Hiking in Val Pusteria: exploring South Tyrol by foot
Hiking in the Puster Valley is a much loved activity among the locals and our guests alike! Starting at our hotel near Brunico, your host, Hans, will take you on an organised tour to some of South Tyrol’s most beautiful spots… or, if you prefer, you can discover them on your own. It’s entirely up to you! In our hiking library, you can find fantastic suggestions for hikes. Our staff are also always on hand to offer you tips and advice about the numerous possible routes you can take in the area.
Hiking in the Puster Valley truly is fun for the whole family as the magnificent mountain landscape surrounding our hotel is so diverse that each route has something different to offer. There are hikes for all ability levels… ranging from the simple to the highly challenging!
Hiking holidays in the Puster Valley‘s most beautiful nature parks
While hiking in the Puster Valley, you can discover our stunning scenery and impressive mountain peaks. There are three nature reserves in the Puster Valley which are very easily reached by car or with public transport. With the Mobilcard, which we will give you when you arrive on your holiday, you can use all public buses, trains and some cable cars in South Tyrol free of charge… lightening the load on both the environment and your wallet!
Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park
This nature reserve, occupying a total surface area of about 26,000 hectares, is perfect for hiking and more as it’s one of South Tyrol’s most protected areas. The beautiful spruce forest, the natural habitat of foxes, pine martens and wood grouse, is pleasantly cool in the summer. Ibex and chamois can also be seen in the higher areas. Lake Braies, also known as the “Pearl of the Dolomites”, is also in this diverse nature reserve – it’s definitely worth seeing!
Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park
This 31,500 hectare nature reserve stretches over the Puster Valley and into one of the side valleys, all the way to Passo Stalle. Together with the Zillertal Valley main ridge, a protected habitat in Austria, it forms the largest complex nature reserve in Europe. In addition, the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina nature reserve boasts the largest glaciated area, meaning even a summer hike here will lead you over snow-covered tracks.
The various flora and fauna of the Alpine wonderland that is South Tyrol is also waiting to be discovered as you hike through this amazing nature reserve.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo & Dolomiti di Sesto Nature Park
Another nature reserve you can visit, ensuring your hiking holiday in and around the Puster Valley is a rousing success, is the Dolomiti di Sesto area, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Stretching splendidly and majestically towards the sky, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is without doubt the most magnificent attraction in this nature reserve.
You’ll see… hiking in the Puster Valley is a truly varied experience. Whatever you choose to do, one thing is certain… hiking in the Puster Valley lets you see the most beautiful side of South Tyrol!
Green Lake Hotel Weiher: our hiking tip
Hiking in the Puster Valley, from Falzes to Plata and Kofl
From the village of Falzes, follow the no. 19 markers on the old footpath through the forest up to the Plata meadows, which are at an altitude of approx. 1,600m. From there, following route no. 18, the Koflersteig trail, will take you to the Kofler restaurant where you can rest and enjoy the fresh, on tap beer and a delicious Kaiserschmarrn – a shredded pancake usually found in Austria. When you’re finished, path no. 17 will lead you back to Falzes. A hike in the Puster Valley boasts breathtaking views of Plan de Corones, the valley and the Dolomites.
Hidden gem for families: the LandART path which runs past Falzes. Wonderful works of art made from natural materials can be found at varying intervals alongside this footpath for you to admire.