There is plenty to discover all year round in the
Villnöss Valley (Val di Funes):
Fans of Nordic walking will really get their money’s worth on the nine signposted routes totalling 60 km in length that run throughout the Villnöss Valley. And mountain biking on the Villnöss Alps means great fun with panoramic views!
>> Nordic walking map of the Villnöss Valley
>> Mountainbike map of the Villnöss Valley
There are well-developed hiking and themed trails through the valley, plus challenging mountain tracks and fixed rope climbing routes on the Peitlerkofel, the Geisler and the surrounding Dolomites. The well-known Adolf Munkel Way over the Villnöss Alps should not be missed by anyone; it is quite easy to hike and leads directly to the crags of the Geisler Peaks.
>> Hiking hints in Villnöss Valley
>> Secured mountain-climbing trails in Villnöss Valley
Low-impact transport in the Villnöss Valley
Special transport services operate in the Villnöss Valley, which help our guests to enjoy an environmentally friendly, car-free and carefree holiday. You can travel here easily without your car and reach all of the places that you want to visit during your holiday.
The Eisack Valley – Wipp Valley Mobilcard enables you to travel by bus from Brennero to Bolzano and all of the side valleys, including the Gardena Valley. In the Brixen area, the Citybus and the Mühlbach-Meransen cable car can also be used. The dial-a-bus service that has been specially set up by the Villnöss Valley Tourist Information Office runs in tandem with the public transport services, links Teis with St. Peter and St. Magdalena and will take you to the Würzjoch and the Zanser Alp.
Villnöss Adventure Card
The Adventure Card makes visiting the museums and collections in the Eisack Valley and using the sporting facilities and various different cable cars and mini-bus journeys even more attractive. A range of benefits are on offer to holders of a discovery card that will contribute to making your holiday with us even more appealing and enjoyable. In addition, the discovery card will entitle you to great reductions on a comprehensive hiking programme organised by the tourist information office.
Puez-Geisler Natural Park visitor centre
The Nature Park centre covers different topics: "Touching the mountains" presents the geology of the Dolomites, "Miracles of nature" shows animal skins, eggs, feathers, footprints, teeth, antlers and healing herbs, while "Conquering mountains" mainly concerns the sport of mountain climbing and Reinhold Messner.
Nature Park House Villnöß
Culture and leisure
Traditional festivities and farmer’s markets, up-to-date information at: www.villnoess.info
Mineral Museum in Teis / Villnöss, open from March to November, House of Associations: www.mineralienmuseum-teis.it
Traditional sheep's wool production "Naturwoll" in
St. Valentin/Villnöss: www.naturwoll-shop.com
Trips and visits to the old towns of Bozen, Brixen or Klausen
Archaeological Museum in Bozen with the iceman "Ötzi": www.iceman.it
The Geisler Peaks are UNESCO World Heritage Site - together with the Dolomites
The Unesco world heritage committee has recognised the uniqueness of this Italian mountain group and placed it under protection. The weird towers and crags are favourite motifs for postcards and paintings, though they also make a splendid backdrop for outdoor pursuits such as walking, climbing and skiing.
With an area of 141,903 hectares this protected area in northern Italy embraces parts of the provinces of South Tyrol, Trento, Belluno, Udine and Pordenone. Among the considerations which swung the decision to include the Dolomites in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's list of world heritage wonders are their geological history which is unique in the Alps, having been formed around 250 million years ago as a giant coral reef in the ancient Tethys Ocean.
The easy Adolf-Munkel trail beneath the imposing Odle/Geisler-Spitzen is one of the most impressive walks in the Dolomites.
Geological and geomorfologic description of the Geisler Peaks / Dolomiti: www.dolomiti-unesco.org