Holidays in Leifers
Leifers in the holiday region of Bozen and environs is the right place for discoverers: They can explore the wonderful Lake Kaltern, the endless fruit orchards and vineyards and a language, which is difficult to understand also for another South Tyrolean. Leifers is a real surprise!
Leifers is the youngest of eight cities in South Tyrol and is located a few kilometres south of the capital Bozen with its district Seit, Steinmannwald and St. Jakob. After Bozen, Leifers has the highest percentage of Italian-speaking inhabitants. Both language groups live here peacefully and even create completely new word combinations out of Italian and German expressions that are difficult to understand for outsiders.
The city near the villages of Branzoll and Pfatten offers a southern flair as well as numerous hiking paths and bike tours. Leifers is located as well on the renowned Via Claudia Augusta long-distance cycle path, along the eponymous historical Roman road. Thanks to its central position, the train station and excellent connections to the means of public transport, Leifers is an ideal starting point for excursions.
In winter, you should visit the wonderful Christmas market in Bozen. In the surroundings, you can also find several family-friendly skiing areas with toboggan runs and cross-country ski runs.
Sights in Leifers
- In the park of Galizien street, you can see the foundation walls of a Rhaetian hut dating back to the 2nd or 3rd century before Christ. Next to Leifers, numerous proofs and remnants of Rhaetian settlements were found as well. The excavation in the park was preserved and equipped with information panels.
- St. Jacob in der Au church is located on a hill and was first mentioned in documents in 1237.
- St. Anton abbot and Nicholas parish church was expanded by a modern wing in 2000. The architectural masterpiece complements the ancient church and the bell tower dating back to 1250. The altar alos has the alabaster statuette “Gnadenmutter of Weißenstein” since 1787.
- The hill called “Peterköfele” with a small church is the city’s landmark and can also be seen on the city emblem. The small St. Peter church can be found above Leifers and dates back to the 12th century. Once, it was the chapel of Liechtenstein Castle that was destroyed in 1290 by Earl Meinhard II of Tyrol due to a quarrel with the bishop of Trento. The church was spared for fear of the wrath of God. Today, it can be visited only from the outside.