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Graveyards and Pilgrimage Churches

South Tyrol managed to circumvent Napoleon’s Disposal of Bodies reform decree issued in 1804 – and a good job too! The lovingly tended graveyards in the centres of the villages, which are specially decorated for All Saints and All Souls Day on the  first and second of November and are mostly arranged around the churches, have always enriched the Pustertal’s cultural and social life.

One particularly fine example is the Sextner Friedhof graveyard, in which amongst others the Sexten Alpine guide and solider Sepp Innerkofler is buried. On the way to the graveyard you can view the  “Totentanz“, a danse macabre that is the masterpiece of the South Tyrol painter Rudolf Stolz, to whom a museum in the village is also dedicated.

Walks and visits to the surrounding pilgrimage churches are also part of this serene time. One of these contemplative walks starts at Aufkirchen near Toblach, takes us up to the little church of Sankt Peter “am Kofl“, and then on to the pilgrimage church of Maria Schnee in Maria Luggau (Lesachtal - East Tyrol) or to the limestone church of the same name in Innervillgraten (East Tyrol).

We are closed in November - but you can always get in touch. Send us your non-binding booking enquiry or book directly online. The Mühlmanns look forward to your visit!





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