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Fun in the Great Outdoors. Observe, sense, smell and marvel!

25.08.2014 - by Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol
Category: Active
 
The sun (in Vinschgau Valley dialect: die Sunn) is the dominant force on Mount Sonnenberg.
It heats up the rocks, bathes the countryside in golden light and reigns over the vegetation. The elongated steppe belt that runs along Mount Sonnenberg makes a fascinating habitat for plants and animals and is a unique landscape in South Tyrol because of its climatic features. The Sunnenweg Trail, designed as a romantic hiking trilogy, runs through here. The path leads, in three richly diverse stages, from Latsch via Kastelbell-Tschars to the rock atop which Juval Castle stands, inviting you to open up your senses to finely tuned perception: on the Natur-Mythenweg (Nature & Myth Trail), the Burgenweg (Castle Trail) and the Ortlsteig (Ortl Ascent).

Spectacular outlook points alternate with intriguing looks into natural beauty, history and myths. Stelvio National Park and Mount Ortler, the “king” of South Tyrol’s mountains, salute hikers from the opposite side of the valley. Signposts along the way spark thought in regards to the delicate balance of nature’s forces. The 120 plant species along the Sunnenweg Trail are enchanting, offering interplay of colors, reflection of light and aromas. With a little luck you'll catch a green lizard or harmless Aesculapian snake sunbathing. Archaeological excavations and scattered finds from the period around 800 BC make the trail even more intriguing. Percussive stone plates (Klumperplatte) and ancient cup marks represent the settlement’s unanswered riddles, even today. Scattered farms and exposed castles border the trail. The Sunnenweg Trail finishes spectacularly, with the Ortlsteig ascent at the Juval Castle rock, in the humid, shady canyon of the gorge through which you enter into the Senales Valley. A mystical mountain, a magical rock and a charming route testify here to a respectful human approach towards nature.

The three legs of the trail lead from Latsch via Kastelbell Castle to the entrance to the Senales Valley – to Reinhold Messner’s private residence at Juval Castle. The three legs may be hiked individually or as one panoramic trail. At every leg, you have the option of walking back to the starting point along one of the undemanding Waalweg trails, which run alongside old irrigation canals.

Venosta Railway tip: South Tyrol’s comfortable train runs between Merano/Meran and Malles/Mals, stopping in all of the villages of the Venosta/Vinchgau Valley.
 
 
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