Dorf Tirol, South Tyrol, Italy

Ferns have always had a special meaning and are considered lucky charms. They are also the masters of photosynthesis and thrive almost anywhere. The "farnhaus" is also a particularly green place and brings holiday happiness. Stefan Kofler and his wife Franziska have returned to the origins of the place. The accommodation has been created where the family inn operated until last year and where previously ferns grew. And so the ferns are not only the namesake, but also the symbol of the closeness to nature and the newly interpreted tradition of this place.

Above all, the spectacular view over the green Tyrolean mountains and the Merano Valley make the accommodation so special. The two panorama apartments are bright and friendly with large windows and terraces facing south. Harmonious colors and high-quality materials such as the chestnut wood kitchens, the satin bed linen and the (fern) green velvet for the sofas create a cozy atmosphere and at the same time ensure peace through minimalist clarity. Because that is the focus here next to nature.

The apartments are intended for self-sufficiency - including the delicious bread service from the local master baker. Guests are also allowed to take herbs and flowers from the family garden. The region is known for its particularly good climate - not only the ferns love it, but also the many wine and fruit plantations in the area. A lot revolves around product quality and enjoyment. Therefore, a small shop with local products such as chocolate from Meran, coffee from Vinschgau, stationery from the neighboring village and books by local authors is planned.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Apartmentfrom150 €


ArchitectureThe house was built by the family in 1972 and will be completely redesigned from autumn 2021. All the construction companies involved in redesigning the house come from South Tyrol, as do the materials, as far as possible. Wherever possible, things are renovated instead of being bought new. The old fence was quickly given a new coat of paint and the chairs from the former inn can be found in the apartments.

FoodYou can help yourself from the herb garden and get fresh bread from the baker every day. The hosts would like to house a few chickens in the long term, which will not only lay fresh eggs, but also do their job as natural compost users.

For handicrafts, the hosts try to use workshops that offer rehabilitation programs for people who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction or gambling addiction.

EnvironmentIn addition to avoiding (plastic) waste, the waste that does occur is separated, the minimization of water consumption is pointed out and cleaned with biodegradable cleaning agents.


  • Beautifully designed apartments with a magnificent view over the Meraner valley, the Meraner local mountains to Bozen
  • Dorf Tirol is located above the spa town of Meran and is an ideal starting point for a hiking holiday
  • The "farnhaus" is located in the middle of the hiking trails with which you can reach the Mutspitze, the Meraner Höhenweg, the Reichsweg and many others. The “Fitnessweg” circular trail in Dorf Tirol starts in front of the house
  • Many events such as concerts, a street artist festival, wine festivals and other cooking and enjoyment events take place in Dorf Tirol
  • The Tyrolean Castle, a cultural highlight and seat of the Museum of Regional History and venue for readings, concerts and theater performances, is within sight of the apartments
  • Those who like the exotic as well as the original nature are in the right place in the Garden of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Meran. A huge garden landscape with some breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the spa town of Meran. Plants grow here – and of course ferns too – from all over the world.

Apartments2 apartmentsOwn kitchenChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • Two apartments for up to 3 people each (1 bedroom + sofa bed)
  • Fully equipped self-catering kitchens
  • Cosmetic products based on South Tyrolean mountain spring water and plant extracts
  • Both apartments with large south facing terraces
  • Bread service in the morning
  • Small shop with local products in planning
  • Free parking in front of the house
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Apartmentfrom150 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Bolzano it takes about 45 minutes by car to Dorf Tirol (39 km). It takes a good 2 hours from Innsbruck (114 km), from Munich about 4 hours (269 km) and from Lindau on Lake Constance it also takes a good 4 hours (261 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

Dorf Tirol can be reached by public transport, in summer a bus also runs in the direction of "farnhaus", the nearest bus stop is approx. 900 m away (a somewhat steep climb follows).