St. Pauls and the Überetsch are wonderful. The area boasts an abundance of all the good things in life. Historical lanes, ancient castles and fortresses, and three magnificent bathing lakes: The small and large Montiggl Lakes, embedded in a forest, and Lake Kaltern / Caldaro with its exclusive surroundings. We also have magnificently relaxing hiking trails and steep trails for bikers, deep cellars and wine bars with excellent vintages that connoisseurs will appreciate. And a lovely landscape where every season has its own, special appeal.
Yes, St. Pauls has its own cathedral. We inhabitants of this charming village are very fond of our parish church with its characteristic onion-shaped tower (85 meters tall). It stands in the immediate vicinity of “La Rosea” and forms the popular centerpiece of our community. The little lanes and streets around the cathedral are bustling with activity. There are bars, shops, and service companies. A variety of events are also regularly held here, including the Wine Culture Weeks, the village festival, and the Christmas market. The annual “Great Feast” is especially popular; that’s when the most-delicious foods are served on a 130-meter-long banquet table.
The Blue Monster is a well-designed 9-hole golf course on the edge of town. This golf course, located at the foot of the mountains, features a number of water hazards. Golf enthusiasts prize its especially sustainable design. Our recommendation: Take an introductory lesson at the site of the historical walls of the Freudenstein castle.
A medium-difficult hike four hours in length. Korb Castle, Hocheppan Castle, and Boymont Castle form an extraordinary triangle of castles located in the immediate vicinity. The greater community of Eppan – which includes our village – encompasses more castles and fortresses than anywhere else in South Tyrol.
We here in Überetsch have the warmest bathing lakes in the Alps! Where glaciers were once to be found, visitors can now stretch out and enjoy the 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, or take a dip in the warm water. Here you can enjoy Italian “dolce vita” at its finest. Lake Kaltern is a paradise for surfers. A less-strenuous alternative is to take a paddle-boat and enjoy nature (from May till September). The two lakes in Montiggl are a natural paradise amidst a mixed forest with an area of 100 hectares that you can explore by bicycle or on foot via its countless forest trails.
In prehistoric times, a landslide revealed this natural spectacle. At an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea-level, cold air blows through the chasms of giant blocks of porphyry. As the air descends, it cools along a 200-meter-long patch of earth and exits at various spots, even on the hottest summer days, with a temperature of 0-9 °C. A natural marvel!
In autumn, when the grape harvest begins in South Tyrol, a special culinary season also begins. Guests and locals then congregate to enjoy dumplings, hearty pastries, sauerkraut, and smoked meats while quaffing the slightly-fermented harvest wine known as “Susser” and munch on roasted chestnuts. This time-honored tradition is known as “Törggelen.” The word “Törggelen” is derived from the word in the local dialect for “wine press” (“Torggl”).
South Tyrol boasts 40 ski areas – many of which are connected with each other, thus enabling visitors to ski without interruption from one to another and complete a circuit around an entire massif, switching from one valley to another. The ever-popular Sellaronda nestled in the heart of the Dolomites is just one such massif. South Tyrol also has two glacial ski areas. Ski enthusiasts and snow lovers are thus well-advised to choose La Rosea, with a central location, as the optimal starting point for their exploration of the ski areas of South Tyrol.
When the year draws to an end, the lights start coming on at South Tyrol’s traditional Christmas markets. Besides the big markets in Bozen, Meran, Brixen, Bruneck, and Sterzing, there are also numerous Advent season festivities in smaller towns and villages, too. These markets represent a great opportunity to purchase all kinds of charming items made by South Tyrolean craftsmen. We would be happy to provide you with advice and recommendations regarding the most-interesting events.
During the Christmas season, St. Pauls is home to about a hundred nativity scenes proudly displayed in the windows of historical houses. A romantic but also contemplative time for couples or the whole family.
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