There is so much to discover in Lower Vinschgau, so it can be difficult to choose... that's why we have some seasonal hiking tips for you:
In spring: If there is still snow up on the peaks and the valley is starting to bloom, the irrigation channels along the old watercourses are a safe bet. The Schnalser Waalweg is the most popular, running 11 km along the Sonnenberg towards Juval Castle (summer residence of extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner).
In summer: When temperatures soar in the valley, it's more comfortable up in the mountains (or in the nearby public outdoor swimming pool). In Castelbello-Ciardes/Kastelbell-Tschars there are various mountain and summit tours, something to get up early for. Another highlight is the Vinschger Höhenweg, which can be tackled in several stages.
In autumn: When the days get shorter, visibility improves and the air is crisper – it is the perfect season for shorter or longer alpine hikes. Around the Kesslwirt a variety of rustic restaurants await you with sophisticated home cooking and sunny terraces.
The area around Castelbello-Ciardes/Kastelbell-Tschars is a paradise for all those who prefer to explore the mountains by bike: There are easy to challenging mountain bike trails on both the Sonnenberg and Nörderberg with a wonderful panorama amidst a diverse landscape. The icing on the cake of every tour are small alpine pastures and snack stations that give you that necessary energy boost.
If you like it a little less strenuous and also like to cycle through different villages, while getting to know the culture, then the 80 km long Adige cycle path is the perfect route for you. It takes you from Lake Resia to Merano and leads directly past our Kesslwirt. You can do the whole stretch by bike (also suitable for families), or by train with a few stops.
For road bike fans, there is the legendary Stelvio Pass, a superlative tour, directly opposite King Ortler. Anyone who has driven this route when crossing between South Tyrol and Lombardy will not forget it in a hurry.
Small tip: We hire 10 e-mountain bikes at a daily price of €19.00 – we think you can climb the mountains with a little help and electronic airstream!