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schnals katharinaberg senales monte s caterina

Monte Santa Caterina

At 1,245 m asl the parish church of Monte Santa Caterina is enthroned high above the valley.

Monte Santa Caterina is located in romantic position on a high rock, where the Val Senales widens. Once upon a time, exactly at the place where the parish church of Monte Santa Caterina is located, there was Schnalsburg Castle, from which also the name of the valley derives. In 1350 this castle has been knocked down by the Carthusians, only the old tower has been preserved and today it acts as bell tower. In 1500 the first chapel was constructed at this place and only in 1748 it has been expanded in Romanesque style.

The village of Monte Santa Caterina offers a fantastic view on Val Senales and Valle dell’Adige, even to the majestic Juval Castle, the summer residence of the famous extreme Alpinist Reinhold Messner.

From a climatic point of view, Monte Santa Caterina offers beneficial conditions both in summer and winter, as even in January the village is sun-drenched. Also in early summer and autumn conditions for hikes in the surroundings are perfect. This is also where you can directly access the Merano High Path (Alta Via di Merano) and also the nature park Gruppo di Tessa can be explored. By the way: the oldest alpine pasture of South Tyrol “Moar Alm” is within easy reach.

In winter the skiing area Val Senales offers ideal skiing conditions and well groomed ski slopes as well as a large fun park. For cross-country skiers there are about 30 km of ski slopes.

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