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Holidays in the Ahrntal region

A nature park, water, the 80 three-thousanders and the power of nature call the shots here

Mountains and peaks that will leave you breathless. Just by looking at them. Or you can get closer to them while hiking on your holiday in South Tyrol. In the valley and further up, you will encounter unspoilt nature and a culture that has its origins in a past shaped by farmers. At the latest when tasting the local cheese, you will be able to savour the great appreciation for the local tradition. If you have a special need for pollen-free air in spring, plan your holiday in the Ahrntal valley right here.

You have to see these places

Rushing waterfalls whose power is hard to beat. Pristine nature to switch off. Modern hut architecture at dizzying heights. Conquer defiant walls from the Middle Ages and immerse yourself in the sacred silence of mystical places.

The water-rich valley with high peaks & a climate gallery

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Would you like a romantic room with a mountain view? A wellness hotel with exceptional gourmet cuisine? A spacious suite in a family-friendly hotel? Or a place to sleep in the award-winning mountain hut?

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Ahrntal valley clean air area

Breathe deeply in pollen-free mountain air

In the Ahrntal valley, particularly clean air ensures your well-being. Scientists agree on this and describe the valley as a clean air area, which means that there is hardly  any ozone, the pollutant content is far below the legally prescribed limits and the concentration of pollen is low. Why is that? Firstly, the high alpine location between 1,000 and 3,500 metres, which is dominated by over 80 three-thousand metre peaks, favours the high quality of the air. What's more, there is no through traffic here as the valley ends where the country's northernmost mountain rises. 

But it's not just outdoors that the Ahrntal valley can boast exceptionally good air, even deep underground. In the old Prettau climate gallery, the air is so pure that people with asthma or pollen allergies can breathe freely. Recent studies have proven the positive effect.

Water also plays an important role in the clean air area. 120 drinking water springs, 35 mountain lakes and ten waterfalls characterise the Ahrntal Valley. It gushes out between crevices and fissures, carving its way and shaping the landscape.

What can you do in the Ahrntal valley?

There is certainly no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the power of nature to the full here. And you experience this all the more intensely in the mountain spring. As soon as the snow melts on the over 80 high peaks, the many waterfalls in the Ahrntal valley are fed with meltwater and can no longer be ignored. The Wieser Werfa hike, which takes you through the biotop of the same name, unique moorland landscapes and mystical mountain lakes, puts you on the trail of water as a source of life. Experience water in a fun way on a ride on the Fly Line waterfall at the Reinbach waterfalls.

Follow the revitalising spring sunshine along the Ahrntal Sun Trail, which was once used as a smugglers' path on the border to the Zillertal Alps. Today, you hike through blooming meadows and past cosy alpine pastures that invite you to stop for a bite to eat and enjoy the view. The Mühlwald sunny side can also be explored in pleasant temperatures, especially in spring. Old farms, well-tended gardens and colourful meadows line your journey of discovery through this unique cultural landscape. You can inspire your family with legends about a lost treasure or the downfall of Walburg Castle on the Sagenweg trail in Ahrntal. This family-friendly hike leads through the flat valley floor of Sand in Taufers to the little church of St. Walburg. 

Experience something new every day

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Rieserferner-Ahrn nature park

The most glacier- and water-rich protected area in Sud-Tyrol: where entire mountain ranges consist of three-thousand metre peaks. Where water springs from every corner.

Waldnersee lake in the Ahrntal valley
Ahrntal/Valle Aurina
Schwarzenstein hut
Ahrntal/Valle Aurina

Sand in Taufers

Sand in Taufers at the beginning of the Ahrntal valley is the largest of the eight villages – and also the busiest. Towards the end of the valley, the villages become more manageable and quieter. However, you will be welcomed everywhere.

Where do you meet in Ahrntal?

Immerse yourself in the traditions of Ahrntal. Find out about the history of arts and crafts. Visit Taufers Castle with a ghostly hand or get to know and taste the typical specialities at gourmet markets. Where would you like to be?

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Produced in the Ahrntal valley, enjoyed locally

Would you like a piece of spicy grey cheese? A hand-carved nativity scene? Or a bobbin lace blanket? In the Ahrntal valley, as in the rest of Sud-Tyrol, you will find a large selection of local, high-quality food and handmade everyday objects and artefacts.  Lace-making and woodcarving play an important role here. The art trade secured the economic existence of the valley in those days.

Ahrntal farmers have dedicated themselves in particular to the production of cheese. The grey cheese was even awarded the highest possible "Presidio" award by Slowfood and at the Travel Food Award, the Ahrntal valley received the "Best Food and Wine Event Italy 2023" award for its grey cheese. Many products are available directly from the farm, where you can sample the delicacies and get to know the producers. Many of the regional specialities are served up on site during your culinary experience.

Active holidays as a group 

Youth holidays, group trips and school trips – the Ahrntal valley not only offers the right hosts and group houses for this. The entire valley is known for its wide range of adventures and activities in every season. From spring to autumn, young people pedal along on crisp mountain bike rides, get carried away on a rafting tour in the Ahr or seek thrills on a ride on Europe's longest summer toboggan run, the Klausberg-Flitzer or on the Zipline on the Klausberg. The Ahrntal valley also enjoys its reputation as an active valley in winter. Sport and fun are combined on the toboggan runs and in the ski areas . Especially in the Snow & Fun Park Tamarix in Mühlwald. Groups of skiing enthusiasts can enjoy the slopes of the  Skiworld Ahrntal , beginners can practise skiing on a ski course .

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Webcams for Ahrntal

Let your gaze wander over high mountains, blooming meadows and Taufers Castle at any time of day or year. These webcams connect you live to selected places in the Ahrntal valley. This gives you an up-close overview of the region and mountain weather from the comfort of your own home.

Your car-free spring holiday in Ahrntal

For a relaxed and environmentally friendly travel to Ahrntal/Valle Aurina, leave your car at home. Buses, trains or cable cars will take you to your accommodation or excursion destination.

  • Travelling by train


    You can reach the villages in Valle Aurina/Ahrntal from Fortezza/Franzensfeste or Lienz by regional train in the direction of Brunico/Bruneck. Public buses, cabs or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle will take you from there directly to your accommodation.

  • Mobility on site

    Once you arrive at your accommodation in Ahrntal, the Südtirol Guest Pass gives you free access to public transport in South Tyrol. Choose an environmentally friendly holiday.

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