The places and people
in the Valle di Tures and Aurina.
The places and people
in the Valle di Tures and Aurina.
Where does Alto Adige really begin? At Brennero? Or Salorno? Below in the valleys? Or among the mountain peaks? Or perhaps in the people? Or in the surrounding landscape? It is pointless to try to answer these questions definitively. Instead, it would be better to explain how many different ways there are to get to know our small but beautiful territory.
One thing is certain: the territory and the people are similar. Both are somehow a bit gnarled, with their peculiarities, and they are both a challenge to conquer. But that is exactly what makes them so fascinating. South of the Alps everything is a little sweeter, less rough. Always spectacular, yet with a Mediterranean touch.
Holidays in Alto Adige, or Alto Adige ion Italian, have important advantages for both Italians and Germans. Italian guests feel at home with the language and the cuisine, while holidaying immersed in an impressive landscape. German guests can speak their mother tongue and, despite this, are spending their holidays abroad.
Valle di Tures and Aurina, like Alto Adige, is a kind of microcosm. Go to the top of the Sonnklar by cable car to admire our beautiful valley from above. A view like this is not possible in any other part of Alto Adige.
Valle di Tures and Aurina
the ideal place for an active holiday
The Valle di Tures and Aurina is the northernmost valley in Alto Adige, running north at the level of Brunico from Valle Pusteria to the mountain ridge of the Zillertal Alps. The valley is 40 km long and till Campo Tures gains less than twenty metres in altitude. After Campo Tures, the valley curves toward the northeast and from 850 it rises dramatically to 1,600 metres above sea level.
These numbers speak for themselves. Valle di Tures and Aurina is a popular and highly sought tourist destination thanks to its numbers: 84 three-thousand metre peaks, 178 mountain huts offering services, 912 farmsteads, 15,000 inhabitants, 10,000 head of cattle, 850 km of hiking trails, 7 alpine refuges, 3 ski resorts, 35 mountain lakes, countless rivers and streams, 120 drinking water sources, 80 km of cross-country skiing, over 50 peaks accessible by ski mountaineering and 10 toboggan runs. In summer you can practice more than 30 sports, more than 20 in the winter. And all while immersed in a natural park.
Valle di Tures and Aurina owes much of its fascination to the incomparable natural beauty of the territory. The peaks of the Zillertal Alps, the last mountain ranges of the Venediger Group, Vedrette di Ries and the Durra all present themselves in their best attire. The Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park is one of the largest protected areas in Europe.
Alpine pastures, mountain lakes, waterfalls, beautiful scenery, great mountain views and a rich culture … it is not possible to tire of such beauty.
the homeland of Hans Kammerlander
The most attractive town in Alto Adige is situated in the largest protected area in Europe. Campo Tures is the main city of the Valle di Tures and Aurina. The municipality is divided into areas; Molini di Tures, Caminata, Campo Tures downstream and Acereto and Riva di Tures in the mountains. About 5,200 people live in this attractive and pleasant town with a village character devoted to tourism.
Among the tourist attractions worth mentioning are the Tures Castle, where Tyrolean nobility, the Lords of Tures, resided in the past, the spectacular Riva waterfalls, the Natural Park Museum and the pristine beauty of the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Natural Park, part of the larger area designated protected at a European level.
The best known resident is, without any doubt, the extreme climber Hans Kammerlander. He was born in Acereto and has always lived there.
the capital city of Alto Adige
Perhaps nowhere else in Alto Adige can you meet such two completely different linguistic groups and cultures as in this city characterised by two rivers, the Adige and Isarco. Almost 100,000 inhabitants live in the city, about one third of the population of the entire province. During the Fascist period the city of Bolzano was heavily industrialised and the Italian inlfuence strengthened (remember that Alto Adige, after the First World War, was suddenly annexed as a prize to the “winner” Italy). The Italian language group makes up 73 percent of the population. Today Bolzano is the capital of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano. Alto Adige, the Italian name for Alto Adige, enjoys rights bestowed by the Italian government under a special statute, and a strong autonomy. The fruit market, the arcades, Piazza Walther and the cathedral are certainly the best known spots in Bolzano. The “Museion”, a museum of modern and contemporary art, a trilingual university, the European Academy of Bolzano research centre (EURAC) and the Museum of Ötzi are examples of how modernity has become part of a city rich in ancient traditions. Residues of Fascism in Victory Square, the Palace of the Court or the façade of the building housing the taxation authorities aroused significant discussions in 2011 about the city’s past. Bolzano is also a tourist attraction with thousands of visitors to its Christmas markets every year. Added to this are days full of cinema, cultural festivals, dance events in the summer, the jazz festival and many other events, which combine to make Bolzano the cultural capital of the province.
the main city of the Puster Valley
Brunico may rightly be viewed as the main city of the Val Pusteria. With around 15,000 inhabitants and location at the foot of the famous Plan de Corones, is almost like the gateway to the Valle di Tures and Aurina. Before its foundation in 1250, Brunico was only a castle. The town later grew at the foot of what was then the bishop’s residence. Today it is home to a famous museum, the brainchild of Reinhold Messner, i.e. the “MMM of the mountain people”. The most famous son of Brunico is undoubtedly Michael Pacher, a painter and sculptor whose work in the late Gothic style still enjoys worldwide renown.
The town preserves the four ancient gates leading to the famous central streets characterised by their wide range of shops, almost an open-air shopping centre. Brunico is by no means lacking in charm and interest, especially thanks to its enchanting renovated residential buildings on the main street, within the town’s historical centre. For the people of Brunico, coffee breaks and work schedules are no trifling matter: from noon to three o’clock in the afternoon everything is closed. This Alto Adige tradition remains unchanged in Brunico. The Christmas markets in December, the Stegona market in October and many other events make the city of Brunico a very pleasant place to live.