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Aschbach - Vigiljoch - Naturnser Alm

Altitude metres 560 m
Walking time 4:00 h
Course
Aschbach (1,362 metres) - Seespitz - Vigiljoch (1,793 metres) - Naturnser Alm (1,922 metres) - Aschbach (1,362 metres)
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
June, July, August, September
Info
"Schwarze Lacke", Vigiljoch church, walk through the beautiful Alpine pastures
MapMap of the tour

We take the Naturns guest bus to the "Aschbach" ski-lift base station. The ski-lift then brings us to the commune of Aschbach above Rabland which stands at a height of 1,362 metres. The walk initially leads us in the direction of Meran/Merano to Seespitz and to the Schwarze Lacke (1,750 metres). Here we can enjoy peace and quiet for a short while. Then we continue past the Seehof as far as the Vigiljoch church, which lends the Joch its name. The walk then leads us further in the direction of Naturnser Alm. On the way there we have the opportunity to take a rest in a pleasant field. A stop for a bite to eat is also possible at Naturnser Alm. The way back to Aschbach is slightly downhill.

Morter - Rautwaal- Obermontani

Altitude metres 200 m
Walking time 3:30 h
Course
Morter - Rautwaal - Ruins of Obermontani - Latscher Bierkeller - Ruins of Untermontani - Morter
Equipment
Shoes with profiled soles and light rain protection are recommended
Tour months
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Info
Obermontani castle (Place of discover of the Nibelungenlied (song of the Nibelungs), idyllic Bergwaal, St. Stephan´s chapel
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to Morter, the starting point of the Martelltal valley. From here we walk for about 20 minutes uphill to the weather cross and soon reach Rautwaal, which leads us almost evenly into the valley to the Plima stream. We then follow the Plima for a short while, then cross the road into the Martelltal valley and walk uphill for a few minutes to the crest of Obermontani where we stop for a well-earned rest. After that we continue next to the Neuwaal, along which water no longer flows. Along the path, however, names and years as well as two self-portraits can be seen that were once carved into a rock by a Waaler (term for a local person). The path now leads us to the Latscher Bierkeller. Today this building operates as a small restaurant, but it used to be a brewery. The brewed beer was stored in caves where the air remained at the same temperature all year round. We pass the Mareinwall and finally reach the ruins of Untermontani before returning to Morter through the fruit orchards. At 4.30 p.m. we arrive back at the hotel.

St. Martin - View of the Dolomites - St. Martin Alpl

Altitude metres 200 m
Walking time 2:00 h
Course
Base terminal (639 metres) - St. Martin am Kofel 1,740 metres) - "Dolomitenblick" (View of the Dolomites) (1,950 metres) - St. Martin Alpl (1,950 metres) - car park
Equipment
Climbing boots which come up to above the ankle are required along with light walking equipment, sun screen and a pair of binoculars
Tour months
May, June, July, August, September, October
Info
Walk along tracks in the woods, increasingly picturesque view
MapMap of the tour

We drive by car to the car park of the funicular base station of the mountain village "St. Martin am Kofel" in Latsch. Upon arrival in the village, we take a short look at the church, which has been built audaciously on the steep slope. We then walk up an equally steep path through the Lärchenwald (larch forest) to a clearing with the name "Dolomitenblick" (view of the Dolomites). As the name suggests, on a good day you have a wonderful view of the Dolomites. Here we also stop for a pleasant midday break. Relaxed and re-energised, the return journey leads us to St. Martin Alpl and then downhill to the car park.

Göflan - fruit orchards - Latsch

Altitude metres 20 m
Walking time 2:30 h
Course
Göflan (755 metres) - Morter - Bierkeller Latsch
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Attractive fruit gardens, rustic snack bar. Especially in April where the apple trees blossom, providing a real experience.
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to Göflan. From there we walk in the direction of Morter through the pleasant fruit orchards to the Latscher Bierkeller. There we have the opportunity to stop for a rest and sit together in comfort. From Latsch we head back to the cars in Göflan using the public service bus.

Goldrainer panoramic trail Annaberger Böden

Altitude metres 200 m
Walking time 2:00 h
Course
Goldrain (650 metres) - Annabergböden (1,060 metres) - Tiss
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Panoramaweg (panoramic trail) with a great view of the central and lower Vinschgau
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to the start of the Panoramaweg (panoramic trail) in Goldrain. Then we walk with a slight uphill gradient along the Panorama (panoramic trail) to the Annberger Böden. Here on these idyllic meadows you have a wonderful view down into the valley. The plots of land on the opposite side of the valley, which are still divided up small, particularly catch one's eye. We stop for a short rest and refreshments. Then we descend to the commune of Tiss and then on to Goldrain.

Hasenöhrl

Altitude metres 1316 m
Walking time 7:30 h
Course
Latscher Alm (1,715 metres) - Tarscher Alm (1,940 metres) - Zirmraunhütte (2,251 metres) - Hasenöhrl (3,256 metres) - Zirmraunhütte (2,251 metres) - Tarscher Alm (1,940 metres) - Latscher Alm (1,715 metres)
Equipment
Climbing boots, rain and/or sun protection, pullover, telescopic walking sticks
Tour months
June, July, August, September
Info
Fantastic view
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to the car park below the Latscher Alm. From there we head uphill following the alpine pasture trail as far as the edge of the woods. From here we continue along stony paths as far as the approach to the Kuppelwieserferner. We then go round this in a westerly direction. The last ascent to the summit is over scree. At the summit you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Ortlergruppe, the Vinschgau and, in the south, the Brentagruppe. You return the same way you came.

Ötzi discovery on Hauslabjoch

Altitude metres 400 m
Walking time 5:00 h
Course
Grawand (3,200 metres) - Hochjochferner (approx. 250 metres) - Hauslabjoch (3,279 metres) - Ötzi discovery site - Similaunhütte - Vernagtsee (1,690 metres)
Equipment
Solid leather hiking boots, wind jacket/rain protection, pullover, hat and gloves, sun glasses, sun cream, possible telescopic walking sticks. Technical equipment (crampons and multi-function belt) is normally provided by the mountain guide.
Tour months
June, July, August
Info
Great view, Ötzi discovery site, interesting glacier tour. The accompaniment by a mountain guide is necessary for this tour!

We travel by car to Kurzras. The Gletscher (glacier) ski-lift takes us to Grawand (3,200 metres). We then descend to the Hochjochferner (approx. 250 metres) and then with the aid of a rope for security we climb up through the glacier landscape to the Hauslabjoch (3,279 metres). The finding place of Ötzi, the 5,300 year-old glacier mummy, to which we have to briefly descend, is marked with a stone pyramid. After a short stop we then continue our tour and reach the Similaunhütte hut at which we stop for a bite to eat and a well-earned rest. We then walk through the Tisental valley back to the Vernagtsee lake. We head back to the cars using the public service bus.

Leiteralm to Partschins

Altitude metres 300 m
Walking time 4:30 h
Course
Leiteralm (1,550 metres) - Hochganghaus (1,839 metres) - Partschins (1,100 metres)
Equipment
Ankle-height walking boots with non-slip soles are required, rain protection, pullover, sun screen
Tour months
June, July, August, September, October
Info
Rustic alpine huts, panoramic views
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to the base station of the chair lift at Algund. There we park our cars and travel with the basket lift to the superbly situated Leiteralm. From there we walk to the Hochganghaus. Here we stop for a pleasant break. At the same time we take in the view of the Texelgruppe nature reserve and admire the fantastic panorama. Now we continue to the Nassereithhütte hut. If desired, you can stop off here before continuing to the Steiner. There the basket lift takes us to Partschins. We take the public service bus to Partschins and from there we return to the cars.

Tarscheralm - Hoher Dieb

Altitude metres 800 m
Walking time 6:00 h
Course
Tarscheralm (1,940 metres) - Zirmraunhütte (2,251 metres) Kofelraster lakes (2,405 metres) - Hoher Dieb (2,730 metres)
Equipment
Climbing boots, rain and/or sun protection, pullover, telescopic walking sticks
Tour months
June, July, August, September
Info
Walk through the alpine meadows, Kofelraster lakes with the splendour of alpine roses, crest panorama of the Ultental valley - Brenta Dolomites - Rosengarten (rose gardens)
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to the base station of the Latscher Alm. The chair lift takes us to the Tarscher Alm (1,940 metres). From there we walk through the alpine meadows to the Zirmraunhütte hut (2,251 metres). Our next destination is the Kofelraster lakes (2,405 metres) to which we have a moderate climb. The marvellously located mountain lakes are encircled by a carpet of alpine roses. After climbing for approx. 50 minutes we reach the summit of Hoher Dieb. Here we have a fantastic view of the Ultental valley, to the south into the Brenta Dolomites and to the south-east to the Rosengarten (rose gardens). You return the same way you came.

Meditation trail in Naturns

Altitude metres 220 m
Walking time 2:00 h
Course
Kellerbach (570 metres) - Platzerhöhe (770 metres) - Waldschenke (wood tavern)
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
May, June, September
Info
Walk through spruce woods, interesting trail
MapMap of the tour

We drive by car to the southern valley side of Naturns above the sports pitches. The meditation trail starts here. It was created to mark the end of the millennium. The trail leads uphill with a gentle gradient, and is at times winding. There are 15 meditation points along the trail which are designed to represent various stages in Jesus´ life. Some of them are located at pleasant vantage points. After we have put the climb to the Platzerhöfen behind us we make a stop at Schwarzplatzhof. We now pass through the Schwarzplatz meadows with a view of Naturns and then follow the wooded trail which heads downhill to the Waldschenke (wood tavern) and then back to the cars.

The castles in Sonnenberg: Juval - Waalweg Kastelbell

Altitude metres 100 m
Walking time 3:00 h
Course
Juval (800 metres) - Tschars (700 metres) - Kastelbell (580 metres)
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Visit to Schloss (castle) Juval exhibitions on various cultures and religions, walk to the rustic irrigation channels.
MapMap of the tour

We travel with the public service bus as far as Schloss Juval. After walking uphill to the castle we participate in a guided tour through Schloss (castle) Juval (art collection, Tibetan artefacts, mountain photo gallery, mask collection). Then the trail leads us along the Tscharser Waalweg towards Kastelbell, approx. 200 altitude metres above the floor of the Etschtal valley on a level hill path. The Waalwege are lined with babbling irrigation canals which run alongside the path, and they serve to distribute the water over the fields. We stop for a rest at a pleasant snack bar. The remainder of the trail now leads us past Schloss (castle) Kasten and Schloss Kastellbell. We take the public service which returns us to the cars.

Pfossental valley - Eishof

Altitude metres 400 m
Walking time 3:00 h
Course
Jägerrast 1,676 metres - Eishof 2,069 metres - Jägerrast- in the heart of the Texelgruppe nature reserve
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
June, July, August, September
Info
A light alpine pasture walk with unique natural backdrop, alpine meadows, larch forests - in mid June the alpine wild flowers blossom and at the end of June the alpine roses blossom. So take your binoculars with you, so you can watch the wildlife!
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car into the Schnalstal valley and shortly after the turn-off to "Katharinaberg" we branch off to the right into the Pfossental valley. After driving for approx. 20 minutes we reach the car park of the Jägerrast restaurant. From here we follow the wide gravel track which leads uphill towards the valley. The track is accompanied by wonderful carpets of alpine roses and lush alpine meadows. After approx. 1 hour we reach the Jausenstation (small restaurant) Mitterkaser and then soon after the Rableit-Alm. Up until recently, both alpine pastures were cultivated all-year round. Chamois can be frequently seen on the green slopes. The valley now widens and appealing alpine meadows and larch forests spread out over the terrain. After 50 mins. walking we reach the Eishof Jausenstation (small restaurant) at the end of the valley. The valley is closed off in the north by the main crest of Ötztaler with Hoher Wilde (3,450 metres) and in the south by the Texelgruppe with Hoher Weisse and Texelspitze. It is also possible to see marmots here.

Panoramaweg (panoramic trail): Naturns - Partschins

Altitude metres 100 m
Walking time 3:00 h
Course
Naturns - Panoramaweg (panoramic trail) - Happichlhof - Naturns
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Fruit orchards, marvellous panorama
MapMap of the tour

We start at the Hotel Preidlhof and proceed via the "Graben" (ditch), past the tennis courts on the Vogeltenn promenade. Then we follow the Panoramaweg (panoramic trail) sign no. 91 towards Partschins. We continue to walk through the fruit orchards and then reach the farms Mair auf Thum, Rautner and Hafling. At the Runsthof farm we cross the Lahn stream and then follow the light undulations of the panoramic trail, passing the Pardellhof farm in the process. At the Happichlhof farm we stop for lunch. Following refreshments we continue along the foot of the Sonnenberg, passing the farms Schmelchhof, Weiherhof and Fallrohrhof. A short stop at the Weintal snack bar allows us to quench our thirst again. We then continue via the farms Stein, Fallegg, Runst and Rautner. In doing so, we return to our starting point.

Altalm - Hochwart

Altitude metres 1000 m
Walking time 6:30 h
Course
Naturnser Nörderberg (1,600 metres) - Altalm (1,747 metres) - Hochwartspitze (2,608 metres) - Mauslochalm (1,835 metres)
Equipment
Ankle-height walking boots with non-slip soles are required, rain protection, pullover, sun screen
Tour months
June, July, August, September
Info
Incredible view from the Hochwartspitze into the Ultental valley, into the Etschtal valley as far as Bozen, into the Schnalstal valley. If the weather is good you can see as far as the Dolomites.
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to Naturnser Nörderberg. There we park the cars and walk to Altalm (approx. 20 mins.). The ascent to the summit starts there. After approx. 3 hours we reach the summit and enjoy the view. The descent passes via the marvellously situated Mauslochalm. From there we return to Altalm and the cars.

Partschinser Waalweg - Waterfall

Altitude metres 450 m
Walking time 4:00 h
Course
Birkenwald/Partschins (950 metres) - Waalweg (irrigation channel trail) - Partschinser Höhenweg - Prünster (1,196 metres) - Waterfall
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
The Partschinser Waal, of the most natural and oldest irrigation channels of South Tyrol, the Partschinser Höhenweg with wonderful views of the valley, the 97 metre-high Partschinser waterfall, the highest waterfall in South Tyrol.
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to the car park at the former restaurant Birkenwald. At first we follow the narrow road downhill for about 15 minutes, close to the so-called Saltenstein where the Waalweg (irrigation channel trail) branches off. We follow this level to slightly uphill trail next to the course of the water through deciduous woods to the end of the Waal. This irrigation channel is still used (just as it has been for centuries) to water fruit orchards. Now we begin the climb to Niederhaus and along the Höhenweg that leads us to the Weiler Tabland above Partschins. Here on the Höhenweg we stop for a break and at the same time enjoy the fantastic views. From the restaurant Prünster on Tabland we walk down through the forest to the foot of the waterfall, accompanied by the roaring of the falling water. Here we can marvel at the water´s imposing presence. We then walk just a short distance alongside the stream and arrive back at the car.

Waale (irrigation channels) on the Partschinser Sonnenberg

Altitude metres 200 m
Walking time 2:50 h
Course
Rabland (550 metres) - Happichlwaal - Partschinser Waal (750 metres) - Partschins (637 metres)
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Walk along naturally conserved irrigation channels, nice view of Partschins and the surrounding area.
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to Rabland. We now walk up the Happichlwaal, a beautifully overgrown Waalweg (irrigation channel trail) on the Rablander Sonnenberg. We follow this route for approx. 30 mins. and then climb a wide track to the higher located Partschinser Waal, which is also fairly overgrown and well-preserved. Then we descend to the village of Partschins and then on to the commune of Rabland and the cars.

Schlanders - Ilswaal

Altitude metres 339 m
Walking time 3:30 h
Course
Schlanders (721 metres) - Kortsch- Ilswaal - Schlandersberg (1,060 metres) - Briel Schlanders
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Walk alongside autumnal glimmering bushes and trees, very pretty rest point at St. Ägidiuskirchlein.
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to Schlanders. From Franziskusstrasse in Schlanders we walk along the new footpath on Staatsstrasse to Kortsch. At the large Unterdorferplatz (lower village square) we head to the right and then uphill to the chestnut groves. At this altitude we reach the picturesque Ägidiuskirchlein (small church), a large magical and religious site in prehistoric times. We then allow ourselves a little time to imagine our forefathers before continuing on to Ilswaal. From here we continue our walk. At the end of the Ilswaal we start to wind our way up the Schlandersberg to the "Fisolguat" (1,060 metres). Then we walk along the foot of the Sonnenberg, which brings us back to the cars.

Schlanders - Latsch

Altitude metres 150 m
Walking time 3:30 h
Course
Schlanders (721 metres) - Vetzan/Vezzano (708 metres) - Tiss (approx. 670 metres) - Latsch (639 metres)
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Superb fruit plantations
MapMap of the tour

We travel by car to Latsch. From here we travel by public service bus to Schlanders. From here we walk in the direction of Schlanderser-Sonnenberg. At the start the walk is quite steep until about 100 metres above the bottom of the valley. We walk along a lightly undulating path with the vast fruit orchards below us as far as Vetzan/Vezzano. From here the path leads us directly through the fruit plantations on the sunny slopes of Goldrain and Tiss and then past Schloss (castle) Goldrain. We then walk briefly through fruit orchards to Latsch, which is where this walk ends.

Juval - Schnalser Waalweg

Altitude metres 40 m
Walking time 1:30 h
Course
From the mysterious Schloss (castle) Juval (920 metres) via the Waalweg (irrigation channel) into the Schnalstal valley (940 metres)
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
April, May, June, September
Info
Marvellous vantage point at Schloss (castle) Juval, interesting Tibetan collection in the castle (closed in July and August as well as every Wednesday), shaded Waalweg (irrigation channel).
MapMap of the tour

We travel with the public service bus from Naturns to the car park below Schloss (castle) Juval. From here we take another bus (which has to be paid for) to the castle hill of Schloss Juval. Here you can participate in a one-hour guided tour of the castle. Of particular interest is the Tibetan collection, the mountain image gallery, the mask collection. The Schnalser Waalweg marked no. 3 starts directly above the restaurant Schlosswirt. From here we follow the course of the water which sometimes flows through pipes but also flows along open channels. The path largely passes through shaded woods. There are 2 points at which we have to climb over heaps of rubble. After approx. 90 minutes, just after Altrateis, we reach the Schnalstaler Hauptstrasse (main street). The bus stop of the public service bus is nearby. Maybe you can walk back the way you came.

Naturnser Höhenweg – Schwalbennest (swallow's nest)

Altitude metres 80 m
Walking time 1:00 h
Course
On the Sonnenberg above the fruit orchards and vineyards (660 metres)
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, May, September, October, November
Info
Fantastic view of Naturns from the "Schwalbennest" (swallow´s nest).
MapMap of the tour

From the St. Zeno parish church we head directly through the large valley to the tennis courts. From here we head up to the left, following the asphalt road signposted no. 10. After a few minutes the road makes a sharp turn to the right, here we turn left and follow the sign "Schwalbennest, Höhenweg" (swallow´s nest, high path). We then pass the rustic Pichlhof and follow the road through the vineyards to the Mauerbaumhof. In the barn of this farm you can see an old "Torggel" (large wooden spindle wine press). Directly behind it is the Schwalbennest snack bar with a wonderful view of Naturns. We now follow the forest track (high path) downhill, which soon joins the "Sonnenberg" nature trail. An information board located here points out the particular vegetation of the Sonnenberg. We soon reach an asphalt side street which we follow downhill as far as the Hauptstrasse (main street). We continue alongside the Hauptstrasse towards Naturns for about 100 metres before turning into the Kugelgasse. After passing fruit orchards and the rear of Hotel Fungashof we arrive back at the starting point.

Höhenweg: St. Martin - Schlandersberg

Altitude metres 200 m
Walking time 4:00 h
Course
St. Martin am Kofel (1,740 metres) - Schloss (castle) Schlandersberg (1,600 metres)
Equipment
Climbing boots, rain and/or sun protection, pullover, telescopic walking sticks
Tour months
May, June, July, August, September
Info
Great view of the upper Vinschgau, into the Martelltal valley and of the eastern Ortlergruppe, walking past alpine meadows and mountain farms.
MapMap of the tour

We drive by car to the car park of the ski-lift base station in Latsch which takes us up to the mountain village of St. Martin. Here you already have a wonderful view of the Upper Vinschgau, into the Martelltal valley and to the eastern Ortlergruppe. We follow the Forststrasse (forest road) as far as Egghof, which clings to the steep slope like a swallow's nest. A footpath now leads us through the alpine pastures and past the farm ruins of Laggar and Zuckbichl. The view is particularly impressive. We now descend to Fallerbach and soon reach the Tappeinhof above Schlanders. A forest track, and at times a footpath, leads us down to the end point: The Jausenstation (small restaurant) Fisolgut next to Schloss (castle) Schlandersberg. We continue further downhill in order to reach Schlanders. From here we travel by public service bus to Latsch.

Waal (irrigation channel) hike high up above Meran/Merano

Altitude metres 100 m
Walking time 2:00 h
Course
Töll - Marlinger Waalweg (irrigation channel trail) - Marling - Töll
Equipment
Shoes with profiled soles and light rain protection are recommended
Tour months
April, May, June, July, August, September
Info
View of Meran/Merano from above, forest adventure trail.
MapMap of the tour

The starting point of our walk is the river Töll. We walk directly along the Marlinger Waalweg (the longest irrigation channel in South Tyrol) to the commune of Marling. Along the way we have a great view of the Meran/Merano valley basin. A short stretch of the path is marked as a forest adventure trail. We stop off at the Waldschenke restaurant above Marling and then walk back along the Waalweg (irrigation channel trail).

Wallburgweg path

Altitude metres 150 m
Walking time 1:45 h
Course
Ancient Waalweg (irrigation channel trail) via Naturns, from the Schwalbennest to the Wiedenplatzer Keller restaurant.
Equipment
Shoes with profiled soles and light rain protection are recommended
Tour months
April, May, September, October, November
Info
Easy walk through chestnut and pubescent oak forests, partially alongside the babbling waters of the irrigation channels.
MapMap of the tour

From the St. Zeno parish church we head directly through the large valley to the tennis courts. From here we head up to the left, following the asphalt road signposted no. 10. After a few minutes the road makes a sharp turn to the right, here we turn left and follow the sign "Schwalbennest, Höhenweg" (swallow´s nest, high path). We then pass the quaint Pichlhof and follow the road through the vineyards to the Mauerbaumhof. Directly behind it is the Schwalbennest (swallow´s nest) snack bar with a wonderful view of Naturns. After the Schwalbennest restaurant we head uphill, following the Wallburgweg sign. In ancient times the hill-forts (Wallburgen) of the Rhaetians, the original inhabitants of Tyrol, were to be found here on the sunny slopes, hence the name. After 15 minutes we reach the Wallburgweg path which runs towards Meran/Merano. After approx. 30 mins. we reach the sign "Wiedenplatzer Keller" and head downhill. At the Wiedenplatzer Keller (restaurant) we walk past heading downhill until reaching the Panoramaweg (panoramic walk) marked no. 91. We follow this route towards Naturns as far as the tennis courts in Nischlhof. Here we cross the wide ditch and return to our starting point.

Lake Zirmtal

Altitude metres 800 m
Walking time 4:30 h
Course
Kalthaus (1,340 metres) - Lake Zirmtal (2,114 metres) - Marzoner Alm (1,600 metres) - Kalthaus
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
June, July, August, September
MapMap of the tour

We then travel together by car in the direction of Tschars until reaching the Marzoner Alm alpine pasture. There we park the cars and start our walk. The walk leads us through lush alpine pastures and later through shaded woods up to the edge of the woods. We will certainly come across a sea of blossoming alpine roses along the way (June). Having reached the edge of the woods, we then have to climb a little before seeing the seeing Lake Zirmtal (2,144 metres) in front of us in all its magnificence. It seems as though Lake Zirmtal never awoke from its state of hibernation. We stop for a bite to eat at the Zirmtaler Alm restaurant. Having refreshed ourselves, we start to make our way back, passing the Marzoner Alm along the way. There you have the opportunity to stop for a rest or a bite to eat if you choose. After a short break the path brings us back to the cars.

Furthest hills of the Martelltal valley

Altitude metres 300 m
Walking time 3:00 h
Course
Enzianhütte (2,051 metres) - Zufallhütte (2,265 metres) - Enzianhütte
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
June, July, August
Info
Marvellous view of the mountain and glacier region of the furthest hills of the Martelltal valley, Stilfserjoch National park.

We travel by car into the Martelltal valley as far as the entrance to the lake, and then up to the Enzianhütte hut, which is situated at a height of 2,051 metres. Here we park our cars on the car park (subject to charge). From there we head in the direction of the former Hotel Paradies and follow path no. 12 to the old Steinmauer (stone wall). From the Steinmauer we head uphill to the Zufallhütte hut (2,265 metres). We find a nice area to stop for a rest while enjoying the marvellous mountain and glacier region of the rearmost hills of the Martelltal valley. As we are in the Stilfserjoch National park, it is quite possible that deer will cross our path. From the Zufallhütte we head back to the Enzianhütte and then to our starting point.

Töll - Algunder Waalweg (irrigation channel trail)

Altitude metres 100 m
Walking time 3:00 h
Course
Töll (500 metres)- Plarser Waalweg - Schloss (castle) Tirol (560 metres) - Schloss (castle) Thurnstein- Algunder Waalweg - Töll
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
March, April, September, October, November
Info
Easy Waal (irrigation channel) hike with a great view of Meran/Merano.
MapMap of the tour

We drive by car to the river Töll. From here we walk along the Plarser Waalweg and the Ochsentodweg as far as Schloss (castle) Tirol. We find a nice spot to stop for lunch (on the house). From here we enjoy the great view of the town of Meran/Merano and beyond into the Etschtal valley. Having relaxed and reenergised we start to make our way back. We head somewhat downhill past the Schloss (castle) Thurnstein before reaching the Algunder Waalweg. This then leads us to the Plarser Waalweg which takes us back to Töll.

Kreuzbrünnl-Altalm-Mauslochalm

Altitude metres 250 m
Walking time 2:30 h
Course
Alpine walk: Alt-Alm (1,747 metres) to Mauslochalm (1,835 metres) on the Naturnser Nörderberg
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
June, July, August, September
Info
Easy walk through shaded coniferous woods, stop-off for a bite to eat in the rustic alpine huts - From approx. 20 June to mid July the alpine roses bloom at this height!
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We travel by car to the Naturns football pitch, from there we follow the Nörderbergstrasse as far as the stop sign at the "Kreuzbünnl" car park (1,600 metres), approx. 20 mins. drive. Here we follow the marking 5A in the direction of Alt-Alm (Zehtenalm). The first part of the trail (approx. 20 mins.) is somewhat of an uphill gradient. Then we reach rustic Altalm (under cultivation) with its fantastic sun terrace. We now following marking A in the direction of Mauslochalm (Frantschalm). The first 20 mins. of this section are relatively easy as it leads slightly downhill through a shaded coniferous forest. After 45 mins. walking we reach the Mauslochalm (under cultivation). From here we follow the gravel track back to the car park.

Marzoner Alm - Jägerhütte - Mahdalm

Altitude metres 250 m
Walking time 2:30 h
Course
Freiberger Säge (approx. 1,470 metres - Marzonalm (approx. 1,600 metres) - Jägerhütte (approx. 1,720 metres) - Mahdalm (approx. 1,700 metres) - Freiberger Säge (approx. 1,470 metres)
Equipment
Shoes with profiled soles and light rain protection are recommended
Tour months
June, July, August, September
Info
A walk that is suited to people of all fitness types! - Multitude of smaller and larger alpine pastures on the Vinschger Nörderberg, rustic alpine huts, walk through coniferous woods.
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We travel by car to the Weiler Freiberg above Kastelbell and then to the car park at the Freiberger Säge. We walk along the wide alpine trail for about 30 minutes before reaching the Marzonalm pasture. Here starts the Jägersteig, which leads almost on an even level through the wood to the Jagdhütte hut and further to Mahdalm. We then stop for lunch on the nice alpine pasture with a great view of the Sonnenberg and the mountain crests of the Ötztaler Alps behind it. We return via a steep but short descent to the cars.

High Alpine Meadow and Kneipp Walk on the Nörderberg

Altitude metres 250 m
Walking time 2:30 h
Course
Naturns (554 mt.) - Kreuzbrünnl (1.580 mt.) - Zetn Alm (1.800 mt.) - Frantsch Alm (Mausloch Alm 1.835 mt.) - Tablander Alm (1.758 mt.) - turning to car-park - Kreuzbrünnl car-park - Naturns
Equipment
Shoes with profiled soles and light rain protection are recommended
Tour months
June, July, August, September, October
Info
Optional path back: from the Zetn Alm, Frantsch Alm, Tablander Alm
MapMap of the tour

Go by car to the Naturnser Nörderberg and leave your vehicle at the Kreuzbrünnl car-park. Then begin your walk along path no. 5A which leads up to the very beautiful Zetn Alm. Path A will take you first to the Frantsch Alm and then on to the Tablander Alm. Remember - the crystal-clear, fresh-water steams along the way are perfect for a refreshing, invigorating Kneipp bath and why not splash a little water on your arms and face while you're about it!. The perfect, natural skin and foot-care treatment and the chance to do something for your general health and well-being surrounded by splendid scenery and truly lovely views! Leaving the Tablander Alm behind, walk downwards to the Frantsch Alm and take the Forststraße, the Forestry Road, back to the Kreuzbrünnl car-park or go on along path no 30 for 2 1/2 hours and walk back to Naturns.

Right To The Very Top: Hochwart 2.608 mt.

Altitude metres 1000 m
Walking time 5:30 h
Course
Kreuzbrünnl car-park (1.580 mt.) - Naturnser Alm (1.910 mt.) - Hochjoch (2.443 mt.) - Hochwart (2.608 mt.) - Frantsch Alm (Mausloch Alm 1.835 mt.) - Kreuzbrünnl car-park
Equipment
Shoes with profiled soles and light rain protection are recommended
Tour months
June, July, August, September, October
Info
Optional path back: from the Naturnser Alm, Frantsch Alm
MapMap of the tour

Drive to the Naturnser Nörderberg and leave your vehicle at the Kreuzbrünnl car-park, then start walking up path no. 30 towards the Naturnser Alm and paths 9B and 9 to the Naturnser Hochjoch before heading for the Naturnser Hochwart. You'll have fantastic views of all the surrounding countryside, the Ötz Valley Alps, the Ortler Group and the distant Dolomites all along your way with even better things to come when you at last reach the peak itself. We know you'll agree that it's all well-worth the effort! The return hike takes you along path no. 5 across the lovely Frantsch Alm meadows and back down to the Kreuzbrünnl car-park. Path no. 5 also takes you from the Naturns Sportplatz to the Hochwart in approx. 6 hours.

Rittersteig (The Knights' Path)

Altitude metres 30 m
Walking time 2:30 h
Course
Naturns (554 mt.) - Sportplatz - Rittersteig - Plaus (519 mt.) - Etschdamm - Naturns
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Info
Optional path back: `from` Sporttreff Naturns, Waldheim, Plaus
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Take the Bahnhofstraße `from` the village centre towards the Sportplatz and then walk up towards the Jesus Besinnungsweg, the Meditation Path. Then follow path no. 1 over the Rittersteig to reach Waldheim near Dornsberg Castle and continue on through the Hilbertal valley to the Alpine-Well-Fit-Parcours in Plaus. This keep-fit route has five, newly-equipped relaxation areas and is the perfect place for a few health-and-fitness exercises out in the fresh air. Then, refreshed and full of energy, walk on along the Gröbenweg to reach the centre of Plaus `where` well-known local artist, Luis Stephan Stecher's particularly original Totentanz, The Dance of Death, series of eighteen, colourful painted scenes adorn the walls of the village cemetery and are well-worth seeing. The gentle walk back to Naturns leads along the banks of the river Etsch.

Hike `from` farmhouse to farmhouse on the Nörderberg

Altitude metres 700 m
Walking time 5:00 h
Course
Jesus Besinnungsweg - Unterschwarzplatz (774 mt.) - Platzgumm (1.256 mt.) - Öberst (1.166 mt.) - Platt - Zischg (1.121 mt.) - Plon (1.041 mt.) - Steil (986 mt.) - Waldheim (555 mt.) - Rittersteig - Naturns (554 mt.)
Equipment
Climbing boots, rain and/or sun protection, pullover, telescopic walking sticks
Tour months
May, June, July, August, September, October
Info
Optional path back: `from` Unterschwarzplatz, Platzgumm, Öberst, Platt, Waldheim
MapMap of the tour

Starting `from` the Naturns Sportplatz or Sports Centre, start walking up the Jesus Besinnungsweg to the Unterschwarzplatz farmhouse on the shady, thickly-forested side of the Nörderberg and then take path no 5 to the Platzgummhof farm. There are wonderful views out over the valley orchards and of the unique scenery of the Sonnenberg slopes all along the way. The hard-working mountain farmers of South Tyrol still live according to ancient, centuries-old customs and traditions and are more like "landscape gardeners" than farmers in the generally accepted sense of the word. Leaving the Platzgummhof behind, walk on to the turning for path no 30 and take this path downwards to the Öberst and Platterhof farms. Then walk on eastwards along path no.16B which leads to the three farmsteads of Zischg,, Plon and the Steilhof. Path no. 13 heads steeply downhill `from` the Steilhof to the Waldheim `from` where the Rittersteig will take you back to Naturns. If you decide to shorten your walk, you can head back down towards the valley `from` either the Unterschwarzplatz, Platzgumm or Platterhof farms.

Tscharser and Stabener Waalweg (water irrigation paths)

Altitude metres 400 m
Walking time 4:00 h
Course
Tschars (625 mt.) - Tscharser Waalweg - Sonnenhof (830 mt.) - Juval Castle (900 mt.) - Sonnenhof - Stabener Waal - Tschars
Equipment
No special equipment required
Tour months
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Info
Optional path back: `from` the Sonnenhof, Schlosswirt, Himmelreich in Tschars
MapMap of the tour

Take the public bus service to the village of Tschars then path no. 3, the Tscharser Waalweg which winds its way along the apple farmers' irrigation channels, to the Sonnenhof farm. Turn off onto path no. 1A towards Juval Castle, the summer residence of well-known mountaineer Reinhold Messner and his family. The castle, which is open to the public during summer months, is well-worth a visit and houses an extensive collection of exhibits `from` Tibet, a gallery full of paintings of mountain scenes, a collection of masks `from` all over the world and many more items of interest. Continue walking down the asphalted road to the Schlosswirt farmhouse just beneath the castle itself and maybe stop for a quick snack there in the cosy Stübe, the traditional old wood-panelled living-room or in the wooden-beamed attic with its enormous paintings of the Yao Gods Parliament and a further unique collection of art `from` Tibet. The farmhouse also has a cool cellar cut `from` the rock of the mountain-side. After a short rest, you'll be ready for the walk `from` the Schlosswirt up towards the Tscharser Waalweg which leads to the Sonnenhof farm. Take path no. 1 `from` there downwards to `where` it meets the Stabener Waal path which will take you to Falzrohr and past the Himmelreich Guesthouse back to Tschars.

Right to the very top: Kirchbachspitze (2.951 mt.)

Altitude metres 1650 m
Walking time 9:50 h
Course
Naturns (554 mt.) - Unterstell (1.282 mt.) - Patleid (1.386 mt.) - Lint (1.464 mt.) - Dick (1.706 mt.) - Dickeralm (2.060 mt.) - Moaralm (2095 mt.) - Kirchbachspitze (2951 mt.) and return
Equipment
Climbing boots, rain and/or sun protection, pullover, telescopic walking sticks
Tour months
May, June, July, August, September, October
Info
Optional path back: `from` Unterstell, Patleid, Lint, Dick, Dicker Alm, the Obere Moaralm
MapMap of the tour

Take the Sonnenberg cable-car up to Unterstell and then path no. 10A and no. 10 past the farmsteads at Patleid, Lint and Dick as far as the Dicker Alm and on to the Operen Moaralm. Stay on the same path to reach the top of the Kirchbachspitze peak and rest a while to enjoy the fantastic view `from` there and `from` the various sun-terraces of the many farmhouses and lush, green Alpine meadows which you'll pass on your way back down again along path no. 10 and 10A. Take another little rest and have something to eat and drink before you go on your way or linger a little to enjoy the fantastic sunset as the sun disappears behind the towering peaks of the Sonnenberg mountain. You might like to return via path no. 6 past Schnatz and Grub which will get you back to Naturns in about 4½ hours but please note that the path in question is quite steep and strenuous in parts!

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