To the monte San Vigilio
Take the cable car from Lana up to the San Vigilio mountain. This circular walk begins at the cable car terminal following the trail marked 34 which leads through the forest in a moderate climb to the small hilltop church of St.
Vigilius. From the church, take the trail marked 9 to the mountain lake called the “Schwarze Lacke”. At this point the view of the surrounding mountain landscape is superb. To return, follow the narrow trail marked 7 back to the starting point.
Knottnkino the “natural cinema”
The destination of this pleasant, easy walk is called a “Kino” or cinema because of the interplay of natural phenomena which takes place there, often surpassing “real” movies. The place – atop a mound rising above the high plateau – affords a superb view down onto the Val Adige/Etschtal valley, across to the Val d’Ultimo/Ultental valley mountains and the Ortles/Ortler massif.
The artist Franz Messner has placed 30 solid chestnut chairs on the plateau of rock to enable walkers to relax and enjoy watching the natural spectacle unfold.
Up to the monte Muta/Mutspitze
Take the courtesy bus from the centre of Tirolo/Tirol village to the Tiroler Kreuz (806 m) – or alternatively follow the pathway no. 3 – and walk uphill along the old Mut pathway (Muterweg) marked no. 23.
Continue uphill through the forest or keep to the new access road as far as the lower Mut farmsteads (Masi della Mutta/Muthöfe). At this point it is worth stopping for a while to savour the splendid view down into the Val Venosta/Vinschgau valley and the Val d’Adige/Etschtal valley. The footpath no. 23 leading up to the Mutkopf restaurant branches off to the right just past the farmhouses. Take this trail across mountain meadows, then through the forest and finally steeply uphill to the Mutkopf (restaurant and public house – 1,684 m). After a brief stop for refreshments, the hike continues up across steep grassy slopes of the Mut ridge to the base of the summit. The last few metres of footpath lead among boulders up to the summit cross (2,294 m). The bird’s eye view is superb, taking in the village of Tirolo, the entire Merano/Meran valley basin and the Ortles/Ortler massif. The walk is especially recommendable in early summer, when the Alpine roses are in flower and the névé on the slopes of the surrounding “three-thousanders” glisten in the sun. The descent leads along the ascent route as far as the Mutkopf, then down along the less steep trail no. 22 through the forest to the Steinegg restaurant and public house and on to the Hochmuther. From here you can return by cable car or take the Talbauer trail marked 24 and the Mut pathway back to the Tiroler Kreuz, or you can choose the steeper trail to the Farmer Kreuz.
Corno del Renon/Rittner Horn
Starting at the top terminal of the Renon/Rittner cable car at Soprabolzano/Oberbozen, follow the hiking trail marked 6 (red) which ascends in an easy climb across meadows and through woods as far as Riggermoos and onward to the “Auf die Tann” restaurant, 1,488 m.
A further 20-minute walk takes you to the lower terminal of the gondola lift at Pemmern, 1,538 m. From there the lift whisks you up to the Cima del Lago Nero/Schwarzsee-Spitze, 2,070 m, in just 8 minutes. At the top terminal, follow the walking trail 1 (red) to the Unterhorn-Haus, 2,044 from where the route leads across Alpine meadows up to the Corno del Renon/Rittner Horn, 2270 m, where you can feast your eyes on what is often said to be Tyrol’s most magnificent panorama.
The view ranges from Bondone, Adamello, Presanella, Ortles/Ortler, Ötztal, Stubai and Zillertal Alps, across to the Grossglockner, Cristallo, Marmolada as far as the Doomite massif Catinaccio/Rosengarten.
San Martino/St. Martin am Kofel
Take the cable car (or hotel bus) from Laces/Latsch (638 m) up to St. Martin am Kofel (1760 m; public house, interesting small church), then follow the marking 14 onto the farm driveway; it leads initially downhill, then predominantly level across the steep slopes and stream beds north-westwards to the Egg farmsteads (1677 m, refreshments available) and on for a short distance to the Forra farmsteads (1689 m) where the driveway finishes.