Farm Holidays in Passeiertal - holiday flats and rooms in South TyrolYou can expect hiking and high-action sports, unspoilt spots far away from the madding crowd and plenty of rural tradition on a Farm Holiday in Passeiertal valley.
The Passeiertal is one of the most rustic and varied valleys in South Tyrol in terms of landscape. The home of Andreas Hofer, the famous freedom fighter, stretches between the Ötztal and Sarntal Alps 50 kilometres northwards from Meran. The climate at the start of the valley is a Mediterranean one, with vines and fruit thriving, while in the unadulterated further reaches of the valley, the temperatures and weather conditions take on a more Alpine character. Here, farmers make a living from livestock farming. There are around 50 mountain pastures in the whole valley surrounded by extensive fields of Alpine roses and mountain fans can choose between easy walks and high Alpine tours or even climbs. The rural area has a variety of options for Farm Holiday guests in store: there are holiday flats in Kuens, the smallest municipality of South Tyrol, likewise in Moos, Riffian, St. Leonard and the largest municipality of St. Martin.
A Farm Holiday in Passeiertal valley amidst traditional costume and 'Goaßln' whipcracking competitions
Lots of farmers still live and work on their farms on the steep slopes of the Passeiertal valley. Hay often used to be brought in using cable winches that were powered by water. These days, things are a bit easier for the people living there: just about everywhere there are paths that are accessible for tractors. Hay is frequently still harvested by hand and a few farmers rely on a goods cable lift to deliver their milk to the valley. A Farm Holiday in Passeiertal will allow guests to witness all the different processes involved in daily life on a mountain farm. You'll often come across shaggy Passeiertal mountain goats, which have been part of the Dolomites landscape in South Tyrol for centuries and are now being increasingly ousted by their short-haired relatives.
The number of locals concerned about upholding customs shows how the people of Passeiertal valley are still very much attached to their traditions and homeland. Young men take part in 'Ranggeln', a traditional Alpine martial art, and 'Goaßlschnölln', or competitive whipcracking, at the many village fetes and festivals. The cracking of the whips used to serve as a signal between mountain huts. Today, it is reserved for special occasions, such as weddings or the 'Almabtrieb' in autumn, when the cows are led down to the valley from the mountains pastures adorned with wreathes and heavy bells.
Lots of Passeiertal locals still wear their traditional costume at fetes and other celebrations, especially musicians, 'Schützen' riflemen and members of the 'Schneeberger Knappen' association.
Staying at a holiday flat in Passeiertal means having the chance to go from farm to farm accompanied by the farmer and coming across all sorts of sights, such as the tractor museum in Kuens, 'Passeier in St. Leonhard' museum, and the 'Heimatmuseum' in St. Martin or the historical 'Schildhöfe' farmsteads.
Farmsteads reminiscent of fortresses
Most farmsteads here are rather modest and built from wood. A few fortress-like buildings in their midst stick out, however. These are inlaid with ivory and decorated with old sundials or frescoes on their walls. These 'Schildhöfe' are unique in South Tyrol. They were once home to farmers who won special privileges through doing military service. In the 14th century, these eleven farmers were given lifetime exemption from tax duties in return for swearing to serve the the Prince Regnant and to stand by his side in battle. They were elevated to become minor members of the ruling class. There is a pleasant circular walk joining these historical farmsteads.
Action-packed leisure time options from hiking to rafting
Even though holiday flats in Passeiertal valley tend to particularly appeal to those seeking peace and quiet, there are still lots of gentle or sportier activities available to cater for different tastes. A variety of paths for the whole family may be found in all of the villages. Experienced mountain hikers set out to conquer the mountains peaks of the Sarntal or Ötztal Alps and the Texelgruppe Nature Park, which is the largest in South Tyrol with an area of over 33,000 hectares. There are paths up to the Spronser See lakes amidst unspoilt countryside or 3,000-metre-high mountains, such as the Matatzspitze or the Hohe Weiße.
Paragliding, kayaking or canyoning in the intriguing gorges of the Passer river will appeal to those in search of a bit of action. Rafting involves steering a dinghy through rapids and waterfalls with a trained guide. Keen golfers can use the 18-hole golf course with all-round views.
In winter, the landscape of the further reaches of Passeiertal valley is deep in snow. Your holiday destination will become a base for snow shoe walks and ski tours all over Passeiertal or a day's skiing in Pfelders in Moos in Passeier car-free ski resort. This also features one of the largest ice climbing areas in Europe. Cross-country skiers will appreciate the quiet run in St. Leonhard.
Why take a holiday in Passeiertal?
- A vast number of sporting options (rafting, golf, hiking...)
- Ideal for a summer and winter holiday
- Culture, attractions and rural traditions