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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.
Fahlburg Castle
Castles, Forts
Fahlburg Castle
Castle Fahlburg, originally „Tower of Vall“, was built during the 13th Century and owned by the Lords von Zobel. After the extinction of this family, there ...
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St. Hippolyt - mythical place of energy
Monuments, natural monuments
St. Hippolyt - mythical place of energy
In the north of the low mountain range of Tesimo lies with its 758 m the from far visible St. Hippolyt Chruch in Narano. The hill is secluded, away from the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Versoaln Vine in Prissiano
Monuments, natural monuments
Versoaln Vine in Prissiano
The Versoaln vine at the vineyards near Katzenzungen Castle is the largest and probably oldest vine in the world . The foliage of the 360-year old vine rests ...
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