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Totenkirchl church & lake Totensee

Totenkirchl church

The church Totenkirchl is located at 2186 m above sea level on the Villanders mountain pasture, which is one of the largest high alpine pasture in Europe. It was probably built by some miners who lived in this mountain area at the time.

Because of its exposed position, the chapel requires frequent restoration cycles to the building. In its present form, it was built in 1899. The last renovation took place in 1981 by the Villanderer Schützen.

Worthy of note is the Crucifixion group inside the church.

Both on the side of the Villanderer Alm and on that of the Sarntal the Stations of the Cross lead to this probably oldest place of pilgrimage of South Tyrol. Inspired by the name, it became a custom in the region to hang memorial prayer cards in the chapel to commemorate the dear departed.
Lake Totensee

The beautiful mountain lake is unique and probably too cold for most people to swim, but it is equipped with comfortable wooden loungers. The fact that the landscape is barren is certainly not important to the hiker at this point, because from up there you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Dolomites
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Lake Totensee
The lake Totensee (literally translated, "lake of the dead") is located in a mountain hollow below the chapel. The macabre name comes from the agricultural term "dead", which can be interpreted as "fruitless".
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Saltnerstein (Gasser Hut) – church "Toten" – Saltnerstein

Hiking trail · Eisacktal
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    Totenkirchl Church
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Map / Saltnerstein (Gasser Hut) – church "Toten" – Saltnerstein
moderate
Distance 14.4 km
4:25 h
569 m
569 m
2,223 m
1,749 m
Hike to the Alps of Villandro/Villanders with panoramic view....
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46.641367, 11.490071
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46°38'28.9"N 11°29'24.3"E
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32T 690568 5168323
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Turn-by-turn directions

Vom Ausgangspunkt am Saltnerstein (Gasser Hütte) wandern wir auf dem Kreuzweg mit der Markierung Nr. 6 an der Pfroderalm vorbei bis zum Totenkirchl. Weiter führt die Wanderung über Weg Nr. 16 zum Prackfiederer Jöchl und zur Stöfflhütte. Von dort folgen wir Weg Nr. 15 an der Marzunerschupfe (ca. 5 min. vom Wegverlauf) und der Mair in Plun Hütte vorbei zum Ausgangspunkt. (Im Winter fast bis zum Totenkirchl gespurt).

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In Villanders folgt man zunächst der Ausschilderung zur Villanderer Alm (an der DESPAR rechts ab). Nach ca. 20 Minuten Fahrzeit gelangt man an den kostenpflichtigen Parkplatz Gasserhütte.

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46.641367, 11.490071
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46°38'28.9"N 11°29'24.3"E
UTM
32T 690568 5168323
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moderate
Distance
14.4 km
Duration
4:25 h
Ascent
569 m
Descent
569 m
Highest point
2,223 m
Lowest point
1,749 m

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