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A mountain stage

Hikers are swept upwards in the cable car and, with every metre, their eyes get to see a bit more of the wonderful green Meraner Land valley basin with its mountains. Just as the cabin rises in altitude, their excitement as to what will come next increases.

8 minutes of panoramic views through the cabin window. Then the gravel scrunches under your shoes and brings you to the starting points of the most beautiful tours of Vigiljoch. The Vigiljoch is Völlan’s local mountain. The garden of Lana, a natural park, wild hiking territory. A nearby zone for relaxation. But most of all, the set of a natural spectacle all year round. Yellow primroses, anemones and blue gentian adorn the meadows in spring. In summer, the fresh green coniferous forests cast a cooling shadow on hikers. Lush and fragrant alpine roses spread across the area like a carpet. And even more colourful is the autumn, when the larches are covered in a golden veil.

A scene of magic

Quiet. Reverent listening. Something must be missing: cars. The Vigiljoch is car-free all year round and can only be reached by cable car. Here, everything is about man and nature. And hiking builds the bridge between the two worlds.

The Vigiljoch near the DolceVita Hotel is a very special place. A powerful spot steeped in history. A mystical mountain. Many things are fairytale-like. For example, the small forest lake with the slightly eerily-sounding name of 'Schwarze Lacke' (black puddle). On your way there, you encounter the myth-enshrouded little church of Vigiliuskirchlein, Tyrol’s highest sanctuary with its impressive frescos.

Another hiking route brings you to the Bärenbad (bear bath), a source of healing spring water. There are plenty of family-friendly, diverse, panoramic trails with different routes and lengths. There's also something to conquer for sporty explorers – the Hochwart (2,607 m) takes a whole day to ascend.

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