Sonnenberg mountain, a clear view of the Vinschgau valley
The landscape of this special hike on Sonnenberg mountain is dominated by sparsely forested inner-Alpine dry vegetation. This hike provides insights into this unique vegetation zone as well as exceptional views of a mudslide/scree area characteristic of the Vinschgau valley.
Monte Sole in Italian and Sonnenberg in German both mean “sun mountain”, and the name says it all. The landscape here is characterised by centuries of slash-and-burn land clearances as well as special vegetation that has adapted to this unique microclimate. The dryness stems from the valley’s inner-Alpine and east-west orientation. Because of the steepness of the terrain, direct and long-range views of the valley are possible. It’s like looking down from a plane!