Far-reaching views and clouds scurrying by. Perspectives and moments. Glimpses of mountain peaks and greenery. And mountains as far as the eye can see.
The rustling of the wind in the woods, the gurgling of mountain streams flowing through meadows, the whistling in the ears of keen mountain climbers. The sweet scent of wild thyme wafts by, along with tones of earth, wood and moss. Chewing sweet clover like children, tasting ‘Knödel’ dumplings, slurping water from mountain springs, counting tree rings with your fingers, letting your hands run through the long grass or reach up rocks. Live the mountains with all your senses. A network of paths: Völlan-Foiana near Lana and its valleys, are wonderfully walkable. Gravel paths and tractor roads separate one orchard from the next. Gentle walking paths ascend into the mountains and branch out over Vigiljoch walking area. Sunny valley paths lead into wild Ultental valley and into verdant Passeiertal valley. Panoramic paths lead from mountain hut to hut, getting steadily steeper as they near the mountain peaks. This is Meraner Land walking country and hiking boot territory – with the DolceVita Hotel ALPIANA RESORT right in the thick of it.
This gentle walk begins above Vigiljoch upper cable car station at Lana, which is reached in a jiffy. Follow the signs for Marlinger Waalweg beneath the canopy of foliage to Schloss Lebenberg and onwards to the Forst Brewery and Töll. Take the same route back. The Marlinger Waalweg is one of the longest in South Tyrol.
This walk may be done in 7 hours there and back starting at the DolceVita Hotel ALPIANA RESORT. The actual starting point is Gampenpass, which may be reached in 20 minutes’ drive. Leave your car at Gampenpass next to the restaurant. Cross the pass road and take path no. 133, which ascends steeply up to Laugensee lake. Take the rather stony path 10 to the left to Laugenspitze peak (2,433m), where you can enjoy spectacular all-round views. Finally, take path no. 10 down to Laugenalm pasture (1,853m) and return back to Gampenpass.
This wonderful walk may be embarked on right from the DolceVita Hotel ALPIANA RESORT. Follow path no. 8 from the centre of the village through orchards and the forestry road through the wood to Talmühle, then go over an old Roman bridge at Brandisbach stream to a wayside shrine, before taking a sharp turn to the left. You will arrive at Obermayrhof (Obermoarhof) farm, which you leave behind to your right and follow signs down to the valley leading directly to St. Hippolyth hill (758m above sea level). Fantastic views of the whole Etsch river valley may be had on this walk.
Vigiljoch lower cable car station is just a few minutes‘ drive away. This affectionately named ’Bahnl‘ takes walkers up to Vigiljoch. Once at the top, take path 34 through larches and pine forests, which takes you gently up to near the col. You will reach Bärenbad Alm pasture along path no. 2 through shady woodland, before carrying on along path 2 to join path no. 9, which forks into 9A and leads gently up to Naturnser Alm pasture. Paths no. 30 and 9 lead back to Gasthof Jocher, before path no. 34 takes you back to the upper cable car station.
Your day’s walking starts right from your door. You can go on walks to St. Hippolyth Chapel or Laugenspitze mountain starting from ALPIANA RESORT. Ultental-Deutschnonsberg walking country is not far away. Walkers can expect challenges and adventures in the countryside amidst cloud-topped mountains.
Historical Vigiljochbahn cable car takes walkers up to the sunny plateau of car-free Vigiljoch. Chairlifts sweep walkers upwards to the Texelgruppe mountains. For walks starting from less easily accessible locations, ALPIANA RESORT shuttle bus is available. The best transport connections, here in the mountains.