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The Vinschgau District

South Tyrol’s cultural region

The Vinschgau District - Val Venosta in Italian – is the upper part of the Etschtal Valley in South Tyrol. It stretches from the Reschen Pass to Partschins near Merano. The name Vinschgau is derived from the Venostes, a Celtic tribe which used to have their area of settlement here.

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Thanks to its special location enjoys the Vinschgau District also a special climate. Low precipitation but in turn more sunshine is guaranteed. The impact of the meteorological phenomena coming from the north as well as from the south is softened by the over 3000 metres high mountain ridges of the Alps, which surround the Vinschgau District. This creates a climatic island position for the Vinschgau District. There is less precipitation in the Vinschgau District than, for example, on Sicily. The South Tyrolean cultural region can also keep up with the Mediterranean island when it comes to hours of sunshine. Therefore, plenty of sun is guaranteed during your holiday at the Dolce Vita Hotels in the Vinschgau District.

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The history of the Vinschgau District

The name Vinschgau (previously Venostengau) is derived from the Rhaetian tribe of the Venostes, which settled here in ancient times and were romanised during the reign of the Romans. Even though the Roman major trade route in the Alps, the Via Claudia, lead through the Vinschgau District and continued far across the Reschen Pass, the region was sparsely populated at the time. The Marienberg Monastery, Europe’s highest-situated Benedictine abbey, promoted the immigration of German-speaking settlers during the medieval times. Until then, Romansh was the dominating language in the Vinschgau District. At that time, the Vinschgau District belonged to Raetia Curiensis and formed, together with the Lower Engadin, a county. The estate passed then over to the County of Tyrol and became finally part of the Archduchy of Austria. After the reformation, the Marienberg Monastry opposed the local language yet again and replaced Romansh with German as official language.


Holidays in the Vinschgau District

Hiking, cycling or mountain biking are some of the most popular summer activities in the Vinschgau District. Especially the bicycle is ideal for discovering the Vinschgau District easily and in comfort. Whether challenging bike trail or family-friendly valley tour, the Vinschgau District offers something for every biking enthusiast. Hikers and mountain fans will also enjoy their holidays here. From demanding high-alpine summit tours to easy routes for the entire family, the selection is vast. Hiking tours along the typical irrigation channels is a special highlight on a hiking holiday in South Tyrol’s Vinschgau District. A multi-day hiking tour along the Vinschgau High Route is just as attractive. Countless serviced alpine farms and mountain huts invite for a break after any hiking tour. Here you are indulged with tasty South Tyrolean specialities and gather some fresh energy for more excursions into the multi-faceted natural landscape of the Vinschgau District. In addition, the wide range of sports activities leave no time for boredom during a holiday in South Tyrol: climbing, rafting, paragliding, fishing, archery, swimming or golf.

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