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Drei Kinder spielen mit Wasserrad entlang des Wanderweges in Südtirol

South Tyrol

From Reschen to Merano - suitable for all shoe sizes

More than 300 days of sunshine per year and wonderful views of the high peaks of the Ötztal and Ortler Alps. Everyone should put a hiking holiday in South Tyrol on their agenda! Above all, the popular Waalwege, as the trail is called, has few steep climbs as the pathways follow small streams. Previously, they were used to irrigate the fields, and today they make a unique water feature!

Details about the hiking holiday for families in South Tyrol

Spend eight days on lively hiking trails through the beautiful South Tyrol. You start in Reschen and wander to Burgeis along the wonderfully sparkling Reschensee. On day three in Schulderns you can smell the mountain air. High above Mals and along the Malser Oberwaals the hiking route runs over the Tartscher Bichl to the ‘Ganglegg’. To make the route less strenuous for tiny feet, day four is spent on the Vinschgaubahn (a train) to Kastelbell. In Naturns, and Partschnis to Meran there are plenty opportunities to take a dip in the cool water.

Highlights of the family hiking holiday at a glance:

  • The majestic Juval Castle: The private castle of Reinhold Messner in Val Venosta shows an exhibition under the name ‘Mythos Berg’. The impressive exhibition about mountain life is not the only thing worth seeing. The lovingly restored castle with elements from bygone days, mixed with glass-steel constructions is impressive!
  • Sail with the cable car: A varied network of paths await you in the Texelgruppe Natural Park. An extensive circular walk with breathtaking views follows a trip with the cable car. Be sure to try it out! (The cable car is not included in the Euroaktiv package).

Useful information about the family hiking holiday in South Tyrol

The family hiking holiday in South Tyrol not only promises impressive natural scenery and beautiful villages, but also time well spent with your loved ones! The route requires good basic fitness and a bit of hiking experience from young and old. Children should be used to walking for a few hours at a time. The trails lead along the Waalwege, the old irrigation systems and paved sections. Each day you and your family can enjoy a three to five-hour hike that provides ample opportunities for a number of breaks.

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum age: 8 years old. Younger children upon request might be possible.
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Itinerary

Welcome to Vinschgau! The steel-blue Lake Reschen and its famous tower that pokes out of the water will make you feel welcome. Not only kitesurfers and other water sport fanatics splash around in this very welcoming lake. Enjoy your first hours in this border triangle region in the sun and take in the view of the mountains before you start your walk through the lush green South Tyrol tomorrow.

You leisurely walk along the magnificently glistening Lake Reschen and you can admire the former church tower poking out the dammed lake. Continue through St. Valentin, where you can take a detour on the Talai forest exploratory path with a treasure hunt. Afterwards you keep on walking along Lake Haider. In doing so, you can observe lots of ducks swimming in the lake from secluded places. From the South side, you walk further along the rippling Adige river until you get to Burgeis.

4 - 5 hours

Let’s go along the ‘Sonnensteig’, an exciting irrigation channel path where you can find out a lot about the VInschgau mythological world. You keep getting fantastic views of the snowy mountain tops. You walk high up above Mals along the ‘Malser Oberwaal’ and you will go via the Tartscher Bichl to “Ganglegg”. Have a look through the most researched cave settlements from the Bronze and Iron Ages in the entire Alps. At the end of the day you cross impressive bridges and wooden steps over the gorge, which will bring you to today’s destination, Schluderns. Once there, it’s worth checking out the archeological finds from Ganglegg in the Vinschgau museum.

approx. 3 hours

You start today with a journey on the Vinschgaubahn, which will take you through the colourful scenery in South Tyrol to Kastelbell. From there you walk on the Schnalser Waalweg in the shade thanks to the trees. You will go via Kastelbell towards Juval palace, which is owned by the one of the most famous mountaineers, Reinhold Messner. Of course you have time to go on a tour through the palace. Afterwards you walk uphill to Naturns via the windy path.

Journey time: approx. 40 minutes
Walking time: approx. 4 hours

Jump into Naturns water park with giant slides. It is a great way to cool down before continuing with your walk. You will go along the ‘Schlossweg’ (palace path) from where you can enjoy another magnificent view, this time of Naturns. After this, you walk along the ‘Sonnenberger’ panoramic path. As the name suggests, you get breathtaking views over extensive orchards in the valley whilst the sun beats down on your face. Today finishes in a pleasantly adventurous manner via a suspension bridge to Partschins. This is the gateway to the Texelgruppe, which is South Tyrol’s largest nature park.

Journey time: approx. 10 minutes
Walking time: 1.5 - 3 hours

Jump into Naturns water park with giant slides. It is a great way to cool down before continuing with your walk. You will go along the ‘Schlossweg’ (palace path) from where you can enjoy another magnificent view, this time of Naturns. After this, you walk along the ‘Sonnenberger’ panoramic path. As the name suggests, you get breathtaking views over extensive orchards in the valley whilst the sun beats down on your face. Today finishes in a pleasantly adventurous manner via a suspension bridge to Partschins. This is the gateway to the Texelgruppe, which is South Tyrol’s largest nature park.

3 - 4 hours

You start today in an amused manner going along the ‘Bergbach’ up to the ‘Sagenweg’ (legend path), which is an exciting exploratory path where you can once again learn lots about Vinschgau’s mystical mythological world. After this, you walk through sweet-smelling apple orchards and vineyards along one of the diverse forest paths to the Algunder Waalweg. You follow the calming bubbling Waalweg past more vineyards and you can enjoy the view across the Adige valley. Above the town you walk along the world famous Tappeiner promenade where palm trees and cacti grow before arriving at today’s destination and the end of your walk - the centre of Merano.

approx. 3 hours

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 26, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019
Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Season 2
May 20, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019
Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Season 3
Jun 24, 2019 - Sep 6, 2019
Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Walking South Tyrol, 8 days, IT-VCARM-08X
Base price
Base price 12 - 14 Years
Base price 8 - 11 Years
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board evening meal 7x (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
Surcharge half board (7x) evening meal children aged 8 - 14 (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
555,00
415,00
295,00
125,00
155,00
110,00
595,00
415,00
295,00
125,00
155,00
110,00
655,00
415,00
295,00
125,00
155,00
110,00

Category: 3*** hotels and guest houses

Child prices valid when staying in a room with 2 full paying adults.

Season 1
Apr 26, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019
Season 2
May 20, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019
Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Season 3
Jun 24, 2019 - Sep 6, 2019
Reschen
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Meran
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
65,00
75,00
69,00
87,00
65,00
75,00
79,00
97,00
65,00
75,00
79,00
97,00

Services and infos

Included

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Train ride on the Vinschgaubahn from Schluderns to Kastelbell
  • Vinschgau-Card with lots of activities and attractions included
  • elcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room with route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Return transfer by minibus available upon request on Saturdays and Sundays. Costs about EUR 50 per person. To be paid for at the time
  • Unterstell Cable car ride. Costs about EUR 12.50 per adult and EUR 5 per child. To be paid for at the time

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • Fly to Innsbruck, Munich or Verona.Take the train to Landeck and then the bus to Reschen, which takes about 1.5 hours. Or take the train via Bolzano and Merano to Mals and then a 30 minutes bus ride to Reschen.
  • Parking: free hotel car parking spaces. No reservation necessary.
  • Return from Merano with the Vinschgaubahn to Mals (about 1.5 hours) and then from there it is about 30 minutes to Reschen.
  • Minimum age 8 years old. Younger children upon request might be possible.
  • Requirements: basic fitness and walking experience. Children should be used to walking a couple of hours at a time.
  • Well built footpaths, which often go along the ‘Waalwege’, the old irrigation channels. Some parts are on tarmac. Individual stages can be shortened by public transport.
  • On this particular walking tour you have the option of bringing your 'four-legged friend'. When booking, simply let us know the breed and size of your dog. Possible additional costs are payable locally on site.

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