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    Nature Parks Visitor Centers in South Tyrol

    How had the Dolomites been formed? What flowers grow here? Answers to these and further questions can be found, in an exciting and playful way, at Nature Parks Visitor Centres. For kid-friendly tours they are ideal. In each of the seven Nature Parks and the National Park in South Tyrol, there are information centres that offer insight into the nature and culture of the area with free entry.

    Kasern Information Center
    Prettau/Predoi, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina

    The information center for hikers who wish to begin from the start of the Riesenferner Ahrn Natural Park, is situated at the point where the road ends in the Ahrn Valley. The glass rear wall allows hikers to decide their goal from this point, as though on a huge T.V. screen. The ground floor, flat roofed building is built entirely of plain wood: vertical wooden slats cover the exterior and on the inside well placed windows and doors as well as a wooden counter dominate the room, which then leads down three steps to the panoramic window, flanked by floor to ceiling photographs of the glacial area. The lower floor is a light exposed concrete room in which black display cases contain information about the history of building in the mountains in the Ahrn Valley. A pleasant, simple building.

    Nature Park Visitors’ Centres
    Nature park house Fanes-Senes-Braies
    Al Plan/San Vigilio, Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones

    Located in Enneberg / S. Vigilio at the entrance to Val de Mareo valley, nature park house Fanes-Senes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies provides a wealth of information about nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies via interactive media, videos, and interpretive signs. The facility’s levels are linked via spiral ramps that enable visitors to reach the various galleries, which contain exhibitions on the following topics: the origins of the Dolomites; the 1987 discovery of the cave bear of Conturines; the park’s main habitats; and a three-dimensional relief showing the region’s geomorphology. The galleries also contain pictures of the park’s most impressive features. Next to Alpine pasture agriculture and the attendant Alpine pasture villages, the biodiversity of the park’s mountain meadows of Armentara and Plätzwiese, and the Ladin culture are on diplay. The center also features terrariums and a children’s area with games and crafts, as well as a library.

    Places to See
    Puez-Geisler Nature Park House
    Villnöss/Funes, Dolomites Region Villnösstal

    The Puez-Geisler Nature Park House of Villnöss brings visitors closer to nature and is the perfect place to dwell on. A walkable aerial photo gives visitors a bird‘s eye perspective of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park. The exhibition area “Touch the mountains” focuses on the key topic - the geology of the Dolomites. The Puez-Geisler Nature Park has been designated the “Dolomites site office” because it is home to all of the rock types, deposits and weathering that are typically found in the Dolomites. The Puez-Geisler Nature Park in the Dolomites is estendet on a area of the 3 valleys: Gadertal valley, Gröden valley and Villnöss valley.  The “Nature’s treasure trove” on the second floor contains plenty to discover: animal fur, bird’s eggs, feathers, footprints, droppings, teeth, antlers, medicinal herbs … all of which - and much more - is on display and can be touched! The “Conquering Mountains” room is primarily dedicated to alpinism. The world’s probably most famous alpinist, Reinhold Messner, comes from Villnöss. He talks about his experiences in the mountains in a short film. The “Puez-Geisler Nature Park film” is also shown daily in the mountain cinema. Leave your stress at home, discover the world of the mountains, and feel like a hunter in the woods.

    Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park House
    Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina

    Entering the museum, a film shot from eagle‘s-eye-view provides you with an unusual impression of the park. A 3D relief provides visitors with multimedia information concerning the park’s mountains, trails, refuges, lakes and waterfalls. A pendulum gives visitors a close-up look at how the mountains arose, while a kind of stone puzzle provides insight into the geological structure of the mountains. Visitor information systems give information concerning nature, the landscape and the evolution of the nature park region. And for kids there are fairy tales and legends from times past.

    Entrance free!

    Nature Park House Gfrill / Cauria
    Neumarkt/Egna, The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    In addition to the existing Nature Park House in Truden, an information point for the Trudner Horn Nature Park was opened in Gfrill (Salurn) in 2014. Right next to the car park, visitors will find the most important information about  Gfrill, interesting facts about water and hiking suggestions in the southern part of the Trudner Horn Nature Park. Special attention is also paid to the wetlands, birdlife and amphibians of the nature park.

    Free entry
    Monte Corno Nature Park visitor centre
    Truden/Trodena, The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The Monte Corno visitor centre is located in the building of the “old mill” in the centre of Trodena. Under the theme “Make visible the hidden” it gives information on the biodiversity of the Nature Park Monte Corno. Furthermore, the visitor also gets information about the geological structure, the flora and fauna of the nature park as well as on the culture and history of the place. Centrepiece of the house is certainly the electricity-powered elevator mill buildt 1948-49. It's three stories high and the only one in South Tyrol which works today. The flour, which is being grinded in the summer season on the mill grinding days, is used for baking bread.

    In the year 2020 we enjoy 40 years Nature Park.

    The Visit centre is open also on Sunday during the months July, August and September.


    Nature Park Visitors’ Centres
    Three Peaks Nature Park visitor center
    Toblach/Dobbiaco, Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    Here, through information and fun, nature becomes perceptible, tangible and accessible. Here are available information on the Natural Parks of the Pusteria valley and the formation of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage. On the first floor you can visit the temporary exhibitions. Free admission!                         

    Places to See
    Nature park Puez-Odle
    San Martin /San Martino, Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones

    The Puez-Odle Nature Park in the Dolomites is estendet on a area of the 3 valleys: Val Badia, Val Gardena and Valle d'Isarco. 
    Geologists also refer to the Puez-Odle Nature Park as the "building site of the Dolomites". Here, one can find all of the typical Dolomite rock types, strata and erosion forms. This park offers the hole year a large variety of possibilities for all nature and lovers.

    Dolomites UNESCO Info Point
    Villnöss/Funes, Dolomites Region Villnösstal

    In the Infopoint Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Zans is shown the long history of the unique Dolomites in a time lapse.

    The rocks, once in the seabed, are now building peaks and are sloping, bent or folded. This is reflected in the architectural concept of the Infopoint.

    Nature Park Visitors’ Centres
    UNESCO exhibition
    Toblach/Dobbiaco, Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    The Three Peaks Nature Park visitor center is located in the Grand Hotel. It is playful and informative at the same time: touch, sense, and experience nature.                     

    Visitor centre avimundus
    Schlanders/Silandro, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The visitor centre avimundus in Silandro/Schlanders is entirely devoted to the bird kingdom of the Stelvio Pass.
    A permanent exhibition offers visitors an overview of the world of birds in the National Park, and selected bird species are clearly presented and assigned to their respective habitats. Visitors are given extensive information about the breeding and rearing, and on bird voices and their songs.

    Ticket: 3 Euro, children over 6 years 2 Euro

    Nature Park Visitors’ Centres
    Tree Village
    Toblach/Dobbiaco, Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    The three wood constructions, which looks like spruces, inform the visitors about the activity of our forests and the possibility of the usage of the wood. The trees are accessible and with bridges they are connected together. The attraction is recommended especially for children and families, as it is located next to the playground Waldwunderwelt and is very quiet.

    Nature Park Visitors’ Centres
    lahnersäge National Park Visitor's Centre
    Ulten/Ultimo, Meran/Merano and environs

    The century-old Lahnersäge in St. Gertraud in Ulten Valley, which until the 80s served as a sawmill to the local farmers in the Ulten Valley. Today the building is home to the new visitors’ center in the National Park. The National Park exposition features movies, slideshows and fascinating recreations of historical events, painting a vivid picture of the historical significance that wood had for the inhabitants of the valley.


    Visitor centre aquaprad
    Prad am Stilfser Joch/Prato allo Stelvio, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    Water is the main theme at the visitor center aquaprad.  After entering the facility, visitors can hear and see water.  About 30 local fish species can be seen in fourteen spectacular tanks.  In an impressive manner, visitors will receive insight into the local fish fauna – from mountain streams to rivers, from high mountain lakes to the floodplain. 

    Places to See
    Dolomites without borders
    Sexten/Sesto, Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen
    “DOLOMITES WITHOUT BORDERS” is a unique mountain trail with demanding via ferrata sections that runs, in nine stages covering a total of 108 kilometres, through two countries, along 12 via ferrata and past 17 mountain refuges. It is deeply symbolic, not just from a mountaineering but also from a historical point of view. The route runs partly along old military trails by trenches and galleries from the war, and passes through the areas of Cadore and the Sesto Dolomites in the region of the Three Peaks (Tre Cime di Lavaredo) and as far as the Gail Valley in the Austrian Tyrol. There are also several places where the trail can be accessed: in East Tyrol from the mountaineering villages of Kartitsch and Obertilliach, in Sesto from the Passo Monte Croce Pass, the Prati di Croda Rossa or the Fondovalle Refuge Hut, and in Belluno from the Auronzo Hut, Misurina or the Valgrande near Padola. An adventure for present-day summiteers
    Nature Park House Kasern/Casere
    Prettau/Predoi, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina

    The information center for the nature park Rieserferner-Ahrn/Vedrette di Ries-Aurina is located at the public parking lot in Kasern/Casere at the the end of the Ahrntal valley in a simple but modern wooden building.

    On the ground floor there is an exhibit concerning the crafts and agriculture of the farther reaches of the Ahrntal valley. You will also find here information concerning the nature parks of South Tyrol. A relief provides an overview of the landscape and the view of the valley’s far end will surely make you want to hike there. The exhibition in the center’s basement provides exciting interactive insight into the fascinating world of the farthest reaches of the Ahrntal valleyl.

    A documentary titled "Prettauer Leben-Vivere a Predoi-Life in Prettau/Predoi" features village residents talking about their lives. Four cross-border paths, which form the heart of the exhibit, provide information concerning the diversity of nature in the region and the region’s history. In the projection room, visitors can view an impressive short film about nature park Rieserferner-Ahrn/Vedrette di Ries-Aurina.

    Nature Park Visitors’ Centres
    Visitor centre culturamartell
    Martell/Martello, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The visitor centre culturamartell is in the Val Martello next to the sports and leisure centre Trattla. The museum presents themselves as a modern museum of local history and culture from the people on the mountain farms. The national park house culturamartell has a lift and is therefore freely accessible for everyone.

    naturatrafoi Visitor centre
    Stilfs/Stelvio, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The visitor centre ‘naturatrafoi’ is situated in Trafoi at the Stilfserjochroad.

    The exhibition offers interesting insight into the geology of the Ortler group and the survival and adjustment of flora and fauna to the extreme climate conditions in the high mountain region.

    Visitor Center Nature Park Schlern-Rosengarten Seis
    Kastelruth/Castelrotto, Dolomites Region Seiser Alm

    Visitor Center Nature Park Schlern-Rosengarten: The area of the nature park Schlern-Rosengarten has a diversified history, not only in its prehistoric formation. The resulting flora and fauna as well as the management by the people, along with their customs and myths, have left their mark. The exhibition in the Visitor Center Nature Park tries to show all aspects of this area’s unique geology, which was the main reason leading to being named as a Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the flora and fauna, which has always been a source of attraction and inspiration for scientists and nature lovers. In laborious detail work, the inhabitants of this area contributed significantly to the preservation of this valuable cultural and natural landscape. In addition to the exhibitions of the Visitor Center Nature Park department, the tourist office Seis am Schlern and the village library complete the offer for guests and locals.

      Uphill Seespitz
      Meran and environs
      Starting point: Töll Etschbrücke (525 m) End point: Gasthaus …
      44 km total slope
      7 lifts
      Highest point: 2,505 m