Lana in South Tyrol: The best tips for hiking and enjoyment
Autumn is certainly one of the most beautiful seasons to explore the region of Lana in South Tyrol. The many vines and apple trees glow yellow and orange and the climate is pleasantly warm for hiking.
In this post you will find lots of tips for a vacation in Lana.
Lana in South Tyrol
The region of Lana is located in South Tyrol’s Etsch Valley, south of the spa town of Merano. The landscape is characterized by apple orchards, vineyards and chestnut groves. Behind them, the peaks of the Alps rise toward the sky.
Lana is alpine and Mediterranean at the same time. This mixture is also reflected in the cuisine. Down-to-earth Tyrolean specialties meet culinary influences from the Italian Mediterranean.
All this makes Lana in South Tyrol the perfect vacation destination for active vacationers and connoisseurs.
With a length of 12 kilometers, the Marlinger Waalweg is the longest Waalweg in South Tyrol. Waalwege are the walking and hiking routes that run along narrow, man-made water channels (Waale). They were used from the 13th century to irrigate orchards and vineyards.
Officially, the Marlinger Waalweg starts in Töll and ends in Lana. Since Waalwege are basically not circular trails and lead back along the same route, we unfortunately only hiked part of the Marlinger Waalweg.
Our tour started at the Raffeingasse in Lana and led along a tarred country road used by cars to Lebenberg Castle. Unfortunately, this part of the route does not run along the Waal. We found that a bit of a shame. However, this does not detract from the magnificent view.
The big highlight of the Marlinger Waalweg is the Lebenberg Castle (Castel Monteleone). Built in the 13th century, it is considered the most beautiful and best preserved castle in the Merano region. The estate is enthroned on a hill overgrown with vines above Tscherms and is considered the landmark of the village. Especially in autumn the scenery makes a great photo motif.
Lebenberg Castle is privately owned, but can be visited during the summer months for a fee of 8 euros.
- Address: Lebenbergstraße 15 | 39010 Tscherms
Delightful tip: Haidenhof
My stop for the Marlinger Waalweg is the Haidenhof winery with its enchanting panoramic terrace. From here you not only have a view of Lebenberg Castle, but also of Merano and the entire Etsch Valley.
For refreshment there are delicious South Tyrolean specialties and quality wines from our own production. In summer, wine tastings and guided tours through the vineyards are offered regularly.
- Address: Lebenbergstraße 17 | 39010 Tscherms
The Brandiswaalweg is only three kilometers long and is one of the most beautiful walks in the Lana region. The path is almost level and leads 80 meters above the valley floor from Oberlana to Niederlana. Starting point is the paid parking lot P4 on the Gampenstraße.
First you follow the road for a short distance before the Brandiswaalweg branches off to the left and from then on leads past orchard meadows and vineyards. Here, too, the Waal is unfortunately not visible, as it runs in a pipe below the path.
The final destination or turning point is the worth seeingerte Brandis waterfall, which plunges into the depths in a moss-covered gorge. On the way back, I recommend a stop at the Waalrast inn. The path leads practically across the middle of the terrace of the inn and can’t be missed.
- Duration of the hike: approx. 1.5 hours
Hiking at the Vigiljoch
Above Lana stretches the Vigiljoch, the car-free local mountain of the region. The cable car takes you from the center of town to the top station at an altitude of about 1,500 meters in just eight minutes. Once at the top, a natural hiking paradise awaits you.
We opted for an eight-kilometer panoramic tour on the Vigiljoch. If you want to follow it, just follow the signposted path no. 34 from the cable car. It goes steadily uphill to the actual Joch with summit cross at 1,743 meters above sea level. This point marks the transition from Vinschgau to Burggrafenamt.
Shortly after, you will pass the little church of St. Vigilius. From here you follow trail no. 9 and arrive at the idyllically situated mountain lake Schwarze Lacke. Here you will also find my tip for a stop, which I will introduce to you in the next paragraph.
After a short refreshment you choose the partly quite narrow path No. 7, which leads you close to the precipice back to the starting point and offers wide panoramic views over the surrounding mountains to the Dolomites.
- Cost cable car: 14,50 Euro (ascent & descent)
- Duration of the hike: approx. 2 – 3 hours
Tip: Restaurant Seespitz
Directly at the mountain lake Schwarze Lacke, you will find the rustic Gasthof Seespitz with a beautiful outdoor terrace. Super affordable and above all delicious South Tyrolean traditional dishes are served here. We can recommend the nettle dumplings with sauerkraut and the Kaiserschmarrn.
Vigilius Mountain Resort
Another highlight on the Vigiljoch is the 5-star design hotel Vigilius Mountain Resort, which can be reached exclusively by cable car. Opened in 2003, the hotel was created according to ecological principles and is considered the first climate house A hotel in Italy. Staying here is certainly a unique experience.
We were “only” for dinner in the hotel’s own restaurant 1500 and were allowed to enjoy a delicious menu. For guests of the restaurant, the cable car even runs until 11 pm.
The long-drawn-out small town of Lana is divided into Oberlana, Mitterlana and Niederlana. A short stroll through the historic center is manageable, but worthwhile.
Tip for enjoyment: 1477 Reichhalter
A good reason for this is the 1477 Reichhalter, which I can highly recommend as a stop. The stylish building, which was first mentioned in 1477, already housed a mill, a bakery, a tavern, a coffee house and most recently a butcher shop.
Today, the Reichhalter is a restaurant, café and boutique hotel with eight rooms. We didn’t spend the night here, but I fell in love with the charm of the place right away. You can expect a very tasteful set of dishes, creaky wooden floorboards, rough concrete plaster on the walls, and seasonal cuisine.
- Address: Metzgergasse | 39011 Lana
At the Kränzelhof in Tscherms, art and pleasure meet. In the beautifully situated winery you can enjoy ausgesp
smelled taste delicious wines and typical local delicacies. At the same time it is the entrance gate to the so-called Seven Gardens, where there is much to discover.
The Seven Gardens
summer 2006, the Seven Gardens are a living work of art. The operators describe them as “places of tranquility, relaxation and recharging, but also of wonder and discovery.
Each garden has its own atmosphere and mood
Sometimes there is music, sometimes silent art, sometimes a labyrinth of vines whose exit must be found.
- Admission: 8 euros per person
- Address: Gampenstraße 1 | 39010 Tscherms
Miil Restaurant is located
next to the Kränzelhof Winery. When the sun is shining, you can take a seat in the pretty courtyard overgrown with plants. Incredibly delicious dishes are conjured up here on an upscale level. There’s even a vegan dish to choose from.
Not just good food, but a great philosophy. With respect for the natural cycles, organic and fairly produced products are used as much as possible in the Miil restaurant. Seasonal ingredients are mainly sourced from suppliers in Italy.
- Address: Gampenstraße 1 | 39010 Tscherms
Hotel tip for LanaA
very special heart recommendation is the family-run Hotel Der Waldhof, which is surrounded by an idyllic nature park in Völlan. Sustainability is not just an empty promise here, but is implemented in many areas in an exemplary manner.
For example, the new extension built in 2009 was constructed from local natural materials, the entire hotel is heated in an environmentally friendly way and insects find a habitat and food on the green roofs. Instead of small disposable products, unpackaged natural cosmetics from South Tyrol are available in the rooms, and at breakfast no products packed in plastic are offered, but as much as possible is made in-house.
The hotel’s spa area is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. There is a 22-meter infinity pool overlooking the historic Mayenburg, several saunas and incredibly tastefully decorated relaxation rooms with huge panoramic windows. More info on the hotel to follow in the next post.
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This article was produced in collaboration with the Lana Tourism Association.
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