Here is a small selection of landmarks, cultural assets and museums in the vicinity of your **** Holiday and Wellness Hotel Windschar in the country of castles, Oetzi the iceman and fantastic, beautiful nature. South Tyrol - experience nature and culture.
Tauferer Ahr valley
This powerful medieval fortress structure makes its historical significance evident. Formerly the castle of the lords of Taufers (Tures), it came into the possession of the South Tyrol Institute of Castles in 1977. It was extended in the 15th and 16th cen. into a spacious residential fortress. Completely furnished and very well preserved, this castle is among one of the largest and most beautiful in all of Tyrol. The frescoes in the castle chapel, painted by Friedrich Pacher, are particularly precious.
Mineralogical Museum Kirchler
Over 950 examples have been put on display from the areas of the Zillertal Alps and the Hohe Tauern: In addition to the largest piece of smoky quartz in all of South Tyrol, the 'contorted' rock crystal from the Prettau (Predoi) mine is a special attraction on 300 m² of exhibition space.
Exhibition mine and climate tunnels, Prettau
Copper was mined in Prettau for more than 400 years. Today the mine gallery of St Ignaz has been opened to visitors. The mine train takes visitors more than one kilometer into the enchanting world of the subterranean.
And in the climate tunnels, 1,100 meters within the mountain and are reserved as a place for peace, relaxation and recuperation. The micro-climate in the inactive tunnel helps people suffering from respiratory problems.
Reiner Waterfall in Sand in Taufers
The Rein Creek is a left tributary of the Ahr. It emerges above Rein in Taufers and flows through the Rein Valley and the Tobel Gorge with the spectacular Rein Creek Waterfalls. The upper and middle Rein Creek waterfalls have a height of about 50 m, the bottom one about 10 to 15 m. Alongside the Rein Creek Waterfalls runs the Path of Reflexion to the Sun Song of Saint Francis.
Holy Ghost Church
The church was built in 1455 and consecrated by cardinal Nikolaus Cusanus. It is the most northern church of Italy.
Nature-park house and museum Rieserferner-Ahrn, Sand in Taufers
The Nature-park house provides visitors with multimedia information concerning the park’s mountains, trails, refuges, lakes and waterfalls. For kids there are fairy tales and legends from times past.
Puster Valley (Pustertal)
Messner Mountain Museum RIPA at Brunico
At Brunico castle in Puster Valley - at the gate to the Dolomites - the 5th MMM Ripa from Reinhold Messner has been opened. It presents mountain peoples from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe with their cultures, religions and tourism activities. The mountain culture is reflected in the daily lives of their inhabitants, who impart life and history to the mountains of the world. This heritage of the mountains, which has ensured survival over the millennia for the people living high up on the brink of life, can now be appreciated at MMM Ripa – with the help of their dwellings, videos and encounters.
Municipal Museum in Brunico (Bruneck)
The new museum contains parts of the art history collection of the former museum, including the woodcarvings and paintings of Michael and Friedrich Pacher. The main focus, however, is on modern graphic arts by regional artists. There is a special section on 'Graphic Arts and Literature' by contemporary artists.
Mountain pine oil distillery – Herb garden Bergila
Home manufacture of essential oils and herbal products. Daily distillation and guided tours free of charge, from May till November.
Dolomythos in San Candido (Innichen)
A representation of the Dolomites as an area for living and culture through dioramas, reconstructions, three-dimensional models, and films. Fossils and minerals show the Dolomites as an extensive repository of geological processes. Volcanoes, desert landscapes, coral reefs, and deep sea basins in the different geological eras are portrayed, as are flora and fauna. For children, there is an extensive area with the opportunity for a treasure hunt.
South Tyrol Museum of Ethnography
Founded in 1976, the Museum of Ethnography is the oldest of the provincial museums of South Tyrol. It is located in the imposing Mair am Hof residence in the Puster (Pusteria) Valley. Taken note of by travel writers as early as the 19th cen., the manor is now home to an open-air museum which offers a view of social life in the past with the juxtaposition of houses of the nobility, self-reliant agriculturists, and smaller farmers, along with several examples of the technology of the period. The instructional itinerary portrays the cultural history of a simple people with emphasis on everyday work in the fields and on the farm.
Museum of Ötzi - The Iceman at Bolzano
Over 5000 years ago, a man climbed up to the icy heights of the Schnalstal glacier and died. He was found by accident in 1991, with his clothes and equipment, mummified and frozen: an archaeological sensation and a unique snapshot of a Copper Age man.
For several years highly specialized research teams examined the mummy and the articles found with it. They have been on exhibit since March 1998 at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
South Tyrol Museum of Natural History in Bolzano (Bozen)
The palace that today houses the Provincial Museum of Natural History was formerly the administrative office building of Emperor Maximilian I. The natural and environmental history of South Tyrol is exhibited on two floors with an area of about 1,000 sq. m. (11,000 sq. ft.)
The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano
In the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, plants from all over the world are gathered together and typical landscapes of South Tyrol are presented. Paths meander uphill through water and terraced gardens, leading to the Sensual Garden or the Japanese Garden, to the cacti and succulents mound or to cultivated plants of the south, like the olive tree and the grapevine.
Abbey of Novacella with wine cellar
A wealth of art historical treasures and other remarkable attractions awaits visitors to the monastery complex: the collegiate church suffused with light is the southern-most example of southern German late Baroque architecture, the cloistered courtyard with its Gothic arches and embellished with frescoes by various artists, the Monastery library with 92,000 printed works and the large hall in Rococo style. To the Abbey belongs even a wine cellar.