Welcome to Ora – your idyllic retreat in the heart of the Castelfeder holiday region! Our rural wine village, home to over 3,800 residents, where tradition and modernity harmoniously converge.
Despite a shift away from pure agriculture, Ora has preserved its rural character over the years. Historic mansions and farms in Mediterranean style characterize the landscape, while narrow streets are lined with lovingly maintained natural stone walls.
Highlights in Auer:
- Sports and Recreation Area Schwarzenbach
- St. Peter's Church with the oldest organ in the entire Alpine region
- Ora Castle
- Baumgarten Castle
- Castle Ruin Leiter
We invite you to discover the beauty of our region and look forward to welcoming you to the Markushof – your perfect starting point for unforgettable experiences in Ora and its surroundings!
Our hiking tips
Experience the natural beauty of our surroundings! The Lake Caldaro, just 4.5 kilometers from Markushof, is not only the largest but also the warmest bathing lake in South Tyrol. In midsummer, the water temperature reaches an impressive 28 degrees. The southern part of the lake is a protected natural area, home to a variety of birds and marshland creatures.
With 4 bathing establishments, restaurants, and parking lots along the shores, Lake Caldaro is a popular meeting point for locals and guests alike. The east and west shores offer an idyllic setting to unwind. A signposted circular walking trail around the lake invites you to a relaxed stroll, jog, or bike ride.
For water sports enthusiasts such as windsurfers, kitesurfers, stand-up paddlers, and sailors, this area provides ideal conditions to indulge in their passion to the fullest.
The enchanting waters of the Big and Small Monticolo Lakes stretch across the Monticolo Forest nature reserve in the picturesque municipality of Appiano. Year after year, both lakes attract locals and guests alike and are a popular destination all year round.
Along the shores of both lakes, you'll find not only two charming bathing establishments but also narrow beaches and rocks perfect for a refreshing dip and relaxing moments by the water.
The Small Monticolo Lake, slightly higher and deeper than its big brother, is nestled in the idyllic forest and hilly landscape of Monticolo near Appiano. Various hiking trails, starting from the Big Monticolo Lake, lead to this natural gem. A small bathing establishment with a sunbathing lawn and a cozy snack station occupies a small part of the lake, while the rest is freely accessible to all nature lovers.
The Big Monticolo Lake is easily accessible by car, public transportation, or various hiking trails. On the shore, Lido Monticolo awaits you with an inviting pool bar and a restaurant perfect for lingering and enjoying the idyllic surroundings.
Small, swimmable mountain bathing lakes also promise refreshment. They convey tranquility and have a mystical aura.
The Fennberger (or Fenner) Bathing Lake presents itself as the jewel of Unterfennberg. This unique biotope is home to over 35 orchid species, crayfish, and a diverse flora and fauna that have found a protected habitat here. Although the lake is designated as a biotope with unusual flora and fauna, a small jetty invites you to swim amid breathtaking panoramas. Access is possible by car as well as hiking trails, and the plateau offers numerous opportunities for relaxed walks. Whether for mountain bikers, motorcyclists, or road cyclists, the plateau is highly recommended as a destination for a bike tour.
In Aldino, the Göllersee awaits you, a small bathing lake that seems to be straight out of a fairy tale, nestled in the middle of the forest. Surrounded by panoramic points like Rotwand and Burgstallegg, the lake offers an idyllic backdrop from which you can overlook the South Tyrolean Unterland as well as the entire Etschtal. The lake is about a 30-minute walk from the starting point at the Aldino fire station via hiking trail No. 17b. This unique combination of swimming and hiking makes Göllersee a truly special experience.
Montagna - Wine Paradise in the Trudner Horn Nature Park: Above Ora lies the charming village of Montagna in the Trudner Horn Nature Park. The climatic conditions favor the cultivation of the best Pinot Noir wines in South Tyrol. Explore this idyllic area on foot via numerous hiking trails or by bike.
Highlights in Montan:
- Enn Castle
- Hans Klocker altar in the church of Pinzon
- Panoramic views of the Adige Valley
- Panoramic hike along the former railway trail of Val di Fiemme
- Europe trail 5
Egna - Cultural Center with History: At 217 meters above sea level, the medieval market town of Egna is located. Here, the famous Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer stayed for a night in one of the dark cellars on his way to Mantua. Today, Egnais considered the cultural center of the South Tyrolean Unterland with a city-like character, picturesque arcades, and closely packed buildings in the Venetian architectural style.
Things to do in Neumarkt:
- Picturesque arcades with shops, bars, and cafes
- Buildings in the Venetian style
- Museum of everyday culture
- Outdoor swimming pool Egna
Salorno - Southernmost Village in South Tyrol: Salorno is located at the Salurner Klause, the German-Italian language border. As the southernmost village in South Salorno, Salurn marks the end of the South Tyrolean Wine Road and is part of the Trudner Horn Nature Park.
Highlights in Salurn
- Follow in the footsteps of Albrecht Dürerr
- Overlook the gateway to the south on the legendary Haderburg
- Sculpture Garden in Pochi above Salorno
- The archways of Salurn
Wine villages on the opposite side of the valley: The wine villages of Termeno, Caldaro, Cortaccia and Magrè are located on the opposite side of the valley. They are easily accessible from Markushof for excursions and hikes.
Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere and experience the historical charm of the old town of the provincial capital, Bolzano. The Gothic arcades, affectionately called "Lauben," still form the bustling shopping center of the city today. The western end of these picturesque Lauben is adorned by the colorful fruit market. Around Waltheraquare, with the monument of the famous minstrel Walther von der Vogelweide, rise the magnificent palaces of the city's nobility.
Our campsite and hotel provide you with the ideal starting point to explore Bolzano and its fascinating surroundings. You can reach the city comfortably by car in about 25 minutes. The train from Auer to Bozen takes only 15 minutes and brings you directly to the center without the hassle of parking. Alternatively, you can explore the beauty of Bozen by bike – the paved cycle path takes you directly to the center. If you ride leisurely from Markushof along the cycle path, you should be in the center of Bozen in about an hour.
Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the old town, discover historical landmarks, and let yourself be enchanted by the cultural diversity of Bolzano. We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable stay in this unique region.
Bolzano impresses with a wealth of attractions and museums. One of the most well-known is the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, affectionately known as the "Ötzi Museum," due to the fascinating exhibition of the glacier mummy.
Here are some of the outstanding attractions and museums in Bozen:
• South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology: Housed in the former building of the Austro-Hungarian National Bank (built-in 1887).
• Runkelstein Castle
• City Museum
• South Tyrol Museum of Nature
• Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
• Merano Arte
• School Museum
• Messner Mountain Museum in Firmian, Sigmundskron
With the museumobil Card, which you receive during your stay, you can use all public transport and have free access to 80 museums in South Tyrol.
For shopping enthusiasts, Bozen offers a unique shopping experience. Stroll through the famous historic Bozner Lauben, lined with shops, cafes, and bars. Just outside the center is the "Twenty" shopping center.
Discover the cultural diversity and shopping opportunities of this fascinating city during your stay in Bolzano.
Additional Excursions from Bolzano
Take a trip from Bozen to the surrounding mountains, such as with one of the three cable cars.
• Renon(Corno del Renon): In just 12 minutes, the gondolas of the Ritten Cable Car glide up to Soprabolzano. From there, numerous hiking opportunities or a ride on the historic narrow-gauge railway to Collalbo await.
• Colle: Bolzano's local mountain is the perfect starting point for hikes and walks.
• San Genesio Atesino: Worth a visit for a hiking tour over the Salten.
In the vicinity, there are a small number of providers offering special sports such as horseback riding, golf, and tennis.
Where can you go horseback riding?
EGNA: Alpscoliseum of Baron Felix Longo, Via Villa 38, Tel. +39 3358205811
ALDINO: Maso Bichl, Tel. +39 0471 886788, by appointment only, offers also pony rides for children
Where can you play tennis?
ORA: Schwarzenbach 7, Tel. 0039 0471 81 02 72
MONTAGNA: Weingütl 24 / B, Tel. 0039 348 2730621
EGNA: Schießstandweg 4, Tel. 0039 0471 81 24 38
Where can you play golf?
SAN PIETRO: Golf Club Petersberg in Val d'Ega, Unterwinkl 5,
Tel. 0039 0471 615 122
The San Pietro Golf Club is a green oasis in a peaceful and beautiful natural landscape. You have access to an excellent clubhouse and a diverse 18-hole golf course.