight: the tender apple blossom has been turned into delicate ice blossom beneath a transparent protective sheath.

Hiking with the whole family – at three different levels of altitude
A holiday flat in Marling makes a central base for walks at three different altitudes – from the valley to the Marlinger Berg mountain slopes and car-free Vigiljoch mountain pass. A network of simple family walks spreads over much of the area. The 'Natur- und Erlebnisweg' nature and adventure path affords an insight into the secrets of the forest and its inhabitants. 26 points with information boards, a rope parcours, swings and treehouses line Marlinger Berg mountain. The 'Walderlebnispfad' woodland adventure trail features 13 such points and is easy to do and ideal for families with children. 'VIA VINI' wine culture path is particularly popular with Farm Holiday guests in Marling. This circular walk provides interesting facts about local wine farming tradition. The winery is the starting point, with 14 points on the subject of 'from the vine, to the grape, to wine' along the way towards the village centre. One of the most impressive walking paths has long been the Marling Waalweg. With its twelve kilometres, it is the longest of these types of paths in South Tyrol. 'Waale' were originally laid by farmers to provide their dry fields with water. Narrow paths run alongside these small water channels so that maintenance access could be provided. Nowadays, the Marling Waalweg has become a pleasant walking path and follows a nearly flat course from Töll to Oberlana and features a fascinating variety of plants and plenty of views. The Marling Höhenweg, or high altitude path, and Eggersteig and Martinsweg paths are likewise worth doing, if slightly less flat.

Real quality in the mountains
There are four mountain inns along the Marling paths all bearing the 'mountain quality' award. This initiative identifies inns on mountain pastures, mountain huts and refuges that provide authentic Alpine quality. Along with the many farm products that those staying in holiday flats in Marling are offered, such as eggs, 'Speck', mountain cheese, and a variety of fruit juices or jams, they can delve deeper into local dishes on their walks: a selection on traditional South Tyrolean meals are served on sunny terraces, such as 'Ribl' buckwheat pancakes, 'Schlutzkrapfen' ravioli or 'Speckknödel' dumplings with 'Krautsalat'.

Between tennis and apple tours
Even if you don't fancy putting on your hiking boots on your Farm Holiday in Marling, you can still be active. In the sports centre you can play badminton, beach volleyball or tennis. A look behind the scenes at the winery, Marling fruit cooperative and a private distillery can be interesting: these places offer guided tours followed by tasting sessions where visitors can convert what they have learned into a sensory experience.

Why take a holiday in Marling?
  • Easy walking paths for the whole family at three different levels of altitude
  • Quiet, interesting apple and wine village
  • Ideal for a holiday to treat yourself

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