Farm Holidays in Welschnofen - holiday flats and rooms in South Tyrolto the farms ▼On a Farm Holiday in Welschnofen you'll be staying where Empress Sissi, Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill once looked for rest and relaxation.
When the Grand Hotel Karersee in Welschnofen was inaugurated in 1896, there were not just 300 guests of honour, but all the inhabitants of Welschnofen. No one had dared dream of such an important event in this village beneath the Rosengarten mountain until that moment: for centuries, Welschnofen was a poor, isolated village with no road leading to it. The locals lived off the meagre products of farming and would go hungry if one summer was too cold and short. They had access to good timber like in Deutschnofen, yet the lack of a road made trade impossible.
A royal Farm Holiday in Welschnofen
The Grand Hotel Karersee heralded a new era for the village: the high society of the 19th century frequented the luxury building near Karersee lake, as they had access to all that they wanted there: beautiful woodland for walking in, unparalleled mountain views of the Rosengarten and Latemar and all the conveniences of a Grand Hotel. The hotel did not just have electricity, but a golf course and its own chapel, too. After the Empress Sissi spent her holiday and birthday in Welschnofen in August and September in 1897, many followed her example: Karl May, Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud and Winston Churchill. Agatha Christie even got inspiration for her detective novel, 'The Big Four', which is set in the Rosengarten-Latemar area, from her holiday there.
An enchanted lake
The Grand Hotel Karersee derives its name from Karersee lake. This is a few hundred metres away from the hotel and still worth a trip today: the emerald-green water of this protected natural monument along with the views of the Latemar mountain puts a spell on visitors. A walk to Karersee lake on a Farm Holiday in Welschnofen may be combined with a hike in Rosengarten-Latemar Nature Park. The 'Labyrinthsteig' route on the Latemar is recommended for children, for example. This labyrinth is a rocky landscape reminiscent of the moon with its white rock. But no fear – no one has ever got lost here: signs and arrows lead walkers safely through tunnels and steps to Mitterleger hut on a mountain pasture.
Give your car a holiday, too
Anyone wishing to leave their holiday flat in Welschnofen but not wishing to use their car for the sake of the environment will find Welschnofen the place for them. 'Laurin I' cable car, leaving from the village centre, has been taking passengers to Frommer Alm pastures within ten minutes since 2013, which makes a base to start other hikes from. In winter, this lift goes right past Carezza ski slopes. You can ski or snowboard down and back to Welschnofen from the Kölner Hütte refuge.
A guest with King Laurin
One highlight in the Welschnofen year is the 'König-Laurin-Schupfenwanderung' walk in September. 'Schupfen' is the local word for hay barns and 'König Laurin' is a legendary dwarf king who once ruled over the Rosengarten-Latemar area. While King Laurin watches over the festivities, visitors can walk from barn to barn and see artisans at work, try South Tyrolean specialities or simply enjoy the views.
Why take a holiday in Welschnofen?
- Ideal base for hikes and skiing in Rosengarten-Latemar area
- Natural monument Karersee lake
- Gentle tourism