Vigiljoch circular walk
There are routes of all lengths on the Vigiljoch, from walks suitable for families with babies in pushchairs, panoramic tours for ramblers and more demanding climbs for peak baggers. All of the routes lead past charming inns and dairy huts where the friendly hosts will welcome you with their culinary delights.
To the mountain chapel of St. Hippolyt near Tisens
This rocky summit is called the “royal lodge” of the Burggrafenamt: rightfully so, as with the valley of the River Etsch at your feet, your gaze stretches far over the Tschögglberg mountain to the peaks of the Ifinger, Hirzer and the Jaufenkamm, which seems to close off the Passeier Valley, while to the west are the summits of the Texel group. The chapel itself is also a fine reason for doing this walk.
From Grissian to St. Jakob and St. Apollonia
Two pretty mountain chapels lie on this easy trail. The chapel of St. Jakob features beautiful frescoes both inside and outside, as well as the first verifiable depiction of the Dolomites (the Rosengarten range). The path runs mainly through woodland and is thus particularly recommended on hot summer days. The Apollonia restaurant offers traditional local specialities as well as panoramic views of Dolomites.
To the Eppan ice holes
This walk is a fascinating experience, particularly in summer. From vineyards and chestnut groves you enter a landslip area, some 200 metres long and 50 metres wide, at the foot of the Gand mountain, where you will experience a temperature and vegetation inversion. Air flows out from between the countless cracks and holes between porphyry blocks at a temperature of between 0 and 5 degrees, with snow or icicles persisting there even in high summer.
Three-castle walk above Eppan
The castles of Hocheppan, Boymont and Korb are among the most beautiful in the Etsch Valley. The path leads through vineyards and fruit orchards to Schloss Korb. The highest point of the walk is Hocheppan Castle, whose chapel with its valuable frescoes is one of the most important examples of Romanesque art in South Tyrol. The third castle, Boymont, lies in the midst of woodland and offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and a well-earned rest.