Hiking and Törggelen in South Tyrol
In Eisacktal, autumn is considered “the fifth season of the year”: the perfect time to go Törggelen. During the last warm days of fall, the taverns and country inns welcome you to partake in the traditional Törggelen.
The name of the “Törggelen” custom derives from the Latin torquere – to press, the grape press found in the wine press cellars of many farms. Traditionally, the “Nuier” (young wine), apple juice and apple cider are served, accompanied by dumplings, barley soup, Schlutzkrapfen (noodles filled with spinach and curd cheese), bacon, smoked sausages, meat platters (with spare ribs, homemade sausages, sauerkraut, and potatoes), donuts, and roasted chestnuts. Törggelen not only includes good wine and regional dishes, but also delightful autumn hikes through the picturesque cultural landscape of the Eisacktal (Valle Isarco), past old chestnut groves, colorful vineyards and tradition-steeped farms.
Apart from hiking trails, there is also an extensive network of trails for cycling, mountain biking and Nordic walking. Adrenaline junkies can satisfy their cravings while rafting, canyoning or paragliding.
The Unterkircher family on the Kircherhof farm has established a renowned Noriker stud farm and is offering summer and winter horse-drawn carriage rides in and around Meransen.
The culturally interested will enjoy to discover the numerous museums and sight, giving insight into the history and culture of the vacation region Meransen-Gitschberg: Mühlbacher Klause (western gate into the valley, old toll station), Rodenegg Castle, Castel Kandelburg, panoramic platform on the Gitschberg, Lodenwelt with the Loden museum in Vintl, …
At the end of September, the yearly “Almabtrieb”, the cattle drive from the mountain pasture back to the farms, takes place in Meransen. After spending the summer months on mountain pastures of the Meransen alps, the cattle are rounded up by the farmers and brought home into the warm stables. The richly decorated matriarch of the herd leads the way of the procession of cows embellished with flowers, ribbons and plaques painted with proverbs and saints. This colorful show is also accompanied by the returning herdsmen and dairymen, who offer a swig of farmer’s schnapps called “Minggelen” to the spectators along the route. Around noon, the procession arrives at Meransen’s festival hall, where the traditional farmer’s festival will take place.
The Episcopal town of Brixen (Bressanone) has a special flair, and with its many historical buildings and contemporary and stylish shops, it invites visitors to tour the city or to go on a shopping expedition.
As a member of the tourism organization, we are able to provide our guests with the “Almencard Plus” bonus card free of charge from the 1st of May until the 31st of September. This bonus card enables the user to ride the Gitschberg-Jochtal vacation region’s mountain railways free of charge (please check for opening hours), complementary use of South Tyrol’s regional public transportation system, admission to well over 80 museums and collections around South Tyrol, as well as an interesting weekly program and discounts on many other services.
Information on the validity period and the scope of the offers can be found here:
In the summer (and also during the winter), our guests can enjoy the indoor pool “Alpinpool Meransen” at a discounted fee. Ambitious swimmers can do their laps in the 17.5 m long pool; children and those who want to have fun, can enjoy the 25 m² adventure pool. Delight in the wellness area of the Alpinpool, where you can relax and recuperate. Forget the day-to-day hustle and bustle in the soothing Finnish sauna, in the Sanarium, the steam bath, hydro-massage showers, and the whirlpool. The Alpinpool bistro offers light snacks and freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices.