Farm Holidays in Deutschnofen - holiday flats and rooms in South Tyrolto the farms ▼On a Farm Holiday in Deutschnofen, you’ll be staying near to South Tyrol’s most significant place of pilgrimage – and its own Grand Canyon.
Anyone admiring the lions on St. Mark’s Square in Venice would probably be surprised to hear that they have a connection with Deutschnofen. But it’s true: the wooden columns that the whole of Venice stands on actually come from the forests around Deutschnofen. 70 percent of the area of the municipality is woodland. This explains why practically only farmers making a living from woodfelling have resided here since the area was settled in the 11th century. The good wood from the area was easy to distribute because it could be transported via the Etsch river. Nowadays, lots of Deutschnofen locals work in nearby Bozen in the construction industry or as artisan workers and the farmers are dedicated to livestock farming and tourism as well as the timber industry.
Combining a Farm Holiday in Deutschnofen with a pilgrimage
The largest village in the municipality of Deutschnofen is Deutschnofen, followed by Eggen and Petersberg. Petersberg is known outside of South Tyrol for its pilgrimage site, Maria Weißenstein. The Baroque monastery and Weißenstein Chapel can look back on an eventful history starting in 1553, when the image of Mary appeared to the mountain farmer, Leonhard Weißensteiner. The farmer built a chapel on this spot, which quickly attracted pilgrims, and this is why a monastery was built nearby. The Emperor Joseph II did away with the monastery, tore down its towers and auctioned its contents. It was not until 1800 that the towers started to get rebuilt. Nowadays, the church from 1722 and its ceiling paintings by the Viennese fresco painter, Joseph Adam Mölckh, may be viewed.
A Grand Canyon in the Alps
If you prefer nature to religion, a stay at a holiday flat in Deutschnofen will suit you, too. The municipality on the Reggelberg is surrounded by the mighty Dolomite mountains: Rosengarten, Latemar, Schwarzhorn, Weißhorn and the Mendel mountains. Countless hiking paths lead through the area and mountain bikers, ski tourers and snow shoe walkers will love it, too. A trip to the Bletterbachschlucht gorge provides a change of scene: the Bletterbach has revealed layers of rock from a variety of eras and provides a window on the earth’s history – even fingerprints from dinosaurs have been found here.
Weaving through the snow
A winter Farm Holiday in Deutschnofen may also be used as a skiing holiday: there are two nearby ski resorts to choose from. In Obereggen, there are Latemar-Obereggen Skicenter featuring a sledge run and 46 kilometres of cross-country pistes while Carezza winter sports mecca likewise has 40 kilometres of piste.
There’s lots going on in summer in Deutschnofen, too. In July and August, wine tasting involving 20 wine cellars from South Tyrol takes place on the village square. Schnaps from South Tyrol and regional specialities get served up along with the usual wine. In August, the wine tasting session is even accompanied by a jazz concert. Every summer, the ‘Deutschnofner Sommernacht‘ takes place, too, when all the roads are closed and specialities, local arts and crafts and live music may be found in the village centre.
Why take a holiday in Deutschnofen?
- UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site
- South Tyrol’s most important place of pilgrimage at Maria Weißenstein
- Near the Dolomites and Bozen