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Spring hike from Casteldarne to Sonnenburg

This walking tour on the sunny side of the Val Pusteria valley leads through the green hilly landscape between Casteldarne and San Lorenzo di Sebato.

At the Val Pusteria road, near the bus stop of Casteldarne (Ehrenburg), a small road branches off towards east. It leads to the forest on the north side of the valley. There the hiking path no. 8A starts which first runs flatly and then slightly uphill across the Liensberg Meadows and further towards Campolino. In April and May numerous heralds of spring bloom here. The forest path leads into an asphalt road. A little further on the path no. 6 branches off on the right (down toward the valley).

The trail leads slightly downhill along a steep slope to the meadows of Sonnenburg. Sonnenburg is a small village in the municipality of S. Lorenzo di Sebato with a number of well-kept historic buildings. At the edge of the village, the eponymous castle is located, the Sonnenburg (Castelbadia in Italian). The castle, partly ruined and partly rebuilt, has a long history. Once it was the centre of an important Benedictine land estate which comprised large parts of South Tyrol. Emperor Joseph II of Austria secularized the property – today the castle is a hotel. From the building you have a magnificent view on the Val Pusteria valley near S. Lorenzo di Sebato.

At the end we follow the road towards Fassine (Fassing) for a short while and after a short ascent we take the path no. 17, which leads directly down to S. Lorenzo di Sebato (St. Lorenzen). If you don’t want to walk back again, you can take the train from S. Lorenzo di Sebato to Casteldarne near Chines.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Casteldarne, bus stop (Val Pusteria road)
Signposts: no. 8A, 6 (Sonnenburg), 17 (S. Lorenzo/St. Lorenzen)
Trail length: 6.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 1.5 to 2 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 200 m (each direction)
Altitude level: between 780 and 980 m a.s.l.
Experienced at: the beginning of May 2019

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