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The Stava-Naturno Fun Train Station transforms an old train station into an interesting project for young and old

Exactly in the middle of the two kilometres between the main village of Naturno and the village of Stava (Staben) lies the entrance to the Val Senales valley with the mighty Val Senales Glacier at its end. The next road, which then branches off before Stava, leads to the Juval Climbing Garden, which is visible from the road, and to the mighty Juval Castle above it. Then comes the village itself, situated directly on the Adige river and today very quiet thanks to the tunnel bypass of Naturno.

The old train station of the Val Venosta Railway in Stava has been combined in a unique project. A nostalgic and adventurous handcar ride can be experienced on a 500 m long disused railway line. On display are a garden railway, a Waldenburg Switzerland mini steam locomotive and two Rhaetian Railway mail wagons, as well as an exhibition and the buildings, which are decorated with Far Eastern woodcarvings. The new train station is located directly at the Fun Train Station.

Although so small, Stava also has other buildings worth visiting, such as the Church of Our Lady. An impressive coat of arms stone adorns the façade above the pointed arch portal. You can walk up to the already mentioned Juval Castle high above the village on path no. 1. It leads into the Stava Waalweg path, one of the most beautiful Waalwege hikes on the Monte Sole, the Val Venosta Sun Mountain. The castle houses one of the Messner Mountain Museums, which displays art treasures from Reinhold Messner's travels in Nepal, Africa and India, as well as religious symbols from Hinduism and Buddhism. In winter, the Val Senales Glacier invites you to go skiing.

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