Ultental Walburg
Ultental Walburg

Santa Valburga

The small Culten Museum tells of a burnt offering site and the long history of the Val d’Ultimo valley in an old farmhouse

On the Val d'Ultimo Road into the valley, after San Pancrazio, the first houses of Santa Valburga (St. Walburg) appear after a bend, extending up the hill. This is the oldest part of Santa Valburga: It includes the Eggwirt, still an inn today, whose history dates back to the 13th century, as well as the church hill with the St. Walburga Parish Church. This hill is said to be an ancient cult site: The Culten Documentation Centre near the church, the archaeological museum of Ultimo, which is housed in a centuries-old farmhouse, tells about this.

At the bottom, the route continues along the road past new shops and old houses in the main village of the Val d'Ultimo until it reaches the dam wall of the Zoccolo Reservoir. Due to its location far more than 1,100 m a.s.l., the water remains cool even in high summer. The Lake Trail leads around the lake, which joins the Kneipp Path at Pracupola. A few years ago, it was converted into a new cycling and hiking trail that now takes you in some hours around the entire lake.

The lake is also a good starting point for wonderful hikes. High above the village are destinations such as the Seegruben Hut, the Pfandl Hut, the Covolo Lakes and Mt. Vedetta Alta. A little further down, the popular Ultimo Farm Trail leads along the sunny side of the valley to Pracupola, San Nicolò with its Valley Museum, and Santa Gertrude with its Ancient Larch Trees. You then return on the shady side of the valley. In winter, it is only a few kilometres to the Schwemmalm Ultimo Ski Area, while the Val d'Ultimo cross-country ski track begins in the valley near Santa Valburga.

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