Have you ever heard about Törggelen, a typical tradition of South Tyrol? Discover it with me, and get ready for your next trip to South Tyrol.
Do you like walking in nature and enjoying good local food when on travel? Do you like to taste the new wine, live the local traditions and … maybe you can’t wait for autumn to come in order to experience the most beautiful travel activities connected to this season?
I know that the answer is yes to everything, and that’s why you are here. So today I’m taking you on a trip to South Tyrol, in its countryside and mountain paths and its forests to experience Törggelen, one of the most local experiences you can enjoy in Italy.
Far more than just a tradition, Törggelen is … a healthy South Tyrolean habit that has ancient roots. It is a South Tyrolean culinary custom that begins just after the harvest. A special occasion to get together with the people closest to our heart to taste typical South Tyrolean dishes and taste the new wine.
What Törggelen tradition derives from?
National Geographic moment:
this tradition derives from the farming world – like all the most beautiful traditions in the world, have you ever noticed it?.
In the past, the harvest was an activity shared by families who bought together the tons of grapes or who helped each other for this very hard job. At the end of it, they used to share and taste the new wine, taking some rest in old cellars or in their backyards, to feast in moderation and have fun with friends.
Nowadays, people don’t meet in cellars but in the so called Stube, cozy places equipped with real wood stoves.
What shall we eat during the Törggelen
Let’s start with the Schlutzkrapfen (I’m aware a speech therapist is necessary to read this post laud), which are excellent, succulent and veg friendly ravioli with spinach.
Then you have to taste the Knödel , stale bread and speck balls, also available in the traditional variants suitable for vegetarians, with cheese and spinach.
Then, meat eaters can give a try with salted pork and sausages with sauerkraut, another culinary traditions of South Tyrol.
Finally, you can taste krapfen and chestnuts. In some cases, if you are lucky, you can find the Kastanienherzen: cakes filled with chestnut cream covered with dark chocolate.
Once you have tasted the delicacies of the Törggelen, go back to admire the magnificent landscapes that only South Tyrol can offer in Autumn.
Where to stay during your trip to South Tyrol for the Törggelen?
When you search for your Hotel in South Tyrol, you should consider the chance to stay in an accommodation offering both a good position to easily reach the best open air itineraries, and the expertise about the best wine cellars to go to, in order to enjoy this local tradition.
I recommend you have a look at the offers by www.suedtirol-reise.com; here you’ll find the best opportunities and hotels with spas and wellness centers combining relax, beauty, comfort and open air activities.
Other magics that happens in South Tyrol, during Törggelen
Now, after I gave you the most practical information, let me tell you something about the emotional universe you will feel on your trip to South Tyrol, during Törggelen.
It is a tradition that has been bringing together locals and tourists for years.
Every Fall there are people who come and go to enjoy this moment, which is first of all a social moment.
There are travelers and then there are the inhabitants of the place, living this tradition as part of their collective imagination, in a land that they are jealous of and yet they share generously.
It is the eternal movement that meets an apparent quiet, and creates the magic of a slow and respectful tourism.