"Almsommer" in South Tyrol
Castelrotto at the foot of the Seiser Alm
Summer in Castelrotto, flowering meadows, cumulus clouds in the light blue sky, lots of sun, scent of hay, conifers. Enjoy with all your senses. To move. Drive up to the Seiser Alm, take a break in front of an alpine hut, listen to the cow bells, indulge in the delicacies of the landlady, gaze at the white limestone walls of the Dolomite mountains.
Hiking through the Sciliar-Rosengarten Nature Park, past geologically highly interesting rock formations, waterfalls with views of distant Alpine peaks, crossing gorges and streams on secured alpine paths, quenching thirst and hunger in rustic mountain huts.
Discover with the children the mystical places around Castelrotto, the witch’s benches on the Puflatsch, the remains of a ruined castle (“castellum ruptum”) on the Kofel, the Königswarte in the Laranzerwald, the larch meadows on the Marinzen.
Nature and culture are closely interwoven in Castelrotto. Here customs are still lived daily, people are deeply rooted in their homeland and religious traditions. Old customs are explained by the farmer museum at the Tschötscherhof in St.Oswald, the school museum in Tagusens is a place of encounter with school history, or listening to the evening concerts of the music band.
Summer in Castelrotto also means enjoying warm summer evenings outdoors and trying local specialities, especially when the hosts present their most original recipes for the dumpling and strudel weeks. On the other hand, the farmers’ market on the village square is only open on Friday mornings. And a registration is required for a tour of the Pflegerhof in St.Vigil to learn more about the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic herbs.
With the chairlift Marinzen, located in the immediate vicinity of the village centre of Castelrotto, you can reach the Marinzenalm in a few minutes. From there you can undertake a number of beautiful hikes (e.g. to the Puflatsch or to the Alpe di Siusi). For those who would like to stay on Marinzen, the Marinzen hut with its beautiful sun terrace and the Schafstallhut (approx. 15 minutes walk) are at your disposal.
Marinzen also has a petting zoo for the little ones, a children’s playground and a fishpond for fishing (day tickets and rental fishing can be obtained at the Marinzen hut). Children up to 10 years of age travel free of charge when accompanied by their parents.