Culture and tradition in Caldaro
Experience South Tyrolean highlights at Otradige/Überetsch
The South of South Tyrol offers a variety of highlights. Discover South Tyrol and the many highlights it has to offer! We will gladly advise you.
Leuchtenburg Ruin, shrouded in legend and forms part of the landscape of Lake Caldaro. The castle was built in the 13th century and for a long time was the residence of the magistrate of Caldaro. Today the ruin is a popular destination and landmark at Lake Caldaro.
Experience the history and culture of South Tyrol on Caldaro’s local mountain, the Mendola. Due to its healthy air even the European high nobility used to visit the Mendola for holidays and used Europe’s steepest and longest funicular railway to get there. Inaugurated in 1903, it was said to be an engineering marvel and is still impressive today with its 64% gradient, 2.4km length and ability to overcome a difference of 850m in altitude in 12 minutes. This must be seen!
Where else: the South Tyrolean Wine Museum must be located in the best known wine-growing region of South Tyrol. Numerous exhibits form a true highlight and vividly bring home the history and significance of wine in the region. Impressive wine presses, drinking and carrying vessels, wine casks and wine-making implements – all this and more is on exhibition. In addition there are illuminating stories about wine and you will gain insights into the tasks of a “Saltner” as the “guardian of the vineyards”.
There are old houses everywhere, and of course new ones as well. But creating a sensitive transmission, a symbiosis of old and new, is something special. In the town center of Caldaro on the Lake the 16th century traditional “Oltradige construction style” with loggias, mullioned windows and alcoves can be seen everywhere. Here heritage is kept alive; but where something new is created, contemporary architecture is permitted – sometimes even with an international reputation!
During summer Lake Caldaro is transformed into a stage on the lake. Popular international musicals are performed, and there is dancing, singing and acting. This is a special highlight during mild summer nights! Even international stars like Bonnie Tyler have performed here.
On the southern shores of Lake Caldaro is the reed area, a Natura 2000 nature reserve. This is a nesting place for countless rare birds as well as swamp animals. Scientists have counted more than 100 bird species. This reed area on Lake Caldaro is the only larger habitat of this kind between Resia/Reschen Pass and Verona and is located in one of the most important migratory routes.