To the Totenrücken. This loop hike on the Villander alpine pasture offers hikers extensive panoramic views.
Start and finish of the tour: Gasserhütte Time: 4 hours 30 minutes Distance: 14.1km Difference in altitude: 520m Max. altitude: 2,186m
This loop hike on the Villander Alm starts at the Gasserhütte (refreshment facilities). Take trail no. 6 via Moar in Plun (refreshment facilities) and the Pfroder Alm (refreshment facilities) as far as the Totenkirchl. Continue on trail no. 6 in the direction of Schwarzseen and Moar in Ums, where you change to trail no. 16B. This will take you to the Prackfieder Jöchl. Continue on trail no. 16, pass the Marzuner Schupfe (refreshment facilities), then take no. 15 back to the Moar in Plun, shortly after change to trail 23. Here it takes you to the Rinderplatz hut (refreshment facilities) and then on trails 23 and 24 back to the Gasser hut.
The Villander Alm (alpine pasture) is generally known as one of Europe’s largest alpine pastures and certainly one of South Tyrol’s most popular hiking areas. The Villander Alm loop trail leads you on easy hiking trails to the most beautiful places on this spacious plateau. Here breath-taking panoramic views alternate with fantastic natural beauty. But man has also left his mark here over centuries if not thousands of years. This trail for instance leads past the chapel “Am Toten”. The trail thither is a traditional via crucis. Further on, at the Schwarzseen, there are even the ruins of a 16th century mine.
Special features along the trail:
Funeral chapel: follow the via crucis (14 Stations) to reach the mountain church at 2,186m in altitude with an oversized crucifixion group, built by the miners in the Middle Ages.
Schwarzsee: crystal clear mountain lake to the west of the funeral chapel. A still open gallery mouth and a pre-historic smeltery below the lake suggest there may have been copper production as early as 3,000 years ago
Rinderplatzmoor: one of the largest and most beautiful moors of South Tyrol and one of Europe’s last blanket bogs
How to get there: take the A 22 motorway as far as Klausen and go up to the Gasser hut via Villanders. Car park: Gasser hut Public transport: by rail to Klausen and then by bus to the bus stop at the Gasser hut.