In autumn, the forests of South Tyrol are full of sweet chestnuts. There are some pathsl, which are lined by particularly many sweet chestnut trees.
South Tyrol’s longest chestnut trail stretches from the Valle Isarco valley, via the Renon mountain, Alpe di Siusi, the Val Gardena valley until Lake Caldaro.
The “Keschtnweg” trail starting in the Valle Isarco valley, does not end on the Renon, as it could seem. This is only the first stage of the South Tyrolean Chestnut Trail. In about 8 days you can hike through many beautiful areas of South Tyrol.
The adventure starts in Bressanone and is, by the way, a harmless hike. Here we have to climb the Pfeffersberg. Across terraces and past little hamlets, we enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view on the Dolomites in the south, a true balm for the soul. Afterwards we continue to Velturno and past the Sabiona Monastery to Chiusa, where we stay overnight.
The next day we hike via Barbiano up on the Renon, a beautiful plateau with plenty of hiking paths and fantastic panoramic views. At the end of the second day, we take the Renon Cable Car down to Bolzano, where we spend a nice evening.
Our destination the following day is – either on foot or by public transfer – Lake Caldaro. From there we walk to the Lakes of Monticolo and all those who haven’t had enough for today can visit Castel Firmiano, which houses the “MMM Firmiano”, one of the five mountain museums of the alpinist Reinhold Messner.
Fiè allo Sciliar (Völs am Schlern) is our next destination – you can reach it preferably by bus. The Alpe di Siusi, already a hiking paradise in itself, is close to here. And the Alpe di Siusi is starting point on the next day, from there we hike down into the Val Gardena valley, always with fantastic panoramic views on the Sassolungo and other peaks of the Dolomites.
The last stage of the chestnut trail follows the Poststeig path from the Val Gardena to Chiusa and from there back to Bressanone by train. And of course you can change and/or extend the route as you wish.
In the south of South Tyrol and in the area of Merano, many forest paths turn into chestnut trails in autumn. Yellow, red, brown and sometimes still green leaves glow in the sunshine and create a fascinating atmosphere. And on the ground you can find a myriad of sweet chestnuts and their prickly shells.
A shorter and very informative chestnut adventure path can be found in Foiana near Lana. It was opened in 2008 and offers a lot of information on the topic in the form of wooden figures and display boards. In one to two hours you have hiked the path and at the same time experienced many new things.