Country Wedding in Castelrotto

Every year in January, Castelrotto remembers the traditional peasant wedding and takes a journey back to the 19th century.

Every odd year, on a Sunday in mid-January, a peasant wedding is re-staged, as it was usual in the Alpe di Siusi area in the past. At that time a wedding was usually held in winter, as the warm months were reserved for hard work on the farm and in the fields. Between 15 and 25 richly decorated horse-drawn sleighs start around 2 pm from the hamlet of San Valentino (St. Valentin) through the snow-covered countryside to Castelrotto (Kastelruth). Once arrived in the village centre, the wedding party presents itself to the spectators, who in the meantime are pampered with local delicacies by the local farmers.

The wedding party in its historical costumes, from the bridal couple to the “Marenner” to the bride’s guide, who had to bring the bridal couple into the church, is absolutely worth seeing - a total of 17 couples can be admired. The traditional costumes all come from the respective private possession. From the village square the wedding party then moves to a hotel in the village to enjoy the wedding banquet which is called “Hoazetkuchl” in local dialect. And of course there is a lot of partying and dancing! Around the Castelrotto Country Wedding the corresponding speciality weeks take place: the innkeepers present typical wedding dishes from the past in a new dress. You can enjoy dumplings with game stew, the traditional “wedding pan”, polenta, delicious poppy seed Krapfen or grey cheese with onions.

A wedding custom that has survived in the valleys to the present day is the kidnapping of the bride. The bride is “kidnapped” by some guests from the celebration and must then be sought, released and brought back to the wedding party. Meanwhile the Castelrotto Country Wedding is considered as one of the most splendid costume shows throughout the region - another one takes place at midsummer in the Val Gardena valley, the “Gröden in Tracht” folklore festival.

Suggested accommodations

  1. Abinea Romantic Spa
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    Abinea Romantic Spa

  2. Hotel Schgaguler
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    Hotel Schgaguler

  3. Sonus Alpis
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    Sonus Alpis

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