On 200 well-marked hiking kilometres, you can hike in the surroundings of Lake Caldaro/Kaltern. Level of difficulty: easy to medium. In spring and autumn, hike mainly in the bottom of the valley – a classic is the circumnavigation of the lake, in high summer, easily accessible mountain peaks are a refreshing alternative. Head up to the Mendola/Mendel, the Penegal, Roen, or the Monte Macaion/Gantkofel.
Although the Mendola/Mendel is already part of the neighbouring region of Trentino, it is still seen by the Caldaro/Kaltern locals as their mountain. The easiest way up to Mendola/Mendel mountain is via the Mendola/Mendel funicular railway, which can be reached on foot from “Das Badl”. The Mendola/Mendel funicular railway takes you within a few minutes up to the Mendola/Mendel Pass, where numerous hikes on Roen and Penegal mountain can be enjoyed.
A “natural phenomenon”: a constant temperature of 4° C prevails in the ice holes throughout the entire year! This natural wonder can be explained by the physical principle of the wind tube. The mountain air at the Penegal flows downward through a complicated system of gaps between the porphyry blocks and cools along the way. The heavy cold air stays as a pool of cold air in a sort of trough. At an altitude of approximately 500 metres, plant life that can otherwise only be found in higher Alpine regions, thrives.
A hike through the Spring Valley from Caldaro/Kaltern to the Monticolo/Montiggler lakes is rewarding. The climatically advantageous location allows flowers to bloom earlier in spring than in the surrounding areas.
From Castelvecchio/Altenburg to Sella/Söll and further to Termeno/Tramin to visit a winery. After enjoying some Gewürztraminer, return to Lake Caldaro/Kaltern and Caldaro/Kaltern.
On the bike trail along the Adige River to Firmiano/Sigmundskron to the Messner Mountain Museum, where a guided tour and visit are part of the programme. From Appiano/Eppan, return through vineyards and orchards back to Caldaro/Kaltern.
From Caldaro/Kaltern to “Ziegelstadel” and on to the Gummerer Farm near Sella/Söll, back to Castelvecchio/Altenburg and to a winery in Caldaro/Kaltern, where we will take part in a guided tour with wine tasting.
Good cycling technique and stamina are required. Includes: exhausting climbs, difficult trail passages, and fast descents of 65 km and 2,000 metres of altitude.