An afternoon of wooden sculptures, beer, and desserts

Valle Isarco and its environs are dotted with so many picturesque villages that it’s difficult to choose which one to go to first. There was always the option of another scenic hike, but on day 2 into our trip, I was on a mission for local brews and Viennese-influenced desserts, all under the pretense of sightseeing and studying the architecture.

Westies in Castelrotto

Is this part of Italy the land of wood-sculpting masters or something? I couldn’t believe how many sculptures we saw in a single afternoon, including this westie in Castelrotto. Mads wasn’t impressed.

Castelrotto / Kastelruth

On the edge of the village of Castelrotto stands a curious-looking sculpture of farm animals, one atop the other (below, left). In Bressanone, a man and his dog looks into a store window.

Farm animal sculpture in Castelrotto Westie-in-Bressanone

Facade of Hotel Elephant

A beautiful fresco graces the facade at Hotel Elephant in Bressanone. Backed by 450 years of history, I bet those walls have a lot of stories to tell.

Chestnut cake with chestnut cream Chestnut mousse chocolate cake

The pedestrian center of Bressanone is small enough for a single visit. Before the parking meter runs out, be sure to stop in at Cafè Pasticceria Pupp for a hot drink and dessert. Their baked treats are divine, but the chestnut cakes are exquisite.

Lunch at AH Brau brewery

AH Brau brewery – the result google spat out when I put in a bunch of search terms. Located right along the highway, several miles northwest of Bressanone, it has a casual atmosphere and a no-fuss menu. They make a seasonal beer along with their usual brew, and it was a chestnut one at the time we visited. Fantastic, and hit the spot for a late lunch.

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