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A Farm Holiday in Laurein: Alpine glow and mountain idyll

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Whether it's the Alpine glow, hiking to rustic mountain farmsteads or skiing down the pistes, on a Farm Holiday in Laurein the mountains have the starring role.

Centuries-old mountain farmsteads and unhurried farmhouses set on gentle south-facing slopes: the historical appearance of Laurein has been preserved until today, with hardly a modern building to be seen. This mountain village is the southernmost village of the Nonsberg area and one of three German-speaking municipalities in Nonstal valley. Laurein was founded by mountain dwellers and miners who mined for copper in the area. It was first mentioned in records in 1274 under the name of 'Laurus', Latin for laurel.

A Farm Holiday in Laurein: the spectacle of the mountains
If you take a detour up to 'Hea' viewpoint on a Farm Holiday in Laurein, you'll be rewarded with a unique natural spectacle. Every day, at sunset and sunrise, locals and guests wait to see the 'Enrolsadira' phenomenon, which sees the rocks of the Rosengarten mountain glowing red. Here, the Rosengarten mountains really live up to their name and it makes a fabulous natural spectacle which will have you transported into the mythical world of King Laurin.

The mountains as your playground
The mountains are a constant companion on a holiday in Laurein. Here, at 1,148 metres above sea level, eyes are drawn from the Rosengarten mountains, across the Maddalena and Brenta mountain groups to the Presanella Alps. A number of paths lead past dense pine forest, rushing streams and lush meadows with cherry trees and hazelnut bushes, allowing nature lovers as well as sporty types to discover the special features of the landscape on foot or by mountain bike. Easy hikes lead to rustic mountain farms and explore the rural culture. One of the most-loved hiking paths around Laurein has to be the 'Höfeweg' path, which involves a farm crawl over the course of 6.5 hours allowing insight into rural traditions. In winter, the snowy mountain slopes of Deutschnonsberg and Ultental valley are not far away from a holiday flat in Laurein. Cross-country skiers head for the runs, while families make for the 500-metre-long natural sledge run or family-friendly 'Schwemmalm' ski slopes. The altitude of 2,600 metres may be easily reached by lift and a total of 25 kilometres of piste provide plenty of options for making your way enjoyably down to the valley.

Spring in Laurein with a focus on dandelions
The 'Dandelion Weeks' are a highlight of springtime in Laurein. This is one of the oldest culinary events held in South Tyrol. These themed weeks have taken place on Deutschnonsberg since 1996 and were initiated by the herbalist pastor Hermann-Josef Weidinger. The healing powers of the dandelion have been well known in the rural world since ancient times, but during 'Dandelion Weeks', this herald of spring is also capable of playing the starring role when it comes to culinary matters. Visitors taste dishes made from the leaves, flowers and roots of this wild plant or attend one of the cookery courses on offer during their stay at a holiday flat. Herb walks and a dandelion festival are on the agenda, too.
Besides involving nature and culinary matters, a Farm Holiday in Laurein will also feature lots of culture. The late-Gothic parish church of Laurein is over 500 years old. Its gold-plated altar is a special highlight.

Why take a holiday in Laurein?
  • Dandelion salad or dandelion risotto: discover new culinary territory
  • The 'Hüttenweg' path from Laurein to the hamlet of Schmieden
  • Views of the famous Rosengarten mountain

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