Chestnut Trail | Stage 1
From Neustift to Feldthurns
Route length: 17 km
Metres in altitude ascent: 660 m
Height difference descent: 388 m
Average walking time: 5:30 h
The starting point is the bus stop at the Eisack Bridge near the Augustinian canons' monastery of Neustift (594 m). From there, the trail follows the orographic right bank of the Eisack River in a northerly direction until you reach the Punterhof farm.
On the left side of the Punterhof fields, a small ascent begins that leads to resting bench. There, you turn left, hike up a slight incline through the forest and then cross the fields in a southerly direction until you reach the Ehrenreicher Hof farm on the Gols hill.
At the road bend, continue left on a forest road, in several descents and ascents to the fields of the Neuhäusler farm and, after a somewhat steep ascent, to the Burgerhof farm (750 m). Here the panorama opens up to the Brixen Valley, the Plose, the Pfunderer and Zillertal Alps.
The trail continues across the meadow terraces of the Oberebner farm and the Eder farm, separated by wooded ditches, to the Villscheider farm (715 m, snack station). Hike slightly uphill on the asphalt road to the Breitwieser Hof farm, which is located on a saddle near the Cyrillus hill. Now hike along a steep path to “Zimmermann” and then follow the road that crosses the “Tilser Bachgraben” and leads to Pinzagen (806 m).
The trail continues on field paths in a southerly direction to the Rittner Höfe farms, soon followed by a short climb to the road to Tötschling in the immediate vicinity of the Sader Hof farm (900 m, snack station). Continue along the road that leads to Tötschling (920 m). At the last farm, turn right uphill and hike through the pine forest for a long stretch until you reach the “Wöhrgraben” ditch. After crossing the stream ditch, you reach the Wöhrmaurer inn (accommodation) and the Wöhrmann farm (snack station).
Without any notable differences in altitude, the beautiful panoramic hiking trail leads to the Ansitz Ziernfelder and continues until you reach the wide road to the hamlet of Schnauderer Street. Here you turn left and in a few steps you reach the centre of Feldthurns (857 m) and the Renaissance castle of Velthurns, which is also worth a visit.