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The Cup-marks trail

Bressanone (Brixen)
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Informationen zur Tour The Cup-marks trail

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    1:30 h
  • Distance
    3.4km
  • Altitude
    110 m
  • Altitude
    110 m
  • Max. height
    823 m
The meaning of these mysterious cup-marks is still unsolved. These hemispherical depressions were chiseled or engraved into the stone surfaces by people without any recognizable intention.

Directions

The Cup-marks trail leads from the Pairdorf following the sign No. 11 in direction of Bressanone. At the turnoff take the left and follow the sign No. 20A up to Pinzagen. From there along the trail "Keschtnweg" back to Pairdorf. 

These stone surfaces feature bowl-like depressions which are, in part, connected by grooved lines. Similar patterns are frequently found on other stone surfaces. One can only speculate about the original purpose and meaning of these figures. Are they perhaps constellations of stars? Or road maps, in which settlements or important locations are marked? Thus, the grooved line might represent the segment of a path which led to this place back then. 

Starting point

Pairdorf

Target point

Pairdorf

Specificity

In this area, there are lots of stone surfaces worn and ground smooth by the glaciers which feature numerous depressions and engraved figures. For example, the »Mill Game« – the age of which it is difficult to pinpoint, but which certainly dates back to prehistoric times. Round, bowl-like depressions can be found on the faces of many smooth stones – often next to other symbols and patterns, including squares inside of which four more squares are inscribed. They perhaps represent the four essential elements: fire, water, earth, and air.

The meaning of these mysterious cup-marks is still unsolved. These hemispherical depressions were chiseled or engraved into the stone surfaces by people without any recognizable intention. Many of the cup-marks found in the Eisack / Isarco Valley date back to the Neolithic Age and the Bronze Age. They were especially prevalent in the Bronze Age (ca. 2200 – 950 B.C.). 

Parking

Pairdorf

Public transportation

By train to Bressanone and the to Pairdorf.

Directions

Drive through the Valle Isarco to Bressanone and up to Pairdorf.

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