At the traditional Weisses Rössl inn on the market square, where everything is just a short hop away.
Experience the Weisses Rössl feeling – with culinary delights and cultural highlights, a place where tradition meets innovation.
The Weisses Rössl – the White Horse Inn – is a fine example of the Überetscher style that flourished from 1550 to 1600.
A number of stately residences and inns along the South Tyrolean Wine Route, including the Weisses Rössl, were extended and altered by Italian builders.
Master builder Silvester del Gall thoroughly modernised the medieval core structure around 1586: the design of the façade dates from this time.
Originally from Tuscany, the sovereign princess of Tyrol, Claudia de’ Medici, together with her son, the Archduke Ferdinand Charles, had a liking for this late-Gothic building style, which was influenced by the Italian Renaissance. Bay windows and turrets; stone- and marble-framed window arches and door frames; double-arched windows with slender central columns; a large central hall – all these are features that distinguish the buildings.
The large hall on the second floor has a stucco ceiling that dates from the 18th century.
Lake Kaltern, its surrounding vineyards and the lively historic village centre all distinguish this picturesque village in South Tyrol’s south.
Kaltern offers a wide range of both culinary and cultural events, including numerous wine festivals such as the “Kaltern Wine Days”, plus various musical performances, such as the Kaltern Pop Festival and the Kaltern Lake Shows.
Its Mediterranean ambience and climate mean that plenty of sports and leisure activities are possible here. Lake Kaltern is ideal for swimming, pedal boating, stand-up paddling or simply relaxing. The Ora wind, blowing from Lake Garda, is also perfect for windsurfers as they skim over the lake.
Whether on a bike, by motorbike or on foot – here you can discover impressive castles, beautiful lakes and romantic wine trails. We have set down a sample of our guests’ favourite activities and attractions.
Kaltern offers plenty of marked cycleways that lead through a unique and varied landscape. A leisurely tour by bike along the South Tyrolean Wine Route is the best way to see a completely different side of the land on this side of the Alps: South Tyrol can offer gentle circular rides, challenging mountain bike tours and spectacular mountain passes for road bikes.
Everything from easy valley walks or leisurely hikes through vineyards and orchards, right up to challenging high-altitude trails with glaciers and Alpine lakes: South Tyrol offers walkers and hikers a vast spectrum of ways to enjoy its wonderful natural surroundings to the full.
The Dolomites of South Tyrol provide a unique motorcycle experience. The dramatic passes, winding mountain roads and wonderful mountain panoramas make for never-ending excitement. Ride over the Brenner Pass and down to Sterzing; then over the Jaufen Pass, into the Passeier Valley and on to Lana; over the Gampenpass and along the Mendel road, and finally down to Kaltern and the Weisses Rössl.
There are numerous lakes in the area, perfect for either relaxing or for more strenuous activities.
Lake Kaltern, surrounded by vineyards and orchards, is the warmest bathing lake in the Alps and is ideal for a cooling dip.
The Montiggler lakes and the Völser Weiher lake are both ringed by forests, while up in the mountains a variety of hiking trails lead to and from the beautiful Pragser Wildsee.
Depending on which lake you choose, you can swim, sail, go stand-up paddling or windsurfing from May to October.
Come and try for yourself the incomparable fixed-rope routes (vie ferrate), sports climbing arenas, multiple-pitch ascents and Alpine climbing experiences. There are also fantastic bouldering areas at Algund and in the “Stone City” in the Gröden Valley, while the climbing mecca of Arco, on Lake Garda, is just an hour’s drive away.
The Kaltern Cinema Club has a long history: Kaltern has been the proud home to a cinema since 1911, one of the few villages in South Tyrol that can make such a claim.
There are film screenings three days a week, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
End the day with an enjoyable evening at the cinema.
Standing above Lake Kaltern are the ruins of Leuchtenburg castle, while the Empress Sissi stayed at Trautmannsdorf castle near Meran when taking the waters there.
The Archaeology Museum in Bozen contains original finds as well as historical details of Ötzi, the Man from the Ice; the Kaltern Wine Museum in the village centre recounts the history of winegrowing over the centuries.
We are ready to start a new season with you, fully prepared and bursting with enthusiasm and drive. The recent restrictions have kindled our creativity, with lots of culinary and cultural highlights to enjoy together – wonderful, safe experiences that will long remain in the memory. We look forward to seeing guests both old and new here at the Weisses Rössl in Kaltern!
The Ambach family and the Rössl team