Shopping in Ahrntal valley and Brunico
More than a just a souvenir from your holiday ...
Of course you’ll find the most fancy souvenir in one of the little shops, the many marketplaces or directly at one of the traditional craft producers, which are still existing. If you are looking for the real big shopping experience, take a trip to Brunico or Bressanone! In the shop windows you’ll surely find everything your heart desires: haute couture directly from Milan, Tyrolean traditional dresses, the famous wood craft from Gardena valley, jewellery, shoes, the delicious South Tyrolean Speck and other gastronomic specialities ... (While on your shopping stroll in the historic centres of the cities you can take home a little bit of life-style ...)
The cable car Klausberg is one of the most exciting ways to get a marvellous view on the breath-taking landscape. But there are other destinations to explore: Castle Taufers, the Reiner waterfalls (the biggest waterfalls in South Tyrol), the old copper mine of Prettau, the nearby Alps or the Nature park Rieserferner. There are so many destinations – and the most popular excursions in South Tyrol like Merano with its botanic garden of Trauttmansdorff, the Dolomites or Lake Garda, Verona or Venice are only a few hours away ...
Interesting for adults and spooky for kids! One of the 800 extraordinary castles in South Tyrol is Castle Taufers in Ahrntal valley: Castle Taufers was constructed directly on a rock spur at the beginning of the Ahrntal valley and with its towers, drawbridge, armoury, knights’ hall, battlement parapet, chapel, library, dungeon and torture chamber it would be the ideal location for any fairy tale ... Admire also the beautiful frescos from the famous artist Friedrich Pacher, and the collection of portrait paintings from the 16th century. In the meanwhile, kids are taking a spooky trip through the castle, discovering all secrets it keeps inside its walls: beautiful fairy will take them on a beautiful visit, on their they will get to see all the mythical inhabitants of the castle like ghosts and dwarfs, listen to exciting ghost stories ... while parents will have all the time to explore the castle by themselves!
Copper mine of Prettau
Visit the old mine galleries, the mine museum or relax in the health-facility of the galleries ... Equipped with helmet and headlamp and accompanied by your special mine guide you’re ready for the adventure to the insides of the mine - The mine railway leads you a 1000 metres down and a 100 years back to historic finds, thrilling information and secret tales about the old mining tradition in the Ahrntal valley. Special fun factor for your kids: an exciting treasure hunt ... The copper mine is nowadays used for treatment of asthma and other pulmonary conditions. The mine gallery in total absence of pollen concentration and of all kinds of noise is beneficial for wellbeing and stands out for its extraordinary high air-humidity. We’re happy to be one of the first hotels offering to our guests entire health treatments in the "gallery for asthmatics".
Golf for passionates
South Tyrol offers unforgettable golf experiences thanks to its almost year-round golf season. On eight courses with completely different landscapes, both the expert and the amateur golf player will enjoy a unique sports and nature experience. While playing in the mild climate of the Southern Alps, you can improve your handicap, get a playing permission or seek personal challenge.
Golf course Pusteria valley in Brunico:
at about 25 km of distance
Driving Range, Club house
Pitching and putting green
South Tyrol’s most beautiful spa:
"Cascade" at only 10 km of distance!
Step into and enjoy the new pool and spa facilities in Aurina valley, at the foot of the Rein waterfalls. Experience the unique ambiance of CASCADE and the interplay of dualities: architecture and nature, relax and be active, to feel hot and cool, find calm and enjoy good company. Large pools and sauna areas with many rest areas and quiet terraces offer stunning views and fascinating panoramas of the countryside. Plenty of space and a unique atmosphere are surrounded by magnificent panoramas of the glaciers in Aurina valley!
The ideal rafting area in South Tyrol is Aurina valley
Rafting on the river Aurino is fun and a great adventure both for young and old, beginners and advanced rafters. Professional raft guides ensure safety and rafting schools provide all equipment needed from rafts to wetsuits. Enjoy rafting in Aurina valley, a wild and beautiful valley. Stunning gorges and crystal clear glacial water in the middle of the unique South Tyrolean mountains offer the ideal conditions for your personal adventure in nature. The river Aurino also offers peaceful waters with small waves, for a funny rafting experience for the whole family.
There are two beautiful rafting tours in Aurina valley:
Aurino half-day tour:
Departure: St. Johann, arrival: Mühlen, length: 12 km, intermediate, duration: approx. 3 hours
Kids & Family:
Departure: Sand, arrival: Gais, length: 7 km, easy, duration: approx. 2 hours
The major waterfalls in South Tyrol – the Rein falls!
A lot of water flows down in high flow from three waterfalls – one larger and more powerful than the other. The falls of river Rein are without doubt the most impressive in South Tyrol. The highest of the three waterfalls has a vertical drop of 42 meters. The waterfalls are accessible from Sand in Taufers from an easy hiking trail and offer an unforgettable spectacle of nature!
Climatic gallery in Predoi in Aurina valley
Breath pure, allergen- and pollen-free air, do something good to the own body and the respiratory tract ...
The abandoned mine gallery developed a microclimate which is nowadays used for treatment of pulmonary conditions (asthma, pollen allergies, respiratory problems). The Climatic Gallery is situated about 1,100 m inside the rock and is a place of calm and peace where people can relax and recover. Scientific tests confirm the exceptional quality of the air in the Climatic Gallery: NO DUST! The level of dust is even lower than those in air defined as the cleanest air. NO ALLERGENES! Likewise, allergens are virtually non-existent in the healing microclimate of the gallery! NO POLLEN! The pollen in the air is about 1,000 to 1,500 times lesser than in the outside air!
More sports in Ahrntal valley
Let's go! In Ahrntal valley you need light, comfortable hiking shoes with good grip to start walking on the trails. But you can also play tennis, swim and ride horses, put on a paraglider, climb, play golf in Brunico, rowing with professionals in the rafting boot on the river Ahr or balance – it you like – on the high ropes course at only 100 metres from the hotel ...
More and more you will prefer taking the mountain bike
and the walking poles