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Hikes in the Eisacktal

South Tyrol, Italy

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The Eisack Valley is also called the valley of paths. And rightly so: The valley in the heart of South Tyrol offers an almost inexhaustible selection of trails for the most diverse demands. Whether a leisurely circular hike with the family, sporty stretching along the slopes or high up into the alpine terrain, where via ferrata and summit tours await.
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The 10 Most Beautiful hikes in the Eisacktal

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Hiking trail · Val Gardena Dolomites
Raschötz Runde
Premium content Difficulty moderate
16
8.2 km
3:15 h
288 m
288 m
Eine Runde für Geniesser. Ein Aufstieg mit der Bergbahn, Panorama satt, schöne Wanderwege und gute Einkehrmöglichkeiten machen die Tour zu einem echten Highlight im Grödnertal.
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Hiking trail · Eisacktal
Über die Teplitzerhütte zum Becherhaus
recommended route Difficulty difficult
1
11.4 km
5:30 h
1,911 m
167 m
Eine wunderschöne, mittelschwere Wanderung zum Becherhaus
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Hiking trail · Zillertal Alps
Familienwanderung zu den Pfitscher-Joch-Seen
recommended route Difficulty moderate
1
8 km
4:00 h
600 m
600 m
Die Familienrundwanderung zu den Pfitscher-Joch-Seen bietet für Kinder spannende Entdeckungen, im Grenzgebiet befinden sich noch Spuren vergangener (Schmuggler-)Zeit und die Seen laden zum Spielen und Verweilen ein.
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Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Über den Fleckner zur Flecknerhütte
Premium content Difficulty moderate
3
6.7 km
3:30 h
350 m
350 m
Aussichtsreiche Tour auf den Fleckner und den Saxner mit toller sonniger Einkehr
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Hiking trail · Eisacktal
Familienrundwanderweg WoodyWalk
Premium content Difficulty easy
1
6 km
2:00 h
226 m
226 m
Familienfreundlicher, kinderwagentauglicher Spaziergang über den WoodyWalk
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Hiking trail · Dolomites
Von der Zanser Alm auf den Zendleser Kofel (2.422 m)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
5
10.1 km
4:15 h
750 m
750 m
Technisch einfache Gipfelwanderung im Naturpark Puez Geisler mit herrlichem Dolomiten-Panorama.
Hiking trail · Sarntal Alps
Barbianer Wasserfall und Bad Dreikirchen
recommended route Difficulty moderate Open
2
7.9 km
3:30 h
484 m
481 m
Schöne, mit Kindern 3 bis 4 stündige Rundwanderung von Barbian zu den bekannten Barbianer Wasserfällen und vorbei am alten, malerischen Kurbad Dreikirchen.
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Hiking trail · Sarntal Alps
Zur Flaggerscharten-Hütte
recommended route Difficulty moderate
13.9 km
5:40 h
1,120 m
1,080 m
Bergwanderung von Asten über die Hörtlanerscharte nach Durnholz
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Hiking trail · Eisacktal
Der Ridnauner Höhenweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
1
11.6 km
4:40 h
660 m
1,140 m
Wanderung vom Rosskopf nach Maiern
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Hiking trail · Eisacktal
Am Archeopfad von Brixen zum Pinatzbühel und nach Elvas
recommended route Difficulty moderate
1
4.9 km
2:00 h
300 m
300 m
Diese Wanderung führt uns hin zu den bedeutenden archäologischen Funden der Eisacktaler Ortschaft Elvas, wo einst auch die Römerstraße ins Pustertal führte.
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The Eisack Valley: Hiking through contrasting landscapes

Typical for the Eisack Valley, also called Val d'Isarco, is the varied landscape: at the foot of the mountain ranges, nature lovers will find shaded valley floors, while impressive rocky peaks rise above. Here, high alpine terrain meets rolling hills, evergreen side valleys and unspoiled deciduous and coniferous forests. The peaceful chestnut groves and colorful orchards complete the diverse landscape.

The valley takes its name from the Eisack River, the second largest river in South Tyrol. The Eisack rises at the Brenner Pass, flows through the Alpine valley in a southerly direction and then flows into the Adige River near Bolzano. On its almost 100 kilometer long way through the Eisack Valley, it not only passes through Brixen, one of the largest towns in the region. It also flanks some of the most important traffic routes of the Brenner transit route, which is why the region can be reached quickly by car and is also suitable for a weekend excursion.

For hikers, there is a wide range of possibilities, with something for every taste and requirement: Hikes through low mountain ranges, leisurely walks, walking tours to mystical places, regional products or to explore the most significant cities of Bressanone, Sterzing and Chiusa. For cyclists, the almost 134 km long and almost continuously asphalted bike route 1 "Brenner-Salurn" is worth exploring in the area.

Hiking trails in the Eisack Valley

If you want to take on one of the most beautiful natural spectacles in South Tyrol right at the beginning, you can start with the 5.7 km long hike to the Gilfenklamm gorge in Ratschings. Over suspension bridges and stairs you go deep into a gorge, through which the water masses of the Ratschinger stream roll with impressive power. The Gilfenklamm is also the only marble gorge in Europe, which gives hikes in this area a particularly refined ambience. In terms of difficulty, the hike is classified as easy to medium, since after all, 280 meters of altitude have to be overcome.
Hiking trail · Eisacktal
Durch die Gilfenklamm
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 5.7 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 281 m
Descent 281 m

Gemütliche Wanderung durch die grandiose Gilfenklamm-Schlucht

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from Joern Perschbacher,   Outdooractive Editors
From the deep gorges, the next route should take you quite high up, so to speak, to the roof of the South Tyrolean Alps. On hikes to the Becherhaus, which lies at an elevation of 3,195 meters, there are numerous meters of altitude to overcome. Fortunately, the highest refuge in South Tyrol is well managed, offering food, running water and accommodation for up to 100 people. Starting point is the head of the valley in Ridnauntal, the hiking trail leads from there through mountain forests and pastures to the Grohmann hut. From there it continues partly over alpine paths and a glacier tongue until the entire 1,911 meters in altitude of the approx. 11.5 km long route are mastered. The route is therefore also classified as difficult and is not suitable for beginners, as it requires not only a good physical condition, but also surefootedness and a head for heights.
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 11.4 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 1,911 m
Descent 167 m

Eine wunderschöne, mittelschwere Wanderung zum Becherhaus

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from Daniel Maier,   Outdooractive Editors
The Eisack Valley is large enough to allow hiking tours of several days and yet discover something new every day. The Keschtnweg, also called the South Tyrolean Chestnut Trail, is the ideal route with its 60 km and leads in four to six stages from Vahrn via Felthurns, Barbian and Leitach to Bolzano. Some stamina is required for the enduring hike, as a total of about 2,000 meters in altitude must be overcome. Along the way there are chestnut groves, orchards and several vantage points. Numerous accommodations for every need are available along the way - from hotels with spas to cozy inns, there is something for every taste. Sporty hikers can also complete the trail in fewer daily stages with a pure walking time of 19 hours, but speed is of secondary importance in view of the South Tyrolean scenery.
Long distance hiking trail
The Chestnut footpath - Isarc Valley
Premium content Difficulty difficult Multistage route
Distance 61.7 km
Duration 19:36 h
Ascent 2,200 m
Descent 2,469 m

In the middle of chestnut grovesThe chestnut footpath crosses the Isarc Valley leading to Novacella near Bressanone. This route, surrounded by ...

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