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Holidays in the Vinschgau region

The valley of discoveries: unexpected cultural treasures, culinary specialties and King Ortler, the highest mountain in South Tyrol

The geographical location of the Vinschgau Valley comprises Töll near Meran. That's an area in South Tyrol, where the wind blows differently than in the rest of the region. During your holiday in South Tyrol, climb the highest mountains, visit Italy's only national park and see the worldwide exported white marble for yourself : Vinschgau will be up to your expectations. South Tyrol's smallest village, Glurns/Glorenza has been recognized as one of the "Borghi più belli d'Italia" and its a feast for the eyes. And if you are into cycling, the long-distance cycle network and MTB trails is where one of your greatest adventures should begin.

Don't miss this out

Go cycling along an ancient Roman road. Visit the medieval village of Glurns/Glorenza, one the finest country's villages in Italy. Let your eyes wander on the sunken tower rising from the Reschensee lake . Discover Europe's largest private armory from the Middle Ages kept in Churburg castle.

Via Claudia Augusta Part 1: From Reschensee Lake to Merano

Via Claudia Augusta Part 1: From Reschensee Lake to Merano

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Glacier, Culture & Sportive life 

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How about a romantic room with mountain views? A wellness hotel with exceptional cuisine? A renovated B&B? Or a cosy place to sleep on a farm?

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You won't forget this

Your spring. In Vinschgau. Going out and about in the warm air of spring has many positive sides in Vinschgau. With spring come many exciting experiences loved by gourmands and explorers likewise.

From April to June, the motto is "Blossom!" and to make it your own, you can do activities and create little moments of enjoyment that revolve around spring. Any doubts? Travel to Vinschgau and see the awe-inspiring contrasts of this region for yourself: natural wonders, a deeply-knit culture and the local cuisine are at their best at this time of year.


The villages of the region

Here is a unique abbey complex surrounded by unusual plants: in fact, the valley is home to peculiar cultural and landscape features which are unique in such a context. Discover them in various sites.

The Waalwege canal trails in Vinschgau

Leisurely hikes in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

These narrow paths, which meander along the old waterways, are among the most popular leisurely spring hikes in Vinschgau. The origins of these canals date back to a time when Vinschgau's farmers had to build irrigation canals to transport water to their fields and orchards. Without the Waale, the rural Vinschgau would often have experienced periods of drought: the climate was dry and rainfall scarce. Today, the caretakers of these waterways are still known as Waaler. 

The ancient irrigation canals on the Malser Haide heath are still used to irrigate the crops, like the 400 hectares stretching from Burgeis/Burgusio and Haidersee lake which are irrigated by four canals. It's really rewarding that the masterpiece resulting from this cultural technique has been recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

National Park Stilfserjoch

Impressive peaks, majestic glaciers, a sustainable habitat and mind-blowing scenery from the Ortler High Mountain Trail.

Nationalpark Stilfser Joch
Ortler Höhenweg
Nationalpark Stilfser Joch

A worth visiting land of contrasts

Walk amongst vineyards and apple orchards or above the glacier and the Ortler. The Ortler is 3,905 m high and is still snow-covered in spring! In Vinschgau, you'll experience some curious contrasts and get closer to some rare cultural assets: the exclusive Lasa marble, for instance, finds its roots in this area of South Tyrol, where you can see its marble quarry and the incline railway while hiking up the Laaser Sonnenberg mountain. Whereas here you'll walk through steppes, on the the Nörderberg  mountain located on the other side of the valley, the trails are green and fertile.

Wherever you're craning your neck, there are lots of contrasts in landscape on the Obervinschgau circular hike. Alternatively, you could choose one of the stages of the Vinschgau High Mountain Trail to soak up the rural culture and admire the valley landscape from above. Do you feel very comfortable on your saddle? Well, the Hasl-Wieben MTB tour should be added to your wishlist then. And if you want to go cycling at higher altitudes, we recommend you ride your bike on the Stilfser Joch pass: you'll be 48 hairpin turns apart from the start of the route.

Experience something new every day

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Cable cars & chair lifts

Locally sourced and enjoyed


How about organically farmed crunchy apple? Delicious jams made from juicy strawberries or sweet apricots? Or a hand-made figure made from Lasa marble? In Vinschgau, as in the rest of South Tyrol, you will find a wide range of high-quality foods and hand-crafted everyday and art objects. Lots of producers sell straight from the farm where you can sample the treats and get to know the producers.

In this way, you will experience moments of delicious flavour as well as gaining exciting insider knowledge about the cultivation and processing. With a bit of luck, you can even look over the shoulders of craftsmen at work as they create jewellery, sculptures or whisky while strolling through the village or town. Hand craftsmanship has a long-standing tradition in South Tyrol. High quality and durability are the primary factors, which are achieved through the use of proprietary manufacturing techniques and high-quality raw materials. This allows us to create products that are only available here.

What's going on in Vinschgau?

Many are the cultural customs that have shaped Vinschgau. Like the Klosn festival or the Scheibenschlagen, which consists of setting wooden disks on fire to kick off the winter season. Would you like to taste Vinschgau's specialties? Don't forget to call at the local food markets and food festivals.

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Weather forecast & Webcams

Check out our weather forecast and planning your vacation in South Tyrol will be easier. And if you want to go up in the mountains, our webcams inform you about visibility, sunrise, sunset and zero-degree isotherm.

Your car-free summer holiday in Vinschgau

For a comfortable and environmentally friendly travel to the Vinschgau region, find here the most relevant information. Buses, trains or taxis drop you off at your accommodation or hiking destination.

  • Travel by train

    From the province's capital of Bolzano/Bozen, a connecting train takes you to Meran/Merano, where the trip continues to the villages located between Töll/Tel and Mals/Malles. From Landeck in Austria, a direct bus takes you to Mals and back several times a day.

  • On-site mobility

    Once you get to your accommodation in the Vinschgau region, the Südtirol Guest Pass gives you free access to public transport across South Tyrol. Choose a different and evironmentally-friendly holiday.

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