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Farm Holidays in Matsch
Farm Holidays in Matsch

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Matsch

Farm Holidays in Matsch

Matschertal valley is a side valley of the Vinschgau in South Tyrol. Nestling amidst the Ötztal Alps, the village of Matsch lies at nearly 1,600 metres above sea level.

Going on a Farm Holiday in Matsch means staying in a really special valley. Matsch goes in for sustainable tourism, active nature and landscape conservation and gentle mobility. The village awaits with all its historical aspects: noble families and bailiffs that lived in the castles in Obermatsch and Untermatsch in the 12th century have really left their mark.

Matschertal valley is a side valley of the Vinschgau in South Tyrol. Nestling amidst the Ötztal Alps, the village of Matsch lies at nearly 1,600 metres above sea level.

Going on a Farm Holiday in Matsch means staying in a really special valley. Matsch goes in for sustainable tourism, active nature and landscape conservation and gentle mobility. The village awaits with all its historical facets: noble families and bailiffs that lived in the castles in Obermatsch and Untermatsch in the 12th century have really left their mark.

A Farm Holiday in Matsch has something in store for everyone with the exception of everyday stress and strain. Around 1160, the first administrative official, the first bailiff of Matsch, made history in the village. Egno de Amatia belonged to the Tarasper family, which was a noble family from Raetia Churiensis province. The family spent long periods in Matschertal valley, in Obermatsch and Untermatsch castles, to be precise. Both castles are said to have been built by the bailiffs of Matsch. These days, there are only a few ruined walls left standing, but the castle chapel of St. Martin in Obermatsch, built in the 12th century, is still well preserved. However, the chapel’s current appearance dates back to around 1650.

The parish church in the centre of Matsch was built at the start of the 16th century and is dedicated to St. Florinus, who, according to legend, is said to have come from Matsch.

A multi-faceted active holiday

There are plenty of churches, abbeys and castles around Matsch. Taking a holiday here in a room or holiday flat means enjoying a rich cultural programme. Yet, there are lots of sporting options, too. There are plenty of mountain peaks and hiking paths just waiting to be explored. There’s a good reason why Matsch became the first place in South Tyrol to join the ‘mountaineer village’ initiative in the eastern Alps, which promotes environmentally-friendly and close-to-nature tourism. Great importance is placed on this initiative here, which is why Matschertal valley refrained from being involved in major technical developments – the natural surroundings of Matsch speak for themselves.

Whether walking along ‘Waal’ irrigation channels or conquering the peaks – there’s something for everyone. The Vinschgau High Path (‘Vinschger Höhenweg’) is a simple walk that covers an ascent of around 650 metres in five hours. Most importantly, hikers are treated to breathtaking views of the valley. The walk between farmsteads ('Höfewanderung’) is recommended mainly for families. This goes past the numerous farms around Matsch in 3.5 hours.

The sun on your back

Matschertal valley is an area popular with ski tourers and has a multitude of challenging tours for experienced ski tourers in store. If you don’t fancy doing them on touring skis, you can discover the many paths on foot – with or without snowshoes. The one thing that all these activities have in common is the sun, which is with you all the way.

A Farm Holiday in Matsch has something in store for everyone with the exception of everyday stress and strain. Around 1160, the first administrative official, the first bailiff of Matsch, made history in the village. Egno de Amatia belonged to the Tarasper family, which was a noble family from Raetia Churiensis province. The family spent long periods in Matschertal valley, in Obermatsch and Untermatsch castles, to be precise. Both castles are said to have been built by the bailiffs of Matsch. These days, there are only a few ruined walls left standing, but the castle chapel of St. Martin in Obermatsch, built in the 12th century, is still well preserved. However, the chapel’s current appearance dates back to around 1650.

The parish church in the centre of Matsch was built at the start of the 16th century and is dedicated to St. Florinus, who, according to legend, is said to have come from Matsch.

 

A multi-faceted active holiday

There are plenty of churches, abbeys and castles around Matsch. Taking a holiday here in a room or holiday flat means enjoying a rich cultural programme. Yet, there are lots of sporting options, too. There are plenty of mountain peaks and hiking paths just waiting to be explored. There’s a good reason why Matsch became the first place in South Tyrol to join the ‘mountaineer village’ initiative in the eastern Alps, which promotes environmentally-friendly and close-to-nature tourism. Great importance is placed on this initiative here, which is why Matschertal valley refrained from being involved in major technical developments – the natural surroundings of Matsch speak for themselves.

Whether walking along ‘Waal’ irrigation channels or conquering the peaks – there’s something for everyone. The Vinschgau High Path (‘Vinschger Höhenweg’) is a simple walk that covers an ascent of around 650 metres in five hours. Most importantly, hikers are treated to breathtaking views of the valley. The walk between farmsteads ('Höfewanderung’) is recommended mainly for families. This goes past the numerous farms around Matsch in 3.5 hours.

 

The sun on your back

Matschertal valley is an area popular with ski tourers and has a multitude of challenging tours for experienced ski tourers in store. If you don’t fancy doing them on touring skis, you can discover the many paths on foot – with or without snowshoes. The one thing that all these activities have in common is the sun, which is with you all the way.

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A holiday in Matsch

Picturesque mountain village at nearly 1,600 metres

Breathtaking views of the Ortler mountain

Official mountaineering village and farmed pastures

High up on the pasture

Lush meadows, grazing cows and magnificent mountain landscape: the traditional mountain pastures in Matschertal valley provide a place to get a spot of lunch or a snack. For centuries, mountain pasture farming has been a way of life for people here.

Lush meadows, grazing cows and magnificent mountain landscape: the traditional mountain pastures in Matschertal valley provide a place to get a spot of lunch or a snack. For centuries, mountain pasture farming has been a way of life for people here.

Centuries of intensive mountain pasture and meadow cultivation have left their mark on Matsch on a visual level. From the second half of the 20th century, farmland was split into forest and meadowland and its overuse was prevented by the local forestry department. That is why Matschertal valley can boast a wide variety of plant and animal life today. The valley features several working mountain pasture huts with meadows. Gondaalm pasture perches above the village of Matsch at around 2,000 metres above sea level. It transports its fresh milk right from the pastures to the village dairy, where it is made into cheese and butter, by means of a milk pipeline. Milk is also turned into scrumptious products available for tasting on Matscher Alm pasture. Matscher Alm is open both in summer and in winter and is a popular destination for hikers, families and ski tourers. A third pasture, Upialm, belongs to the farmers in Schluderns, a village at the start of the valley. Cheese and butter are also produced on this mountain pasture.

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