The “Knottnkino”, literally “Cinema on the rock”, between Verano and Avelegno in Merano and surroundings is a very special viewpoint.
The unique movie changes with the seasons and conveys a special feeling, the script has been created solely by nature: we are talking about the “Knottnkino” on the Monzoccolo hill above Avelengo and Verano, created by Franz Messner in 2000 on the 1,465 m high Mt. Sasso Rosso.
30 seats made of steal and chestnut wood, reminding on the seats in an old cinema, have been arranged on a little rock shoulder, which in South Tyrolean dialect is called “Knottn”. As soon as you have taken a seat, the movie starts - and a great panoramic view on the Valle dell’Adige valley, Mt. Penegal, the Dolomites, Mt. Corno Bianco, the Val d’Utimo valley, the Texel Group, the valley basin of Merano and the Val Passiria valley awaits you.
How to reach the viewpoint: starting point is the Grüner Baum tavern in Verano at 1,317 m a.s.l. The Schützenbrünnlweg path leads along the sunny high plateau of the Monzoccolo. After the visit to the nature cinema you can either walk this way back, or continue to the Malga Leadner mountain hut, a well-known rest point.