pfandler alm huette gefangennahme andreas hofer
pfandler alm huette gefangennahme andreas hofer

Pfandler and Pfistrad Mountain Huts

The Pfandler and Pfistrad Mountain Huts in the Val Passiria valley are not only beautiful excursion destinations, but also historical sites.

Two alpine huts in the Merano region have a lot to tell: These are the Pfandler Alm and the Pfistrad Alm, which were built on the slopes above San Martino and San Leonardo in the Val Passiria valley. The Pfandler Alm is connected to the MuseumPasseier, which also tells of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer. Andreas Hofer was hiding on the Pfandler Alm above San Martino (St. Martin in Passeier) before he was betrayed by the Tyrolean Franz Raffl for 1,500 guilders, captured by French occupying soldiers on January 28, 1810, and executed in Mantua shortly afterwards.

After a fire, the Pfandler Alm was rebuilt true to the original as a memorial and is now located at the Pfandler Mountain Hut, a popular stop for refreshments. Boards tell of the events of that time. A few km away, above San Leonardo in Passiria (St. Leonhard in Passeier), on the other hand, the Pfistrad Alm is located at 1,350 m a.s.l. It is an ensemble of small buildings, also including the Church of St. Anna in Pfistrad. The Gothic blockhouse that stands there is one of the oldest wooden buildings in South Tyrol and has been protected as a monument since 1982.

The Pfistrad Alm houses a small museum with old tools and display boards that tell about the interesting history of the alpine pasture and the entire Val Passiria valley. And how to reach the Pfandler and Pfistrad Mountain Huts? Both can only be reached on foot. The Pfandler Alm is located above San Martino (2.5 hours), the Pfistrad Alm above San Leonardo (1.5 hours). Both are open in summer and are popular destinations for excursions and refreshments.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Pfistrad mountain hut (39015 San Leonardo in Passiria, phone: +39 340 8595526) open from May to October.

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