Hiking & Nordic walking
Hiking & Nordic walking
Hiking & Nordic walking
Hiking & Nordic walking

Hiking in South Tyrol's south and Nordic walking

Strike out on new paths on holiday in South Tyrol

Everyone loves hiking in South Tyrol's south – the young or young-at-heart, mountaineers and walkers. Everyone gets their money’s worth around our Gartenhotel Moser [Home] by Monticolo/Montiggler lake and in every respect; it’s not for nothing that South Tyrol is also called the land of castles and wine. Our gourmet hotel in South Tyrol is also the ideal starting point for numerous Nordic walking tours. Our wellness trainer organises guided tours through Monticolo/Montiggl forest and around Monticolo/Montiggl swimming lakes several times a week and shows you the wonderful surrounding area. You can pick up Nordic walking poles from reception free of charge!

We have put together some routes for you here that you can explore while hiking in South Tyrol's south:

Walk into the Spring Valley to Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See

Duration: 1.5 hours

We start from Gartenhotel Moser and walk on the right down to the little white wine village of Monticolo/Montiggl. At the church we branch off to the right and follow the little tarmacked road for approx. 20 minutes through orchards and then get to a crossroad through the forest. We turn left there into Spring Valley and continue to Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See. This walk is highly recommended in spring as the snowdrop blossom is in full flower then.

Castles hike (Castel Corba/Schloss Korb – Hocheppan – Boymont)

Duration: approx. 2.5 hours from Castel Corba/Schloss Korb

Hiking trail no. 9 leads us to the Unterhauser Weinstadl, which is not far from the Kreideturm. After about 15 minutes we arrive at Hocheppan castle with all its impressive treasures. Here we change to trail no. 9A to reach the next historical monument in our region: the Boymont castle ruins. We cross the Hocheppan valley over 60 m long secured wooden steps. We can take our time here as Castel Corba/Schloss Korb is just 15 minutes away.

Ice holes – Steinegger (a cool destination for hot days)

Duration: 2.5 hours

100 m south of the main square in St. Michael we turn right at the St. Anna chapel and follow trail no. 7. Through Piganò/Pigeno, past Castel Ganda/Schloss Gandegg, we arrive at the Stroblhof: a rest and indulging in the fine cooking is definitely worth it! Following trail no. 15 we hike south for about 20 minutes. The refreshing coolness of the ice holes already flows towards us: A crevice system between the blocks of porphyry causes a constant flow of air that provides a lovely cool down here. You can feel the coolness in this hollow in the rocks up to approx. five metres up. Around 600 plant species thrive here as a result of the huge difference in temperature in such as a small space – a spectacle of nature! Trail no. 7A leads us to the Gasthof Steinegger restaurant and on the “ST” trail we return to St. Michael close to the Chiesa del Calvario/Gleifkirche.

Matschatsch – high-altitude trail (one-day hike)

Duration: 6 hours

As a result of how long the hike takes, an early start is recommended. From the main square in St. Michael we climb up to the Chiesa del Calvario/Gleifkirche and hike for about 20 minutes to the Gasthof Steinegger. Trail no. 7 takes us in a south-westerly direction. We climb the Matschatsch mountain. From the top we can see the idyllic Matschatsch Castle situated further south. The famous Appiano/Eppan high-altitude trail (no. 9) starts above the castle in the Michaeler Riebn, curve no. 6. We hike for 3 hours as far as Buchwald and then return from there via Kreuzstein past Freudenstein castle back to St. Michael.

Cornaiano/Girlan – Firmiano/Sigmundskron (Messner Mountain Museum)

Duration: 2 hours

This hike does not require much effort. From Cornaiano/Girlan we hike east past the Jesuheim. An impressive house in stunning setting can soon be seen from a distance – the former Marklhof restaurant. Approx. 200 metres after this restaurant you reach the viewing point. An incredible view over our diverse landscape opens up in front of you. To reach our hiking destination, we have to return to the former Marklhof restaurant again and continue on hiking trail no. 1 from there. After an hour we reach the ruins of Castel Firmiano/Schloss Sigmundskron, a majestic living witness of the Middle Ages. The grand Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) is located here, which you should definitely visit, the best thing is to take one of the tours! Now you have the option of taking the bus from Frangarto/Frangart to Appiano/Eppan or returning to Cornaiano/Girlan and your holiday home on the same route.

To the hot holes on the Mitterberg

Duration: 2 hours

This excursion starts at the first bend on the road that leads from Caldaro/Kaltern via the Novale/Kreith saddle to Castèl Varco/Laimburg. Trail no. 13 leads uphill for half an hour to the branch off to Castelchiaro/Leuchtenburg (576 m). It is worth taking a detour to these ruins for the stunning view over the Unterland and Oltradige/Überetsch alone. We then continue on trail no. 13c. Just before the Rosszähne we keep to the left to get to the hot holes (584 m), which are not easy to find (GPS N46°22.206 E11°17.020). Caution is called for in certain places! We reach the Rosszähne (609 m) an hour after starting out. The descent south now starts on the same trail all the time, which merges into a forest road after about 20 minutes. This leads us (trail 13a) back to the starting point in 40 minutes. We are already familiar with the last section from the climb.

(from: “Ötzi, die Räter und die Römer”, Folio publishing house)

You can find more routes for hiking in South Tyrol's south, by Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See and across the whole country at www.diewanderer.it or on the Appiano/Eppan tourist office website.

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