Spring holiday in Brixen – apple blossom in the Eisack Valley
At Campan Castle each spring new life awaken from the ground. The work on the farm begins with pruning the apple trees, followed by sowing the courgettes and then planting the strawberries. The sheep are happy with the fresh new grass after a winter of eating hay. The apple trees in the valley look like white and pink dress, while the last snow retreats higher up the mountains. The meadows glow in a light green and the first flowers are stretching their heads timidly into the air. The clear mountain air beckons one outside. It is a great time to take walks and bike rides through the blossoming orchards and shady woodlands and the midday sun is starting to get warm.
If you are here on the second Sunday after Easter you can take part in the ‘Kassiansprozession’ (the procession of Cassian). A culinary highlight of the spring is the Eisack’s Valley Food Festival in March. On the Natz/Schabs Plateau to the north east of Brixen you can celebrate the apple blossom festival with the locals. In June the South Tyrolean hard rock group “Frei Wild” play at the Alpenflair festival, which attracts thousands of fans from all over Europe.
Nature and Culture
South Tyrol is very beautiful in the spring. There are many walking and biking trails in the immediate vicinity of Campan Castle. Only 200 meters from the farm there is a connection to the South Tyrolean cycle network, which runs along the River Eisack through the Wipp and Eisack Valleys. We are happy to lend you bicycles and detailed maps of the area. Brixen awaits you with its imposing cathedral and the remarkable cloister. The winding streets of this medieval city with its many independent shops and Italian style make shopping irresistible and exclusive. Neustift is a medieval monastery, which is near enough to walk to. Other places of interest include the Mineral Museum of Teis, VelthurnsCastle ,Rodeneck Castleandthe Trost Mountain just south of Brixen.
Summer holiday in Brixen
There are so many things to do here in Brixen during the summer. Two of the most beautiful hiking trails in the area are the Brixener Trail and the Panorama Trail to Rossalm. Although both trails contain some climbing, they are also easily possible with children. At the end of the trail to Rossalm there is a mountain inn with a children’s playground. There are also fantastic views of the Dolomite peaks of the Peitlerkofel and Geisler range. On the neighboring farm of Castle Campan there is a riding stable that offers lessons and trail rides.
Swimming and mountains
On warm summer days, you can cool off in the adventure pool “Aquarena” in Brixen. With a Brixen Card you can visit the swimming pool daily for three hours free of charge. A short drive away are also the Caldaro and Lake Montiggl with their crystal clear bathing water. The swimming pool in Feldthurns is situated in beautiful surroundings and there also are small lakes in Lüsen and Vahrn.
For the more adventurous it is possible to do a tandem jump with a paraglider from the Plose. During your stay we can provide you with free bicycles. The long-distance cycle route from Munich to Verona runs right past our farm. Passing strawberry fields and orchards, the bike path southwards leads to Klausen. It takes about an hour to Klausen by bike and once you are there you can take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool.
Autumn Holiday in Brixen – the colorful Alpine Landscape of the Eisack Valley
Autumn is a busy time of year at Campan Castle because of the apple and grape harvest. For centuries, meadows and slopes to Campan Castle have been planted with apple trees and vines and this is the time of year when the fruit is now ready to be harvested, stored and processed. The farm produces both excellent wine and sweet apple juice. In your autumn holiday in Brixen you will be welcomed by a sea of contrasting colors. Brick red and golden yellow foliage illuminated by the trees and dark green pines provide exciting color combinations. On the Natz/Schabsplateau the famous Apple Festival takes place this is great fun for all. The famous “Spatzenfest” (Spatzen Festival) in Castelrotto attracts thousands of fans where the popular folk group “Kastelruther Spatzen” play.
Törggelen and the new wine
“Törggelen” is an old South Tyrolean tradition that takes place every year in the autumn. The tradition comes from a time before freezers. Different Inns took it in turns to kill a pig and serve it in as many ways as possible on one plate in the middle of the table (sausages, ribs, ravioli, schnitzel, and more). It is a real feast. There are also other delicious seasonal side dishes including chestnuts and cabbage. The young wine is tasted and the evening is rounded of with ‘krapfen’(sweet deep-fried batter filled with jam) a local specialty. While walking the current season of naturally cloudy apple juice is a welcome refreshmentalong the way. Chestnutscan be harvested all along the Eisacks Valley from late October to early November. Excursions into the World Natural Heritage site ofnearby Dolomites are also an unforgettable climax.
Ski holidays in Brixen: winter impressions in Eisack Valley
A snowy winter landscape and the cold season in the Eisack Valley also has many things to offer. The cleared winter hiking trails that led past the glistening snow peaks are a perfect way to enjoy the mountains in peace. Walking with snow shoes in the Dolomites is an experience for the whole family and is becoming very popular way to enjoy the snow. Guided tours in the Dolomites and the VillandererAlmare offered by the Tourist Office in Brixen and are free with a Brixen Card. The Plose has 40 kilometers of excellently groomed slopes and within a radius of 20 km there are also 3 other family ski resorts. A ride with the toboggan down to the valley of Plose is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Alpine skiing and sledging on the Plose
The Plose skiing resort is 10 minutes by car away! With 40 kilometers of perfectly groomed ski slopes, the longest run in South Tyrol (9 km) anda vertical drop of 1,400 meters. And the longest toboggan run in Tyrol goes from Ploseto St. Andrea and guarantees unlimited family fun. At the end of the day you can relax in the swimming pool “Aquarena” in Brixen. South Tyrol’s largest outdoor sauna make every visit a pleasure. With the BrixenCard you can reach the slopes by cable car from St. Andrea for free. Similarly, the entrance to the pool Aquarena is free.