It is not too often possible in the Alps to climb an over 3500 m high peak without any specific glacier equipment (but with perfect mountain equipment anyway, of course). Park the car at the 3rd hairpin turn of the road and follow the signs "Hochfeilerhuette" which is reached from there in 3 hours. It is recommended to stay over night there and to...more
For €8, you could rent a bike or mountain bike for half a day. Vipiteno and the surroundings are ideal of a bike ride. When we were there, last June, we hired a bike and rode to Racines. Very easy, just follow the river. Worth the ride :)Unfortunately I don't have the address of the Bike Hire but you will surely find it if you ask around.more
From the parking at the end of the open part of the road a 3 hours hike leads to the Landshuter Europahuette, a lodge through which the Austrian-Italian frontier runs since 1919. I did not test how it feels maybe to sleep head in Austria and feet in Italy or the other way round but anyway from there one can continue, in principle always very close...more
A considerable part of the way from Stein, the last settlement in the Pfitschertal near the end of the bus line connecting the valley with Sterzing can be done by car on a rough narrow and unpaved road. At about 1700 m above sea level the road is closed. From there onwards a partly steep but pleasant walk cuts off the turns of the many kilometers...more
You probably would never find it or think to try it if you have no info beforehand. The Schaurhof is perfectly hidden and off the beaten path. When you are driving on the road (not the Autostrada!) from Sterzing to the Brenner Pass you see a few km north of Sterzing (before the first tunnel) a roadsign Ried/Novale pointing to the right. Follow this...more
If you feel that you need warm food, a beer from the tap or a Cappucino - the self- service reataurant of the Pfitscherjochhaus has all that and more, a mix of popular Italian and Austrian dishes as Lasagne, Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel (the latter highly recommendable). All normally priced and the quality is OK.If the weather is pleasant you...more
Instead of the expensive Brenner Pass (motorway A13 in Austria and A22 in Italy) you can travel from Innsbruck to Vipiteno and back along higway B182 (Steinach - Gries) in Austria and highway 12 in Italy. It's a very relaxed road in a beautiful landscape and you pay no toll.more
The area is best reached by car. From Sterzing/Vipiteno follow the signs "Pfitschertal/val Vizze" and follow the road until to the place from where on it is closed. The road leads in principle up to the Pfitscher Joch Tthe Italians built under the Fascist time many quite adventurous miliitary roads towards the Austrian frontier wherever possible -...more
3 Reviews and Opinions
To be found as soon as you enter Vipiteno Centre. Ample parking and excellent choice.
What to buy: Since we were staying in a self catering apartment, we used to visit Lidl quite a lot. Excellent prices such as 3 pizza Margerita at approx €2 and 2lt water at approx €0.17 per bottle.
We had - as you see from the pictures - the best thinkable weather and therfore it was just pleasant and nothing else. But do not forget that you are in a region which only a short period of the year allows to stroll round there a we did. weather changes can be extremely rapid and mean at these altitudes that you find yourself suddenly right in the clouds with a visibility limited to short distances. Therefore never leave the marked paths and trails if there are the slightest doubts in the weather. The temperature drops can be very rapid and drastic, too and temperatures below the freezing point and snowfall are possible at all times of the year. Try always to get detailled weatherforecsts and ask experienced locals (there is always at least one on every lodge). And carry always several layers of dress and good rain protection in your backpack. And a map, preferentially scaled 1: 50.000, there are excellent maps covering every region of the Alps avaiable in bookshops and shops selling outdoor gear in the respective regions.
In our 6 days in Vipiteno areas last June, weather varied quite a lot.
We had days of continuas drizzle (wear Jeans, shirt, a light raincoat or keep an umbrella )
and days of sun, where we also wore shorts.
However, we always kept a light jacket handy for high altitudes, where we also were on snow.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good tracking shoes is very handy.
It was interesting for me (I studied also Norwegian language and literature and Norway is one of my favourite countries) to find in the village Gossensass (a few km above Sterzing on the road to the Brenner pass) this sign and at a house at this square a memorial plate. Henrik Ibsen, one of the most important Norwegian writers, passed quite many...more