Sand in Taufers, South Tyrol, Italy

From the Hotel Drumlerhof, guests enjoy the view of the mighty Taufers Castle, to the north of the south side of the Zilltertal Alps with the main Alpine ridge, to the south of the rocky massifs of the Rieserferner group and the roofs of the small Italian village Sand in Taufers.

The main house is a historic inn and was built as a farm in 1576. The Drumlerhof has been an accommodation business since 1902, with agriculture remaining sideline until 1955. The Innerhofer-Fauster family has been running the Dumlerhof with great dedication since 1993. Behind the family business are the married couple Ruth and Stefan, as well as their two daughters, Franziska and Emma.

The romantic courtyard is a skilful mix of tradition and modernity, in which minimalist furniture and local materials are used. A strong pink and a lush green in combination with a lot of wood create a cozy, friendly ambience with recognition value in the interior. Each room is individually designed, with different furniture and details. In the hotel, guests can experience how easily sustainability can be lived and how the focus is not only placed on the current generations, but also thought of those who will follow.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom122 €
Double roomfrom216 €
Suitefrom417 €


ArchitectureThe main house is a historic house and has been sustainably renovated: from the insulation to the interior furnishings, all the materials, such as the wood, come from the area. The companies that carried out the construction also come from the town.

FoodThe slow food concept is pursued in the kitchen, which also includes short distances - from growing the food to serving it. At the Drumlerhof, efforts are made to ensure that food procurement is within a radius of 600 km, and they are constantly trying to further minimize the number of kilometers. The hotel specializes in gluten-free cuisine, as the host Ruth herself has an intolerance, but still does not want to do without delicious dishes. There is almost nothing that Ruth and the team do not prepare themselves: from breakfast rolls to homemade pasta (pasta, ravioli, dumplings and ravioli), french fries and homemade sweets. In summer, most of the fruit and vegetables come from their own farm. More vegetables are obtained from the organic farmer Sabine from the Felderhof next door. Particular attention is paid to seasonality, which is why there are no fresh tomatoes in winter, for example, but delicious winter salads, beets and cabbage. If the tomato fillet is then served in winter or a spring onion is used, then these were previously pickled. Because in autumn the last harvest treasures from the garden are boiled down or pickled. The meat is obtained from the South Tyrol Small Animal Breeding Association, the Biobeef South Tyrol, the Künighof in St. Jakob and the Biohof Seidl. The entire animal is bought and processed at the Drumlerhof. Milk and milk products are obtained from small cheese dairies in the Puster Valley. Mushrooms and berries are supplied by a local farmer who collects the mushrooms and berries with great care and then sells them.

The majority of the team comes from the area, but some also come from further afield, such as Kumar, who comes from India, or Peter, who comes from Slovakia. All employees can have lunch and dinner in the hotel free of charge and, if necessary, move into free accommodation. Many of the employees have been working for the Drumlerhof for more than 15 years. In addition, some social projects are supported worldwide: Caritas, project "Goats for Africa", a drinking water project in Uganda. One of the favorite projects is the "solidarity breakfast egg", whereby a number of chickens from the neighboring organic farmer are rented Neutyrolean chicken) land on the guests' breakfast plates in the hotel. With this rental model, the hosts can maintain an old breed of animals and at the same time support the farm.

EnvironmentThe hotel is CO2 neutral, heats with biomass, the garbage is strictly separated in the entire house and the electricity is generated in the local hydroelectric power station. Due to the Ecolabel certification, only certain environmentally friendly cleaning agents can be used and the food waste is composted and used as fertilizer under the apple trees. The CO2 balance is drawn up annually and a public welfare balance is drawn up together with the Terra Institute. The Drumlerhof is also a member of the climate neutrality alliance.

Well-BeingThe Drumlerhof philosophy runs through to the Zirm Spa. That means: The Drumlerhof is not a classic wellness hotel in the Ahrntal that heats pools and saunas 24 hours a day, because the farm is heated with biomass, which is valuable. Wellness fans will still find what they are looking for, because a panoramic swimming pool, a sauna with a view of the castle, an organic sauna and salt grotto as well as an outdoor whirlpool and a fine massage are waiting for them. In addition, numerous outdoor activities can be undertaken, such as (meditative) hiking, walking, forest bathing, (e-) biking, rafting, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowshoeing or paragliding. Three times a week, Stefan takes the guests to the most beautiful places of strength in the Ahrntal. And once a week forest bathing can be practiced together. Each week the hosts put together a new program that allows guests to take part in daily adventures in both summer and winter.


  • Climate-neutral nature hotel in the Ahrntal, located in the middle of the valley of 80 three-thousand-meter peaks
  • Lovingly run family business
  • Fruit and vegetables from our own farm
  • Gluten-free cuisine based on the slow food principle
  • In the rooms there is a scent of the soothing pinewood that feels like a heartbeat
  • Guided hikes are offered 3 times a week
  • Numerous activities are possible in the area: (meditative) hiking, walking, forest bathing, (e-) biking, rafting, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowshoeing or paragliding
  • A few kilometers from the Drumlerhof there are two innovative ski areas: Speikboden and Klausberg
  • Various excursion options: The historic Taufers Castle, the mine tunnel in Prettau, the Nature Park House Museum and the nature discovery trails

Hotel37 rooms and suitesRestaurantChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessPoolPets allowed


  • Hotel with 37 individually designed rooms and suites
  • Restaurant with the seal of quality "South Tyrolean Inn"
  • Zirm SPA with panoramic indoor pool, Zirm sauna with castle view, outdoor whirlpool, organic sauna, steam bath and relaxation room
  • Massages and beauty treatments can be booked
  • Prices including half board
  • Dogs on request


80 Dreitausender, vier Skigebiete, 164 Almen, 850 Kilometer Wander-wege. Wow, das Tauferer Ahrntal hat viel zu bieten. Aber das Wichtigste, das Angenehmste ist diese Ruhe! Da das Tal keinen Durchzugsverkehr hat, kann es durchaus vorkommen, dass man in der Nacht lange Zeit kein einziges Auto hört. Das ist echt fein. Und erholsam... Der Drumlerhof hat 37 Zimmer und Suiten, die allesamt mit naturbelassenen Materialien ausgestattet wurden. Kein Familienhotel, sondern ein Genusshotel. Ein Ort zum Loslassen, zum Runterkommen. Beim Frühstücksbuffet gibt es ein bisschen weniger Auswahl, dafür mehr Qualität. Brot, Kuchen, Nudeln – alles selbst gemacht. Muss unbedingt erwähnt werden: Alle Gerichte gibt es auf Wunsch gluten- oder laktosefrei (hier ist der Drumlerhof die Nummer 1 in Südtirol – Vorreiter der gesunden Küche).

Thomas Vogelleitner,, March 2021

Auf den Holzerböden im Ahrntal tanzt Fauster jetzt über Steine, manche liegen wackelig auf anderen, über weiteren wuchern Moos und Farn. Knöchelbrechaufstieg. Fauster zögert nirgends. Aber er predigt ununterbrochen. Von der Natur, die uns Menschen so reich beschenkt hat. Von der Nachhaltigkeit, die er lieber „Enkeltauglichkeit“ nennt. Von seinem Hotel im Tal, dem Drumlerhof, den er nach der Gemeinwohl-Philosophie führt. Mit Biomasse beheizt, mit Lebensmitteln aus der Region versorgt, Schokolade und Kaffee fair bezogen, weitgehend CO2-neutral.

Julia Prosinger,, March 2021

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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom122 €
Double roomfrom216 €
Suitefrom417 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Bolzano it takes just under 1.5 hours to Sand in Taufers (88 km). From Innsbruck it is just under 2 hours on the road (122 km), from Venice just under 3.5 hours (230 km), from Munich it is a good 3.5 hours (261 km) and from Zurich it takes around 5 hours ( 402 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The closest train station is in Bruneck. From there a bus goes to Campo Tures. The hotel is only 200 meters from the bus stop. A pick-up from the train station can be organized on request (free of charge for stays of 7 nights or more).