Summer holidays in South Tyrol
On the sun side of the Alps
At the Hotel Baumwirt a summer break in South Tyrol is synonymous with pure holiday happiness. Our small, upscale indulgence hotel is situated beneath the Seiser Alm plateau in the St. Michael district of Kastelruth. You can look forward to cosy, rustic rooms and suites, an idyllic wellness world and mouthwatering gourmet specialities. Including a panoramic view of the stunning light grey peaks of the Dolomites.
Summer on the Alpe di Siusi
in the UNESCO world heritage
The Hotel Baumwirt beneath the Seiser Alm plateau is the perfect base for a summer holiday in the mountains. Here you can savour glorious mountain views whilst hiking, mountaineering and mountain-biking. In the evening the fascinating landscape is bathed in the light of glorious sunsets. Which means summer holiday happiness is guaranteed.
A summer holiday at the heart of the Dolomites World Natural Heritage site
The view from the Hotel Baumwirt is stunning. Which really comes as no surprise as our small, upscale hotel is set directly beneath the Seiser Alm plateau. And therefore at the heart of the Dolomites World Natural Heritage site. Nearby the summits of Schlern, Rosengarten and the Langkofel Group soar, while the neighbouring Gröden Valley entices with the Puez-Geisler and Sellastock peaks. This richly diverse landscape is perfect for an active summer holiday in the mountains.
Yet it is equally lovely to simply admire the mountains. Gaily blossoming alpine flowers, verdant alpine pastures and the deep blue of the sky in contrast with the light grey of the Dolomites make for lovely subjects for photographs. On a clear day it is possible to see as far as the main Alpine ridge.
An active holiday in the mountains
Summertime in the mountains is ideal for an active break. And the Dolomites and the Seiser Alm plateau offer ideal conditions. Experience the power the nature of South Tyrol can give you. Recharge your batteries on fantastic clean air on a mountain hike, far from the stresses, strains and clamour of everyday life. The tranquillity on the Seiser Alm plateau really does wonders for mind and soul. And because holistic wellbeing is always paramount, make sure you do your body some good at the same time with a little sports activity. It’s well worth taking advantage of the wide range of opportunities for summer leisure pursuits on the Seiser Alm, from hiking and climbing through Nordic Walking, mountain-biking, riding and swimming to golf.
Especially daring holiday guests can even take to the skies hang-gliding. On an active holiday in the mountains of South Tyrol you really work up an appetite. So it’s great that there are numerous huts in which you can refuel on regional specialities. Take plenty of breaks so that you can really appreciate the breathtaking mountain panorama of the rugged, light-grey Dolomites. And at the end of an action-packed summer’s day the Hotel Baumwirt in Kastelruth awaits you with its indulgence rooms, a therapeutic wellness world and superb gourmet cuisine.
Right on the doorstep of the Hotel Baumwirt in Kastelruth is an absolute mecca for hikers – the Seiser Alm plateau. Europe’s largest high plateau truly captivates with its unique flora and fauna, breathtaking landscape and glorious panoramic views. You can explore the Seiser Alm plateau on countless hiking trails, stopping off for a well-earned break in one of the area’s numerous mountain huts.
Enjoy regional specialities such as a traditional “Speckbrettl” bacon platter with fresh bread and aromatic cheese. An especially popular mountain hut is the Gostner Schwaige, which serves premium-quality fare. The staff at the Hotel Baumwirt will be happy to give you useful tips and suggestions for hiking tours. Kitted out with stout footwear, a walking stick and ample provisions you can then hike from the Schlern to the Santnerspitze, between the Langkofel and the Plattkofel, criss-crossing the Seiser Alm plateau.
From crystal-clear mountain and glacier lakes to reservoirs, South Tyrol is the perfect summertime destination for refreshing bathing lakes. The prime example is the Fiè pond in Völs, which is a 20-minute drive from the Hotel Baumwirt. Created in the 16th century as a fish pond, half of this 3.5-metre-deep pool is now a biotope. The other half is available for swimming. The Fiè pond is the perfect place for a cooling dip on a hot summer’s day against the stunning mountain backdrop of the Schlern and Santner peaks.
Other mountain lakes well worth a visit include the Montiggl lakes near Eppan, Lake Fennberg in Margreid, Lake Vahrn, Lake Kaltern and Lake Wolfsgruben on the Ritten plateau. And if you don’t fancy a long car drive, it’s well worth paying a visit to the open-air pool in the neighbouring village of Telfen or the Mar Dolomit pool in St. Ulrich in Gröden.
Considered by experts to be one of the most beautiful 18-hole golf courses in the whole of northern Italy, it is now possible for holidaymakers and local players to enjoy its benefits and challenges.
At the foot of the Schlern stretch long fairways, ponds, gullies, streams and fascinating waterfalls. In addition to the exceptional beauty of the landscape, this superbly maintained course also offers sporting challenges to players of all ability levels.
The Mediterranean climate with a maximum of 700 to 800 ml rain per m² offers ideal conditions for a long playing season: the course, located 850 metres above sea level, benefits from warm air streams and can be played from March to November. Even in the hot months of July and August the altitude means the temperature is lower than in the valley.
“Each of the 18 holes has its own distinctive character,” says Rudi Knapp, the internationally experienced head of the golf school, neatly summarising what sets it apart, adding: “It’s an absolute dream for any golfer. The course is very well laid out. When you tee off you are always in a slightly elevated position vis-a-vis the green – which means you can always see what to expect.”
Anyone wishing to try their hand at golf or wishing to work on their handicap is well catered for at the Kastelruth/Seiser Alm golf school. You can swing a club for the first time on a taster course, work on your handicap in the expert hands of a seasoned pro or learn the correct course strategy – all these services are offered by the golf school managed by Rudi Knapp.
That golf is only a sport for the better-off is a cliché that has long since been disproved. The Kastelruth/Seiser Alm golf club has set itself the task of making golf accessible to a larger public. “We strive to offer memberships for children and youths under the age of 18 at exceptionally affordable prices,” says Kurt Obkircher, the club president and founder of the course. Special offers such as a ten-year membership and beginners’ and taster courses have also been introduced with the aim of appealing to new golf enthusiasts. “We strive to ensure that we can meet the varied needs of South Tyrolean golfers and holidaymakers,” concludes Kurt Obkircher, as silence again descends. And if you didn’t know better you’d swear that you could hear the grass growing.
Golf Kastelruth-Seiser Alm
Seis – St. Vigil 20
Tel. +39 0471 708708
Fax +39 0471 704201