The Rieserferner chain awaits many very beautiful mountain peaks. Some of them are rather tricky and require good mountain climbing knowledge. Sometimes glacier fields have to be crossed and exposed ridges have to be climbed. But in the Antholz valley, there are yet other opportunities to view the valley from above. Many summit hikes that are not so hard or, at the most, are of medium difficulty are at least as rewarding as climbing a glacier. But selecting the correct mountain climbing equipment is important in any case. It is also crucial to always pay attention to the weather conditions.hiking map
In the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park, where striking mountain peaks clearly define the landscape and broad mountain meadows sprinkled with granite rocks extend beyond the Alpine pastures, mountain hiking becomes a very special experience. Fragrant meadow herbs, fresh mountain spring water, and whistling marmots are typical features of the Nature Park. Lovely, well-marked hiking trails lead to idyllic Alpine pastures and scenic lookouts. If desired, it is also possible to join a guided hike.
The Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park primarily serves as a protected habitat for free-living plant and animal species. The protected area includes the municipalities of Rasen-Antholz, Percha, Gais, Sand in Taufers, Ahrntal and Prettau. The borders of the nature park area are drawn in the northwest with the Ahrntal valley, up to the Staller Saddle in the east and finally along the state border between Austria and Italy. To the south-east the Antholz valley forms the border and to the south the Pustertal valley.
The cooperation with the neighbouring protected areas, Hohe Tauern National Park and Zillertal Alps High Mountain Nature Park, supports and promotes the preservation of the unique natural heritage.
Inside the Nature Park House, the history of the mountains' origins is illustrated with films and pictures, and various information on refuges, mountains and lakes is presented. For the little ones, the information is explained in a playful way. Critical topics such as glacier shrinkage are also addressed. There are also handicrafts, such as hand-carved animals and wickerwork. Specially designed information points provide additional information about the nature reserve and everything it has to offer.
Nature Park Visitor Center Rieserferner-Ahrn
Rathausplatz 9 | 39032 Sand in Taufers
phone +39 0474 677546
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My name is Martin Baumgartner, and I was born in 1987; I’m also known as Jochele Martin, because I grew up on Jochelehof farm. I trained as a motor mechanic, and I now manage Jochelehof farm together with my family. I love walking in the mountains, both in summer and winter. In 2018, I passed the “certified alpine skier guide” exam, and I will be happy to accompany you up into the mountains. You can choose one of the many classic routes or opt for one of the lesser-known trails.
phone +39 347 3321416
Your best friend is very welcome in the Antholz Valley.
Your four-legged friend should enjoy your holidays to the fullest. These includes long walks through the woods or even mountain trails. IMPORTANT: when hiking always leash your dog! Avoid animals herds especially cows with their calves – it could become dangerours for you and your hairy friend.
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Dog waste bags are free of cost and can be found everywhere in the whole valley. We beg you to show a little respect and clean up the mess your dog makes.
Since 2009 Italy´s law says that a leash has to be worn , as well as muzzle. (just carried, but not always worn) Pet owners are responsible for the damage their animal causes.
Bruneck Dr. Beikircher Florian | phone +39 0474 412077
St. Lorenzen Dr. Amendla Biagio | phone +39 0474 474904
Innichen Dr. Furtschegger Alois | phone +39 0474 916273
Sand in Taufers Dr. Egger Hora Ingrid | phone +39 0474 678719