The well-known Altfass Valley/Altfasstal can be reached just a short distance away from our farm. From there, the Widerschwinge-Weg leads to the Wieserhütte or Pranter Stadelhütte, where you’re welcome to stop off for a hearty Marende. Those who like to hike should not miss the ascent to the Large Seefeld Lake/Großem Seefeldsee (2,275 m). The latter is reached via a gradually increasing, narrow rise, which is easy to manage for those who like to walk. Anyone who has still not had enough can hike further to the 2,724 m high Seefeld Peak/Seefeldspitz. The return path is via the pleasant forest path from the Wieserhütte, which leads you back to Meransen. This path is accessible on foot as well as by bike.
Another popular hiking destination is the well-known Fane Alm in Vals. Information boards along the Milchsteig, which introduces hikers to the world of the South Tyrolean dairy economy, provide extremely interesting facts that are unknown to non-farmers for the most part. The hike then ends on the Fane Alm, the ancient mountain village with a superb mountain backdrop where the traditional milk festival, in which everything revolves around milk, is held every two years.
Located immediately at the Gitschberg mountain station is the newly constructed Gitschberg Sun Park. The latter was constructed specifically for children with a thirst for adventure and equipped with numerous and varied climbing and gymnastic apparatuses. These include a giant slide, an igloo-shaped climbing frame, a solar arc and a trampoline right next to the Gitschhütte, which are a source of great fun for your children. While the children are enjoying themselves jumping around on the trampoline, their parents can take in the fantastic view over the Isarco and Puster Valleys/Eisack- and Pustertal, while enjoying a typical South Tyrolean Marende, accompanied by a glass of wine.
A viewing platform with a spectacular view of over 500 mountain peaks is located on the Gitschberg. The 360° all-round view of the Meransen’s “own” mountain is a unique spectacle. The panorama extends from the Dolomites to the Brenta Group, from the Zillertal Alps to the Staubai Alps and culminates in the Ötztal Alps in the northwest. The circular viewing platform provides information on names, heights and positions of the various peaks in the surrounding area.
The circular Almhütten route on the Gitschberg is to be recommended. As the name already suggests, the hiking trails leads past numerous alpine huts, ranging from rustic cabins to cosy places to stop off for a bite to eat or drink. A fascinating aspect at several stages of the trail is a superb view stretching over the Puster Valley/Pustertal and the nearby Pfunderer mountain landscape.
Irrespective of whether you want to explore Meransen and surrounding areas with the entire family or as a couple, the Gitschberg-Jochtal alpine region offers diverse cycling paths for everyone. The Puster Valley/Pustertaler cycling path connects Mühlbach with Lienz in East Tyrol via an almost level trail. The valley cycling trail to Bressanone/Brixen leads in the other direction. From there, you can cycle further on the Brenner or to Bolzano/Bozen. The return journey after a strenuous day’s cycling can ultimately be made by train or bus. Of course, real mountain bikers also have numerous forest paths, which lead to the most popular huts in the Gitschberg-Jochtal alpine region.