Toblach: the centre of culture in Hochpustertal
Who could resist the charm emanating from Toblach’s distinguished Grand Hotel Cultural and Conference Centre.
While from 1878 onwards aristocrats and industrialists gathered here to enjoy the fresh summer air of the Dolomites, the hotel was badly damaged in the war years and only reopened in 1991 after rebuilding. Since then the centre has become a popular cultural meeting place in the Hochpustertal valley. The Gustav Mahler Auditorium, featuring excellent acoustics and seating for 460, is a source of fascination both for the music fans attending and the artists participating in the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks, taking place each July, and the Alto Adige Festival in September.
What obviously brought fresh impetus to the centre after rebuilding were the activities to commemorate renowned composer Gustav Mahler, who soaked up inspiration from the breathtaking views of the Dolomite mountains during his summer stays at Toblach.
Each year as well the Grand Hotel is host to numerous Choirs from many countries at the Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival. Another tradition during the concerts in June is the open-air performance near Landro See lake, an occasion for guests and musicians not only to enjoy marvellous acoustics against the panorama of the majestic Three Peaks.