San Paolo and the surrounding area
All year round offer plenty of opportunities
San Paolo and the surrounding area all year round offer plenty of opportunities to do sports, to immerse in the local culture or simply to relax. Here are some suggestions for our guests:
Nice strolls or hikes
Spring in South Tyrol and especially in the Oltradige or Überetsch area invites you to nice strolls or hikes. Like the visit of the castles around Appiano. The route starts at the Hocheppan Castle, then on to Boymont and finally you can enjoy an aperitif at the Schloss Hotel Korb Castle. You can hike through the famous Spring Valley from the lakes of Monticolo towards Lake Caldaro.
Around the Paulsner Feldhof you can also enjoy the apple blossom in our own orchards and let yourself be seduced by the scent.
Those who like to combine nature with culture should visit the Trauttmansdorff Castle with its award-winning gardens, as well as the associated “Touriseum”, the South Tyrolean Museum for Tourism.
Monticolo lakes & lake Caldaro
Cooling water is what most of us seek, when the sun is beating down. Only a few minutes by car from San Paolo the Monticolo lakes or the lake Caldaro, the largest natural swimming lake in South Tyrol and the warmest alpine lake, invite to dive in. For the sportier guests, we recommend a mountain bike tour or a hike in the surrounding mountains. How about the high route of Appiano, the Sciliar Mountain, or the famous canyon of South Tyrol, the Bletterbach gorge?
A visit to the ice holes is refreshing a rare natural phenomenon: Air passes through the splits in the porphyritic rocks and is cooled down flowing out as cold streams from the holes. An exciting experience for families.
In the summer months in San Paolo and in the surrounding villages there are several village festivals with a lot of tradition and above all delicious food and drinks.
Rainy days invite to a shopping tour in the nearby Twenty shopping Center for some souvenirs or maybe a bargain or two for your wardrobe.
Traditionally the time for the local custom “Törggelen”
Autumn is traditionally the time for the local custom “Törggelen” in South Tyrol. Usually this is the icing on the cake after a hike or a walk in the brightly coloured forests and meadows of the area. There are traditional dishes such as smoked meat with sauerkraut, dumplings and “Schlutzkrapfen” the local version of ravioli, followed by homemade donuts and roasted chestnuts. The first wine can be tasted, or if some like it sweeter, the so-called “Sußer”, a wine that has not yet been completely fermented and not filtered, or a refreshing apple juice.
If you would like to find out how wine is made, you should book a cellar tour. Just a few minutes' walk from Paulsner Feldhof, you can taste the award-winning wines of the St. Pauls winery and talk shop with the cellar master.
For guests interested in culture, the old towns of Bolzano, Merano and Bressanone are a great experience. They invite you to stroll under the loggias or offer you the opportunity to get to know the history of the country visiting one of the several museums.
Nativity Scenes exhibition & christmas markets
San Paolo is widely known for its Nativity Scenes exhibition in the Christmas season. Especially in the evening, a walk through the alleys is a discovery for young and old. The over 100 scenes are the ideal way to get into the mood for Christmas.
During the day the Christmas markets in San Michele, Caldaro, Bolzano, Merano or Bressanone are worth a visit. Everyone has his own charm and if it’s cold, a mulled wine or a non-alcoholic mulled hot apple juice is highly recommended.
Winter sport fans are spoilt for choice: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing to skiing or sledging. In about 30 minutes, you can reach seven ski areas with slopes for beginners as well as for advanced skiers. Those who prefer to skate can do so on the frozen lakes of Monticolo in beautiful nature or at the ice rink in San Michele Appiano.
When it is snowing, at the Paulsner Feldhof we don't miss building a snowman or do a snowball fight.