South Tyrolean folklore – Event highlights in Siusi allo Sciliar
The tradition-conscious alpine region at the Sciliar Massif welcomes you throughout the year with numerous events. Flamboyant pageants and processions are held on certain holidays such as Heart of Jesus, Corpus Christi and Thanksgiving. The traditional Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride is the largest equestrian event in South Tyrol – it takes place in Castelrotto, Siusi and Fiè allo Sciliar. The event is named after the medieval minstrel, who once lived nearby the village in the Castle Hauenstein. Other event highlights include the Kastelruther Spatzen Festival in October and the Kastelruther Spatzen Open Air in the spring. During your winter holidays you can look forward to the Moonlight Classic Alpe di Siusi Marathon. In this cross-country skiing race on the Alpe di Siusi athletes compete with each other after dark.
Castles and fortresses: Architectural highlights in the Sciliar area
The area surrounding the village of Siusi allo Sciliar offers an abundance of medieval castles, historic buildings and magnificent palaces. Just above the village, the ruins of Castle Hauenstein invite you to a visit. In the late Middle Ages, it was the residence of the popular knight and poet Oswald von Wolkenstein. The ruins of Castle Salegg rise on a rocky promontory at the foot of the Sciliar. The fortress was built in the 12th century by the Lords of Saleck and given to decay at the beginning of the 17th century. At a distance of six kilometres from the Garni Alpin, the Castle Trostburg rises on a promontory. The massive edifice was built in the 12th century and is one of the most impressive castles in South Tyrol. During a beautiful hike, you may also visit the Castle Presule in Fiè allo Sciliar.
Museums and attractions in the surroundings of Siusi allo Sciliar
Not only in rainy weather, numerous museums and attractive destinations in the surroundings of Siusi allo Sciliar invite you to a visit. The Kastelruther Spatzen Museum in Castelrotto celebrates the great successes of the most popular folk music band in South Tyrol. Enjoy an interesting excursion to the School Museum in Tagusa and to the Farmers’ Museum in S. Osvaldo. In the South Tyrolean provincial capital of Bolzano you may visit the Archaeological Museum, where the mummy of the Stone Age hunter “Ötzi” is exhibited, while in the spa town of Merano the botanical gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff welcome you with lush Mediterranean vegetation.