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Hiking in Vipiteno/Sterzing and the surrounding area is of course the most popular recreational activity in summer. Idyllic mountain pastures, high-alpine huts and breathtaking peaks await you around Vipiteno/Sterzing and in the side valleys.
You are also welcome to shorten one or two climbs with the cable car. Families feel comfortable on the panoramic circular trails, ambitious mountaineers venture up into the high mountain ranges and the world of the three thousand metre peaks.
We would like to recommend a few tips on hiking to you in Vipiteno/Sterzing and the surrounding area:
The French geologist Deodat de Dolomieu named the white stone that can be found on several peaks around Vipiteno/Sterzing Dolomite, which is where the name Dolomites is derived from, which have been elevated to the status of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site today. The educational nature trail leads from the top station up the Monte Cavallo/Rosskopf via Ladurns from pasture to pasture as far as the head of the Pflersch valley. You can hike the entire trail in about 7 hours, 630 metres difference in altitude, you can of course also just complete sections.
You start directly in Maria Trens, the famous pilgrimage site in South Tyrol and hike over a high altitude trail up to Castel Pietra/Burg Sprechenstein where you take a break in the courtyard tavern and then continue on the pilgrimage trail back to Maria Trens. The circular trail can be completed in 2 hours and just 280 metres difference in altitude has to be overcome.
This secluded mountain lake is situated above Le Cave/Grasstein. You follow marking no. 14 through the forest as far as a little mountain pasture and then continue onto the lake. The climb of 670 metres difference in altitude is really steep and takes about 2 hours but the view of the lake compensates for any effort: a highlight among the hikes in Vipiteno/Sterzing and the surrounding area.
South Tyrol’s highest situated mountain refuge is located on a rocky spur at 3,195 metres above sea level. The climb is a real challenge: from Masseria/Maiern in Val Ridanna/Ridnauntal you head over the Rifugio Vedretta Piana/Grohmannhütte and Rifugio Vedretta Pendente/Teplitzerhütte up to the Rifugio Gino Biasi/Becherhaus. You should plan for roughly 7 hours of walking, it is therefore recommended that you stay at the refuge overnight. Sure footedness and no fear of heights is absolutely essential.
For anyone who prefers cycling or mountain biking to hiking in Vipiteno/Sterzing, we recommend:
The well signposted Brennero/Brenner-Bolzano/Bozen cycle route leads through the entire Valle Isarco/Eisacktal and the individual stages are also really charming. South Tyrol’s sophisticated valley cycle path network leads into Val Pusteria/Pustertal or further on through Val d’Adige/Etschtal, Val Venosta/Vinschgau and various side valleys.
The nearby Passo di Monte Giovo/Jaufenpass and Passo di Pennes/Penserjoch passes are a real challenge for cyclists and the venue for spectacular road cycling races time and time again. You can compete with cycling pros here and put your fitness to the test.
Numerous bike high-altitude tours and worthwhile downhills can also be explored off the beaten track around Vipiteno/Sterzing and the surrounding area. Routes to cross the Alps by mountain bike also run here, a highlight for all ambitious mountain bikers.
We recommend a rafting tour on the Isarco/Eisack or a visit to the high-rope course in Vipiteno/Sterzing to anyone looking for variety. Or how about an adventurous downhill run with three-wheeler mountain carts over 6.5 km from the cable car top station in Ladurns back to the bottom station. Fantastic fun – for big kids too!