Dürer path in Neumarkt
A hiking tour following the traces of Albrecht Dürer. Not only Goethe was travelling to Italy through South Tyrol. But centuries earlier the German artist Albrecht Dürer travelled to South Tyrol and Italy.
1494 Dürer went for the first time to Italy for visiting Venice. In this year the Etsch Valley was flooded and the artist has to choose an alternative way to the south. After his stop in Klösterle in St Florian near Neumarkt he went from Laag to Buchholz and finally to Segonzano.
The stages of the Dürer path:
- "Klösterle" (small monastery): You can follow the Albrecht Dürer’s traces from Klösterle in St. Florian near Laag till the castle of Segonzano. The Klösterle was built in the 13th century and offers accommodation. For example for Albrecht Dürer. Worth being visited are the Roman walls from the 1st century and pieces of the ancient road Via Claudia Augusta. In addition, there takes place an exhibition about past journeys and travellers.
- Roman bridge: Two kilometres distant from Laag you reach an old stone-bridge who cross the Laukasbach-river. The bridge is tall 10 meters and it looks very impressing. The bridge was very important in past times and even Charlemagne cross the Laukasbach and South Tyrol.
- Water mill: Albrecht Dürer passed a watermill, too, on his way to Italy and he made a watercolour draft of it. To prove the origin of the watermill on it, scientists make many studies. They have resulted that the watermill of the draft is this one you can see In the Etsch- and Cembra Valley. Now the draft is the logo of the Dürer path.
- Chestnut trees: In the 1st century AD the ancient Romans left many precious things along the Via Claudia Augusta. For example chestnut trees. The chestnuts are very nutrient and can be stored and transported easily. There are many chestnut trees on the Dürer path, too. Nowadays a rest area offers a typical chestnut-dish, which is called “dish of wanderer”.
- Earth pyramides of Segonzano: Miracles of nature are the earth pyramids of Segonzono. The river “Regnana” Built them over thousands of years and today they are amazing sights along the Dürer path.
- Castle of Segonzano: The Castle Segonzono was built in Middle Ages. After many burnings, depredations and flood disasters today the castle is a ruin. But one very worth seeing. Watch the “Roman” tower or the bastille tower.