leuchtenburg aussicht richtung leifers
leuchtenburg aussicht richtung leifers

Spring hike to the Castelchiaro Fortress

This moderate circular hike leads from Campi al Lago via Gmund to the Castelchiaro Fortress and back to Lake Caldaro: In spring, when fresh green grows over the rocks, it is particularly beautiful here.

We start at the parking space south of Lake Caldaro at Campi al Lago (Klughammer, signpost "Circuito al Lago" / "Seerundweg") and walk along the asphalted road at the foot of the mountain towards south. Passing a barracks we reach Gmund. This is a small settlement, which belongs to the municipality of Vadena and is located directly below the southern slope of the Monte di Mezzo ridge. On the left side of the road we see the signpost for the path no. 18c.

A narrow path leads us through steep terrain in the deciduous forest up to a porphyry rocky landscape below the so-called Horse Teeth (Rosszähne), a striking rock formation above the Valle dell'Adige valley. Clearings in the deciduous forest open the view towards Termeno in the west and Ora in the east. In some rocky places it is already easy climbing that takes us further. Finally, the path leads into a forest road (no. 18). We follow it, going slightly downhill, to the junction with path 18a, which we follow up to the Castelchiaro Fortress (Leuchtenburg).

At the top of the tower of the castle ruin we enjoy the panoramic view from Caldaro and the lake in the west to Bolzano on the northeast side. Until the junction we walk downhill along the same route, then we continue towards north and at the end we follow the path no. 18 back to Campi al Lago at Lake Caldaro. Back to the parking space, we follow the circular lake trail towards south.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: parking space Seerundweg (south of Campi al Lago at Lake Caldaro)
Signposts: Gmund, 18c, 18, 18a, 18, "Seerundweg"
Distance: 10 km (in total)
Walking time: about 3 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: approx. 390 m
Altitude level: between 215 and 550 m a.s.l.
Rest points: several taverns in Campi al Lago
Experienced at: the end of April 2019

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