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 S. Pancrazio, the first houses of Santa Valburga 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 parish church of Santa Valburga. 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. In addition to the outdoor pool in Santa Valburga, you can also take a plunge in the water here. Due to its location far more than 1,100 m a.s.l., the water remains cool even in high summer. A circular path leads around the lake, which joins the Kneippoasen Path at Pracupola. A few years ago, it was converted into a new cycling and hiking trail that now leads around the entire lake.

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

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