Farm Holidays in Schenna - holiday flats and rooms in South Tyrolto the farms ▼A Farm Holiday in Schenna means taking time out on authentic farms above Meran combined with sunny hikes in the mountains.
Schenna is located on a sunny hill above Meran, nestling amidst orchards and vineyards. The municipality covers an area from the outskirts of Meran at 300 metres above sea level up to the peaks of the two local mountains, the Hirzer (2,781m) and Ifinger (2,581m). The villages of St. Georgen and Verdins, situated slightly above Schenna, belong to the territory, as well as the mountain villages of Schennaberg, Prenn, Untertall, Obertall and Videgg, which lie at 1,400 metres above sea level. The area has preserved its original character, making it very popular with hikers.
A Farm Holiday in Schenna: apples, wine and milk
On a Farm Holiday in Schenna, the variety of ways that the farmers know how to make use of the land and the climate here becomes clear. Fruit is farmed over an area of 300 hectares and about half of the 200 farms grow apples. The sunny slopes of Schenna are ideal for growing grapes, in particular the Vernatsch grape, also known as the Meraner 'Kurtraube', or 'spa grape'. Taking a Farm Holiday in Schenna means coming across traditional livestock farming again and again. The cattle farms are mainly in the mountains. They are usually small and farming the steep slopes requires lots of effort and hard work on the farmers' part.
A historical tour
Before setting off on larger tours of discovery when staying at a holiday flat in Schenna, a quick tour around the village should be on the cards. This is best done on foot, so that you can discover this village of manageable size at your own pace. Schloss Schenna castle in the centre of Schenna attracts attention. This was built in the 14th century and was purchased by Archduke Johann of Austria in 1845. With the exception of the private quarters occupied by the ancestors of Archduke Johann, Schloss Schenna and its splendid rooms may be visited. The tomb of Archduke Johann may also be found in Schenna. This lies on the western edge of the hill where the church is situated and was built in 1860 in neo-Gothic style. The church of St. Martin, on the other hand, goes back to the Middle Ages. This is the oldest building in the village and may be visited as part of a cultural and historical tour of Schenna.
Relaxation in the mountains
A holiday flat in Schenna makes the ideal base for excursions in the surrounding countryside and mountains. A walk along a 'Waalweg' path will reveal the resourcefulness of farmers in times gone by in irrigating the dry slopes. The Wiesenweg path around Schenna is particularly suited for discovering the village and the surrounding area. The Höfeweg path above Schenna connects several farms. It leads past a number of viewpoints and may be done in two hours. Anyone wishing to get up high in the mountains with little effort can take advantage of the lifts starting from Schenna: the three cable cars of Hirzer, Taser and Verdins-Tall as well as Oberkirn-Grube chair lift. Higher up in the mountains challenging hikes to mountain peaks as well as pleasant circular walks to mountain pastures await hikers and mountaineers.
Partying on mountain pastures in authentic style
No Farm Holiday in Schenna is complete without direct contact with traditional dishes: a South Tyrolean 'Brettlmarende' snack is best enjoyed on a mountain pasture. This finds the perfect accompaniment in music and dancing, as featured during 'Tallner Sunntig' event in the Hirzer area and 'Berger Pfinstig' event on Schennaberg. From May to October, on the first Sunday and Thursday on the month respectively, the live music really gets going combined with traditional dishes on mountain pastures and in mountain inns.
What makes a Farm Holiday in Schenna so unique:
- The stage above Meran: the panoramic village of Schenna
- Mountain action all year round
- A Sunny retreat to recharge your batteries