Hafling: holidays on horseback
This village in the vicinity of Meran is the homeland of the “Haflinger” – a popular South Tyrolean breed of horse, famous for their pretty blond mane.
Therefore, Hafling is the perfect holiday resort for horse freaks and riders. But also nature lovers, hikers and bikers will surely be satisfied, thanks to many rewarding tours and wonderful panoramic views in the vicinity.
Hafling is located a bit beneath the holiday region Meran 2000, which in summer is a frequented hiking terrain, in the cold season a popular winter sports area. One of the most liked mountain summits near Hafling is the Ifinger, reachable with a hike of 7 hours, including a short climbing tour. The ascent is quite exhausting, but worthwhile, because from the top, you have a unique and breathtaking view overlooking many parts of the South Tyrolean mountain world.
The “Haflinger” horses
„Haflinger“ are not – as one might think – the inhabitants of Hafling, but the blond horses native in Meran and environs. They are a special breed of horse typical for South Tyrol, but well-known also beyond the borders of the country. Also, Norbert Rier, member of the famous South Tyrolean folk music group Kastelruther Spatzen has some of these horses.