Hiking in South Tyrol:
a health-giving holiday
Our sunny apple-growing plateau has much more to offer than you might notice at first glance: mountain bikers can make use of a large and well-maintained network of cycle routes in the Naz-Sciaves area, including the Valle Isarco and Val Pusteria cycle trails. There are exciting routes at every level of difficulty, taking you in all directions and to all altitudes.
Nature, sunshine and enjoyment, or "your car deserves a holiday too"
There are 15 wonderful hikes you can go on across the plateau, walking mainly along the level through a lovely natural setting, surrounded by fields, woods and beautiful lakes. In this context, we would like to recall the thoughts of the German poet, Goethe: "You have only really visited the places you have been to on foot". So, lace up your boots, forget the car, and explore Naz-Sciaves on foot to discover all it has to offer. And if at the end of a long walk your feet just refuse to go another step, you can simply get on the first bus back.
Our services for you:
- Free use of mountain bikes
- E-bike rental with a small surcharge
- Covered underground garage for bikes
- Rental of trekking poles
- Information about hiking and cycling routes in South Tyrol
- Guided excursions
There's certainly something to suit all tastes. For hikers, there's an almost infinite choice of trails, while those who prefer visiting cities can go sightseeing in Bressanone, Bolzano or Merano. Added to this are the many natural beauties and scenic lakes in the area. While in winter, those who love snow can have the time of their lives.
Our tips for hiking enthusiasts
- Excursion to the village of Elvas; from the terrace here you have a magnificent view over Bressanone
- Excursion to Novacella Abbey with tastings of the white wines of the Isarco Valley, known all over the world
- Tour of the mountain huts: exploring the alpine pastures of Rodengo and Luson
- Excursion to Rodengo Castle through the Rienza gorge
- Tour of the mountain huts: Val di Funes - Valles - Gitschberg - Plose - Villandro
Tour of the villages
Duration: 3.5 hrs. | Length: 12.2 km | Difficulty: medium
A hike through shady woodland and beautiful orchards, past little lakes and reed beds, to go and explore the four idyllic villages of Naz, Fiumes, Rasa and Sciaves. Particularly recommended during spring and autumn.
The Barbiano waterfalls
Duration: 3 hrs. | Length: 5 km | Difficulty: medium
The Barbiano waterfalls are a truly impressive sight, definitely not to be missed. High above Ponte Gardena, the thundering mass of water tumbles 85 metres down to the valley.
Duration: 2 hrs. | Length: 6 km | Difficulty: easy
The sweet scent of pink and white apple blossom, the buzzing of bees, an explosion of multi-coloured flowers all around, and in the background the peaks of the mountains still covered with snow. From Naz, you head towards Fiumes, walking as far as the Sommersürs biotope, continue to Lake Flötscher and the Raier Moos pond, and then back to your starting point.
Duration: 2.5 hrs. | Length: 8 km | Difficulty: easy
This themed walk not only introduces you to the natural beauty of the area, but also provides you with some interesting information about apple-growing in Naz-Sciaves.
From Naz to Bressanone, city of art
Duration: 1.5 hrs. | Length: 5.4 km | Difficulty: easy
From Naz, you head towards Elvas and then on to Bressanone: a city rich in culture, with its winding streets and lively historic centre. Those who still have the energy can also return on foot. Otherwise, there's a good public transport service and you can take the bus back to the Hotel Sun.
Raier Pond educational trail
Duration: 45 min. | Length: 2.2 km | Difficulty: easy
Herons, storks, wrens and nightingales, whitethroats and great tits, as well as butterflies and the famous praying mantis, are all inhabitants of the "Raier Moos" biotope: a fascinating pond between Rasa and Naz.
Hike through the Bressanone vineyards
Duration: 1.5 hrs. | Length: 5 km | Difficulty: Easy
From the plateau to the city - from Rasa, you head towards Elvas, walking through vineyards, and then on to the cathedral town of Bressanone. There are many taverns along the way, where you can stop and enjoy a refreshing drink.
The Renon earth pyramids
Duration: 3 hrs. | Length: 12 km | Difficulty: easy
This pleasant walk along the Renon plateau is a memorable experience for young and old! You first take the Renon cable car to Soprabolzano. From there, you travel on the charming little narrow-gauge train to Collalbo, from where you can walk to the famous Renon's earth pyramids, each up to 20 metres high. These strange-looking formations are composed of a type of clay and date back 25,000 years.