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Culture and tradition

  • Castel Presule
    Dive into the middle ages! Take part in guided tours or in one of the numerous events, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and political conferences held in the Presule Castle. Futhermore, you can rent the castle for weddings.
    Presule Castle was built around 1200 by the Counts of Fié allo Sciliar, aristocratic servants of the Bishop of Bressanone. In the early 16th century it was extended and changed to a Renaissance castle by the Governor of Tyrol, Leonhard of Fiè,. The current castle is almost exclusively Leonhard’s work. 1981 the castle was purchased by the KURATORIUM SCHLOSS PRÖSELS GmbH.
    • Final stage of the biggest riding tournament in South Tyrol called "Oswald von Wolkenstein Ritt" (end of May / beginning of June) right in front of the castle. The tournament is named after the medieval minnesinger Oswald von Wolkenstein.
  • Iceman
    Ötzi, the oldest mummy of the world, and his artefacts have been exhibited at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano since 1998. The museum is housed on three floors and displays everything of interest about the world’s most famous glacier mummy. The exhibition covers the circumstances surrounding Ötzi’s accidental discovery on 19th September 1991, the international media response, the original finds themselves (the mummy together with his clothing and equipment), daily life in the Copper Age and multidisciplinary research. A highlight of the exhibition is the life-like reconstruction of the Iceman, which vividly portrays how the Iceman may have looked during his lifetime.
  • The “Völser Kuchlkastl”
    Every October since 1978 restaurants in Fiè invite everybody to taste and enjoy typical South Tyrolean dishes like “Brennsuppe” (a special kind of soup made with wheat flour) or buckwheat noodles. The old dishes are reinterpreted and seasoned with fresh vegetables, alpine herbs, local mushrooms and plenty of other natural ingredients. If you are looking for original and traditional food prepared using old recipes but in a refined way, you should not miss the culinary October in Fiè allo Sciliar.
  • Törggelen is an old tradition in South Tyrol. You can enjoy a walk through the autumn countryside and stop at a farm on your way. The farms and wine taverns serve a hearty meat platter with sausages and sauerkraut as a main course, as well as roasted chestnuts, sweet grape must and new wines in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.
    Törggelen walks through the autumn-coloured countryside are very popular. One classic autumn walk is the “Oachner Höfeweg”, a trail to the farms of Aica di Fiè, which leads through vineyards, chestnut groves and woods.
  • The Oswald von Wolkenstein Riding Tournament
    South Tyrol’s biggest riding tournament is dedicated to the minnesinger, poet and composer Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376 – 1445). The horseback-riding tournament held in his honor is a reflection both of medieval traditions and the love of equestrian sports which has survived in South Tyrol to this day. The contests are always held in places with some connection to Oswald's life. After the start at the Forte Castle in Ponte Gardena the tournament goes on in four stages: the first in Castelrotto, the second in Siusi, the third near the lake laghetto di Fiè and the final stage is held right in front of Presule Castle.
  • Music Festival
    Semper Music International Festival
  • Swing on Snow
    Eight days of music on ski slopes and huts, sweet melodies and dynamic rhythms, music groups from the entire Alpine region and above all a great atmosphere: this is Swing on Snow. The Alpe di Siusi Winter Music Festival offers a mix of traditional folk music with jazz, soul, pop and classical music.
    The bands play on the various ski slopes on the Alpe di Siusi in the morning, at lunchtime they perform in the mountain huts of the Alpe di Siusi and in the evening the villages of Castelrotto, Siusi, Fiè and Tires host atmospheric concerts. During the Winter Music Festvial skiing combines perfectly with musical pleasure (end of March).
  • Farmer’s market
    The farmer’s markets in Fiè allo Sciliar offer good and fresh products directly from the farms: fruits and vegetables, herbs, eggs, cheese, bread, honey, juices and syrups. Guests and locals can taste all sorts of delicacies from the farmer’s kitchen (every Saturday from June to September).
  • Festivals
    Numerous festivals and events take place throughout the year in the villages Fié allo Sciliar, Siusi and Castelrotto. In the summer time the people of Fié allo Sciliar invite you to the street party, the summer night party with fireworks and the “Völser Kirchtag” with parade and party.
  • Transhumance
    In autumn, the cows come back to the valley. Beautifully decorated, the cattle is driven right to the center of Fiè, where the animals get blessed.
  • Messner Mountain Museum
    With a central museum in Sigmundskron near Bolzano and five branch museums devoted to individual themes, Reinhold Messner has created a mountain museum that is truly unique. He describes the project as his “15th ascent over 8000 meters” – and makes use of it to communicate to visitors his knowledge and experience and the stories that derive from man’s encounter with the mountains.

    MMM currently comprises six museums. MMM Firmiano in Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano is the heart of the Mountain Museum; MMM Ortles in Solda is devoted to the glaciers and the world of eternal ice; at MMM Dolomites on Monte Rite south of Cortina the focus is on rock and mountain climbing in the Dolomites; MMM Juval in castle Juval relates the myths of the mountain. MMM Ripa in Brunico Castle tells the story of the mountain peoples. In July 2015 the last MMM, MMM Corones, opened.

    The Messner Mountain Museums are not conventional art or natural science museums; they have an interdisciplinary design. Each of the museums occupies a unique location, which helps relate the museum’s theme to the collections and the architecture. The geographical location, relics and works of art combine to form a whole.

  • I ”Kastelruther Spatzen”
    The well-known folk music group Kastelruther Spatzen plays two huge concerts in the course of the year: an open air concert in Siusi (June) and a concert in Castelrotto (October). In December, they offer a Christmas concert. The concerts are a folk festival for young and old.
  • Mercatini di Natale
    Are you looking for something special for Christmas? Then come to our small but beautiful Christmas market in Fiè allo Sciliar. The scent of mulled wine and home-baked cookies will beguile you, local specialties and traditional crafts await you. If you are looking for something bigger than that, you can visit the Christmas markets of Bolzano, Merano and Bressanone.

Sport invernale e d'estate

  • Hiking
    The Dolomites have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. From Presule you are able to directly discover the Dolomites, with the nature park Sciliar-Catinaccio, the Alpe di Siusi and the laghetto di Fiè allo Sciliar. Numerous hiking trails offer ideal conditions to enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The "Oachner Höfeweg” starts directly in Presule and if you want to get a bit higher, you can climb the famous mountains Sciliar, Monte Cavone and Hammerwand. Don’t miss an excursion to the Alpe di Siusi and the Catinaccio with other beautiful hiking possibilities.
  • Running
    In the area around the villages Fiè allo Sciliar, Siusi and Castelrotto are there various routes for experienced and amateur runners. In the Running Park Alpe di Siusi you can find difficult and easy tours. Altogether 180 km are to be discovered. So take your running shoes and follow the Kenyan marathon runners, who have spent their training sessions on the Alpe di Siusi since 2007.
  • Climbing
    The Dolomites are a paradise for climbers. Numerous vie ferrate, climbing areas and alpine routes make hearts beat faster. Catinaccio, Antermoia, Roda di Vael, Passo Santner and Sasso Piatto are only a few peaks that can be climbed. The summit experiences are beautiful.
  • Biking
    Magnificent views over the Dolomites, the vastness of Europe’s largest high-mountain plateau, 300 days of sun: You can experience all of this on a cycling tour on the Alpe di Siusi. The cycling region of Gardena/Alpe di Siusi covers 1,000 kilometres of cycling routes at two different altitudes. 19 mountain bike tours offer variety to suit every taste: from technically demanding climbs and stunning descents through to easy rides of around 200-300 m. If you’re looking for a challenge in the Dolomites, you can embark on cycling tours of up to 2,500m. Short tours, day- long tours or tours of a few days guarantee variety – inclusive of the breathtaking views over the Dolomites with the Sciliar, Sasso Lungo, and Sasso Piatto. Bicycles and e-bikes can be rented in Fié allo Sciliar and guided tours are also offered.
  • Swimming
    Surrounded by and impressive mountain scenery, the laghetto di Fiè allo Sciliar provides refreshment on hot summer days. Despite the fact that the lake is not really large, it is really popular: the laghetto di Fiè has been established in the 16th century by Leonhard of Fiè as a fish pond. Today, however, fishing is prohibited, but bathing is allowed - and a jump into the waters of the pond located at 1,036 m asl (max. depth: 3.5 m) is a real pleasure on hot summer days! Part of the Pond of Fiè is protected as biotope and gives shelter to a large number of animals.
    In addition, the public swimming pool in the sport area of Telfen in Castelrotto is a popular destination for the whole family.
  • Tennis
    Swing the tennis racket!
    Even on vacation, you can keep up your training. You are able to play tennis in Fié allo Sciliar from the beginning of April to the end of September. Throughout the hole year you can play tennis at the sports center in Castelrotto. The tennis coach Johannes is also available for tennis lessons.
  • Paragliding
    Enjoy the Dolomites from a bird's eye view. The Alpe di Siusi offers the ideal conditions for an unforgettable flight. You can start your personal flight from Bullaccia or Spitzbuehl on the Alpe di Siusi and glide down to the valley. The view is amazing.
  • Skiing
    The ski resort of Val Gardena-Alpe di Siusi offers 175 kilometres of slopes to suit every taste, and 80 cable cars for safe transportation: The ultra-modern cable cars are fitted with state of the art child safety equipment, and thanks to the sheer immensity of the ski resort, waiting times at the cable car stations are never long. The ski resort of Val Garden-Alpe di Siusi is the largest resort of the Dolomiti Superski area with an access to the well-known ski tour Sellaronda. From Presule you can reach the valley station of the cable car Alpe di Siusi by bus and by car (15 min).
    If you like it smaller you are also able to reach from Presule the Carezza ski area in 35 minutes by car. 15 lifts, 41 km of slopes and fantastic views of the Catinaccio and Latemar offer ideal conditions for a Ski vacation with the whole family.
  • Cross-Country skiing
    If you’re planning to dedicate your Dolomite holiday to cross-country skiing, the trails on the Alpe di Siusi are the place to be. All the tracks are double or quadruple and perfectly groomed. Whether you go for skating or classic style, beginner or pro: The Alpe di Siusi has the right trail for every taste.
  • Snowshoeing
    Enjoy undisturbed nature and incredible views on your snowshoe walk. The Alpe di Siusi, and in particular the region around Tires and the Catinaccio offers great tour. Around 50 kilometres of snowshoe trails in the middle of the Dolomites offer a lot of variety.
  • Ice skating
    In winter, the laghetto di Fiè transforms into an outdoor skating rink. In front of the impressive o Sciliar, you can enjoy the tranquility in the nature park Sciliar-Catinaccio.
  • Tobogganing and sledding
    Tobogganing in the Alpe di Siusi holiday area is an incredible experience. 23 kilometres and 11 sledding slopes fulfil every wish of tobogganers from beginners to experts.
  • Snowboarden
    One of the top 10 terrain Snowparks in Europe.
    For snowboarders and freestyle skiers are numerous kickers, boxes and rails (over 70 structures) at 1.5km in length. It's the biggest snowpark in the Dolomites.
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