This church dedicated to St. Nicholas in Valdurna, situated at the end of Val Sarentino/Sarntal Valley, dates from the thirteenth century.
HOLIDAYS IN THE LITTLE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE BY THE LAKE WITH ITS FASCINATING WEALTH OF FRESCOES
Durnholz at the head of the Durnholz Valley lies on the lake of the same name at 1,558 metres above sea level and, including the residents of the surrounding mountain farms, has 260 inhabitants. Alongside Aberstückl, Durnholz also has one of the smallest mountain schools in the whole of South Tyrol.
The small village of Durnholz and the surrounding area have two precious treasures that will thrill all nature and art lovers. As visitors soon discover, these are the wonderful, silent Lake Durnholz and the precious, only recently discovered and uncovered frescoes in the parish church of St. Nikolaus. Hans Schmölzer wrote of Lake Durnholz that it was so delightfully beautiful and dreamy, that it could quite safely be included amongst the loveliest adornments of our Alps (after K.F. Wolff). A legend explains how the lake came into being. Interesting stories tell of the tests of courage of young farmers when the lake froze over. As far as the reclaimed frescoes in the parish church in Durnholz are concerned, the art historians and critics are in agreement: they are among the most important and loveliest in South Tyrol. Even today, Durnholz and its small, scattered, very steep mountain farms are still a district where the lives of the people, their earthy dialect, their attachment to tradition and love of their homeland are very authentically tangible.
Not to be missed in Durnholz:
Duration: 5:19 h
Altitude difference: 788 m
Demanding mountain hike through alpine pastures and mountain pine forests over the Flaggerscharte gap up to the Jakobsspitze.
Exceptionally there are winters when the snow falls very late. Then the Durnholzer lake is transformed into a huge ice rink where everyone can have fun.