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Many sights in the culturally rich landscape

Attraction and culture in South Tyrol

The Valley of Alta Pusteria provides art and cultural monuments from different eras. In each village culture lovers can explore many different places. In the Valley of Prags / Braies the church of St. Vitus is a small landmark. The church with the Gothic altar is a place where a lot of couples get married. In the cemetery rests the famous mountaineer Victor Wolf Edler v. Glanvell.

The health spas were of major importance for tourism in Prags / Braies. The water was said to have a healing effect, and so the Countess of Gorizia had a small church built around the springs. Bath Old Prags / Braies and Bath New Prags / Braies were known far beyond the country’s borders. The baths were partly destroyed in the First World War.

In the Valley of Alta Pusteria you can find many chapels, museums, contemplative paths, Gustav Mahler’s summer residence, war cemeteries and Roman milestones.

Old traditions and customs are worth seeing. To name a few: processions with statues, paintings, chandeliers and candles of saints. Heart of Jesus: On this particular Sunday in June there are fires ignited on the mountains, in the form of hearts, crosses, eagles and so on. Church Day - "Michl" (Michael): a doll in an old costume is bound to a tall tree trunk which is anchored upright in the ground. The boys of the village guard the "Michl" the whole night so that he cannot be stolen by a neighbouring community. On the Church Day Sunday the tree is taken down again.

Krampus - Devils: Together with Santa Claus come the Krampus around the beginning of December. The groups of young men, covered with wooden masks, bells, chains, animal skins and wooden poles, move around the village. The big Krampus parade in Toblach / Dobbiaco attracts thousands of visitors every year.

New Year: it is widely celebrated in Prags / Braies. In the centre a feast is held, and at midnight, the New Year date is displayed by large fireworks.