Splashing water, wheels moving, rivers for playing - mills are attractions, not only for children.
A particular mill landscape can be admired in Aldino in the south of South Tyrol. The mills along the Rio Thal stream, today recall the fact that cereal cropping once upon a time used to be the most important basis of existence for local people. The mills were reactivated by the Aldino Museum Association in order not to let the tradition fade into obscurity. Recommendable is the family walk to the mills of Aldino, starting from the fire station on the road to Monte San Pietro. Once you reached the attraction, you can visit the Stampfer Saw, the Thal Mill, the smithy and many more places that are worth to stop at.
Also Terento in the Val Pusteria valley offers a mill educational trail. This is where seven almost 500-year old mills can be admired along the Rio Terento brook. Schedule about 1.5 hours (230 m of altitude difference) for this trail. In summer months, usually one mill is open to public. Moreover, on the first weekend of August, there is the traditional Mill Festival with an entertainment programme for families where you can discover the mills as well.
Also in the Val Pusteria valley, more precisely in the Val Badia, a side valley, there are the Longiarù Mills in the Val di Morins, the famous Mill Valley. The eight mills were completely restored and represent a cultural heritage which can be discovered in a pleasant walk. Further mills can be found in Colsano, Ciardes and Castelbello in the Val Venosta valley where the Moar, Platter and Baumandl Mills provide an insight into the fascinating world of mills.