Holiday for eyes and soul
Early in the year is a time for all those holidaymakers with an eye for topographical beauty. At the end of March and beginning of April, the orchards are in full bloom under a blue sky against the magnificent backdrop of snow-covered mountains. The landscape is decorated, and is ripe for hiking. But the main season has yet to begin, and it remains peaceful in the mountains and in the valleys. That does not mean that there is nothing to do: in Brixen, the Kassiansprozession takes place shortly after Easter – a musical high point. A celebratory service in the cathedral hosts several choirs. The Brixner Bürgerkapelle accompanies the procession along with others through the city, culminating in a finale at the cathedral.
A real draw is the Apfelblütenfest in Natz/Schabs. This is where the greatest variety of crowned heads come together: apple queens, bacon and hop queens, hay princesses, sugar fairies and other living incarnations of their respective religions. The high point is the royal festival procession, surrounded by music and South Tyrolean specialities. On the subject of specialities: in March, you can take part in the Eisacktaler Kost, where 43 guest businesses present their typical dishes in a modern guide – along with cherished wines from the region, of course. The gastronomic week Eisacktaler Kost has been running for 43 years. This counts among the oldest culinary events of its type in the whole of South Tyrol.
Hiking in a sea of blossom
Walkers can enjoy the blossom hike in spring on the apple plateau. You start this circular walk in the main square in Natz, head off to Flötscher Weiher and then follow the Raiermoos back to Natz. But why ramble into the distance? Right by your accommodation at Nussbaumerhof is a very nice circular walk, beginning in Milland and going via Mellaun, St. Andrä and Mairdorf back to the starting point.