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Völlan has a lot to offer! Experience an unforgettable time in the beautiful Merano region with its numerous attractions and impressive natural beauty. Feel exhilarated by the warmth of the people around you and an atmosphere created for your well-being in our Belvita You & Me Hotel. The idyllic Waldhof² forest park is one of our highlights. Our award-winning cuisine ensures heavenly delights for the palate from morning until evening. Enjoy the unique combination of modern design, Italian Dolce Vita and traditional South Tyrolean hospitality in our four-star superior hotel ...

 

 

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13. - 20. May
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Seneca
Bauernbrotnockerln (a kind of farmhouse dumpling) with cheese sauce for 8 persons

DUMPLINGS

500 g      dumpling bread, black

300 g      milk

180 g      curd cheese

1.5          eggs

1.5         egg yolks

100 g     boiled potatoes

50 g       rye flour

 

Mix everything together except the rye flour and allow the flavours to blend for 20 minutes. Then pass the entire mix through a meat grinder. Add the rye flour. (Form dumplings out of it). Briefly boil and drain the Bauernbrotnockerln.

 


CHEESE SAUCE

20 g         butter

150 g       cheese (Emmental, Edam, taleggio)

200 ml     cream

30 g        parmesan

1             clove of garlic, chopped

1 tbsp.    parsley
               salt, pepper


Melt the butter and sauté the garlic. Slice the cheese, add to a pot with the cream and melt. Once the sauce is creamy, add salt and pepper. Add parsley and the parmesan cheese before serving.

21. - 26. May
"No one knows the extent of his own powers till he has tested them." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Heini Holzer via ferrata in Merano

Whether you choose the numerous fixed-rope routes or alpine terrain: South Tyrol offers endless possibilities for climbing, not just for professionals, but also for children and families.

 

The 550-m-long climb, which is perfectly secure thanks to a 1000-m length of steel cable, offers medium levels of difficulty and is suitable for less strong Alpine climbers or families with kids who like climbing and walking (ages 10 and up). If you want to go on this fixed-rope climb, you need to set out early and be in good general condition.

 

The picture shows a climber at sunrise who has reached just the end of the via ferrata and is now climbing the last few metres to the summit of the Ifinger Mountain.

27. May - 02. June
"Happiness: the state of quietly laughing oneness with the world." Hermann Hesse
Saltimbocca alla Romana For 4 persons

8             veal escalopes, 60 g each

8             small slices of dry-cured ham

2 tbsp.   flour

2 tbsp.   oil for frying

30 g       butter

30 ml     white wine

200 ml   meat broth (see vegetable risotto)

8            small sage leaves
              salt, pepper

 

If necessary, remove the remaining tendons from the veal escalopes, tap with the meat tenderiser. Season the meat with a little salt, since the ham is already salty, and pepper and top with the sage leaves as well as the dry-cured ham. Sprinkle the meat side lightly with flour and slowly fry in a hot frying pan in a little oil, first on the ham side, then on the meat side. Now add a little butter to the meat, after a short time remove the meat from the pan and keep warm. Douse the cooking residues in the pan with white wine and add the broth. Let the sauce cook for a while and pour over the saltimbocca.

03. - 09. June
“It's amazing what a single ray of sunshine can do for the soul of a human being.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
Spinach spaetzli with ham and cream sauce for 4-6 persons

700 g     fresh spinach

300 g     flour

1 tbsp.   salt

4            eggs

1/8 l      milk

20 g      butter

200 g    cured ham, finely sliced

1/8 l      white wine

1/8 l      cream

2 tbsp.  finely grated parmesan

 

Clean the spinach, wash thoroughly and drain. In a pot, bring plenty of salted water to the boil and cook the spinach in batches for about a minute and drain. Squeeze out the remaining water and pass the spinach through a food mill. You can, if you wish, chop the spinach very finely instead.
In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the flour, salt and eggs with a spoon. Gradually add the milk and beat the mixture until bubbles start to appear. Stir the spinach in thoroughly. Rub the dough through a spaetzli slicer into a large pan of boiling salted water. Boil for about 3 minutes until the noodles rise to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon, shock with cold water and allow to dry.
Melt the butter in a pan, add the white wine and ham, and cook briefly. Pour over the cream and bring to the boil. Add the parmesan and season with salt and pepper.
Add to the spinach dumplings, stir and serve.

10. - 16. June
“If you do not know your roots, you have nothing on which to stand.” Stefan Zweig
Sacred Heart of Jesus Festival in South Tyrol

The tradition of mountain fires goes back to the 19th century and commemorates the pledge given to the heart of Jesus.

 

In 1796, in the face of the danger posed by the troops of Napoleon I, Tyrolean estates promised solemnly to entrust the country to the "Sacred Heart of Jesus" and to renew this pledge annually. The first Sunday after the feast of Corpus Christi (June) was selected as Sacred Heart of Jesus Sunday.
Andreas Hofer renewed the vow before the battle of Bergisel against the French and Bavaria. Hofer's troops won a surprising victory, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Sunday accordingly became a high public holiday. The tradition is kept alive by the mountain fires which are lit on this special Sunday and light up the skies over South Tyrol.

 

The mountain fires themselves also have a historical background: In times of war, mountain fires were kindled as an illuminated sign marking the agreed start of a battle...

17. - 23. June
“There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Asfaltart Merano turned upside down

The festival of street artists in Merano is a must for every summer family holiday in Merano and environs.

 

In June, the spa town is turned on its head, making room for clowns, artistes, fire-eaters, dancers, jugglers, tightrope walkers and musicians. During the three-day festival of street artists entitled "Asfaltart", the centre of Merano turns into one huge circus ring.

 

For a short period, this festival makes a mockery of the order that otherwise prevails in the town. Jolly clowns bring a smile to the faces of passers-by and tightrope acrobats at lofty heights cause even stressed business people to pause and look up. Of course, "Asfaltart" is also a special experience for families with children. Where else would you see so many crazy goings-on on the streets?

 

The picture shows slackliner Benjamin Kofler who, with this high line, strung between the Polveriera ruin (Pulverturm) and the tower of the Merano parish church, set a new world record for the longest urban high line at an amazing 159 m!

24. - 30. June
“Good morning, open your eyes, smile, shine and let the sun caress your face. Life is a gift, enjoy it every day.”
Cream of carrot soup with ginger For 4 persons

1/2          onion

1             clove of garlic

50 ml      white wine

300 g      carrots

20 g        ginger

800 ml    vegetable broth

400 ml    cream

               butter for sautéing
               a pinch of sugar
               salt, pepper

 

Finely chop the onion and the garlic clove and sauté in a little butter. Finely chop the carrot and ginger, and sauté with a pinch of sugar. Douse with white wine and pour in the vegetable broth. Cook gently until the carrots are soft.
Mix everything together, season with salt and pepper and refine with the cream.

 

Here’s a tip from the chef: Cut the carrots into 1 cm pieces so that they get soft faster, otherwise the soup will become too spicy because of the ginger!

01. - 07. July
"Wisdom cannot be communicated. If a wise man tries to communicate it, wisdom sounds like foolishness." Hermann Hesse
Merano high mountain trail

Taking the Hochmuth cable car, you will reach the Muthöfe farms at 1,400 metres above Merano, which are surrounded by a beautiful mountain landscape with unique panoramic views of Merano and the Adige Valley.

 

The farms are located on the Merano high mountain trail, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the entire Alpine region. It runs for a total of 100 km around the Texel Group nature park and can be walked in 5 to 8 days.

 

The trail is divided into southern and northern circumnavigations. Thanks to the different ascent and descent options, hikes along the Merano high mountain trail can be started or interrupted at numerous points. Lodges and mountain huts provide rest and accommodation en route.

08. - 14. July
“And every beginning conceals its own magic, which protects us and helps us to live." Hermann Hesse
Cheesecake dessert For 4 persons

For the cream

275 g          philadelphia (cream cheese)

1/2 stick      vanilla

20 g            egg yolk

40 g            sugar mix

100 g          egg white

100 g          sugar for whipping

 

2 leaves     gelatine

150 g  whipped cream.

 

Whisk the egg whites until foamy, then add 2 leaves of gelatine.

Gently fold in the cream and store in the refrigerator.

 

ICE CREAM

500 g              philadelphia (cream cheese)

500 g              water

125 g              sugar

83 g                invert sugar

3 leaves          of gelatine

3 pieces          lemon peel and juice

 

Mix and freeze in an ice cream maker.

 

 

CRUMBLE

50 g butter

60 g sugar

75 g hazelnut semolina

75 g flour


Mix everything together and knead, grate onto the baking paper and bake at 110°C. Then allow to dry for 4 hours.

15. - 21. July
“Think not so much of what thou hast not as of what thou hast..." Marcus Aurelius
Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.

The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are undoubtedly among the highlights of the spa town of Merano. They inspire the onlooker with their exceptional diversity and harmonious ensemble. More than 80 colourful garden landscapes from around the world can be seen here on an area of 12 hectares. It is the special climate of the sun-drenched town which makes this possible.

 

The site is divided up into four garden worlds. In the “Forest Gardens”, you find conifers from North America and East Asia, ferns, living fossils, and rice and tea terraces. The area below the castle is referred to as the "Sun Gardens". The sunny slopes are dominated by Mediterranean flair and citrus fruit; cypress trees and the alluring scents of lavender, rosemary and sage are what characterise this part of the site. The “landscapes of South Tyrol” reflect the diverse fauna of our region. Finally, you come to the “Water and Terraced Gardens" with their large lily pond, in which the lotus flower unfurls its blossoms.

 

The picture shows an area that was newly opened in 2016, the “Lovers’ Garden”.

22. - 28. July
“Anyone who knows olive trees venerates them, considers them to be angels who rise up out of the earth.” Willis Barnstone
Olive oil from Sicily

Gaetano, an olive farmer from Sicily and friend of the family, has just started supplying us with fine olive oil from his homeland. The outstanding quality of this olive oil impresses not just our chef Tibor but also our guests.

 

The olive grove is not particularly large, which means that Gaetano can manage to cultivate the olives with the help of his family and without additional staff. Out of love for nature, Gaetano's family grows the olives according to organic guidelines. Then the olives are harvested by hand, cold pressed, bottled and personally brought to us in Foiana by Gaetano.

 

Subject to the availability of stocks and the abundance of the harvest, the olive oil can be purchased from us in the Waldhof².

29. July - 04. August
“To be on the road at night in the open air under the silent sky, following a quietly flowing body of water, is always mysterious and stirs the soul in its very depths.” Hermann Hesse
Martello Valley / Martelltal

The Martello Valley extends from the valley entrance at Laces at 800 m above sea level up to the 3,760 m summit of the Cevedale / Zufallspitze Mountains in the Ortler region. Known for its pristine nature and its rustic character, the Martello is a popular destination for nature lovers and fans of the mountains.

 

The breathtaking mountain scenery which towers up at the end of the valley provides the backdrop for a good few adventures - and the Marteller mountain hut offers the corresponding options for rest and refreshment. Right next to the hut is a small mountain lake which reflects the peaks of the Martello Valley as well as the famous Gran Zebrù / Königsspitze.

 

At the same time, at an altitude of 900 to 1,800 m, Martello is the highest contiguous strawberry-growing region in Europe. The climatic conditions in the Martello Valley are also ideal for the cultivation of different tasty berries, herbs and vegetables.

05. - 11. August
“Hope is the rainbow over the downward gushing stream of life.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Mayenburg Castle (fortress)

The Mayenburg was a castle used by the Court of Merano. Verdicts were handed down in the open air on those whose lot was not to be executed. Once a year, the Court gathered here and adjudicated on various issues (jurisdiction, administrative matters, duties to be paid by the farmers, taxes, military service). Researchers assume that the location of the castle was strategically very advantageous and that it used at one time to belong to the fortification system of the counts of Eppan (Appiano).

 

Parts of the curtain wall complete with battlements surround the palace and further residential buildings. In the chapel, on the other hand, wall paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries can be found. A round tower can also be seen which served as a dovecote and protection for the castle well.

12. - 18. August
"At the beginning they are only mountains. But later on, you start to miss them, and, at some point, you can’t live without them.”
Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen The symbol of the Dolomites

The three peaks in South Tyrol known as the Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen are the symbol of the Dolomites as well as a natural highlight of the region. The nature park of the same name was declared a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in 2009 together with the other peaks in the Dolomites.

 

Since the first ascent of the Cima Grande in 1869, the summits of the three peaks have been among the most sought-after destinations in the Alps for the climbing fraternity. They are accessible by numerous climbing routes of varying levels of difficulty and have become a centre of Alpine climbing in which many of the important developments in the history of this sport have originated. To name just one example, one of the world's best climbers, Alexander Huber, a member of the "Huber Buam" – was the first person to scale the Cima Grande free solo in 2002. He is the only mountaineer to have made the ascent alone and without ropes.

 

As there are very few sources of light pollution around the three peaks, the sky is full of stars and the Milky Way is stands out clearly on clear summer nights.

19. - 25. August
“Trees communicate with each other. Trees look after and tenderly take care of their children and also their elderly and sick neighbours. Trees have feelings, emotions, a memory.” Fascinating stories from: “The secret life of trees” V. Peter Wohlleben
Ancient Larches of Val d'Ultimo

The nearby Ultimo Valley / Ultental is home to one of nature’s most unusual and special creations:

 

2,000 years old, up to eight metres wide and 35 metres high: The ancient larches in Santa Gertrude (in the Ultimo Valley) are probably the oldest coniferous trees in Europe and together form one of the most famous natural monuments in South Tyrol. These giants, whose profiles have been etched by wind, weather and lightning strikes, stand on the edge of the forest of Santa Gertrude. When one of the larches fell in 1930, it was found to contain over 2000 annual rings; due to the extent of the rot inside the tree, however, it was impossible to determine exactly how old it was.

 

Old trees are a true microcosm of lichens, fungi, algae, mosses and insect larvae. Rotten tree hollows offer shelter to woodpeckers, owls, weasels and bats. In the vernacular, these ancient larches are referred to as "bat larches".

26. August - 01. September
"In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself." Albert Einstein
Sheep droving in the Val Senales / Schnalstal

For over 1,000 years, farmers in the Val Senales have been droving their sheep every year to the grazing grounds of the Ötz Valley close to Vent. Farmers in the Val Senales own the grazing rights there. In June, over 2,000 sheep and shepherds take this route via the Niederjoch and the Hochjoch in the Ötz Valley, with all its attendant dangers to man and beast alike, returning to the Val Senales in mid-September. This is followed by a traditional shepherds’ festival with all kinds of culinary delicacies from the region of Val Senales.

 

The sheep drive between the Senales and the Ötz Valleys is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage event.

02. - 08. September
"The human soul is like water: water comes from the heavens and falls to earth, only to rise up to heaven. Our souls will rise and fall, only to rise again, like water.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Fanes

The Fanes-Sennes-Braies nature park is one of the largest conservation areas in South Tyrol.

A large part of the forested area consists of spruce forests, which offer an ideal habitat for animals such as grouse, martens and foxes. Very extensive, too, are the mountain pastures and meadows with their great diversity of plant life, including arnica and gentian. At higher elevations above 2,000 m, which are populated by mountain hares and snow grouse, edelweiss, rampion, the dragon’s mouth orchid and dolomite yarrow all thrive.

Near the Fanes mountain plateau is to be found an impressive stone amphitheatre, known as the “parliament of the marmots”, a small part of which can be seen in the picture.

09. - 15. September
“You can build something beautiful even from the stones that are placed in your way.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The earth pyramids on the Renon / Ritten

The highest and most beautiful earth pyramids in Europe are to be found on the Renon / Ritten plateau above Bolzano.

 

Earth pyramids consist of conical heaps of clay and the rocks that cover them, and often make up bizarre landscape forms. They can occur in soils from the late-glacial moraine clay which was left behind on the Renon plateau by the main Isarco Valley glacier and some local minor glaciers. These soils are rock hard when dry but, as soon as it rains, turn into a soft pulp, slip down and form escarpments of 10 to 15 metres in height. 
These escarpments are then washed out by further rainfalls. However, if pieces of rock are concealed in the softer earth, the clay under these rocks is protected from the rain and, as the surrounding material is increasingly eroded by the weather, the majestic earth pyramids literally rise out of the ground.

16. - 22. September
"Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now." Leo Tolstoy
The myth-shrouded Lago di Carezza / Karersee

In the Western Dolomites, six kilometres from Nova Levante / Welschnofen, there lies a small, emerald-green mountain lake, in which the Catinaccio / Rosengarten range and the Latemar are reflected: Lake Carezza.

 

Because of its impressive colour, the Lake Carezza is also known in Ladin as the “Lec de Ergobando” (Rainbow Lake). But this is not the only explanation of its name. According to legend, the Lake Carezza was once home to a beautiful mermaid, in whom the wizard Masaré fell in love. To win her favour, the witch Lanwerda encouraged him to dress up as a seller of jewels and to create a magic rainbow spanning the distance from the Rosengarten range to Mount Latemar. He duly followed this advice, but forgot to disguise himself. He was therefore discovered by the mermaid, who disappeared for ever in the lake. The wizard was so angry that he threw all the fragments of the rainbow and jewels into the lake - which is why the lake still glitters in all the wonderful colours of the rainbow even today.

23. - 29. September
“The future interests me far more than the past, as I intend living in it.” Albert Einstein
Tirolo Castle Emblem of the province of South Tyrol

Tirolo Castle, built in the 12th century, is the most important of all the Tyrolean castles and gave the whole region its name. The name of Tyrol was originally used for the village, the counts of Tyrol, and, finally, for the dominion of these counts.

 

The castle is home to some works of art that occupy a significant place in the annals of art history: Works of Romanesque architecture, especially the marble portals, Gothic wall paintings, a Gothic altar and the oldest Tyrolean glass painting. Today, Tirolo Castle is the seat of the South Tyrolean Provincial Museum for Culture and History. The permanent exhibition in one wing which has been refurbished in modern style covers everything from archaeological finds to the history of time. The “Rittersaal” of the castle hosts popular evening concerts in June and July. Ensembles from home and abroad interpret music from different countries and traditions.

On the mound of Tirolo Castle, the sun terrace of Merano with unique panoramic views of the Burgraviato district and the Venosta Valley, visitors can see something which is special and unique to South Tyrol: the Bird Care Centre in Tirolo / Dorf Tirol.

30. September - 06. October
When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity." Albert Einstein
Chestnut soup For 8 persons

400 g       chestnuts

1 tbsp.     diced shallots

1 tbsp.     butter

1/2 l         chicken stock

400 g       cream

50 g         white chocolate

1 tbsp.     butter cubes

                fresh truffles, truffle oil

5 cl          white port to taste

PREPARATION

Fry the shallot cubes in butter until transparent. Pour the chicken stock over the chestnuts and simmer for 20 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and season with port wine.

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Our rooms at a glance
deluxe Bergkristall Double rooms
Approx. 40 m²
deluxe Rosenquarz Double rooms
Approx. 40 m²
Category Burgpanorama Double rooms
Approx. 35 m²
Category Waldstimmung Double rooms
33 m²
Category Laugen Double rooms
23 m²
Juniorsuite Typ suite
Approx. 48 m²
Panorama suite Typ Suite
Approx. 50 m²
Parksuite Typ suite
Approx. 70 m²
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