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Tradition and Customs

Tradition and Customs in Venosta Valley

Traditions and lively customs complement a pioneering spirit and innovation very well. Venosta Valley is the best proof of this. Customs of pagan origin – originally Christianised and in this manner conserved – are cultivated in the Vinschgau through the present day. There are fascinating local winter customs like the Zussl race in Prad/Prato and the unspoilt Klosn in Stilfs/Stelvio. In addition, there are attractive Christmas markets full of atmosphere like the Advent in Glorenza/Glurns in the mediaeval village on the Adige river or the Val Martello Christmas market at more than 2000 metres above sea level.

In mid-June the Sacred Heart of Jesus fires on the mountains attract many onlookers from far and near; in the fall attractions include traditional markets like the Sealamorkt in Glorenza on All Souls’ Day or the Gollimorkt in Malles/Mals, where primarily top-quality products from local alpine farming are on offer.
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The Venosta Valley SkiCard is valid for all ski resorts in the Venosta Valley and provides access to five ski areas, 39 lift facilities and 133 km of slopes.
 
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The Sacred Heart of Jesus Sunday is a very special day in South Tyrol. On the third Sunday after Pentecost, open fires are lit on all of the major mountain ranges of the region.
 
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A popular custom among aficionados of ancient traditions is the ritual of the launching of burning disks, the so-called "Scheibenschlagen", which takes place annually in Venosta Valley.
 
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Traditional farmer's markets have been held weekly without interruption for many centuries in Venosta Valley. Today, they offer high-quality regional products and crafts.
Welcome to the Venosta Valley cultural region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.