The Alpe di Luson is an extensive alpine pasture that can be easily reached from the Brennero motorway, exit Bressanone. It offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and is one of the most popular destinations for hikers because of the countless trails it offers. A hiking holiday destination that will satisfy everyone in summer and winter.
Alpe di Luson: what it is and where it is located
The Alpe di Luson in the Upper Isarco Valley is the second largest high plateau in Europe after the Alpe di Siusi and the longest in South Tyrol. It stretches out in a semicircle over an area of 20 kilometres and is dotted with old alpine pastures, alpine huts and vast meadows where gentians, marigolds and rhododendrons bloom in summer and many cows graze freely. The view is priceless: the Rieserferner, the Hohe Tauern, the Dolomites, the Eisack and Pustertal valleys.
A paradise just a stone's throw from Bressanone, where time seems to stand still. The Alpe di Luson has a very varied landscape. The shepherds and farmers who look after the environment in a sustainable and respectful manner have preserved it over time: to preserve the diversity of the landscape, the hay meadows are only mowed once a year. The grazing cattle keep the grass low.
The peacefulness of the area, the vast expanses of land and the many hiking trails that criss-cross it make the Alpe di Luson not only a popular destination for hiking holidays, but also for lovers of nature and solitude.
Hiking and mountain biking holidays
The Alpe di Luson offers a dense network of trails that cross the length and breadth of the area. They range from simple family excursions that can also be taken with buggies, to long hikes or challenging tours. One of the most beautiful routes is certainly the high-altitude itinerary leading to Glittner lake, a romantic little lake from which to admire the mighty Sass de Putia. For a dip into history, there is the excursion to the masi di Luson-Monte, an 8 km itinerary among the ancient masi of Luson, or the Gargitt-Kreuzwiese alpine tour along the ancient alpine roads of the Alpe di Luson. For the more energetic, there are two tours leading up to the Alpe di Luson peaks of Monte Campiglio (2190 m) and Giogo d'Asta (2194 m), as well as a section of the Munich-Venice route, one of the most beautiful routes through the Alps and the Dolomites. And there is the 10-hectare Kreuzwiese pasture, the largest meadow on the Alpe di Luson.
Mountain bikers can also enjoy their favourite sport on the Alpe di Luson: many trails are also suitable for cycling.
Winter on the Alpe di Luson
In winter, the Alpe di Luson is a popular destination for snowshoe hikes, winter walks, cross-country skiing, ski touring and tobogganing. A very scenic hike leads to Cima Lasta, the highest point on the Alpe di Luson, between old wooden huts and snow-covered meadows. The gently undulating pastures are ideal for ski touring. 30 km of pistes on the Alpe di Luson are suitable for both techniques, not too crowded, panoramic and always well prepared. For families or for a different kind of day out, there are several toboggan runs on the Alpe di Luson: 4 are on rails leading down to the valley.