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Our comfortable country inn, part of the “South Tyrolean Inn” group, is located in Sirmiano/Sirmian above Nalles/Nals, between Merano/Meran and Bolzano/Bozen at 930m altitude.
In the midst of a green environment and in a hiking region, our inn is an ideal place to peacefully enjoy nature with a good meal. Here you are also rewarded with fantastic views of the Dolomites.
Since 1962 we have been catering for our guests’ physical well-being and satisfaction. In our pots and pans we prepare regional dishes and many home-made specialties; our kitchen makes use of seasonal highlights to provide variety.
Come and visit us, we look forward to your visit!
The Geiser family
Kitchen: 12:00 am to 2:30 pm
(Sundays and public holidays from 11:30 until 2:30 pm) and 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
We are closed on Mondays
With a strong team of four the Geiser family brings a lot of commitment to the Apollonia. Anni and Christoph, mother and son, work in the kitchen, the heart of the house. For more than 30 years Anni has been tied to the oven, acquiring skills and expertise during the hard work on her own. She maintains the traditional side of our menu, prepares the meat dishes with great diligence, and bakes the many popular cakes such as the raspberry and curd cheese cake. She is the soul of our house and also ensures that kitchen and service staff always wear clean and freshly pressed aprons.
Christoph is the creative head in the kitchen. As a trained chef he has gathered experience at home and abroad. He is partial to fresh pasta dishes as well as
to the sweets at the end of a meal. He likes to spice the traditional meals with a portion of novelty, in this way bringing a certain kick to the menu.
Oswald and Thomas, father and son, run the service and take care of the guests, looking after them and ensuring nothing is missing. Oswald also takes care of farming and the outdoors area belonging to the country inn. Thomas makes sure that a good wine is always stored in the cellar. He is always coming up with new ideas to make the restaurant even more attractive for our guests and tries to implement them step by step.
But the Geiser family would be nothing special without their strong team behind them, always giving their best. For you!
Restaurant Apollonia, commonly known as the Messnerwirt, was opened in 1962 by Romedius and Johanna Geiser and is named after the Romanesque St. Apollonia Chapel, located on the hill right behind the restaurant. The Apollonia originates from one of the oldest farms of Sirmiano di Sorpa/Obersirmian, the Messnerhof, already mentioned in a document in the 14th century. Since the beginning in 1962 the restaurant has a large terrace, two bowling alleys, two lounges (Stübelen) and two guest rooms. In the first years there was only a rocky path leading to Sirmiano, meaning that guests could only reach the Apollonia on foot.
In 1970 son Oswald took over operations and extended the inn in 1973 with the dining hall. In the same year the new road to Sirmian was also completed;
today guests can reach the restaurant by car. In the ’70s and ’80s many tourists discovered South Tyrol and some even the Apollonia. In this way the inn developed to a popular destination and meeting place for young and old.
Many guests organize their large family celebrations here. Some even get married in the Apollonia Chapel and invite afterwards to the Apollonia for their wedding feast. Here they laugh and chat, reach out and raise their glasses. Stories are told, discussions are held and decisions are made. The Apollonia is a tavern for the entire family where you can enjoy many hours with typical South Tyrolean meals and a good glass of wine … even today in the 3rd generation.