Holidays in Castelrotto – A vacation in the Dolomites
The South Tyrolean village of Castelrotto will welcome you with truly genuine South Tyrolean hospitality and an impressive mountain panorama. The local mountain of the community is the 2563 meters Mount Sciliar, which is not only a symbol of South Tyrol, but together with the Dolomites also an UNESCO World Heritage site. The municipality of Castelrotto extends from the Isarco Valley to the Gardena Valley, and includes the Alpe di Siusi, the largest mountain plateau in Europe. In the centre of the village you find the Baroque church tower with its characteristic onion peak rises. During your vacation in Castelrotto you may climb on top of the tower on 325 wooden steps and enjoy the fantastic views on Renon, Sciliar, Bullaccia, Seceda and Odle, as well as Rasciesa. Your holiday destination features a romantic flair due to the elaborately painted facades of the houses.
Cultural pleasures and ancient traditions in Castelrotto
Ancient traditions and customs are lovingly maintained across generations in the village of Castelrotto. During the traditional festive parades on the occasions of Corpus Christi, Thanksgiving and Sacred Heart, you may admire the magnificent costumes, typical of this alpine region, and even actively take part in these events. In early summer, the Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride takes place; it is the largest equestrian event in the entire South Tyrolean region, and attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of the country. The South Tyrolean village is known far beyond the country’s borders as the home of the band “Kastelruther Spatzen”. Three times a year, the famous popular music group meets in Castelrotto to enchant their fans with public performances. In the spring, the Kastelruther Spatzen Open Air takes place; in the fall, it’s time for the Kastelruther Spatzen Tent Festival. And also their Christmas Concert counts among the highlights of the event calendar.
A medieval journey across the municipality of Castelrotto
The turbulent history of this alpine region is confirmed by the many medieval castles and palaces, which during your vacation in Castelrotto invite you for a visit and offer picturesque hiking destinations. The ruins of Castle Hauenstein once were the residence of the medieval poet and minstrel Oswald von Wolkenstein. In Fiè allo Sciliar, the impressive Castle of Presule rises, which you may visit during a guided tour. In the summer, classical concerts take place behind these historic walls. Another charming destination is the mighty Trostburg in Ponte Gardena, which was built in the 12th century and rebuilt several times over the centuries.