Autumn holiday in Feldthurns
Harvest season: a foodie’s heaven
It’s harvest season on the farm! Fresh vegetables are eaten every day, and pears and plums are picked from the orchard. Red rosehip glows in the hedges and the mushrooms spring up from the ground in the forest after a downpour of rain. This is also the apple picking season. The sweet chestnuts are ripe, and the whole family dons thick gloves and sets to work collecting them. The chestnuts are prepared for sale. The large ones are roasted and the small ones are boiled to make a starchy mixture used for all kinds of recipes, including doughnut fillings, roulades and jams. This is also when the Törggele season begins: traditional meals, roasted chestnuts and new wines are served in rustic inns where hikers can stop for a bite to eat after a hike along the wonderful Chestnut Trail on their autumn holiday in Feldthurns.
In mid-September, the young cattle are led home from the alpine pastures. This is celebrated in the Almabtrieb cow train festival. The autumn gusts soon blow the colourful leaves off the trees, the days become shorter and the sun is low. It gradually gets colder in November and the weather can become erratic. The first snow falls in the mountains. The leaves and chestnut husks need to be removed from the meadows so that they don’t end up in the animals’ feed. The rest of the time is taken up with carving and sculpture work: the works of art that are produced are artistically painted and varnished with great skill by Grandma Theresia.
Our tips for your autumn holiday in Feldthurns:
- Hike along the Chestnut Trail in the Isarco Valley: the Keschtnweg boasts magnificent views through the meadows, forests and chestnut groves and leads walkers to old farms, residences, wayside crosses and little churches… perfect for a family hike!
- Indulgent Törggelen hikes: in keeping with tradition, the end of the harvest is celebrated with a hearty meal, roasted chestnuts and new wines in restaurants and wine taverns in the Isarco Valley.
- Moo-ving Almabtrieb cow trains: be there once summer ends and watch as the cattle is elaborately decorated and brought from the alpine pastures down to the valley.
- Vertikale Brixen climbing centre: the sky is the limit in the modern climbing centre in Bressanone with walls of around 20 m in height, a 1,600 m² climbing space and just under 200 different routes.
- Accompanied by four-legged friends: visitors can head off from the farm and go on long walks in any season.