Nals and the surrounding area

Nals and the surrounding area

Quiet, idyllic and set in the heart of the valley

The rural village of Nals, with its 2,000 inhabitants, is located at 321 meters above sea level on the western side of the Adige Valley between Meran and Bolzano.  Lovingly nicknamed “Rosendorf”, meaning the village of roses, a quick walk around the village gives you a stunning insight into why.

Orchards and vineyards extend over a wide area in and around the village. Witnesses from bygone eras such as castles, stately homes and imposing farms characterise the timeless landscape. Perched above Nals in Sirmian is Schloss Payersberg, and on the way up to Prissian stand the Pfeffersburg and the Wehrburg castles.  In the village of Nals itself there are the Stachelburg and Schwanburg castles to admire.

The village is 16 km south of the spa town of Merano and 14 km north of the provincial capital of Bolzano. Due to its central location, Nals is the ideal starting point for your holiday.

Activities in Nals

We are a 3-minute walk from the sports area of Nals with its tennis courts, mini golf, outdoor swimming pool, beach volleyball court and a spacious children’s playground.

Local shops

In Nals there are two grocery stores, a patisserie and bakery, a pharmacy, a winery offering wine tasting and a shop, a farm shop, a hairdressing salon and a beauty salon.  In addition, there is a bicycle shop ( where you can rent bicycles and e-bikes. Particularly popular is our small farmers market, which is held once a week from May to October. You can reach the centre of Nals on foot in just a few minutes.

Larger towns in the area are Lana (8 km) or Eppan (9 km) and of course the cities of Merano and Bolzano with their romantic shopping streets in the old towns.

Food and drink 

In South Tyrol the refined combination of Alpine and Mediterranean cuisine makes dining an unforgettable experience.  Local specialities including “Kaiserschmarrn” (a fluffy sweet pancake) or “knödel” (dumplings in a variety of flavours) are on the menu beside Italian classics like antipasti and pasta dishes. The gastronomy in South Tyrol amazes with its quality and versatility.

In Nals you can walk to several restaurants, pizzerias, traditional “Törggele” places, bars and an ice cream parlour. In the hamlet of Sirmian a few kilometers away, there are also two restaurants (one with guesthouse), and a tavern. A large variety of eateries can be found in the surrounding villages, ranging from simple and rustic to sophisticated fine-dining.


Excursion tips – making memories

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

The botanical gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle attract many visitors every year from April to October. In over 80 landscaped gardens various plants from all over the world flourish and thrive. Whether young or old, botanist or layman, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are a remarkable mix of botanical garden and leisure attraction not to be missed.

Lake Kaltern and Lake Montiggle

The Mediterranean landscape around the two lakes suggests that they are the warmest bathing lakes in the Alps. From the beginning of May to September, the temperatures allow bathing in both Lake Kaltern and Lake Montiggle, inspiring swimmers with their water quality and breathtaking, colourful scenery.

Ötzi Museum of South Tyrolean Archeology 

Ötzi is a 5,300-year-old glacial mummy from the Copper Age. Thanks to extraordinary circumstances, it has been preserved to this day and is gradually revealing treasures of knowledge. The permanent exhibition in Bolzano shows the man from the ice, along with his clothing and equipment as well as important finds from the late antiquity, Roman and up to the Mesolithic times.

Messner Mountain Museum 

Reinhold Messner dedicated a museum project to mountains, with six unique locations in the magnificent landscape of the Alps. The Messner Mountain Museum brings together the mountains, mountain people and Reinhold Messner himself. From Nals, the closest location is Castle Sigmundskron in Firmian, Bolzano (10 km).

The Fruit Tree Museum in Lana 

The South Tyrolean Fruit Tree Museum provides an exciting and entertaining insight into the world of South Tyrolean apples, nowadays and from yesteryear.

Railway World in Rabland 

An unforgettable day trip is to the largest digital model railway system in Italy. With more than 20,000 model railways, the exhibition is the largest private collection in Europe. The main attraction is the “Miniature South Tyrol” tour.

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