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Maier Sports Trip Kaltern at the lake

One of the most beautiful wine villages in the world

Hiking through hilly vineyards, cycling early in the year like nowhere else or water sports at the warmest bathing lake in the Alps – that’s what a holiday in Kaltern am See in South Tyrol, one of the most beautiful wine villages in the world, looks like. And after all that physical exertion, there is still ample opportunity to relax – we promise!

Kaltern at the lake in South Tyrol Sport between palm trees and alpine roses

Some people prefer quiet and relaxing holidays, others look forward to a few days of sports and activities. And it couldn’t be in a more beautiful location than around Lake Kaltern – surrounded by numerous vineyards, where water sports enthusiasts and connoisseurs can enjoy themselves to the fullest, even in spring thanks to the mild weather. Whether swimming, pedal boating, surfing, sailing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in and on the water or hiking, cycling and jogging on terra firma, Lake Kaltern attracts all kinds of sports enthusiasts throughout the year.

Hiking in Kaltern The Rastenbach gorge

Water has had a magical allure since time began. A unique, natural gem is the wild and romantic Rastenbach Gorge above Lake Kaltern. When hiking through, it soon becomes apparent that this is a mystical place with a special energy. Once you enter the gorge, it gets cold and dark really quickly, you tread more carefully. The landscape alternates between polished rocks, roaring waterfalls and crystal clear puddles. A stimulating environment where you can admire Mother Nature or invent fabulous stories. The observation platform at the end of the trail provides a fantastic panoramic view over Lake Kaltern and the entire southern stretch of South Tyrol.

Thrillseekers can scale the dizzy heights of Mount Mendel, the local mountain, to do their sports. Hiking or mountain biking between alpine roses and mountain pines is no less exciting. The mountain is easily accessible, and that in an environmentally friendly way via the Mendel Funicular – when it opened in 1903, it went down in history as the steepest and longest light railway in Europe and is still visited by many tourists.

Lake Kaltern and Kalterersee Swim in one and drink the other

Kaltern is a wine village and boasts its own wine, the Kalterersee wine. Who else can say that? Pressed from the native Vernatsch grape, it is a light, pleasant and very palatable red wine that goes perfectly with a variety of dishes. Whether pizza, pasta or fish – you simply can’t go wrong with Kalterersee. The locals are proud of their wine, with close ties to it and its production. Although Kalterersee is the most cultivated wine here in terms of quantity, the Kellerei Kaltern (the largest winery cooperative in South Tyrol) and the 24 private wine producers in Kaltern are working towards greater diversity. And that requires the appropriate terroir.  

Wine tradition and diversity

Kaltern lives and breathes wine all year round. Monthly wine events enable wine lovers and connoisseurs to taste and experience the high quality and diversity of wines from Kaltern. With first-hand information thrown in, as the local wine producers are at every wine event in person. These events always revolve around wine, accompanied by culinary delicacies and musical entertainment.

Events and wine for all tastes

Wine takes centre stage in Kaltern throughout the year. In spring, wine is “actively” presented at the Wine Excursion Day (Sunday, 26th April 2020); in summer it becomes an elegant must-have for party-goers at the Wineparty (Friday, 22nd May 2020), Kaltern all in Red (Friday, 12th June 2020) and Kaltern all in White (Tuesday, 30th June 2020) and is at its best at the Kaltern Wine Days (Thursday, 3rd and Friday, 4th September 2020) and Wine and Cuisine (Saturday, 3rd October 2020).

Kaltern and the music experience

Excellence and quality – these two principles characterise not just the wine, but also the music in Kaltern. The varied programme – from pop to rock, traditional music to classical – appeals to all tastes. Kaltern plays host to festivals with different music genres and has gradually gained international recognition. They range from the outdoor Lake Stage Performances on the only lake stage in South Tyrol (21st & 28th July, 4th August 2020) to classical music concerts through to traditional and folk music – there’s something for everyone. Kaltern is alive with the sound of music – let it fill your heart and inspire you.

Our inside tip: 

Kaltern Pop is the name of the lakeside festival for music lovers who enjoy good food and wine in charming surroundings. About 30 international bands and solo artists entertained national and international visitors with a variety of music genres. They play in unusual places in Kaltern, such as the South Tyrolean Wine Museum, the Franciscan Church, the Community Centre, the cinema and even the library. Three long evenings of roaring applause, moving encounters, new friendships and inspiring conversations accompanied by typical delicacies and the local wine will whet your appetite for more.
Save the dates: Thursday, 22nd to Saturday, 24th October 2020.