Farm Holidays in Sterzing - holiday flats and rooms in South Tyrolto the farms ▼On a Farm Holiday in Sterzing, you can get a glimpse of the illustrious past and colourful present of this Alpine town.
With its tidy townhouses, picturesque shopping streets and medieval squares, Sterzing was once selected as one of the finest small towns in Italy. Churches, museums and historical buildings are a port of call for culture-seekers. This merchants' town is also one of the highest-lying towns in the Alps. The Stubai, Zillertal and Sarntal Alps border on this municipality. Colourful urban hustle and bustle meets typical farm life in Sterzing.
A Farm Holiday in Sterzing: on the way to secret spots
Trademark of the place is the Zwölferturm, Sterzing's civic tower. At at height of around 46 metres, it divides Sterzing into an old and new town. The Zwölferturm was built between 1468 and 1472 and was once the seat of the fire brigade. Duke Sigmund of Tyrol is said to have laid the foundation stone himself.
In 1867, the red pitched roof of the tower burned down and the Gothic gables seen today were built to replace it. On a guided tour of 'Sterzing's secret spots', visitors may go inside the tower in summer. As part of the annual Sterzing Christmas market, craftspeople put their hand-made cribs on display here in winter.
Sterzings' prosperity: the merchants' legacy
The town hall in Sterzing is a further jewel of the town and may be visited along with its impressive art collection. The town council meets today in a stately 15th-century building with striking corner oriels. The Gothic council hall is considered to be one of the finest in Tyrol. This special building goes back to the heyday of mountain mining, which brought prosperity to the town.
Mining began around 1400 in the valleys surrounding Ridnaun, Pflersch and on Schneeberg. Lots of companies settled in Sterzing during this time. Splendid buildings were erected, and the town's heyday had dawned. Even wealthy merchants from Augsburg, owners of the silver mines, moved to Sterzing. The Alpine town owes its nickname of 'Fuggerstadt' to the Fugger family of merchants from Augsburg.
Local yoghurt, South Tyrolean 'Knödel' dumplings...culinary treats à la Sterzing
Guests may gain insight into the culinary features of the town and its environs on a Farm Holiday in Sterzing. A high point in summer are the yoghurt days held in Sterzing. Sterzing dairy made a name for itself by producing yoghurt. Together with hotels and restaurants, it lets its yoghurt take centre stage, resulting in imaginative yoghurt-based creations, a gala dinner and tasting sessions on the town square and a lively festival programme. Visitors may see the production plant and how milk is turned into mountain cheese and butter.
Every second Sunday in September, the favourite dish of South Tyroleans makes its big appearance in the historical centre of Sterzing, however in the form of all kinds of 'Knödel' dumpling dishes served up on a 300-metre-long series of tables at the South Tyrolean 'Knödelfest'. Spinach and 'Speck' dumplings, cheese 'Nocken' and strawberry dumplings: thirty options – from hearty to sweet – are likely to leave even those with the healthiest appetites spoilt for choice.
Culture and free time fun within your grasp
Lots of churches, such as Unsere Liebe Frau in Moos parish church, the Multscher museum or the civic museum are just a stone's throw from a holiday flat in Sterzing.
Action seekers are just a few minutes away from Rosskopf mountain, a golf course, ice rink or high climbing garden. In winter the ski slopes of Ratschings-Jaufen, Rosskopf and Ladurns are easily reached from Sterzing.
Why take a holiday in Sterzing?
- Top musicians play at 'Orfeo Music Festival' at notable spots in the town
- The longest sledge run in Italy may be found on Rosskopf mountain
- Advent at the charming Christmas market in Sterzing