Cultural holiday in the Isarco Valley: castles in South Tyrol

Medieval castles, imposing castles and historic monasteries are the stone witnesses of the past centuries. They represent interesting day trips during your cultural holiday in the Isarco Valley. Landmark of the village Feldthurns is the Renaissance castle Velthurns, which was built in 1587 as a summer residence for the bishops of Brixen. In the summer months there are regular tours of the old walls. In the 12th century the Novacella Abbey was founded. High above the winding streets of the Alpine town of Klausen there the Sabiona Monastery. Even today, the nuns use the historical building as center of their lives and several buildings including the abbey church can be visited.

Renaissance castle Velthurns

Museums and shows in the Isarco Valley

Numerous museums and cultural institutions attract during a cultural holiday in the Isarco Valley. The Mineral museum in Teis offers an extensive collection of native rock crystals and semi-precious stones. In Ridnaun am Schneeberg there is the highest mine in Europe, where you can dive into the 800-year mining history of South Tyrol. The mine is located at an altitude of about 2,000 meters and was almost constantly in operation from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century.

Mine Ridnaun-Schneeberg

Magnificent excursion destinations during your cultural holiday in the Isarco Valley

The South Tyrolean provincial capital Bolzano offers a special attraction at the Archaeological Museum,  where the glacier mummy “Ötzi” is kept, which was discovered in 1991 by hikers at an altitude of 3,210 meters by chance in the Ötztal Alps. In the spa town of Merano, the botanical garden of Trauttmansdorff awaits your visit during your cultural holiday in South Tyrol and in the Folklore Museum in Teodone you will experience the authentic rural country life in South Tyrol, from the 17th to the 19th century.

Archaeological Museum in Bolzano