The view from Glinzhof, like those throughout the Dolomites region, was magnificent. Glinzhof completely matched the expectations created by the photos on its website located as it is above the village of San Candido (Innichen) opposite the high dolomite peaks.
Apart from the visual experience, Glinzhof turned out to be a South Tyrol cultural experience. As the only native English speakers resident and apparently the first visitors from Australia we found the customs, food, sense of family and faith (at least, what you could pick up from a 3 night stay) different and interesting. While all this was evident from the village of San Candido and its two churches it was more fully experienced at Glinzhof. Most of the other visitors seemed to be from Germany who, as one of them told us, had come to enjoy walks in sunshine and the scenery.
The half board option included dinner at the Bergstube restaurant adjacent to and run by the B&B. Each night we had a three course meal of local Tyrolean dishes. A mixture of Italian including pasta, antipasto and German dishes including beef and potato stew. While there was no choice of meal this was no problem as the food was simple, fresh and full of flavour. We accompanied it with local wine or even better, the South Tyrol beer from the Puster valley on tap, Pustertaler Freiheit. A great regional beer!
Our hosts, Manfred and Alexia, who had the most English language, were helpful although our lack of German meant our capacity to ask more questions was limited.
San Candido in the Val Pusteria hit the right note after our journey from Bolzano via Canazei and Cortina. This trip seemed as if it was across the top of the world with the craggy, snow covered dolomite peaks in early June butting up to the clouds and blue sky.
Arriving in the valley the main sensation was of deep, lush 'greenness'. Coupled with the gently undulating, almost straight floor of the valley this was in contrast to the hard edged, rocky peaks the road had wound around, up and down to get there.
Yet lifting your line of vision above the green valley floor - there were the trademark craggy dolomite peaks. Perfect! This is exactly the view you get from Glinzhof.
Other places of interest were Lago de Braies, a glacial lake with impossibly clear water about 25 km away and walking around San Candido and nearby Sesto along streams and through forests. Even the walk along the roads around the B&B above the village were magnificent surrounded by wildflowers, fields, forest and the view across the valley up to Mounts Baranci and Tre Scarperi (both around 3000m) behind it.
Val Pusteria was a spectacular location and Glinzhof turned out to be an ideally located Agriturismo to experience it.
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