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Farm holidays in the Eisacktal

The Eisack valley has seen kings, emperors and other travellers on their journeys to the south pass through since the Middle Ages. The three towns of Sterzing, Brixen and Klausen – once popular stopovers – today offer both medieval atmosphere and lots of new shops housed in old buildings. Many of these shops have been done up over the past few years. Those looking for physical activity should go walking in the hills east and west of the Eisack river, stopping off at typical inns on the way.

And when you have taken in enough of the countryside in the form of high plateaus amidst vineyards, orchards and chestnut groves, there is lots to see and do in the way of culture: the baroque castle Wolfsthurn with its hunting and fishing museum, the Säben Cloister, the baroque cathedral in Brixen, and the Multscher museum with its late-gothic winged altar in Sterzing and the Diocese museum in the Hofburg at Brixen with one of the most comprehensive collections of religious art in Europe.

The cathedral of Brixen

Eisacktal holiday tips

Sights
The Neustift Cloister, the Old Town and Lauben (‚arcades‘) in Brixen, the Cloisters of Brixen Cathedral, Brixen Cathedral, the ‚Loden‘ showroom in Vintl, the Fane Alm in Vals (ancient mountain village), the Cloister of Säben, Trostburg at Waidbruck, Schloss Velthurns, Chapel of St. Johann in Ranui/Villnöss, Dreikirchen in Barbian, Civic Museum in Klausen, Museum of Minerals in Teis, the Sterzing Old Town, the Landesbergbaumuseum (Regional Mining Museum) in Ridnaun, the Maria Trens Pilgrimage

Recommended walks
Lüsner Alm, Peitlerkofel, Plose, Schrütten lakes, the Pfunderer High Alpine path, the Rodenecker Alm, the Seefeld lakes, the Altfasstal tour, the Gitschberg, the Brixner mountain refuge, Adolf Munkel Way, Puez-Geisler nature reserve, Villanderer Alm, Radl lake, Barbianer Alm, Gilfenklamm, Rosskopf, Hochfeiler in Pfitschertal, Wilde Kreuzspitze, the Pflerscher High Alpine Path

Skiing areas
Plose-Brixen, Jochtal-Vals and Gitschberg-Meransen, Villnöss, Ratschings-Jaufen, Rosskopf-Sterzing and Ladurns-Gossensass

Cross-country skiing
Brixen-Würzjoch, Lüsen, Meransen, Vals, Vintl, Rodeneck, Natz/Schabs, Villnöss, Villanders, Lajen, Pfitsch, Ridnaun and Pflersch

Eisacktal at a glance