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Hike to the Sesselschwaige alpine pastures via Knüppelweg Trail

Fiè allo Sciliar (Völs am Schlern)
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Informationen zur Tour Hike to the Sesselschwaige alpine pastures via Knüppelweg Trail

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  • Duration
    4:30 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    1000 m
  • Altitude
    1000 m
  • Max. height
    1933 m
The name of the Knüppelweg Trail derives from the coarse wooden billets along the hike to Sesselschwaige Alm: in German, these are called Knüppel. This method of construction, partly bridge, partly trail, stretches over a total of 1.5 km. The trail was partially constructed in medieval times, enabling access to the alpine pasture despite the extremely steep terrain. It makes the trail a particularly unique experience even today.


The trail starts at the little village of Umès die Fiè (Ums). Leave your car  at the parking lot near the church. From there, a paved road leads up to the Heidegger Farms and, gradually getting steeper, to the Hofer Alpl alpine pasture. The altitude differential is quite significant, covering 408 m between Umès (932 m) and the Alpl; the ascent should not take more than 1 hour. From here, the hike leads across sunny slopes and through shadowy patches of forest. Hofer Alpl Alm is located on a open, sunny mountain pasture offering a beautiful view of the Isarco (Eisack) Valley. At this point, you can choose between the broad, easier trail or a steep ascent straight up the forest. Trail No. 1 and 1-3 both take you to the wayside shrine at the Peter Frag picnic area (1,625 m) at the entrance to Sciliar (Schlern) Creek Canyon. The name Peter Frag is actually derived from Latin: Petra fracta means "rocky abyss". From here, the exposed and difficult Trail No. 3, also known as Schäufelesteig, is another option: it takes you up to the Sciliar Plateau in approximately 3 hours. The original hike goes the other way towards Sciliar Canyon, where the Knüppelweg Trail begins, and takes you up to Sesselschwaige Alm (1,940 m). The path itself does not pose technical challenges. Descent via the same way until the Peter Frags wayside shrine, then follow the steep trail downhill and after a couple of metres, turn right and follow Trail No. 1 north. At first, the path goes slightly up; it crosses a rim and then goes straight through the forest back to the dirt road near Hoferalpl. From here, take the original trail back to Umès.


Loop trail around the Sciliar (Schlern) Massif. This hike, which takes around 7 hours, is a unique experience and boasts spectacular scenery. The hike is rather long, even though the ascent at first doesn't seem too challenging. The tour can be extended to two days; accomodations  available at Rifugio Bolzano (Schlernhäuser). The cable car to Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm) can be reached by public transport: Take the cable car from Siusi (Seis) to Kompatsch (Compatsch) and walk to the Panorama Hotel. From there, go south until you reach the Sentiero dei Touristi (Touristensteig) Trail. This pleasant, easy trail takes you up to the plateau (2,457m). Descent via Trail M 1, across the alpine pastures to Sesselschwaige then to Knüppelweg and through the canyon of Sciliar Creek. At the junction near Peter Frag, take the northern trail to Tuffalm (1275 m) and down to the Fiè lakes, then Fie allo Sciliar.

Starting point

Umès di Fiè (Ums)

Target point

Umès di Fiè (Ums)


Umès di Fiè (Ums), parking near the church

Public transportation

Bus line from Bolzano (Bozen) to Umès di Fiè (Ums).


Through the Val d'Isarco (Eisacktal) to Prato all'Isarco (Blumau) and turn to Alpe di Siusi-Fiè (Seiser Alm-Völs) and continue to Umes di Fiè (Ums).

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    antonio morandini

    ... con un piccolo sforzo aggiuntivo potete arrivare al rif. Bolzano sullo Sciliar, un vero spettacolo.


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