Culture in San Leonardo
San Leonardo parish church
San Leonardo Parish Church was dedicated to Saint Leonardo in 1116. The neogothic alter, baptism font of white marble and the precious wall paintings above the sacristy are well worth the visit.
On 17th November 1809, 1200 French soldiers poured over the Passo di Monte Giovo (JaufenPass) on the way to San Leonardo and the final battle at Berg Isel in Innsbruck. The residents of the valley rose up against the invaders. Fighting was especially fierce around the parish church, lasting until 22nd November when the French capitulated to Major Dorelli. Along with 22 Passeier residents, 230 French soldiers lost their lives, to be buried on a plot of land at the western edge of the village near the Passer River.
The Sandwirt house is the birthplace of the Tyrolean resistance hero, "Andreas Hofer". Today it is a guesthouse with a traditional interior in the old innkeeper's house that is well worth seeing.
St. Hippolyt auf Glaiten
The small church from the 14th century, with precious frescoes inside, can unfortunately not be visited at this time. The decorative paintings from the year 1380 contain scenes from the life of St. Hippolytus.
Pfistradalm mountain hut
The newly renovated cheese-making cottage in the high Pfistrad Valley, at 1,350m, is a living Alpine mountain hut - museum. In this, the probable oldest timber structure in South Tyrol, Alpine cottage farming and medieval life are on display to experience and enjoy. And of course, a 1.5 hour hike is part of the experience. The mountain hut provides repast in summer months.