Luesen Almblick
Luesen Almblick

Luson Alp

In the Valle Isarco valley one of the most beautiful spots of South Tyrol is located: the Rodengo and Luson Alp.

The largest part of the 2,300 ha alpine pasture area, widely known as Rodengo Alp and Luson Alp, is located on the municipal territory of Luson. 10% of it, however, belongs to the Rodengo Alp. From the Herol, Tulper-Gampis, Oberflitt, Schweiger Böden and Petschied car parks you can reach the Luson Alp, which stretches from the Oberhaus Mountain Hut to the Maurer Mountain, ideal for hikes in summer and solitary snowshoe and ski tours in winter.

The alpine pastures are also interesting from a historical point of view: Traces of hunters' resting places from the Stone Age were found here. An old border path, called Konfinweg, divides the large alpine pasture area into the smaller northern areas belonging to the municipality of Rodengo, the Rodengo Alp with Zumis, the Roner, Rastner and Starkenfeld Huts, and the rest of the wide alpine pasture area of the Luson Alp - Lüsner Alm in German, Alpe di Luson in Italian. Mt. Cima Lasta (2,194 m a.s.l.) can also be reached from here.

A highlight in the alpine pasture area is the chapel at the Pianer Kreuz, whose foundation stone was consecrated by Joseph Ratzinger, then Cardinal. During his visit as Pope Benedict XVI to Bressanone in 2008, he blessed the chapel from a helicopter. A special feature of the alpine pasture farming in Luson is that, in contrast to the otherwise widespread communal alpine pastures, it is still small-scale and owned by the farmers of Luson. About 80 pastures are spread across the high plateau, where alpine farming is still actively practised today...

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