Explore the alpine farming in South Tyrol
Traditions and customs still play a big role in South Tyrol and provide insights not only into the history but also into the everyday life in the area around the Reschen pass. Alpine farming takes place here and great emphasis is put on animal welfare, which is why a stable is a home to only about twelve cows whom the farmers supply with natural, non-genetically modified feed.
A special feature for the travelers is the annual cattle drive in autumn that the south tyrolean farmers carry out. On this occasion, sheep, goats, cows and horses are colorfully decorated and are driven back to the valley. Guests of the spectacle have opportunities to taste and to try other treats such as fritters or even different types of wines in the respective alp. The traditional cattle drive from the Reschner alp is definitely worth seeing, but also a visit to the Haider alp, the Melager alp, the Graun alp, the Brugger alp or the alp in Schöneben is worthwhile. Stop off in the mountain huts on a bike ride or a hike and enjoy delicious specialties of the Vinschger kitchen.
The south tyrolean tradition in its most beautiful facets
Find many exhibits from the peasant and artisan life and inform yourself about history, traditions, and customs of the region around the Reschen pass. You do not need to go to the museum in order to experience south tyrolean traditions first hand. In addition to the traditional cattle drive there a lot of opportunities to get to know the tradition of Vinschgau through the whole year. For example, the “Herz-Jesu-Sonntag” at the end of June, where bonfires on the mountain tops illuminate the night in the Alps. Even the Krampus parades and the St. Nikolaus parade in December, or the “Scheibenschlagen” at the end of the carnival help getting to know South Tyrol from its original site. An obvious part of the tradition are local products, regional specialties, and handicraft products. Those you can taste and buy at country markets and at the Christmas markets, for example in Glurns.