Gasthof Zum Riesen

  • Location: Town / Village
    Harscher Alm ski area: 3km (5 mins by car)
    Merano: 27km (35 mins by car)
  • Innsbruck Airport (INN): 170km (2h 20 mins by car)
    Verona Airport (VRN): 200km (2h 20 mins by car)
    Good public transport
    Free parking
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An introduction to Gasthof Zum Riesen

How would you describe Gasthof Zum Riesen in a nutshell?

The historic Gasthof Zum Riesen which is a bit off the beaten track is a house steeped in history. What is unique is that it was once a pilgrimage site and has now been restored and expanded with great love and care.

What’s the story behind Zum Riesen?

The guesthouse has been run by the same family for generations, always with a strong female figure in the house. Ms. Alexandra dell’Agnolo has taken on the wonderful task of running the house. And her sister Sylvia, who is an award-winning architect with a lot of experience in the renovation of listed houses, restored the guesthouse with a lot of love.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design?

Our guests are always impressed by the tranquility that reigns inside and outside, the architecture, the combination of the new and old, and the breakfast which is served at the table.

To you personally, what is so special about Zum Riesen?

It's always a little difficult for me to praise the guesthouse. That is why I would like to express it in the words of our guests, who often say that they calm down as soon as they enter. It seems to have a soothing and relaxing effect on them. They slow down.

Is Zum Riesen best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?

The guesthouse is generally suitable for people who are seeking peace and quiet. We mainly have guests traveling alone and couples, including young couples. Families are welcome, but there are only a very few and we do not offer any extra services for families.

Gasthof Zum Riesen
Restaurant Harscher Wirt
Breakfast area
Sauna
Sauna
Zum Riesen
Zum Riesen
Zum Riesen
First Room
First Room
Great Aunts Room
Great Aunts Room
The Upper Stube
The Upper Stube
The Upper Stube
Emmy’s Room
Number Five
Senales Valley Room
Auf der Dill
Bathroom
Gasthof Zum Riesen
Gasthof Zum Riesen
Gasthof Zum Riesen
Gasthof Zum Riesen
Gasthof Zum Riesen

Gasthof Zum Riesen rooms & rates

The historic study, the traditional living room and the terrace are on the ground floor. Some of our beautiful rooms are on the first floor, as well as the impressive ceiling painting and the grand piano. On the last and upper floor there are some more rooms, as well as the sauna with the roof loggia.

  • First Room for 1-2 people / 35 m²
    90 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Balcony

    A double room on the first floor, with balcony, bathroom with shower and WC; facing east and north towards Monte Sole and St. Martin am Kofl.

    A lot of space for two people, open and light double room. The walls carry an elegant pink tone, stylised roses and a beige-grey-turquoise contour just below the ceiling.

    And for some stylish balance: simple, new pinewood beds, and an equally stylish and linear bathroom, with a rather unusual door, which occupies the entire height of the room.

    Extra room on the balcony, connected to the house in the 70s of the last century. Facing east, towards the hey-barn and what used to be the old barn. Now this one is covered in larch. A little spot, like it was a stage in the forest, discreetly tucked away.

  • Great Aunt’s Room for 1-2 people / 20 m²
    90 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Balcony

    A double room on the first floor, with balcony, bathroom with shower and WC; stunning view, facing west, towards the Alta Val Venosta and the sunset.

    A double room, normal size, decorated with a big ornament running just below the ceiling. Great aunt was wearing the trousers in the house; here she had a perfect view over the village and over the green valley, reaching all the way to the Venosta Valley. A perfect guarding tower where nothing would go unnoticed.

    Later, just a bit later: the music room! With a grand piano, a violin and many other instruments. Grandfather brought music into the house and village by founding the marching band.

    Ancient furniture, lovingly refurbished, obviously new matrasses, a small and modern bathroom with a small table by the window, two chairs and a little balcony, as an observation point looking at the bell tower. A room for people who are in love with each other.

  • The Upper Stube for 1-2 people / 28 m²
    90 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace

    A double room with balcony on the first floor (shared with Emmy’s Room), bathroom, separate WC, central bathtub; facing south-west with view on the garden and the Alta Venosta.

    This is a very special double room. This room must always have been warmer because of the heat rising from the Stube downstairs. Facing south-west, a balcony for your first intake of extra fresh air in the morning, offering views on the vegetable garden and garden. Great views on the village life, which never sleeps.

    Classy tapestries: sober lines, wide frame, decorations in the corners and a central rose with a gorgeous wild rose, and lime-green colours. A delicate combination, patterns that celebrate the little habits of a landlady, beauty and nostalgia.
    Bed and bedside tables from a different time, mattress and bathroom from today.

    The icing on the cake: a modern freestanding bathtub, located behind the toilet block. An immediate feeling of intimate relaxation. And then: the tiled stove (which can be lit upon request)! It almost makes you wish for a rainy day!

  • Emmy’s Room for 1-2 people / 30 m²
    90 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • Balcony

    A double room with balcony on the first floor (shared with the upper Stube), bathroom with tub and WC.

    A spacious double room, the old landlady’s bedroom. Yes: women have shaped the Riesen! As a hint to this, the delicate flower patterns on the walls and the rose on the ceiling.

    The freshwater supply has been working since 1950 here. For a long time, it was the pigs-servants job to heat the water tank for the children’s bath. These days the new and modern bathroom looks sober and discreet.

    Stone-pine in the middle of the room: a parting wall is cleverly functioning both as a spacious wardrobe and a headboard at the same time. A balcony for an early morning stretch or to spend the afternoon in a sun lounge.

  • Number Five for 1-2 people / 25 m²
    70 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Balcony

    A double room with balcony on the first floor, bathroom with shower and WC; facing east with view on the terrace.

    If you share the bed in this room, you better know each other well; a little love wouldn’t hurt either (it never does); and if you feel like you don’t want to get up again, you can either blame it on the mattress (it’s just too comfortable), or on the person who is with you … or just blame it on some healthy holiday laziness.

    White-washed walls, new pine-wood beds and a gorgeous liberty writing desk: a space for modern communication tools.
    You even might be tempted to write a good old-fashioned postcard, or a diary, memoirs, or even a novel…

    Inhaling some fresh air, on the larch-wood balcony with a view on the terrace and a bit of the valley.

  • Ultimo Valley Room for 1-2 people / 33 m²
    90 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Balcony

    A double room with balcony on the first floor, bathroom with shower and WC; south facing with a view on the pastures of Tarres and the Ultimo Valley… also facing east with a view on the terrace.

    Not only two orientations, but also two outdoor spaces: an east-facing balcony and an exquisite loggia to the south. A view of the vegetable garden and on the wide mountain pastures of Tarres and the Ultimo Valley.

    This spacious double room has an interesting “cut”: it’s located on the corner of the house where once the passage to the barn was.

    In the room, the pleasant smell of the mountains: the wood is prestigious stone pine with its inebriating fragrance that slows your heartbeat and rocks you to sleep.

    Here you’ll find a bed with a good mattress too, elegant bed linen for the night and a modern bathroom for a sophisticated start of the day. Wisely and painstakingly thought through in every detail, with the small wardrobe and the mirror on the wall.

  • Senales Valley Room for 1-2 people / 32 m²
    80 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    A double room on the second floor, bathroom with shower and WC; facing east with views towards the Senales Valley.

    The Senales Valley room with its double bed overlooks the majestic Vermoi peak towards Senales, a valley that shares many similarities with the Riesen.

    In ancient documents, we can read about a bridge built in the Senales Valley financed by Zum Riesen. For centuries the sheep of Tarres crossed the valley of Silandro, the Taschljoch pass and the Hochjoch pass to get to the pastures of the farmers in the Senales Valley, in the high part of the Ötztal. And the body care line in the rooms (Glacisse) contains the same particles of the ice of the glacier of the Val Senales. Enough reasons to call it the “Senales Valley Room”!

    The room is clad with pine, it smells great and is very light. Here you can breathe an atmosphere of activeness and creativity.

    The sloped roof gives the room a characteristic shape and draws you towards the east-facing windows, unveiling breath-taking views on the mountains and the valley. The gorgeous wardrobe is like a cherry on the cake. The beds are modern; the bathroom is pretty and airy with a skylight.

  • Ladies Room for 1-2 people / 32 m²
    80 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    A double room on the second floor, bathroom with shower and WC; facing south-west with views on the pastures of Tarres.

    The “Ladies Room” gets its name from the two ladies who spent their holidays in this room for over half a century. And still are these days! Just for a few weeks, but every year, so this room has now become their very personal one.

    The Ladies Room is comfortable, ideal for staying in bed doing nothing, for hours on end. Just the view on the pastures of Tarres is enough of a spectacle… (and you could even go there once).

    The sloped roof gives the room a characteristic shape and draws you towards the east-facing windows, unveiling breath-taking views on the mountains and the valley.

    The gorgeous wardrobe is like a cherry on the cake. The beds are modern; the bathroom is pretty and airy with a skylight.

  • Auf der Dill for 1-2 people / 35 m²
    90 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    A double room on the second floor, bathroom with shower and WC; west facing with breath-taking views over the Alta Venosta.

    Luxury! The Auf der Dill double room is in the attic. The attic used to be the room for household and agriculture-related activities. Today a special place to get away from it all.

    Spending time lying on the bed, stretching the afternoon, following the trajectory of the sun on its journey to the Alta Venosta, meditating towards the sunset.

    Auf der Dill is a place to daydream together; together with someone who, like you, knows how to make a holiday a very rare moment. As rare as a pearl.

    The bathroom is artfully nestled into the top room, with a sloped ceiling on both sides. This is also the headboard of the bed, full of character, yet sober. The spacious wardrobes are wise solutions, almost invisibly built-in.

Included in the rates
Rates include a delicious breakfast with regional delicacies, Wi-Fi, complimentary use of the Finnish sauna and the relaxation room, access to the Stube,. music room and gentlemen’s room with TV and beamer, complimentary parking, free admission to the indoor/outdoor AquaForum pool in Laces.
Optional extras
Available on request: lunch or dinner at our restaurant Tarscher Wirt; guided tours of the village; official guides for excursions and cultural activities; ticket service for the rich culture and music life in the region; taxi service to and from the train stations of Merano, Bolzano and Innsbruck, Verona or Milan airports.
Extra charges
A local tourist tax of €1.90 per person/night is payable at the hotel.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. Babies up to 3 years stay free of charge. Children between 3 and 12 years receive a discount of 20%.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Sauna
  • Fireplace
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Hair dryer

We don't want to overburden our guests, but rather offer small and fine areas and attentions such as the sauna and the breakfast, which is personally served by the hostess.

Things to do in South Tyrol & Tarsch-Latsch

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

You can be active all year round, in the warm season for hiking, cycling, climbing, downhill cycling, swimming and in winter for skiing, tobogganing or cross-country skiing. 

We also highly recommend a visit of the medieval town of Glurns (25 km), the Tarscher lake in summer and the Plima Gorge in the Martell Valley (10 km) all year round.

The location of Gasthof Zum Riesen

Gasthof Zum Riesen is located in the beautiful Vinschgau, in the small village of Tarsch above Latsch, where you can marvel at colorful farm gardens in front of the houses in summer.

The Vinschgau Valley is a rather untouched part of South Tyrol, one of the best-kept secrets of South Tyrol. It is located in the west of the country and offers the most beautiful sunset light mood. 

When is the best time to visit South Tyrol?

A visit to South Tyrol is worthwhile all year round. In spring, when nature awakens and guests can stroll through a sea of apple blossom; in summer, when you can climb all the mountains and cool off in the mountain lakes. In autumn, when the forest is colored and you like to retreat to the traditional guesthouses and in winter, when it snows down into the valley.