From Velturno/Feldthurns to Barbiano – with descent to Chiusa/Klausen
The second stage leads over the sunny low mountain range plateau of Velturno – the Castel Velthurns, the Sabiona Monastery and original wine taverns invite you to have a break. The descent to Klausen offers stunning views of the artists’ town.
Distance: 15.3km Altitude: 830m Average walking time: 5 ¾ hours
In Velturno the route follows the level main village road in a southerly direction, turning right at the Laurentiuskirche and left at the Antoniuskapelle in the direction of Pedratz. At Radoar take a path to the right of the farm and a short steep climb leading to above the Höferstraße that leads gently down through a chestnut grove to the Weinbrenner farm. There we take the footpath through woodland and over meadows to the stately Hof Moar zu Viersch (former raised stand, typical wine tavern). The route continues over a stony hill through mixed forest, then through orchards descending to the hamlet Pardell (775m above sea level, 1 hour, Gasthof Huber). Here we descend on the tarmac road following the bends as far as the Hienghof (stop for refreshments) and the paths in the direction of Säben as far as the prominent col where a steeply ascending footpath right on top leads through a rock tunnel to the inner courtyard of the Sabiona Monastery (710m above sea level). The descent to Klausen continues on the tarmac Way of the Cross to Burg (castle) Branzoll and over the narrow steps directly down to Klausen (523m above sea level, 1 hour). In Klausen the climb to the low mountain range begins again after the Thinnebrücke on the old Latzfonser Straße in the Thinne valley, after a narrow tunnel turn left; follow the steep farm access road to the Muttner (664m above sea level). There a steep gravel farm road ascends through woodland past the abandoned StaudachHöfl on the upper edge of the orchards, on the meadows of the Johannes-Hof (754m above sea level, refreshments a little lower down on the left). Now the path alternates between woodland and meadows climbing gently to the viewpoint “Wetterkreuz” (825m above sea level) and continues on field paths to a bend on the road to Gravetsch, where there is a short climb. At the next bend turn left again. Cross the meadows of the Glatzner Hof to the wooded Blabach-Graben and shortly afterwards the first houses of the residential area appear. The village main street continues there to the centre of Villanders (880m above sea level, 2 hours). In the southern local area from the main road, turn left. The path leads to the lowest houses of the residential area and descends on the field path to the wooded Mühlbachgraben. Climbing slightly after the Graben across the fields we reach the hamlet of St. Moritz (780m above sea level, several refreshment venues). At the Winklerhof we follow the tarmac road downhill as far as the Höfestraße turning right and then continuing to the last farm. There a foot path leads on to the Zargenbachgraben. After the footbridge over the Wildbach the route leads in woodland over initially stony terrain climbing steeply up to the Mittelgebirsstraße over field paths. We now continue at a gentle pace for about 2km on the lightly trafficked panoramic road as far as the centre of Barbian (857m above sea level, 1 ¾ hours).
Special features along the way:
- Castel Velturno and the Archaeological Museum
- St. Laurentius – small church
- Sabiona Monastery
- Church of St. Mauritius in St. Moritz
How to find us:
Through the Valle Isarco/Eisack until Chiusa/Klausen and then up to Velturno.
Public transport system:
By train as far as Bressanone/Brixen and then by bus to Velturno.