Farm Holidays in Lüsen - holiday flats and rooms in South Tyrolto the farms ▼A Farm Holiday in the midst of a hiking paradise. Lüsen in the Eisack valley provides a sheer back-to-nature experience for the whole family, 365 days a year.
The little village of Lüsen lies in an unspoilt spot sheltered from the wind at the end of the valley of Lüsental near Brixen. Lush mountain meadows and dark green forest make up round three quarters of the parish and dominate the untouched landscape in the valley. Whether you are right in the village of Lüsen or in one of the six surrounding districts, the rocky symbol of Lüsen, the 2,875-metre-high Peitlerkofel mountain – the most northern point of the Dolomites and affording some of the finest views in South Tyrol – will always be in visitors' field of vision.
Mountain pastures have always played a major role in agriculture in South Tyrol. They are used as summer grazing land for cattle as well as being mowed for hay to provide fodder in winter. This is just how it is in Lüsen. The farmers of this valley have access to the second-largest high mountain pasture in South Tyrol, the Lüsneralm, lying at 2,300 metres above sea level. There are over 2,000 hectares of meadow and pastureland to farm over the summer months. The tangy milk from the cows, sheep and goats has been turned into butter, yoghurt, 'ricotta' and cheese for generations.
The population of the valley make a living from tourism. Lüsen is committed to a gentle and sustainable form of this that opens up the place to guests and is reflected in the building style as well as the cultural and sporting activities on offer. Anyone on a Farm Holiday in Lüsens will not see modern ski lifts and slopes, pubs and large-scale hotels, but will be rewarded with unspoilt nature and be able to take part in the modest and traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants
On Shanks's pony
Staying at a holiday flat in Lüsen means exercise and relaxation in one. The village of Lüsen, set at 950 metres above sea level, makes the ideal base for all kinds of hikes in summer: from family-friendly walks on Lüsner Alm plateau, easy 'via ferratas' and challenging mountain tours in Puez-Geisler Nature Park to Nordic Walking routes. In winter, snow shoe walkers and cross-country skiers really appreciate the peace and quiet in Lüsen and on the Lüsner Alm pasture. There are lots of ski pistes and one of the largest snowparks in South Tyrol just 13 kilometres away on the Plose mountain. Anyone wishing to explore the area by mountain bike will find lots of destinations around Lüsen, such as Würzjoch pass and Rienzschlucht gorge. The more daring ones can make use fo the range of paragliding courses or go on a tandem flight.
Nature makes the best playground
In 2015, Lüsen was chosen by the Association for Children's Playgrounds and Recreation as the most child-friendly municipality in South Tyrol. Children can run around and play to their hearts' content on a Farm Holiday in Lüsen on the many natural playgrounds. From the 5,000-square-metre-large playground and park area in the centre of the village to the small but pretty woodland playground, there's lots to discover in Lüsen. There is volleyball, beach volleyball and tennis courts as well as a skate park for teenagers. The natural bathing lake is particularly popular with all and parents and children can relax on its banks. In winter, children can use a small ski lift in the district of Rungg.
Culture in and around Lüsen
Lüsen was originally called forestis ad Lusinam (the forest at Lüsen) back in 983. This was a forest belonging to the diocese of Säben-Brixen. Its proximity to Brixen makes it convenient for visiting the cathedral town with its cathedral, cloisters and 'Hofburg'. A trip to the monasteries of Neustift and Säben are also an option. If you choose to stay in the valley, then there are rewarding and relaxing walks across meadows and fields, where glimpses of some pretty, old farmhouses and chapels may be had. The churches of St. George and St. Kilian in the centre of Lüsen are worth visiting.
Why take a holiday in Lüsen?
- Ideal base for a variety of walks and other gentle sports all year round
- Recipient of child-friendly award in 2015
- Unspoilt and traditional