This alpine pasture, part of the MuseumPasseier, has been place of refuge for the freedom fighter Andreas Hofer.
Image gallery: Historical site Malga Pfandler
The Pfandler alpine pasture is located above San Martino in Passiria at Prantach, at 1,350 m asl. First Andreas Hofer, along with wife, child and even scrivener, hid at the Kelderer farm and later on at the Pfandlerhof farm. The French troops had announced that they would invade via Passo Giovo.
On December 11, 1809, Hofer sent his family in a hideout at Monteneve, while he walked up the way to the Pfandler alpine pasture. On Christmas Eve his family visited him and they stayed for one and a half months. Even if Andreas Hofer was forewarned, he stayed in his hideaway. For this reason he and his family were arrested by the French and Italians on January 28, 1810, and he was taken to Mantova. His family was released in Bolzano, while he was shot in Mantova in the month of February.
The refuge at the Pfandler alpine pasture burnt in 1919 and has been reconstructed by the local Schützen association in 1984, true to the original. Visiting this place can perfectly been combined with a hike on the E5 hiking trail (2 hours to walk).
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Alps freely accessible, Pfandler mountain inn open from May to October, daily from 9 am to 10 pm (except on Fridays, warm meals served from 11.45 am to 3 pm) and Pfistrad mountain inn (phone: +39 340 8595526) open daily (without day off). Both offer South Tyrolean delicacies.