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Water and cheese on the sunny slopes of the Ahrntal valley

From cascading waterfalls to alpine pastures and mountain farms on the sunny southern slopes of the Zillertal Alps

Exploring the sunny slopes of the Ahrntal valley, where old mountain farms are nestled on the slopes like eagles' aeries, has always been something special. Here, the air is different, the light, and the people. Our hike leads past wild water to locally produced cheese on a trail through a wondrous and somewhat mysterious world. You have not experienced the Ahrntal valley until you have seen this authentic side of it. The tour starts in the village of Luttach and takes us up to cascading waterfalls washing over slate in a thundering spectacle of nature. From the waterfalls we hike on to the Schwarzbachalm with its weathered wood-clad facade - the ideal place for a break, more so because most of the elevation gain has already been made. Relax in the sun (terrace) or indoors in the old 'Stube' where visitors are served. The trail leads on through a fantastic landscape which makes you want to stop and stare. This is the crème de la crème of mountain views. You can see the Rieserferner group, the glaciers of the Zillertal Alps, and the deep cut in the landscape which is the Ahrntal valley. If the weather and your stamina allow it, continue in the direction of Rotbach until you reach the Kleinstahlhof. Now that's where Heidi, Peter and Schnucki live, together with about a hundred goats. The goats belong to Helmuth Großgasteiger, who took over his parents' farm at a young age, changing from cattle to goats. Ever since, he has been producing prize-winning cheese. Seize the opportunity to try an authentic piece of South Tyrolean culture and culinary tradition (cheese tasting for visitors). If you like it, take a piece of South Tyrol home with you. Cheese is sold on-site and makes for a tasty souvenir.
Description:
This undemanding hike offers great views of the landscape and interesting insights into the life and traditions of the Ahrntal valley. Old mountain farms, mountain pastures and shepherd's huts, old paths, waterfalls, meadows and woods - on this tour, there is a lot to discover and take in, and time will fly like it always does when we're having fun.

Characteristics:
Easy hike
 
Requirements:
Physical condition for an undemanding hike, some sure-footedness required
 
Duration:
4-5 hours
 
Meeting point:
Parking tourism office at Luttach in Ahrntal Valley

Time:
10:00a.m.
 
Equipment:
Sportswear suitable for a hiking tour, trekking shoes/hiking boots, rucksack with food and drink, rainwear
 
Rental equipment:
None required.
 
Price:
€19.-, children under the age of 15 pay €9.
included cheese tasting at Kleinstahlhof

Ahrntal Aktiv

Programms

Between the Dolomites and the glaciers of the Zillertal Alps, there is a lot of room for fun, action and adventures of all kinds - literally. This is the place where incomparable and unforgettable holidays are spent. KREAKTIV and Faszination Berg are your expert partners and the best address for planning adventurous holiday activities. Be it summer or winter, we know how to fill fans of South Tyrol with enthusiasm. The fascination and magic of the diversity South Tyrol has to offer in every respect are brought to life in our Ahrntal Aktiv programmes!
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How to bike – Technique course Basic & Advanced

How to bike – Technique course Basic & Advanced

Monday
The technical mountain bike training offered by KREAKTIV allows you to improve your biking skills within just three hours. We will show you our best tricks and techniques and give you useful tips on how to remain firmly in the saddle in our own outdoor training area. This is an afternoon full of fun awaiting you!
 
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Bike breakdown – repairs on the road

Bike breakdown – repairs on the road

Monday
Has your bike chain fallen off? A puncture on tour? Locked brakes? Does your shifting system not work properly? What do you do now? Spare yourself the necessity of an expensive visit to the LBS and repair your bike yourself. We will show you the best tricks for your DIY bike repair. You will be surprised to see how much you will be able to do yourself.

 
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MTB family tour - bike, castle and ropes

MTB family tour - bike, castle and ropes

Tuesday
Time for one of our highlights! Take a mountain bike, a medieval castle and a bold rappelling manoeuvre, stir them together et voila, you have the perfect recipe for a fun adventure for the whole family. Those who have tried it know that nothing is impossible in the Ahrntal/Valle Aurina.
 
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Cabins and glaciers – High trail of Riva

Cabins and glaciers – High trail of Riva

Tuesday
This hike offers great insights into a beautiful valley situated at considerable altitude. You are going to visit the village of Rein in Taufers, follow well-kept hiking trails, and explore the unspoilt alpine pastures with their old shepherd's huts, many of which have been turned into small gastronomies with an incomparably local flavour. After the initial ascent, this hike leads on through woods and over meadows at a fairly gentle pace, offering a spectacular view on the surrounding glaciers and majestic three-thousanders.
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Glacier tour onto Schwarzenstein peak

Glacier tour onto Schwarzenstein peak

Wednesday
The Schwarzenstein glacier is heaven sent, for despite its height, it is relatively easy to climb, especially in comparison to most of the other glaciers in the Ahrntal valley. This tour does not only lead into perpetual ice, but also to a fantastic vantage point in the Zillertal Alps. The summit is almost at the centre of a long row of majestic mountains.
 
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Panorama bike tour Speikboden

Panorama bike tour Speikboden

Wednesday
During the winter months, the Speikboden is a popular skiing area, and during the summer months it offers a variety of options for hiking. The mountain bike tour proposed here, however, offers a new vision and a new experience of this beautiful landscape. Exploring the Speikboden on two wheels will reward you with great views of a fascinating mountain world.
 
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Sellaronda by bike

Sellaronda by bike

Thursday
As a winter destination, the Sellaronda has reached international fame. We want to take you there in summer, by bike, to cycle around the most impressive massif of the Dolomites. This tour can only be made under the escort of an experienced MTB guide. On your own you will not get any tickets for the Dolomiti Superski lift, which is part of the tour, and the experience.
 
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From water to cheese – hike along the sun path

From water to cheese – hike along the sun path

Thursday
All the good children live on the sunny side, they say. On this hike, we will explore the world of Heidi, Peter and Schnucki, the goat, three cartoon characters living in the Alps. The hike crosses the sunny southern slopes of the Ahrntal valley, taking us past wild water on a beautiful trail leading to an old mountain farm, where cheese is produced. One cheese is called Heidi, the other Schnucki; and there is a good reason for these names. Just wait for the story!
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Taster course for adults and children

Taster course for adults and children

Friday
Nature is the greatest playground. It allows us to learn in a natural way. Forget about artificial holds in stuffy climbing halls. Our taster course is the real thing. We will take you outside where you can acquire basic climbing skills on real rock, enjoying the fresh air and the sunlight. A mountain guide will teach you how to feel out small holds and grips in the roughness of the rock. You will be given numerous tips for climbing and will be shown how to properly secure yourself.
 
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Mountain bike: Super bike tour Ahrntal Ronda - Exploring the Ahrntal valley by bike

Mountain bike: Super bike tour Ahrntal Ronda - Exploring the Ahrntal valley by bike

Friday
The Ahrntal valley has recently developed into a real insider tip for ambitious mountain bikers. Our clever bike tour guides have found the perfect route at the feet of the majestic Zillertal Alps. This MTB tour will not fail to fill you with enthusiasm.
 
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To the glacier of Magerstein/Monte Magro

To the glacier of Magerstein/Monte Magro

Saturday
Extreme mountaineer Hans Kammerlander learnt how to climb and go mountain climbing in the Rieserferner/Vedrette di Ries group, opposite the Zillertal Alps. On our tour, crossing the glacier to reach the summit of the Magerstein/Monte Magro, we will be following in the footsteps of one of the greatest alpinists of our times. While not being technically demanding, the tour still rewards us with a spectacular view.
 
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Enjoyable bike tour along the Ahr/Aurino

Enjoyable bike tour along the Ahr/Aurino

Sunday
A tour for the whole family. Straddling our bikes at the KREAKTIV Basecamp, we will take off on a tour through a truly beautiful landscape. Following the course of the river Ahr/Aurino, we will be cycling through fields, meadows and different recreation areas. On our way, we will get to many nice spots and places for a break, amongst them a lake (an artificial one formed in a gravel pit), a fishing pond, the Rein Waterfalls, and the charming town of Bruneck/Brunico. 
 
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Snowshoe Hike with Graukäse Cheese Tasting

Snowshoe Hike with Graukäse Cheese Tasting

Monday
The valerian spikenard or Alpine valerian (valeriana celtica) is a delicate flower with light blossoms. The Speikboden in the Ahrntal valley is named after this medicinal plant, which is endemic in the Eastern Alps. The place is a popular skiing area in winter and it seems unlikely to find quiet spots there. We will, though. Allow us to take you on a snowshoe hike to a special place that will enchant you.
 
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A snowshoe hike between chamois and hares

A snowshoe hike between chamois and hares

Tuesday
A person, very informally, once said that the village of Rein in Taufers was "in the arse end of nowhere", jokingly adding that it was, however, the prettiest "arse end" anyone could ever see. Curious to see the place for yourself? Then follow us on this snowshoe hike to the sunny village situated at considerable altitude in the north of South Tyrol.
 
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Sample course on ice

Sample course on ice

Wednesday
Icefall climbing looks truly spectacular. Anyone can try it - absolutely anyone. You will get all the necessary tools from us: ice pick, crampons, climbing harness, and a helmet. What you need to bring: yourself and the wish to try something new. Our mountain guide will see about your safety on well-kept climbing routes.
 
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Biathlon: How does Björndalen do it?

Biathlon: How does Björndalen do it?

Thursday
Gliding along the most beautiful cross-country course and standing at the shooting range, we will make you feel like a professional biathlete. Our biathlon taster courses in Antholz/Antelseva (in the last part of the Ahrntal/Valle Aurina) is entertaining, good for your health, and rewards you with great impressions of the South Tyrolean alpine world. Have fun, do some sport, and enjoy beautiful South Tyrol.
 
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"Pressa" and Breite Rast: a snowshoe hike including great views and local specialties

"Pressa" and Breite Rast: a snowshoe hike including great views and local specialties

Friday
Experience pleasurable snowshoe hikes at the Klausberg. A ropeway ride reduces the demands of the ascent, and only a moderate physical effort is required for being rewarded with fantastic views from panoramic viewpoints. The north of South Tyrol never fails to surprise in the most pleasant ways.
 
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