Active Holidays in the Pitztal Valley
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The Pitztal valley consists of the four communities Arzl, Wenns, Jerzens and St. Leonhard. Every mountain characteristic is visible in the valley, from gentle hills to steep summits. Every village has its own character, all of them value their customs and traditions. The nature is the greatest value of the Pitztal, providing a workplace for many farmers who contribute to preserve the biodiversity and landscape of meadows, pastures and forests.
The village Jerzens is situated on a sunny high plateau and boasts a spectacular view over the valley and a centuries-old Swiss stone pine forest. The Swiss stone pine which is also called “queen of the Alps” has become very popular over the past few years. Studies have shown that the wood has a positive effect on the wellbeing, as it slows down the heart rate and promotes a healthy sleep. In a local exhibition visitors can learn interesting facts about the trees. A hike through the Swiss stone pine forest is an unforgettable experience for nature lovers of all ages.
Customs and Traditions in the Pitztal Valley
Traditional dirndl dresses and homemade liquor
The “Stamserhaus” in the community of Wenns is Tirol’s oldest farmhouse and at the same time a local museum which is well worth a visit. The small village Plangeross keeps a special tradition: During the Advent season the village is transformed into an Advent calendar, each day a new house will be opening its doors and offer Tirolean delicacies, schnaps and mulled wine.
Another Tirolean tradition is the annual cattle drives, where the local associations and village bands present their festive uniforms and celebrate the harvest festival. Farmers markets offering Tirolean speck, homemade bread and much more as well as tent festivals are very popular among visitors and locals.