Hiking in South Tyrol Welcome to the natural, idyllic Fundres/Pfunders Valley
Visit Vallarga and make it your hiking holiday destination! The Pfunders Valley is one of the most enchanting valleys in South Tyrol and the Gitschberg/Joch Valley region at the entrance of the Puster Valley. It’s just the right place for nature lovers, Alpine hikers and mountain climbers!
The Pfunders Valley and the Gitschberg/Joch Valley Alpine region are small, but offer great variety. Marked by traditional farmhouses, the idyllic landscape invites you for long walks and hiking trips. Hikers can enjoy the Pfunder high mountain path, which reaches its peak at 3510 metres above sea level, at the top of the Hochfeiler mountain. There are numerous comfortable hiking trails leading to more than 30 Alpine meadows and ancient lookout points in the most picturesque locations. Lakes, glaciers and summits round off the magnificent locations on offer.
Our hiking tips:
- Nature & culture, tradition & life in South Tyrol. All of this can be found in one special hiking trip to the Pfunders farmhouses. The farmhouse trail is a fascinating circular walkway along historic and traditionally cultivated farmhouses in Pfunders. Some of the farmhouses are open to the public. The entire length of the farmhouse trail is 7 km. There is also a shorter version which is a little less than 3.5 km. The trail is marked with information stations and panels and is suitable for a family hiking trip.
- Alpine region Gitschberg/Joch Valley: This area offers more than 30 Alpine farms and even more mountain huts and snack bars along the way. Numerous hiking trails offer comfortable walks, ideal for all the family.
- The Fane Alm is an historic mountain hut village, one of the most beautiful in the entire South Tyrol region. From the upper parking area, it is only 10 minutes by foot. From the lower parking area, you should follow the road. It is also suitable for buggies!
- Rodengo/Rodeneck Alm: A hiking trip to a large Alpine farmhouse from where you can see the entire Brixen basin, as well as the Eisack Valley. Great views of the Dolomites, the Peitlerkofel, Afer Geisler and Villnoess! It is also suitable for buggies!
- Altfass Valley: At the parking area at the Western edge of Maranza/Meransen, you can follow a wide hiking trail into the Altfass Valley. The first part of the journey leads you through the woods. When the valley opens up right in front of you, you will enjoy a very picturesque landscape with blooming meadows and many mountain huts. The Alpine Kneipp trail offers you the possibility to enjoy walking in the water. The Altfass Valley has four Kneipp stations, which can be used for the healing exercises recommended by Sebastian Kneipp!
- Elf trail: At around 3 km long, the Elf trail in Vandoies di Sopra/Obervintl is suitable for children and adults alike. Enjoy nature along the route, as the Elf trial unpacks interesting insights for both kids and adults. Eleven stations provide you with active learning experiences such as reading tracks, watching game in their enclosures and enjoying some bird watching. Walk to the waterfall and enjoy some rest.
- The Pfunders high mountain path will present you with panoramic views. In particular you should take a tour to the Eidechs Peak at an altitude of 2,738 metres above sea level.
- High mountain hiking trips to the Fundres/Pfunders and Valles/Vals Lakes: Refreshing day excursion to the Weitenberg, Komfoss and Grindlberg & l Ponte di Ghiaccio/Eisbrugg lakes. In Valles/Vals, you can walk around the Selvaggio/Wilder Lake and Lake Siromba/Seefeld in Meransen.
- The hiking path ‘Terner Mühlenweg’ is a popular destination for visitors who wish to discover the tradition of our mills. An interesting educational trail tells the story of the mills and also leads past the earth pyramids.
Summer in South TyrolExcitement, variety and action
Lots of activities ….. in Weitental at the entrance to the Puster Valley:
Refreshing activities are on offer in the outdoor swimming pools and lakes of the surrounding area:
- Outdoor swimming pool in Rio di Pusteria/Mühlbach.
- Alpinpool Maranza/Meransen : indoor swimming pool, sauna, Wellness.
- Issing Pond in Falzes/Pfalzen – one of the last pond biotopes in South Tyrol.
- Lake Varna.
- Acquarena Bressanone/Brixen with outdoor and indoor pools, as well as a sauna and Wellness area.
- Cron 4 in Riscone/Reischach: outdoor swimming pool, indoor swimming pool and an exquisite Wellness world.
Nordic Walking can be done along all the meadow and country lanes. In addition, there are a number of special trails.
At the Sportzone in Weitental.
High rope garden Kronaction in Issing
You need guts, balance and in particular the ability to overcome fear!
All nine ….. in Bressanone/Brixen, Rodengo/Rodeneck and Falzes/Pfalzen.
From June to September at the Sportzone in Maranza/Meransen or Terento/Terenten.
Fish without a licence at the Untersee fishing lake in Varna. With a licence, we recommend the Rio di Pusteria/Mühlbach reservoir, the Wilder Lake in Valles/Vals and the Seefeld Lakes in Maranza/Meransen.
Popular starting places are on the Gitschberg mountain and the Rodengo/Rodeneck Alm.
Rafting / canoeing / hydro-speed
Pure adrenalin ….. with Valle Aurina/Ahrntal Rafting.
Rafting & canoeing can also be done at the Issengo/Issing Pond.
At the Island equestrian centre Wiedenhof in Terento/Terenten, the Equestrian Centre at Grosspeinten in Falzes/Pfalzen or Riscone/Reischach.
Cycling through the Puster Valley All types of cycling tours
The South Tyrolean Puster Valley is ideal for mountain biking, as well as hiking. The most beautiful tours start right in front of our guesthouse.
- Easy tours in Vallarga/Weitental, to Vandoies/Vintl and Fundres/Pfunders. On these relatively traffic-free tours, you ride along meadow paths, as well as asphalted roads.
- A typical family cycle trip runs from Mühlbach – Rio di Pusteria – via Brunico/Bruneck and S. Candido/Innichen to Lienz in East Tyrol (Austria). The return journey is by train! For more information contact: Puster Bike.
- The Eisack Valley offers you cycling trails from Bressanone/Brixen via Bolzano/Bozen to Lake Garda. Whenever necessary, you always can use the trains.
- The cycling route from S. Vigilio/St. Vigil at the Plan de Corones/Kronplatz (milestone of Italian cycling Giro d’Italia in 2006, 2008 and 2010) offers breath-taking panoramic views. It is suitable to use throughout the summer.
- Since 2010! Downhill & Freestyle Trail Herrnsteig: The new free-style trail ‘Herrnsteig‘ (Lord’s path) is open for downhill orientated mountain bikers and was designed with steep curves, jumps, wooden bridges and all kinds of trimmings. Free-style is the name for this modern type of mountain biking. It promotes concentration, co-ordination, fine motor skills and increases the reaction of mountain bikers.
- Biking in the Dolomites! The Maratona dles Dolomites is an unforgettable experience. You cycle with approximately 10,000 other cyclists from one Dolomite pass to the next! The Sella Ronda Bike Day offers you 70 km of road with a total difference in altitude of 1,800 metres, as well as great panoramic views! In seven days, Transalp will guide you from Munich to Venice.