Ora is a rural wine village with over 3,000 inhabitants in the middle of the holiday region Castelfeder. Although people no longer live exclusively of agriculture, Ora was able to preserve its rural charm over the years: historical residences and farms in the Mediterranean style, narrow streets lined with stone walls, trees and flowers everywhere you look.
Highlights in Auer:
- Sports & Recreation zone “Rio Nero”
- St. Peter's Church with the oldest organ in the entire Alpine region
- Ora Castle
- Baumgarten Castle
- Ruin Castelfeder
Lake Caldaro is situated only a few kilometres (4.5) from the Hotel Markushof. As the largest and warmest lake in South Tyrol Caldaro lake draws up bathers and holiday guests from mid of May to early October. To paddle with a boat across the water is a delight for young and old and especially in the evening light a romantic venture. Because of the arise of the south wind "Ora" in the late afternoon on lake Caldaro, not only regular sailing regattas take place there but it makes it interesting for windsurfers, too.
Just north of the Lake Caldaro there are the Great and the Small Monticolo Lakes. The water park at the Great Monticolo Lake with the longest slide in South Tyrol and other highlights has to offer some superlatives. From locals affectionately called "Lido" it combines the amenities of a pool with those of the lake. The Little Lake Monticolo is idyllically nestled in the woods above the Great Monticolo lake.
To cool down have a dive into a small bathing mountain lake. The lakes provide peace and have a mystical aura.
- Göller lake in Aldino (1,103 m asl)
- Fennberg / Cortaccia: Fennberg lake (1,047 m asl)
Above Ora, at about 500 meters above sea level, lies the village "Montagna", directly in the Monte Corno Nature Park. The Castle Enn is located in the picturesque town center with its steep cobbled streets. Montagna includes the hamlets Pinzon, Glen, Kalditsch, Gschnon and Fontanefredde, scattered all over the sunny plateau and embedded in well-tended orchards and vineyards. Due to the climatic conditions the best Pinot Noir wines of South Tyrol can thrive here. Explore the area from the Hotel Markushof afoot on numerous walks 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
At 217 meters above sea level lies the medieval market town of Egna. Since its formation Egna has held an important position by the important geographical location between north and south. Today Egna is a cultural centre of the South Tyrolean Bassa Atesina with city -like character, picturesque arcades and buildings in Venetian style.
Things to do in Neumarkt:
- arcades with shops, bars and cafes
- buildings in Venetian style
- Museum of everyday culture
- outdoor swimming pool Egna
Salorno is located on the the bottleneck in the gorge below the German - Italian language border. As the southernmost village in South Tyrol Salorno is the conclusion of the South Tyrolean Wine Route and it is also part of the Natural Park Monte Corno. The place is marked by stately houses from the Renaissance and Baroque.
Highlights in Salurn
- walk in the footsteps of Albrecht Dürer
- on the fabled Haderburg overlook the gateway to the south
- Sculpture Garden in Pochi above Salorno
- The archways of Salurn
On the opposite side of the valley there are the wine villages Termeno, Caldaro, Cortaccia and Magrè. For trips and hikes they are not far from the Hotel Markushof.
Also most particular sporting activities such as horseback riding, golf and tennis can be done in our vicinity.
Where to go 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 to 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 to play golf?
SAN PIETRO: Golf Club Petersberg in Val d'Ega, Unterwinkl 5,
Tel. 0039 0471 615 122
Petersberg Golf Club offers a beautiful natural setting with lots of tranquillity.
There you will find a great clubhouse and a varied golf course with 18 holes.
In Ora there is a well-known dance hall for standard dances, the Zoom.
Discofox and taxi dancer: The zoom became famous by the discofox on Wednesday and Saturday and the taxi dancers. The dancers come from all over South Tyrol.
Liscio - waltz, tango and foxtrot: On fridays and sundays the Liscio evenings are held in the zoom.