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From quiet villages to mysterious reservoirs

Quiet forests, lush green meadows, old farms, a noble castle, a mysterious reservoir, and an abandoned monastery – idyllic Val Senales/Schnalstal is a gem in the Alps where time seems to stand still. There are numerous places to discover near our hotel in Val Senales/Schnalstal. We have summarised the most beautiful sights for you here.

Monte Santa Caterina/Katharinaberg – picture-perfect scenery

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.

Certosa/Karthaus – the quiet village

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.

Madonna di Senales/Unser Frau – the place of pilgrimage

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.

Vernago/Vernagt reservoir – the sunken tower

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.

Maso Corto/Kurzras – the winter sports village

Surrounded by impressive three-thousand-metre peaks, Maso Corto/Kurzras is the oldest village in Val Senales/Schnalstal. Only the little church at the entrance to the village and the Kurzhof, the home of Leo Gurschler, who was in charge of the development of the glacier ski area, bear witness to the town’s ancient history.

Did you know ...
… that every year in the middle of June, thousands of sheep are herded across the Val Senales/Schnalstal glacier to the grazing pastures of Austria?

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