Glurns is fortified because of its strategic situation at the place where the road from Switzerland over the Ofenpass (Fuorn) meets the valley of the Etsch/Adige river leading to the important Reschenpass/passo Resia . And the Swiss were not always as peaceful as they are today, in particular not towards Tirol or the Habsburg empire.
I was twice (2005 and 2008) eating there together with friends. There is a bar at the ground floor and the restaurant is above it. The food is typical for normal restaurants in the area - Tyrolean/Austrian with a few Italian dishes on the menu. The quality is OK and the place is less touristy than the other two restaurants at the main square.more
Glurns/Glorenza is easily missed when coming along the main road over the Reschen/Resia pass either from Meran or from Landeck. Look out for the roadsigns Glurns/Glorenza when approachingMals(Malles Venosta) or do it like my VT-friend Anna (desert_princess) and take the wrong bus.
It is easier when you are coming the road down from Switzerland over the Fuorn (Ofenpass) and Müstair. You see the city walls and enter Glurns through a picturesque fortified gate.
What to buy: As everywhere in this region you can find tasty Tiroler Speck (dried, spiced and smoked ham) and very intersting strongly spiced bread (Vinschger) or for those who like it dry "Schüttelbrot", a very traditional type of bread which can be preserved for two years or so (do not forget that the people in the mountains were not always sure to have a harvest sufficient for the coming year so they baked some bread which could help them over an even longer time). The Speck has a similar origin - today all this has turned to be rather fancy and not cheap food. I think it is worth a try.
The Langtauferer Valley with Melag is a great and still untouched area which you would not expect so close to the very busy road over the Reschen pass. You find this pearl when you follow the road from the churchspire in the water south through the tunnel. Immediately after the tunnel, still in the village Graun/Curon Venosta you find a signpost...more
When you go over the Reschenpass/passo Resia dividing Tirol between Austria (Nordtirol) and Italy (Südtirol) you find soon after the frontier (today only noticed as a big empty place with a huge area covered with asphalt where before the Schengen agreement the checkpoints have been installed) a lake and in the second village (Graun/Curon) you see...more
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...more
Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Italy.Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?Do you have vegetarian...more
The area around the Three Countries Corner (Austria, Italy, Switzerland) is full of great and quite unknown medieval gems like the Benedictine monastery in Müstair in Switzerland just a few hundred meters across the border with great frescoes from the Carolingian period (around 800 AD) and the even older tiny church of St Proculus amidst apple...more