The small, idyllic mountain village of Monte Santa Caterina/Katharinaberg with its beautiful farms and the majestic parish church, which sits like an eagle’s nest on a rock, lies in the middle of lush green meadows. There once was a castle here, which was demolished by the Carthusians in 1350. What remains is the old castle tower, which now serves as a bell tower.
The remains of a fortified circular wall still surround the small village of Certosa/Karthaus, where the former Carthusian monastery Monte degli Angeli/Allerengelberg stands, which was abandoned in 1782. Today, you can visit the abbey, the grotto, the prior house, the monastery kitchen, the monastery gate, and the church of St. Anna.
Old farms characterise the townscape of Madonna di Senales/Unser Frau. The history of this well-known place of pilgrimage dates back to 1304. In the largest village of Val Senales/Schnalstal, there is also the Archeoparc Schnals, an open-air museum where everything revolves around Ötzi the Iceman. It is open from the beginning of April to the beginning of November.
Eight farmsteads and a church have disappeared into the water of the Vernago/Vernagt reservoir, which was built in the 1950s. When the water level is low, you can still see the bell tower of the old church rising out of the lake. A beautiful circular hiking trail leads around the emerald green lake, which is also very popular for fishing.