South Tyrol's side valleys have been sheltered from the influence of the outside world for centuries. Stories and traditions are handed down from generation to generation and are still very much alive to this day. Not folklore but living customs, religiousness and the will to preserve tradition is what you will experience in the village communities.
If you want to embrace culture with all of your senses then South Tyrol is the ideal place- with its 800 castles, fortresses and estates. Countless museums are at your disposal for finding out more about culture and local history. The culinary offers in South Tyrol are exemplary of the climate, countryside, culture and people of this diversifed region.
"Klöckeln" is an ancient Germanic fertility custom which takes place in Sarnthein.
When scary, ghoulish screams and the din of bells ringing can be heard on a winter's night, then everybody in Sarnthein knows: It's "Klöckelnacht". On the first three Thursdays in Advent the "Klöckler" go from house to house, singing their songs with the ancient melody..