Cool mountain air & plenty of sunshine in South Tyrol

Your summer holiday in Val Senales
Mountains, meadows, forests as far as the eye can see – you'll be gripped by the desire to discover the outdoor world. Our hotel is the perfect starting point for numerous hikes and mountain tours in the idyllic Val Senales. The most beautiful hiking tours start directly in front of the hotel, just as the Merano High Mountain Trail, to the finding spot of the glacier mummy Ötzi, to rustic alpine pastures or high peaks in the Oetztal Alps. Depending on how fit you are, you can bravely attempt to climb the summit or rather take a pleasant walk through the unspoilt nature. Your summer holiday in Val Senales will be a unique experience!
Well then, let's go!

Summer highlights in Val Senales

Your summer holiday in Val Senales will be a unique experience - let's go!

VAL SENALES ON FOOT

There is a suitable hiking tour for every level of difficulty - from experts to families!

Hiking

Val Senales on foot
Spending your holiday in Val Senales is synonymous with nature. Pleasure hikers, families and hiking professionals can choose from numerous tours that suit their rhythm and fitness. Did you know that the Val Senales lies within the largest nature park in South Tyrol: the Tessa Groupe Nature Park. Rustic alpine huts, rugged rock formations, crystal-clear mountain lakes and great views await you on your journey. The panoramic Merano High Altitude Trail and the numerous pleasant Waalweg paths in our surroundings are always worth a trip. Well then, put on your trekking boots and off we go!

Our hiking tips

Our insider tips for spectacular tours in the heart of the Oetztal Alps
As locals, we know the area and the mountains around us by heart. We want you to get to know the places we like so much, that’s why we collected some personal hiking tips:

  • Bergl Alm
Our very own alpine inn is located at 2,214 m and is considered as one of the most beautiful spots in Val Senales. Schmid and Caro will spoil you with delicious Tyrolean dishes.
  • The farm hike
Hike along the lake to Vernagt. Once there, join hiking trail no. 2, which will take you to the Tisenhof farm. Hike leisurely on (trail no. 9) to the Raffeinhof and up to the Finailhof farm. After a regenerating break, path no. 9 leads you back to the hotel.

  • Val di Fosse
Val di Fosse is the largest side valley of Val Senales, accessible via a narrow, in part steep road, leading past ancient farms. From the paid parking lot at the Vorderkaserhof Inn you can start the Adventure Trail. Along the entire, easily accessible trail, the visitors learn many interesting and worthwhile facts about the unique natural and cultural landscape. On the route that leads to the Eishof (2,071 m) and from there to the Stettiner Inn, you walk past beautiful rustic alpine pastures over and over…

  • Penaud Alm
From Certosa, you hike over lush green meadows and scenting forests until reaching the Penaud Hut (2,320 m) after about a 2-hour walk.

  • Lafetzalm and Bichele
This beautiful panoramic circular hike starts in the idyllic village of Madonna di Senales and leads through wonderful forests up to the Lafetzalm Hut. From here, continue to Bichele and enjoy the fantastic view over the valley!

Not enough? Here some more mountain huts to explore:
  • Mountain hut Klosteralm
  • Mastaun Mountain Hut
  • Mitterkaser
  • Rableid Mountain Hut

Alpine tours

The mountains are calling
Conquering a summit higher than 3,000 m is an incredible feeling! An experience that you will never forget. Start directly from Hotel Gerstgras and climb the most beautiful surrounding peaks: Palla Bianca Mountain, Punta d'Oberettes Peak, Cima del Dosso Peak, Punta Finail Peak or Similiaun Mountain. Even non-experts can manage to climb these mountains with a certain degree of endurance, a secure step and without fear of heights.

Reaching for the hights

A visit to the high-rope climbing garden in Val Senales
Only 1 km from Hotel Gerstgras, the Ötzi Rope Park promises lots of fun for all age groups. Amid a beautiful natural landscape and above an imposing canyon you can test your audacity on the two 60-metre high Flying Foxes over the Senales River. Just enjoy the wind around your ears on the giant swing! An expert team of instructors is at your side and looks after your safety.

Bike adventures in Val Venosta

The bikers’ Eldorado
Only a few kilometres from Hotel Gerstgras you'll find Naturno, the paradise for hiking, cycling and mountain biking. Enjoy the pleasant panorama while riding your bike or e-bike along the Adige river, past orchards and idyllic villages. The cycle trail of the Val Venosta stretches from Lake Resia, slightly downhill to Merano. You can rent bikes at various stations along the way and use the bike shuttle service.
In Val Venosta, countless mountain bike tracks and downhill trails are waiting for you to be discovered!