Beauty & Wellbeing
All-season hiking in one of the most beautiful
hiking regions in the Alps – with 300 sunny days a year
South Tyrol’s unique landscape, its lovely cultural assets and the sunny climate provide the ideal conditions for a great hiking holiday in the heart of the Vinschgau Valley.
From walking tours in the valley and historic irrigation channels to a summit ascent of the Ortles, the highest mountain in South Tyrol – the Vinschgau Valley can meet all the demands!
Whereas elsewhere there is still snow and ice, here spring has just arrived and nature awakes. A very special highlight in spring is the apple blossom, when thousands of fruit tree blossoms shine in the warm sunshine and a white veil spreads across the Vinschgau Valley. The apple blossom in the Vinschgau Valley takes about 2-3 weeks and starts already in April; this depends however on the temperature and weather conditions. Our hiking guide starts the season and brings you two times a week to the most enchanting spots.
During summer, when temperatures are rising, also hikers prefer going into the higher mountains where hut keepers and alpine farmers are already expecting them. More than 20 alpine huts and numerous hiking trails ensure a unique and unforgettable mountain experience. Cable cars and lifts facilitate the ascent. Furthermore you may make exceptional summit experiences at 2.000 to 3.000 m above sea level. A nice summit for beginners is the “Piz Lun” summit in Mals.
Autumn is the most beautiful season for hiking. At this time of year, the temperatures are still very pleasant and the mountain air is fresh and clear. The apple harvest is in full progress and the woods are tinted with a thousand shades of brown and yellow which every year is a natural spectacle. Hiking on historic irrigation channels, also called Waalwege, is another special highlight in the Vinschgau Valley. These kinds of trail are very popular among families and pleasure hikers who want to enjoy the wonderful natural landscape.
But also in winter the Vinschgau Valley has a lot to offer. Ski touring lovers may enjoy the panoramic views and the snowy descent. Snow-shoe hikers may discover snow-covered mountain landscapes. Two times a week we provide guided snow-shoe hiking tours with our hiking guide. He will guide you through nature, passing some cosy and rustic alpine huts where you can take a rest and enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine.
One of the most impressive nature reserves in the Alps
Glaciers and rivers have formed the valleys which are spreading all around the Ortles massif and now being part of the nature reserve. Dizzying heights, gushing torrents, lush meadows and green forests – this is what our National Park stands for. What’s more is the biodiversity of the animal world, ranging from the red deer to the chamois, from the golden eagle to the ibex and from the red fox to the spotted woodpecker. Edelweiss, alpine rose and buttercup adorn the National Park Stilfserjoch.
The visitor centre Aquaprad where the focus is on water is situated in the heart of Prad am Stilfserjoch, directly in front of our hotel. It was opened in 2003, the International Year of Freshwater.
13 different tanks allow visitors to explore the near but still so far world of water and the local fish fauna. Interactive facilities offer additional information about streams, moors and alluvial forests.