Nestled at the entrance to the Pustertal valley, about 50 km north of Bolzano, the village of Vandoies is renowned for its flourishing crafts industry. Local standouts include the Lodenwelt and the Capriz fine cheese dairy, both a big draw for tourists.

The Lodenwelt in Vandoies is a factory and a museum, rolled into one to offer a full immersion into the world of loden. The interactive museum provides a comprehensive presentation of the iconic fabric past and present, from sheep breeding to the production of handmade premium garments. The 3,000 m² large Lodenwelt premises also accommodate a souvenir shop and the Lodenwirt restaurant, where you can crown your tour with a tasty South Tyrolean meal.

The Capriz dairy is also located in Vandoies and includes a museum, an outlet and a bistro with wine bar. Capriz specialises in the production of finest artisan goat’s cheese. Their varieties of soft cheese are produced according to the French method and creatively innovated to enrich their range of products with ever new delicacies. With fancy names such as Ziegello, Caprizino, Goaserle and Ziegiz Caverna, there is nothing for it but to taste them at the Capriz bistro – possibly accompanied by a glass of fine wine and a variety of other tasty specialities. At the Capriz museum, you have the chance to peek behind the scenes and discover more about the production of these exquisite goat's cheeses.

The nearby hamlet of Vallarga is located in the Pfunderstal valley, which branches off the Pustertal valley. With its rustic farms and quiet charm, Vallarga is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the Ski & Holiday Area Rio Pusteria, as well as a convenient starting point for a range of outdoor pursuits. If you are seeking to spend a relaxing holiday sampling the cultural and natural treasures of the Pustertal valley, booking a hotel in Vandoies or Vallarga is probably your best choice.