Hiking in Venosta Valley, South Tyrol
Hiking holidays in Burgeis, Upper Venosta Valley
With its beautiful hiking trails and picturesque mountain lakes, the Venosta Valley is the ideal holiday destination for an unforgettable hiking holiday.
Right in the heart of the Watles hiking area you will find the Spielesee, a 1,500 m² adventure playground for families. The well signposted hike to the Spielesee takes about 1.5 hours from the valley chairlift station and meanders through a larch forest. There is a petting zoo for children near the Höferalm alpine hut, which is also the perfect spot for a break. From the hut, the path continues for about half an hour, until it reaches the Spielesee lake.
The shores of the Spielesse lake are equipped with wooden loungers, so that parents can keep an eye on their children while enjoying the fantastic mountain panorama on the lake’s magnificent viewing platform.
On the way to Val d'Uina, at an altitude of 2,256 metres, you will find the Sesvenna alpine club hut. In the old times, the area was part of a known smuggler trail, and smuggler run trail races are still held in our days. From this point you can enjoy a dreamy and unforgettable panorama, nestled in the barren, high altitude landscapes of the Upper Venosta Valley and the Sesvenna mountain range.
The hike starts at the lower charlift station in the Watles hiking area, from where we take the chairlift right to the upper Watles mountain station. Once there, a magical panoramic trail will take you directly to the Sesvenna alpine club hut. This is an easy, well signposted, and family-friendly hike that takes between 2.5 and 3 hours.
On the way back, you can choose between two paths: either over the Panorama Trail or past the waterfalls from Schliniger hut to Schlinig village (with a descent of about 1.5 hours). From Schlinig you can take the hikers’ taxi back to Watles valley station.
Hiking paths have existed in along the local waale (man-made water canals) for centuries. The Oberwaal was first mentioned in writing in 1346. The waale canals once served to irrigate the pastures and meadows and helped operate the mills.
This beautiful family hike is approximately 2.94 km long and takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. The hike offers a great cultural experience with unforgettable views of the Ötztal Alps and the Ortler range.
The starting point of this beautiful hike is Planeiler Street. From the Stone Bridge, walk along the hillside, following trail number 17. The Oberwaal runs along mixed forests and eventually leads to the plant garden in Mals. The return path follows the same route.