Passirio Gorge

The path through the impressive Passirio Canyon proceeds from San Leonardo in Passiria until Moso in Passiria.

The Val Passiria valley in the Merano area offers an interesting natural spectacle: the wild and romantic Passirio Gorge - Passerschlucht in German, Gola del Passirio in Italian -, since lately traversable along the “Passeirer Schluchtenweg” path, an impressive 6.5 km long hiking path with metal bridges and planks. It was opened in 2015 after three years building time.

The Passirio Gorge follows the upper river course of the Passirio river, where it has deeply digged into the rocks and shows its full power. The path proceeds from San Leonardo in Passiria until Moso in 2.5 hours, where another particularity of nature can be admired near the hamlet of Plata: the Glacial Mills, also known as Giant’s Kettles, are spiral-shaped hollows in the rock and witnesses of the last Ice Age. Sitting accommodations and information spots, extraordinary rock formations and swirls accompany the hike through the gorge. Moreover two cascades guarantee refreshing showers in summer with their spray waters.

On the way you pass the old power plant of Gomion and two museums: the MuseumPasseier in San Leonardo, situated in the birth house of Andreas Hofer, the freedom fighter of Tyrol, and the Bunker Mooseum in Moso, which tells about nature, geology, mineralogy and history of the valley and the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park. In the outdoor area an enclosure for ibexes can be found.

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