With its beautiful hiking trails and picturesque mountain lakes, the Venosta Valley is the ideal holiday destination for an unforgettable hiking holiday.
Watles Adventure Mountain in Burgeis
Watles adventure mountain in Burgeis is located only 7 kilometres away from the hotel and is the ideal starting point for many family walks and challenging tours. The unforgettable panorama over the entire Upper Venosta basin and over Vinschger mountains like the Ortler Range will become one of the most remarkable moments of your holiday.
The modern chairlift takes you 2,150 metres up into the mountains. Once there, you can choose between several walks, explore Watles adventure mountain with your family, enjoy the sun in the alpine huts and pastures of this hiking paradise, and sample traditional local dishes, such as cheese dumplings or South Tyrolean pancakes.
Don’t have a car during your holiday? This will not be a problem, as the hikers’ taxi service will take you to Watles adventure mountain, and the city bus in Burgeis is there to make sure you can quickly and comfortably reach all your favourite places in the city.
“Spielesee” - The Adventure Lake at Watles Mountain
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.
Hiking Tip: Sesvenna Alpine Hut
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.
Start: Watles mountain station
Destination: Schlinig village
Ascent time: 2 h
Descent time: 2 hours
Ascent: Altitude hike with slight elevation gain
Departure: Past Schliniger hut
The hikers’ taxi runs from Schlinig to Watles car park from every 10 minutes, from 16h onwards.
Family Hike along the Oberwaal in Mals
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.