Propst Wieser Weg 30
Völlan/Lana near Meran
in South Tyrol
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‘Those spending time in the forest smell of foliage and honeycomb, of berries and damp skin, with their evening meal consisting of sunsets. A nightingale can be heard singing through the air.‘ The Austria writer, H.C. Artmann, was able to convey the nature of the forest in few words. Yet for those going into the woods, and daring to explore the mountains, yet more emotion awaits.
Nothing smells as spicy as the herbs on dry meadows. The sound of cowbells is carried by the refreshing breeze. Feet search for foothold amongst rocks and tree roots. The summit cross is the goal, and the views the rewards. 360 degrees of mountain. Clouds scurrying by, craggy rocks, a horizon made up of peaks.
The ALPIANA – green luxury Dolce Vita Hotel lies on its upland plateau, surrounded by graceful mountain peaks. Wonderful hiking areas may be reached in no time from Völlan.
Both flanks of this rustic valley are dotted with pretty, old farmhouses, steeply rising meadows and delicate larch woodland. Yet it is the jagged backdrop of mountain peaks that makes the greatest impression. In Ulten valley there are plenty of walks between mountain pastures, through forests, mountain tours, paths along valleys and walks from farm to farm.
Vigiljoch walking country is a quiet place, with no cars allowed. Hikers will be able to hear nothing but the noises of the surrounding countryside. Extensive paths gently rising up through larch forests start at the upper cable car station located at 1,486 metres above sea level. There are tours for families with pushchairs, scenic paths for casual hikers and sporty routes for those aiming for the heights.
Walks around what may be described as Meran’s ‘sun terrace’ range from easy to medium difficulty, from circular walks and scenic paths to more challenging routes leading to mountain peaks. Meran 2000 has an extensive, well signposted network of paths and features plenty of huts and pastures where you can stop off and rest your legs.