Sporting and culinary high points

Uphill and downhill, there are myriad paths and trails stretching for miles and miles, offering everything from the whistling of marmots to ancient walls and rustic chestnut groves.

For the feet…

 

Out into the great outdoors! The anticipation mounts as the sun’s shimmering rays light up the peaks, promising a gloriously sunny day. For gourmet hikers who enjoy the finer things in life, the way up to the Villanderer Alm is a must: an idyllic landscape whose charms can be admired throughout the seasons. Tours cross green pastures dotted with picturesque mountain huts and pine trees, passing numerous chapels, lakes and moors. Long-distance hikers are drawn to the summit of the Villanderer Berg, or even further to the Sarner Scharte, while families and the less experienced can also find plenty of shorter walks and places to eat and drink on the pasturelands.

For the calves…

Is there anything finer than the warm wind whistling round your ears as you zoom downhill? Past colourful landscapes, the scents of the Alpine meadows in your nostrils, down through thick forests and alongside gurgling streams. Of course you first have to put in an effort uphill: real enthusiasts will start a cycle tour up to the Villanderer Alm from the pretty little town of Klausen, a climb of 1,200 metres. But it is also possible to set off from up on the Alm itself and enjoy the charm of the mountain landscapes along mountain-bike trails above the tree line. The best time for the 67 km-long Kastanienrunde (Chestnut Round Tour) is surely when the leaves change into their colourful autumn garb: the walk leads from the mountain station of the Rittner cable car over the Rittner high plateau and Barbian, then on to Villanders.

For the senses…

Time to slip off your boots or hop off your bike. Those exploring the heights of the Villanderer Alm will be delighted to discover its cultural facets will charm the eyes, mouth and nose. The trim huts serve tasty, homemade South Tyrolean specialities and wines. Also on the Alm, accessible via the Latschenweg (Pine Trail), can be found the pine distillery, open in the warmer months, where the highly aromatic and beneficial essences of small pine trees can be tasted and bought.

In autumn hikers and bikers move further down into the valley, to the chestnut groves along the Keschtnweg or the Törggeleweg where local traditions are enthusiastically and authentically celebrated with roast chestnuts, sweet, half-fermented wine and a hearty “Marende” [platter lunch].

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