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The centre of South Tyrol


The centre of South Tyrol

When searching for the centre point of South Tyrol, scientists of the Institute for applied research of the Eurac Bozen found the “Königslacken”, the water holes close to the Totenkirchlein (small church) on Villander’s mountain pasture. According to the lines of longitude and latitude, the heart of South Tyrol is located exactly here in the municipality of Villanders. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view from there. 

On a hike to the Totenkirchlein you will find not only breath-taking panoramic views, many varied hiking facilities, places of interest and treasures along the trail, but also the heart of South Tyrol. Due to the gloriously fresh mountain air and the fascinating panorama you will find here on Villander’s mountain in southern Eisack valley not only the heart of South Tyrol, but also the way to your own heart.
The charming artistic town
Mediaeval walls and the South Tyrolean small-town flair. Or: The heart of the Eisacktal valley!
Discover Klausen
Dreikirchen in summer
A pure nature experience
A small hamlet and a wide-variety of opportunities. Or: Wonderful idyllic nature!
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The Villanders mountain pasture in winter
The Villanderer Alm in winter
Pure nature and endless silence
With its varied hiking possibilities for hikers of all ages, the vast Villanderer Alm also attracts many mountain enthusiasts in winter. The Totenkirchl church, the Schwarzensee lakes or the Prackfieder Jöchl – the silence and the panorama are unbelievable! Not to forget: the Latzfonser Alm. After cosy winter hikes, visitors are drawn towards one of the huts to warm up before a toboggan ride takes them back down to the valley in highspeed!
Pinot blanc grapes
Pinot Grigio
Originating from the large Burgundy family, Pinot Grigio - also known as Ruländer or Grauburgunder- is currently the most cultivated white wine variety in South Tyrol. Pinot Grigio is a medium-bodied white wine with warm, flowery aromas resembling ripe apples, pears, quince or linden blossoms. The variety demonstrates different characteristics depending upon its zone of cultivation. The spectrum ranges from slim, fresh wines in the Vinschgau valley/Val Venosta to Pinot Grigios with a certain mineral quality in the Etschtal/Adige valley to the bright, richer versions from Bolzano and the Überetsch/Oltradige valley.
Pinot blanc grapes
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc was apparently cultivated in South Tyrol for the first time in 1850. Since it developed magnificently within the province, it joined Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc as the leading white wine grape varieties in the area. The elegant scent of apples, pears, lemons, tones of hay blossoms and hazel nuts as well as a lively acidity, make Pinot Blanc the perfect everyday wine. To preserve the variety’s fruitiness and finesse, winemakers use oak very sparingly.
Pinot blanc grapes
This very old grape variety was introduced to South Tyrol from France at the end of the nineteenth century. The area of cultivation is increasing. In South Tyrol, Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas typical of the variety with passion fruit, gooseberries, elder blossoms, and black currants, producing both crisp, fresh wines and those with a marked intensity.
Gewürztraminer grapes
The name of the variety "Gewürztraminer" most likely originates from the South Tyrol winegrowing village of Tramin. “Traminer” was a term known throughout the entire German-speaking world as early as the thirteenth century. Today it is one of South Tyrol’s most popular wines. Its spectrum of scents, with notes of rose petals, cloves, lychees, and other tropical fruits, makes Gewürztraminer the absolute embodiment of an aromatic wine variety. With its intense color, comparatively high alcohol content, and luxuriant texture, Gewürztraminer is the epitome of a meditation wine.
Riesling grapes
This noble variety from Germany was brought to South Tyrol in the nineteenth century. In contrast to German wines, these Rieslings are fermented dry, for the most part leaving little or no residual sugar. Especially in the cooler regions of the Eisacktal/Isarco valley and the Vinschgau/Val Venosta valley, Rieslings emerge with fine peach and citrus aromas and a lively, bright acidity.
Kerner grapes
Thanks to its resistance to frost, the hybrid of Schiava and Riesling, named after the German poet Justinus Kerner, is planted primarily at higher elevations of the Eisacktal/Isarco valley. This grape produces sleek, spicy wines with a slight hint of nutmeg. With its abundant aromas of tangerine, melon and passion fruit, Kerner has the potential to become a new point of pride for South Tyrolean wine.
Grüner Veltliner grapes
Grüner Veltliner
It was primarily Austrian winegrowers who made Grüner Veltliner viable at the international level. In South Tyrol, its cultivation is concentrated in the Eisacktal/Isarco valley. By means of new winery technology and consistent restrictions on yield, Grüner Veltliner has developed into is a fresh and fruity, pleasantly spicy wine with subtle aromas of green apples and grapefruit.
Müller-Thurgau grapes
Müller Thurgau
Named after the Swiss vine researcher Hermann Müller from Thurgau, this hybrid that has achieved worldwide success produces especially lively, aromatic white wines. Along with its typical aroma of nutmeg, the wine presents flowery tones of lilacs and geraniums, citrus fruit and from time to time also black currants.
Winter on the Villanders mountain pasture
The alpine region with magnificent views
Cosy lodges and endless winter magic. Or: A hiking paradise all year long!
Discover Villanders
Off on a winter safari
In the most beautiful ski areas of the Dolomites
Our winter shuttle bus will bring you comfortably from your accommodation to one of the popular winter-experience areas: The Villanderer, Feldthurner and Barbianer Alm, Val Gardena, Seiser Alm, Plose, Gitschberg Jochtal and Rittner Horn.
To the winter safari
A family on a hike
Countless hiking paths offer a varied and exciting natural experience especially for families and children. Theme-based trails, such as the mountain pine trail with information boards and a show distillery, water treading pools and cosy wooden loungers at Totensee lake keep things exciting. 
To the lake Totensee & church Totenkirchlein
Biwak Camp
Winter up close
5. - 14.01.2024
Experience pure nature and spend the night in a warm sleeping bag in a tent or igloo on the Alpe di Villandro and Lazfons!
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Original South Tyrolean cuisine
Waiting for you at our alpine huts
Is there anything better than a fluffy Kaiserschmarrn or a couple of home made dumplings (Knödel) after a long hike? Not really!

Discover the alpine huts
Chestnuts with and without their outer shell
Chestnut Weeks
19.10 - 10.11.2024
With the motto “Delightful chestnut delicacies from rural cuisine and wineries”, autumn culinary specialties are in the spotlight from mid-October to the beginning of November!
Villanders mine
Are you also a discoverer?
From funny mountain tales up to dreams of mountain experiences: Our holiday region has a few surprises ready for all discoverers, both young and old. Here you can learn all about our insider tips and hidden places full of history that you simply have to visit.  
Experience the excitement Highlights
Your host
We are your hosts!
From small farms up to impressive wellness hotels: Wherever you check in, you are sure to be met with South Tyrolean hospitality.

Discover the accommodations Who we are
The Chestnut Trail in autumn
The traditional chestnut village
Limitless sunny slopes and South Tyrolean tradition. Or: The village to fall in love with!
Discover Feldthurns
The centre of South Tyrol
A trip to the centre of South Tyrol
Villanders Mountain may not be able to compete with the centre of the earth but the centre of South Tyrol is not bad either! Scientists have discovered that the mountain is located in the geographical centre of the region. Therefore, the peak of Villanders Mountain is not only crowned with a summit cross, but also with an imposing granite globe!
To the center of South Tyrol
Chilled wine bottles
The Eisacktal White Wine Festival
25th May 2024
An event all about the typical white wines from the vineyards between the Neustift Monastery via Klausen to the southern Eisacktal valley!

White wine
Wine Summer & Stadtl Summer
An enjoyable wine experience & enjoyable evenings
Enjoy tasting the fine wines of the Eisacktal Valley during Wine Summer. Relax and experience the musical sounds and South Tyrolean culture. Discover here what awaits you in summer!
Pears and pear flour
Pear flour autumn (Birmehlherbst) Festival
The Verdings pear flour autumn (Birmehlherbst) surprises with its special dishes made out of pear flour combined with traditional South Tyrolean cuisine. The highlight? The Pear Flour Sunday (Birmehl-Sunntig) with 11 stands! An experience for the whole family!

20. - 22.09.2024
When the streets of the city Klausen are buzzling and it smells of dumplings, Schlutzkrapfen, homemade sausages (Hauswurst), sauerkraut then you know its Gassltörggele-time!

Barbian plums
Juicy & full of vitamins
Discover the Barbian plum and learn why it is the ideal fitness fruit.
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Fingerfood and wine
We know about the highlights
From the Verdingser Birmehlherbst (pear flower autumn) to Wine & Snow: Our holiday area will excite you with cuisine-related events in South Tyrol.

Experience cuisine-related events
Playground on the Rittner Horn
The fabulous world of Toni
Family Park at the Rittner Horn
Come and join Toni in his airy heights and experience fabulous adventures.
Discover the adventure realm
Plum cake
Barbian plum weeks
31.08 - 15.09.2024
Special products, dishes and excursions all related to the Barbian delicacy are waiting for you in Barbian!
At the Totensee Lake
Lake Totensee
The lake Totensee (literally translated, "lake of the dead") is located in a mountain hollow below the chapel. The macabre name comes from the agricultural term "dead", which can be interpreted as "fruitless".
Suisse stone pine
Villanders mountain pine
The fragrance of South Tyrol
Disover more about the mountain pine
Snow and Wine
Wine enjoyment on our mountain pastures
2nd - 17th March 2024
Pleasure for all senses: Oenological and gastronomic specialities in an exceptional environment!

A chef at work
We are your hosts
From traditional Törggele taverns to Alpine-Mediterranean restaurants: In our culinary region there is something for every taste in the truest sense of the word!
Discover restaurants
We know what you need to know
From home-made sauerkraut to hearty Bauernkrapfen: Törggelen is your guarantee for a full stomach and a good time!
Experience Törggelen
White grapes
We are your winemakers
From the grape to the delicate wines: The winemakers of Eisacktal valley ensure a pleasurable wine experience!
Get to know the winemakers
We love the full flavour
From the plums of Barbian to the chestnuts of Feldthurns: Eisacktal valley is a true culinary paradise!

Discover regional products
A tunnel of the Villanders mine
The Villanders mine
Fancy an adventure?
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Family programme
Whether on the back of the horses, in the deepest of the inner mountains or first-hand experience how it is on the farm - at the family program in our vacation region there is certainly something for you!
Sounds funny!
Dreikirchen at evening
Are you also nature lovers?
From crystal-clear mountain lakes in the summer to untouched snow landscapes in the winter. From mild spring awakening to golden autumn: Here you will experience nature in its original form.

Experience nature Hike and enjoy
Hiking on the Villanders mountain pasture
We are lovers of nature
From crystal-clear mountain lakes in the summer to untouched snow landscapes in the winter: Here you will experience nature in its original form.

Experience nature highlights Hike and enjoy
Two people on a snowshoe hike
We are lovers of nature
From crystal-clear mountain lakes in the summer to untouched snow landscapes in the winter: Here you will experience nature in its original form.

Experience nature highlights Hike and enjoy
A family on a hike
Family hikes for everyone
Discover nature together with your kids at our family trails!
Spend family time together
A plate of cheese
Are you also a bon vivant?
From local traditional dishes to Italian classics: At the huts and taverns on the mountain as well as the restaurants in the valley, pure enjoyment is waiting for you!

Experience enjoyable moments Culinary events
White grapes
What makes our wine so special
Our winegrowing area in Eisacktal valley!
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Wonderful products directly from the farmer
Fresh, seasonal food and South Tyrolean products can be found at the small, varied farmers and weekly markets in the area. No intermediaries, no loss of quality, here you will find the best products directly from the farmer.
Discover the markets
A hiking path in summer
Tasty hikes
Hiking and enjoying - the perfect combination!
To the gastronomic hikes
White grapes
Open wine cellar day
Wine hopping on 4th May 2024
Experience wine up close at the vineyards of our region! A shuttle service will take you from winery to winery, where you can taste the wines of our winemakers and get an insight into their wine cellars.
Let's go to the wineries!
The joy of spring!
Herbal market
27th April 2024
Herbal market with culinary specialties at the Castaneum in Feldthurns.
To the herbal market
Taste of Spring
Spring is in the air
27.04 - 31.05.2024
Discover our spring time in all of its forms in our holiday area!
To the Taste of Spring
Wood carving symposium
at the Chestnut Trail
14th - 19th May 2024
The 5th International Woodcarving Symposium "Art on the Chestnut Trail" will take place at the Archeoparc Villanders. Artists from all over the world will create something special to enchant our vacation region with their works.
To the Woodcarving Symposium
Gastronomic weeks
27.04 - 31.05.2024
Enjoy with us the culinary spring!
Sounds delicious!
Culinary bridge Barbian
Culinary bridge at Barbian
Treats in lofty heights!
Let the Barbian restaurants spoil you with culinary delights on the 55 m high suspension bridge and enjoy the panoramic view at the Barbian waterfalls and the Eisacktal Valley
I can't miss this one!
The Christmas Market in Klausen by night
Christmas market Klausen
29.11 - 22.12.2024
Visitors of the Christmas Market at Klausen will look in vain for flashing garlands of light. Instead, the soft glow of candles creates subtle shadow plays on the historic facades of the old town.
WOW - must go there!
Torn pancakes with chestnuts
Summersberg Castle
Gufi Walk in Gufidaun
A hike for young and old into Gufidaun's past
Discover the picturesque village of Gufidaun on the new trail suitable for families, also with strollers. Have fun exploring the history of Gufidaun with the owl Gufi!
I wanna go there!
Gufidaun in spring
Picturesque village
The Village on 7 hills is definitely worth a visit and a real insider tip!
Very interesting!
A family on a hike
for your family holiday!
Here you will find tips and suggestions for your precious family time!
To the tips!
Depero Fortunato, Die Polenta auf schwerem Feuer
23.03 - 17.08.2024
Discover the artworks of the artist Markus Moling in selected stores and on the light boxes in the historic old town of Klausen.

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Wooden statues in Gufidaun
at Gufidaun
Discover the works of 30 artists at various stations in the picturesque village of Gufidaun!
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A concert
"Klausen klingt"
21.08 - 23.08.2025
Be there when the artist town of Klausen is brought to life by lively baroque and renaissance music! From August 21st to 23rd, 2025, ten artists from Central Europe invite you to a varied music festival in the precious premises of the city of Chiusa.
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Our way to become a more sustainable
holiday region
We, as the Tourist Association Klausen, Barbian, Feldthurns, Villanders together with our members, want to promote sustainable tourism in our area. To achieve this goal, we have joined the Turn to Zero community. That’s why we’re taking the first step and are willing to become a more sustainable holiday region!
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Silvaner grapes
In Alto Adige/Südtirol, Sylvaner is cultivated almost exclusively in the Eisacktal Valley, the variety develops both sufficient body and a robust acidity. An earthy, mineral-rich scent is typical of Sylvaner, accompanied by aromas of fresh herbs or hay as well as apples, peaches and mint.
The Church of Our Lady at the Säben Monastery
Audio Guide Säben Monastery
Discover historical and cultural aspects of the Säben Monastery in ten stations listening to the new Klosterguide!