LandArt is art in and with nature, with nature itself being the exhibition space. Around Falzes-Pfalzen, an adventure path unites nature and art into an extraordinary total work. Those who hike along the path can admire pieces that have been made from natural materials by local artists and artisans.
Anyone who hikes through the surroundings of Falzes with their eyes open will be confronted again and again with the material of stone, and specifically in its most varied of forms.
Passing through a gate, they will arrive at the thematic path “The Rocks Tell a Tale”. It continues on through the cultural landscape of Falzes with its different aspects and, at the end, leads back through the same gate to the starting point. The buried stone columns stand in front like watchmen and remind us of their versatile usability. The path then leads through fields and meadows slightly upward, past copses of hazel, wild roses, elder, wild cherry, and blackthorn to old dry stone walls covered with moss and lichens, but also past new, carefully layered walls with lovely places to sit in the niches that have been built in.
The Gais Culture Path leads over the stream divide to Neuhaus Castle and is the perfect invitation to meditating or just lounging around. Along the path, artists have installed works with which prominent personalities are acknowledged who formerly lived and worked in Gais. They are the troubadour Oswald von Wolkenstein, American poet Ezra Pound, his daughter Mary de Rachewiltz, and the sculptors Heinrich and Franz Bacher. At the same time, for attentive observers the path presents itself as an enrichment for the soul, a silent bit of happiness in an increasingly loud world. Even though its total length is two kilometers (a mile and a quarter), at many places there is a clear view of the former Gais scree cone, of the village itself with its Romanesque church, and of the facing hill on which the majestic remnants of the Chela-Kehlburg fortress stand.
The village of Falzes-Pfalzen is located on the loveliest sun-kissed plateau in the entire Puster Valley. Set against a magnificent backdrop, it also includes the hamlets of Issengo-Issing to the west and Grimaldo-Greinwalden to the east. The name Collina del Miele - Honigberg, which translates as “honey hill”, refers to the area between Haselried and Falzes-Pfalzen. The name comes from the hillside‘s sunny location which makes it ideal for bee-keeping and making honey.
The hike up to Collina del Miele - Honigberg, the "honey hill", starts at the heart of the village and passes through stunning meadows and woods: first towards Issengo-Issing past the fountain chapel and on to Collina del Miele - Honigberg, then to Bachstöckl and back to Falzes-Pfalzen along the Kirchweg - church path.
HIKING TIME: 4 hours
DISTANCE: 10,5 km
DIFFERENCE IN ALTITUDE: 422 m
The Bunker of pleasure:
This converted WW2 relic now houses a fine selection of local and international cheese specialities. The so called “Genussbunker” of Mantana/Montal is the first one in South Tyrol which was adapted to refine, mature and store speciality cheese varieties.
Bunker No. 10:
The exhibition bunker is the complex number 10 - which was already fully operational in 1942. The Bunker No. 10 was also equipped with weapons (gun and machine guns) and even prepared for a possible attack with nuclear weapons. Today, Bunker no. 10 is privately owned and open for guided tours upon requests.
Hiking time: 1,5 hours
Distance: 4.8 km
Altitude: 252 m
Suitable for families: YES (without pushchairs)
Decipher the past
Insights into the past and views of nature.
Combine your visit to the museum with a walk in scenic natural surroundings. Along the archaeological panoramic trail on the Sonnenburger Kopf you will encounter traces of the Bronze, Iron and Roman ages. Display boards explain the excavation sites. Sixteen display boards along the specially created trail provide information on the excavations and the finds that are currently housed in the Mansio Sebatum museum.