Val di Vizze
Val di Vizze, hiking paradise
Val di Vizze is one of the biggest municipalities of South Tyrol. Bordering with Austria, it's located between the Tux Alps and the Fundres Mountains. The valley, with its typical Alpine landscape characterized by lush green meadows and pastures surrounded by wonderful mountains, stretches for 23 km towards the center of the Zillertal Alps and the Hochfeiler, its highest peak. This unique setting is ideal to practice outdoor activities the whole year round, like trekking and skiing, but the area features also some interesting cultural attractions.
The Val di Vizze valley lies in South Tyrol and borders with Austria and the tourist town of Vipiteno. If you want to relax in touch with nature, or go out for a walk through meadows and forests or up to the mountains to breathe some clean air, this is the place to go. The valley in fact features many high altitude trekking trails and climbing routes.
Among the tourist attractions, the Alta Via Vienna alla Gerla, the easy trails to the Passo Vizze refuge or to the Fundres Pass, and the Gran Pilastro Refuge (2715 m), well known to trekkers, who start here their tour up to the Gran Pilastro (3510 m). The administrative division of Caminata features a wonderful and precious biotope, Kematner Möser.
Besides trekking, the valley is a good place for mountain biking: if you are an expert and love high altitude trails, try the Fundres Pass, but if you prefer easier trails, there is a beautiful one along the valley floor.
Another interesting tour is that to Malga Prantneralm, featuring a sledding slope in winter and a breathtaking view on the Alpi Breonie and on the near Vipiteno.
In winter the valley is perfect for cross-country skiing, featuring 25 km trails and hosting the Gran Fondo Val di Vizze, an important long-distance competition.
The Val di Vizze valley has also many cultural attractions. The Moos Castle, for example, is one of the oldest buildings of Prati; to get there, take the Roanderweg trail. Other places worth visiting: the Church of S. Croce in Prati; the Vizze Tower in Caminata, partially destroyed by two snow slides and then rebuilt; the Church of St. Jacob, in gothic style with wood ornaments on the church door.
The valley floor is rich in mineral fields, but mining is prohibited, and the charming tourist town of Vipiteno can be reached with a short mountain bike tour or through a trekking trail.