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st martin schneeberg schutzhaus

Hike to San Martino at Mt. Monteneve

Hidden in the mountains at 2,355 m a.s.l., the former mine is located at Mt. Monteneve: Today the mine at San Martino is not operating anymore, the buildings became a mountain hut and museum.

The access to the hiking path to San Martino at the Monteneve is located at the Monteneve Bridge (Schneeberger Brücke, 1,670 m a.s.l.) at the road to the Passo del Rombo, above Moso in Passiria. We follow the marker no. 31 towards the Monteneve Mountain Hut (Schneeberghütte). Soon the forest path changes to the northern side of the valley and after 150 m the marker points to the left. No matter if we stay on the forest road or follow the marker, both paths cross again a few curves later. Gradually the path proceeds up to the timber line and reaches a natural terrace at 2,150 m a.s.l. - with the small Monteneve Lake (Schneeberger See) in the centre. Now we are already in the midst of the old mine. Behind the lake the first buildings of the mine are visible.

Two paths climb up the steep hill, both lead to the Monteneve Mountain Hut. Arrived at the top we have reached the former mining village San Martino, it consists of the binominal mountain hut, the little St Mary of Snow Church and other buildings of the former mine. The "village" is framed by a gorgeous alpine scenery, the Croda della Cintola, Rocce Bianche di Montenevoso and Rocce Bianche del Massaro mountains in the north and east, Mt. Principe and Mt. Granati in the west.

Next to the hut also the show room of the museum is located, which explains the 800-year old history of the mining on site. Those who want to know more can visit the San Martino Gallery or experience one of the adventure trails, which lead to the several locations in the area. Basically the "adventure mine" called "Erlebnisbergwerk Schneeberg" is a big outdoor museum.

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: Ponte di Monteneve (Schneebergbrücke) at the road to the Passo del Rombo (Timmelsjoch) (parking space, bus stop)
Signpost: no. 31
Altitude difference: 690 m
Altitude level: between 1,670 and 2,355 m a.s.l.
Distance: 4.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: 2 hours (ascent), 90 minutes (descent)
Experienced in: September 2013

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