Holidays in Villanders
Villanders and its hamlets St. Stephan, St. Valentin and St. Moritz are situated on a sunny hillside in Eisacktal. It is a pleasantly quiet holiday spot with a picturesque town centre, neat hotels, rustic farm houses and nice apartments.
If you want to reach the pretty centre of Villanders you have to overcome about 10 hairpin bends. But the journey is worthwhile and you will surely be delighted by the cultural landscape, characterised by castles, vineyards, chestnut groves, apple trees and blooming fields – which are an ideal area for hikers and bikers. In Villanders and environs, there are available countless hiking and biking tours for every kind of sportsmen.
Sightseeing in Villanders
The mountain village has a quite long history. Several ruins, archaeological excavations and finds dating back to the Neolithic age or to Roman times point out the prehistoric settlement.
If you are interested in history, you should also visit the historical silver mine in Villanders. For the first time, it was mentioned in 1140, from the early Middle Ages, there were mined silver, copper and lead ore. The local museum offers the possibility, to learn more about Villanders’ past in the costly restored Elizabeth’s tunnel.
Other worthwhile trips will bring you to Bad Dreikirchen, to the worth seeing castle Gravetsch or to castle Gernstein. A special tip for your autumn holiday in Villanders: The village and its vicinity are among the most important venues for the harvest tradition “Törggelen” – discover it for yourself!