Zum Hirschen

Unsere lb. Frau im Walde - St. Felix, South Tyrol, Italy

The Gasthof Zum Hirschen is a historical retreat, a refuge in the mountains to switch off, to recharge your batteries in nature, to consciously enjoy. The uniqueness of the house lies in the harmonious combination of ancient spiritual wisdom and a contemporary comfort culture. A special experience for the visitors is the family hospitality and the unique gastronomy at the knot of two cultures.

Originally as a hostel for pilgrims, the house was first mentioned in a document in 1184. Over the centuries it has developed from a simple inn to a South Tyrolean village inn, largely driven by the tenant Alois Kofler, who bought the house in 1972. In 2017 the inn was converted into a mountain refuge for active connoisseurs and completely renovated. Today the guests are welcomed by Edith Ko fl er with the young entrepreneurs Ingrid and Mirko Mocatti. Their vision is to continue the hospitality in the historic house as a meeting place for people, with the aim of making the environment tangible and tangible for the guest in various ways: regional gastronomy, purist architecture, minimalist furnishings and a mixture of old and new, a wide range of leisure and cultural activities and the rural way of life in the villages of Our Lady in the Forest and St.Felix.

The inn comprises three different room typologies, which take up the epochs of the history of the house: The "inn" rooms show the changing South Tyrolean hospitality, from reduced connotation to rural elements. The "Hosptium" rooms take up the origins of the house as a pilgrim hostel and, above all, exude calm. Whereas the "LUC" rooms represent the presence of the house through large window fronts, open space and light.

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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom99 €
Single roomfrom99 €
Family roomfrom300 €


ArchitectureThe special thing about the construction of the Gasthof Zum Hirschen lies in the harmonious liaison of the historical wing in its monastic simplicity with the contemporary wing and its clear, minimalist geometries. During the renovation in 2017, the focus was on preserving the construction of the main house from the Middle Ages or exposing it in order to emphasize the historical identity of the building. The roof was covered with larch shingles in accordance with the traditional construction method and in order to harmonize the adjacent historical buildings in the town center. The cultivation from the 1980s was about increasing the energy efficiency (climate house A, external insulation, triple glazing) and using ecologically sustainable materials, such as wood and stone typical of the region. Chests and sideboards from the beginning of the 20th century have been restored, chairs upcycled and re-wallpapered, paneling restored, utensils such as a bread drying rack were also restored and repurposed (now used as a brochure holder). The renovation was carried out by a team of craftsmen from the region, the materials are local (larch, spruce, birch, porphyry, felt, linen).

FoodCooking is done according to the Slow Food principles. Here the approaches of Hildegard von Bingen and herb priest Weidinger are implemented. The ingredients come mainly from the surrounding area: organic cereals, organic flour, organic rye bread, dairy products, bacon and meat products, cheese assortment, organic free-range eggs come from farms in the village, from cooperatives in the valley and from Trentino-South Tyrol. At Gasthof Zum Hirschen, neither fly-fruit nor canned food is served. Food waste is composted and partly given to the neighboring farm for animal feed.

The house recommendation is Cervo spelt cappelletti stuffed with fine Trentingrana fonduta on Wild Henry cream. All dishes are homemade and fresh. In Cervo's kitchen, bread, jams and mustards, juices and jellies, pasta and pasta are homemade. Teas, herbs, dairy products, meats, fruits and vegetables, rice and grains come almost entirely from local or partner producers. Olive oil, for example, comes from the Marche region, and only a few ingredients come from Italian retailers, such as dried tomatoes, fish or olives. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are offered, and the kitchen is happy to accommodate special intolerances.

A large proportion of the employees come from the town or the neighboring villages. The employees receive meals and work clothes all day. They are also allowed to attend internal and external training programs again and again. The inn trains one apprentice per year. The host family supports local clubs and events.

EnvironmentThe Klimahaus B renovation of the historic building and the extension with thermal insulation and recirculation show that sustainability plays a central role in Zum Hirschen: heating with biomass, waste separation, recycling and upcycling of old furniture, deliberately no minibars, fair trade products (coffee and chocolate), use of natural materials (local wool, felt and types of wood) and no packaging at breakfast. It tries to rely on small business cycles, seasonal ingredients and local producers.

Well-BeingThe house offers a sauna with alternating finnical or organic settings, which can also be used exclusively. There is also a spacious sun terrace and a relaxation room with a tea and fruit bar. There is a birch meditation park in the garden.


  • Former pilgrim hostel in the tranquil mountain village "Unsere liebe Frau im Walde"
  • Clear, contemporary architecture meets historical building fabric
  • Experience genuine hospitality from the host family
  • Upscale South Tyrolean cuisine with local dishes
  • Many excursions in the area: Felix waterfall, Laugen mountain peak, canyon in Val di Non, pilgrimage church, visit to the bunker on the Gampenpass or the San Romedio hermitage.
  • Numerous outdoor activities can be undertaken in the area: mountain and canyon hikes, mountain bike tours, snowshoeing, ski tours and tobogganing, forest bathing, kayaking tours on the lake, and much more
  • Ideal for nature lovers, families, culture lovers, active vacationers and culinary connoisseurs looking for peace and quiet

Hotel & Inn25 roomsRestaurantChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • Gasthof-hotel with 25 rooms
  • Restaurant and bistro with garden
  • Wine lounge and day bar on the village square
  • Wine or bacon tasting
  • Sauna (bio / Finnish) with relaxation room and sun terrace
  • Wifi turns off at night
  • Dogs possible in certain rooms on request
  • Rental of sleds and snowshoes
  • E-bike rental

Certificates + Awards

Blaue Schwalbe


Historischer Gastbetrieb in Südtirol

Ausgezeichnet in 2019

Fotos: Armin Terzer, Marion Lafogler, Renè Riller

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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom99 €
Single roomfrom99 €
Family roomfrom300 €

Location + Directions

By car

Bolzano is just under an hour away by car (41 km). From Munich it takes just under 4 hours (318 km), from Zurich it is just under 5 hours (300 km), from Innsbruck just under 2.5 hours (163 km) and from Venice it is around 3 hours (272 km) ). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The closest train station is in Merano. From there a bus runs to the place (journey time approx. 50 minutes). The bus stop is about 100 meters from the hotel.