Castel Coira, the symbol of Sluderno, watches over the village from above. Also the centre of Sluderno is worth to be discovered.
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On the western slope of the Monte Sole, where the Valle di Mazia leads into the heart of the Oetztal Alps, there is Sluderno in Val Venosta, located at 921 m asl. Above the village, Castel Coira, the residence of the counts Von Trapp rises into the sky. From April to October, this well-preserved mansion can be visited, providing impressive insights, such as into the world-famous armoury, which is the largest private collection of weapons of this kind. Only a stone’s throw from the village, every summer there are also the Knights’ Games (Südtiroler Ritterspiele). Generally speaking, those who love knights and castles absolutely have to visit Sluderno.
The village itself, however, is also an attraction. The Gothic S. Caterina parish church and the painted façades tell about the chequered history of the upper Val Venosta. The trails in the surroundings stretch across fruit orchards and meadows, up to the biotope of 100 hectares that is a safe habitat for many threatened plant and animal species. By scaling the mountains in the surroundings you can experience a great view of the Val Venosta. Moreover Sluderno is a perfect starting point for excursions in the surroundings, e.g. by taking the Val Venosta train from Sluderno station. Otherwise you can experience the valley by bicycle, as Sluderno is integrated into the Val Venosta cycle path.
Our tip: A visit to Castel Coira and a walk on along the Waalweg paths, former irrigation canals, are absolutely worthwhile.