Location is definitely one of the best things about the resort in the tiny town of Tscherms/Cermes. But a car is really best for enjoying the beauty of the Val Venosta Valley and for exploring the many charming/small towns and other valleys of the Dolomites/South Tyrol.
Our studio room was recently remodeled. It was clean, roomy enough, and adorably furnished with a wonderful king-size bed, bath w/shower, dining table/chairs, tiny kitchen counter (micro, 2 burners, mini fridge, sink, dishes/silver), and nice covered deck to sit out on (although the street in front is very busy with lots of traffic) with views of mountains, apple orchards, and Lebenberg Castle.There was remodeling happening on the floor below us but since we were gone all day, we were unaffected by it.
We ate all breakfasts and most dinners in the timeshare, but a couple of nights we enjoyed Pizzeria Helden (a few blocks to the left out of resort). The valley beer, Forst is definitely the one to drink. We did not eat at the on-site restaurant which is leased to a Chinese family who serve Chinese, Japanese, and Italian food, plus pizza. Nor did we use the pool or sit in the bar as we were always on the go sightseeing and hiking.
There are so many things to see and do in the Dolomites that my advice is to research and figure out what you want to do. The top website to use is www.suedtirol.info. Merano/Meran (everything has an Italian and German name) was a beautiful town and we enjoyed its nice pedestrian shopping zone, lovely floral plantings, and the beautiful easy strolls along the river adjacent to the shopping zone. A cablecar took us up to Meran 2000 (big ski/hiking area) to walk some easy scenic paths and take several runs on the Alpen Bob luge run (fun!). The Trauttmansdorff Gardens are a must as is the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (the iceman, Otzi) in Bolzano.
The Marlinger Waalwege, a gentle scenic pathway along an ancient irrigation ditch which wanders among apple trees and grape vines, and offers stunning views of the valley, is directly up the road (drive to large parking area) from the resort on the way to the Lebenberg Castle (be sure to visit). We also went up the Mont Seuc cablecar to the Seiser Alm in Val Gardena for a hike, and hiked to Knottnkino. Visited Churburg/Coira Castle near Glurns/Blorenza and St. Johan Cloister in Muestair, Switzerland (take your passport).The scenery is simply stunning (even if the clouds are hanging low). If the tourist information is closed in Tscherms/Cermes, head to nearby Lana where they are extremely helpful. You’ll pass a grocery store along the way, too.
To get to the resort, we drove a rental car from Munich (took train from Paris to Munich) as we were also spending a week in Bavaria and would fly out of Munich. Instead of coming down the main A22/E45 toll road through the Dolomites, we turned west just past Vipiteno on the SS44 to get to Merano via the Jaufen Pass on an incredibly scenic, paved, twisting and steep route (often closed in winter).
As far as the timeshare, we would definitely stay here again. They speak limited English. The fellow who works at night speaks a little more English. If you’re not sure what people are speaking, chances are they are speaking the localized language of Ladin – but most people speak German rather than Italian. The people in the Dolomites are incredibly lovely and friendly. You’ll see plenty of hikers and walkers with their boots and walking sticks. People who come here are nature lovers. Shops and restaurants will often close from 2-5 p.m. in the Italian style. Lots of ATMs are available. Most places prefer Euros/cash vs. credit card. Enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- Ferienclub Breitenbergerhof Italy/Cermes