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History & Tradition
Cultural landscape on a sunny plateau
History & Tradition
History & Tradition
History & Tradition

History & Tradition

Cultural landscape on a sunny plateau

Tesimo/Tisens and Prissiano/Prissian is set in a unique location on the sunny hill south of the spa town of Merano is part of a historic cultural landscape that was already inhabited in prehistoric times. The widely visible hill of Hippolyt is even one of the oldest populated places in the country.

In the past, the villages of Tesimo/Tisens, Caprile/Gfrill, Narano/Naraun, Plazzoles/Platzers, Grissiano/Grissian and the castle village of Prissiano/Prissian were popular holiday destinations for the aristocracy and landowners. As a result, the area displays plenty of castles and noble villas surrounded by vineyards and chestnut groves. Many castles are still actively used today, such as Katzenzungen Castle, the home of the famous Versoaln vine.

Around Tesimo - Prissiano there are also several impressive churches, mountain churches and chapels, including St. Christoph and St. Hippolyt, St. Jakob in Grissiano and St. Apollonia in nearby Sirmiano/Sirmian, but also museums and historic cultural sites. The South Tyrol Classic vintage car rallye runs through the narrow historic centres of Tesimo/Tisens and Prissiano/Prissian.
However, tradition is not only felt in the buildings, it is also actively maintained: the members of the bands and the church choir wear their historical costumes, and at the many celebrations and church festivals, one can see the lived tradition with the smallest ones. A particularly beautiful tradition are the Sacred Heart Fires, which are lit every year on Sacred Heart Sunday in Tesimo-Prissiano.
Castel Katzenzungen
Castles, Forts
Castel Katzenzungen
Castel Katzenzungen was first mentioned in 1244 when it was owned by Henricus de Cazenzunge. Between the 16th and the 18th Century, the castle had its golden ...
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Pilgrimage church Unsere liebe Frau im Walde
Monuments, natural monuments
Pilgrimage church Unsere liebe Frau im Walde
The Marian Sanctuary is located in the village of Senale in the region of Alta Val di Non. Various legends surround this place of pilgrimage, on of the oldest ...
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Wehrburg Castle
Castles, Forts
Wehrburg Castle
Castel Wehrburg: The castle was built during the 13th Century and was owned for more than five centuries by the Lords von Andrian-Wehrburg whose dynasty was ...
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Ruin Schloss Holz
Castles, Forts
Ruin Schloss Holz
The former Castle Holz, which is mentioned in 1236, has only a few ruined walls. It is located above Prissiano in a forested area.
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Casatsch-Pfeffersburg
Forts, Castles
Casatsch-Pfeffersburg
Ruins of Pfeffersburg, also called Casatsch. Contraryto the fore-mentioned castles, which all remain more or less in tact, the old castle Casatsch which once ...
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The
Monuments, natural monuments
The "Vorbichl"
The so-called "Vorbichl" extends for about 2 km on the eastern edge of the "Tisner Mittelgebirge" and forms with its steeply sloping rock wall a natural ...
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Zwingenburg
Forts, Castles
Zwingenburg
The Zwingenburg Castle it is situated above Prissiano, a village in South Tyrol. Castle Zwingenburg was first mentioned in 1237. In 1274, the sovereign ...
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Gampenbunker
Monuments, natural monuments
Gampenbunker
In 1940-41 by the fascist regime was built this bunker for reasons of defence. It is an impressive underground structure made on several storeys with a tight ...
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