Where Kaisers and Queens, artists and poets journeyed through the land: On a family trip in South Tyrol, you travel into the living past. For centuries the Eisack Valley was one of the most important trade routes from north to south, bringing prosperity to the towns along the Eisack. Even today, imposing castles, palaces and fortresses of strategic importance are dotted around the Eisack Valley. Nobility, clergy and bourgeoisie alike have left their buildings to posterity, and their historic walls carry us back into the realms of the past.
Bold knights, elegant damsels and famed minstrels: A summer mountain holiday brings age-old legends back to vivid life as you stroll round the old walls and splendour of historic settings. Exhibitions provide a graphic illustration of daily life in days gone by, and the interesting background information and cultural facts play their part in enhancing your family holiday in the Dolomites.
The well-kept baroque castle enchants visitors with the magnificent splendour of its rooms, some of which house the South Tyrol Museum of Hunting and Fishing.
Built as a dam and as protection against a possible French invasion in 1838, the renovated fortress is a masterpiece of Austrian military architecture and holds regular exhibitions. Legend tells that a hoard of gold from the Second World War is also hidden within the walls of the fortress.
On a family holiday in Italy, you can follow in the trails of thousands of miners who shovelled silver from the highest-lying ore mine in Europe up until the 80’s. The tunnels and the processing plant offer a particularly impressive insight into the working conditions underground.
On the sides of the valley to the south-west of Sterzing, two bastions dominate the picturesque scene. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour around Reifenstein castle, towering high on a rocky hill. Sprechenstein castle, a private residence which can be viewed from the outside only, lies on the other side of the valley.