The Ahrntal Valley - a portrait of the villages

South Tyrol: a short presentation of the villages in the Ahrntal Valley

84 three-thousand meters-high mountains, a vast number of trekking trails, alpine huts, ski resorts, and a spectacular aquatic center:
the Ahrntal Valley in South Tyrol has a lot to offer. But what can I find in each village? These profiles are a first orientation guide:
Campo Tures-Sand in Taufers
The market town Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures, considered the center of the “Tauferer Ahrntal”, comprehends the five suburbs Mühlen in Taufers/Molini di Tures, Kematen/Caminata, Ahornach/Acereto, Rein in Taufers/Rio di Tures and Drittelsand/Costa di Tures.
Innovation is an important issue here. In: 2008 Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures won the European award for village renewal.
The attractions are the Taufers Castle, the Reinbach waterfalls, the parish museum, the nature park house and the mineral museum.
In the summer will take place the popular feast “Tauferer Straßenküche” and the concerts in the context of the „musiKultur Taufers“. The South Tyrolean ski and hiking area Speikboden is just a few minutes away.
Many people know this little sunny village just because of the Southtyrolean extreme alpinist Hans Kammerlander, who lives here. We recommend an excursion to his home mountain Moosstock or to the Kofler, farm which lies in an incredible position between two rocky slopes.
Enjoy the idyllic panorama in Kasern/Casere, and stop by the guesthouse rich in tradition. Stop also in the numerous alpine pastures and alpine huts around. Also the little legendary church of Holy Spirit has its own stories to tell. You can find a fascinating nature park landscape, where water, snow and air are still existing in fantastic quality.
A wonderful hike leads to the little Saint Walburg-church, consecrated in 1433. In her manufacture Helene Brusa shows the processing of sheep wool. Nearby there are the Reinbach waterfalls, with powerful cascades falling 25 meters deep.
The head of the Mühlwalder valley is formed by the reservoir "Neves" above Lappach/Lappago, an ideal starting point for hikes maybe to the Edelraut hut or to the Chemnitzer hut. In the heart of the village there is the Museum „The magic of water“, starting point for various theme trails, i.a. in the „Lappacher Klamme“.
Many wonderful bike trails and hikes start from Luttach/Lutago. Amazing is the crib museum „Maranatha” in Luttach/ Luttago, which shows one of the biggest and suggestive crib expositions in Europe, and the nearby carving atelier of Lukas Troi, where you can observe him doing his work.
Molini di Tures-Mühlen in Taufers
Mühlen in Taufers/Molini di Tures attracts with a wonderful hiking trail in the „Klamme“ or with a visit to the church of Saint Catherine. At the Huberhof farm you can caress goats and buy some delicious products at the farmer’s butcher shop Peintnerhof. Particularly popular is the market “Kathreinermarkt”, which is held in November.
Selva dei Molini-Mühlwald
The agricultural culture in the Mühlwald valley in South Tyrol has always characterized landscape and people. The street that leads through the valley passes old farms, disused mills and sawmills – silent testimonials of a life that has not been always that easy. Very popular are the two theme trails: “Strenght of Water“ leads round the reservoir of Mühlwald/Selva dei Molini, „Water and Wheel“ ist near an old sawmill. In the winter cross country skiers do their laps on the cross country run from Mühlwald/Selva dei Molini to Lappach/Lappago. Children enjoy the Tamarix Family Park, where they can try out winter sports during their holiday.
Predoi is the northernmost municipality in South Tyrol. Its history is closely-linked to the copper mining. The mining museum is worth seeing. Asthmatics and allergy sufferers will rejoice because of the gallery which guarantees a holiday without health troubles. Since a hundred years the village is known for its bobbin.
Riva di Tures-Rein in Taufers
With its wide and various runs Rein in Taufers/Riva di Tures is the South Tyrolean Eldorado for cross country skiers. Near the village there is a little ski resort, ideal for families and beginners. Every second year a big “Almabtrieb” takes place, a ceremonial driving down a cattle from the mountain pastures to the valley in the autumn.
Steinhaus/Cadipietra is the main place of the municipality Ahrntal/Valle Aurina and with the mine museum in the „grain box“, the onetime food store of the mine in Prettau/Predoi, has a particular attraction to offer.
With the South Tyrolean ski and hike resort Klausberg the village offers a lot of recreational activities as the Klausberg-Flitzer, water world for children and much more. A wonderful hiking destination is i.e. the lake Klausse.
San Giacomo-St. Jakob
The presbytery of the gothic church, built on a hill, shows two paintings of the priest painter Oberkofler. In 2003 a fountain, hewn in a huge boulder, has been sunk near the church. The statue of artist’s Jakob Oberhollenzer looks in the direction of Santiago de Compostela to remind wanderers that the north-south trail led through this valley.
San Giovanni-St. Johann
Visitors are fascinated by the baroque church, considered one of he most beautiful in the province. Famous inhabitants of this village were the Oberkofler brothers.. Joseph Georg Oberkofler (*1889) had built up a reputation as poet, Johann Baptist (*1895) was known as priest painter. His are the frescoes in the cemetery arcades of St. Johann/San Giovanni. The mineral museum invites to a very special tour. Just admire the various cristal of the Ahrntal mountains and the most beautiful “Bergkristalwindl” in the world.
San Pietro-St. Peter
The village, with its church placed visible on a mountain slope, is the ideal starting point for hikes and mountain tours. The considerable farms in the surroundings are particularly beautiful.
Rio Bianco-Weißenbach
From Luttach/Luttago passing a little side valley you reach Weißenbach/Rio Bianco that lies solitary in the basin. The church from he 16th century has a wonderful winged altar. The sledge run is a real highlight, but before you race down the slope you should stop off at one of the three alpine huts and reward yourself after the ascent with a traditional delicious dish (Pressknödel). In the summer the three health paths – the exercise, herb and Kneipp path – invite to leisurely hikes.
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