As an ideal excursion destination for the whole family, the Tschögglberg mountain, a high plateau between Bolzano/Bozen and Meran/Merano at 1,100 to 1,500 metres above sea level, promises relaxed hikes across sunny Alpine meadows without any great altitude differences – on foot or on the back of the Haflinger horses native to the area. The Tschögglberg mountain is particularly beautiful in autumn: during this season, the extensive larch forests, which form the largest larch plateau in Europe, turn a bright golden yellow, and the clear air gives an expansive view of the surrounding mountains.
If you want to immerse yourself in the mystical world of legends, take a hike to the “Stoanernen Mandln” (stone cairns): here, on a 2,000-metre-high ridge, there are over 100 figures formed from piled-up flat stones. Whether it is a Celtic place of worship, a meeting place for witches, an ancient power centre or simply a signpost for shepherds – there are countless legends about the significance of this magical place. What is certain is that the panoramic view of the South Tyrolean mountains from here is absolutely unique – even in winter.