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The Waidbruck - Taugens - Tisens roundtrip trail

Ponte Gardena (Waidbruck)
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Informationen zur Tour The Waidbruck - Taugens - Tisens roundtrip trail

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    5:00 h
  • Distance
    12.7km
  • Altitude
    790 m
  • Altitude
    790 m
  • Max. height
    1135 m
The rountrip trail leads up to the Trostburg and on to the low- mountain range terrace of Tagusens.

Directions

An old path paved with cobblestones and lined with dry stone walls – leads up to the Trostburg and on to the low- mountain range terrace of Tagusens, with a magnificent view of Lajen and the sunny side of the Eisack Valley. Rare meadow-breeding birds can still be observed there. From Tagusens, the path continues through the shady forest to Tisens and, on the valley side, back to the starting-point in Waidbruck. 

Starting point

Centre of Ponte Gardena

Target point

Centre of Ponte Gardena

Specificity

Stations at the rountrip trail
1. Geological Building Materials 
Since time immemorial, our ancestors used the materials they found at hand to build. The talus and rubble left behind by glaciers and rivers was used as building materials. Paths and walls are a reflection of the geological conditions of the area. Cobblestone paths were thus able to withstand centuries. Walls served to support the embankments and secure paths and terraces. These structures and the skills required to build them can thus still be admired today. 

2. Trostburg
The history of the Trostburg extends back to the 12th Century. Around 1290, possession of the castle was transferred from the Lords of Velturno to the Counts of Tyrol, who then mortgaged/sold it to the Lords of Villanders and Wolkenstein. After that, the Trostburg was the ancestral seat of the Wolkensteins (one of the most important Tyrolean dynasties) for about 600 years. Between the 14th and 16th Centuries, the Trostburg under- went major expansion. In the 17th Century, it was renovated in the Renaissance style under Engel- hard Dietrich Count von Wolkenstein-Trostburg. Today, the Trostburg is home to the South Tyrolean Institute of Castles and of the South Tyrolean Museum of Castles. 

4. Rare Meadow-Breeders 
Our rustic ancestors created landscapes offering many plants and animals a habitat: hedges, dry walls, heaps of discarded stones, meadows with a great diversity of species. Over the decades, agricultural use changed significantly. Production was intensified and boosted. Many species of birds are suffering from the effects of this. For that reason, many species in these areas are now threatened and have been placed on the Red List of Endangered Species. Meadow- breeders are especially threatened. Their nests are destroyed by earlier and more-frequent mowing. Furthermore, meadows subjected to intensive use have fewer insects for the birds to feed on. Thus, the loss of nests and the reduction in food supply are the main reasons for their drop in numbers. 

6. Masters of Disguise 

About 400 million years ago, our ancestors crawled out onto the land for the first time. This represented a major milestone in the history of life on Earth. Since then, we have been living a double life – an amphibious lifestyle. 


7. The Pine Forest 
The Red Fir is a pioneer tree that has played an important role in the reforestation of this area in the wake of the last Ice Age. It was supplanted by subsequent woodland societies. Fir forests are now found only on the low- nutrient soils of the mid-altitude mountain range along the main valleys of the Etsch River, the Eisack River, the Rienz River, and the Mendel mountain as well as in the Dolomites. 

8. Living on the Wall 

Dry walls – It took a lot of effort to build dry walls – without the use of mortar – but they helped protect against erosion and eased working on steep slopes. They form boundaries and help structure the landscape. Grown gray with age, covered with lichens and mosses, weathered by the sun, rain, and wind. Their small crevices provide refuge for weasels, lizards, tits, wood ticks, and ants. 

Parking

At Waidbruck/Ponte Gardena

Public transportation

By train to Ponte Gardena.

Directions

Drive trought Valle Isarco  to Ponte Gardena.

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