The Meran high-mountain trail offers hiking and mountaineering possibilities that range from gentle Waalwege and panoramic high-level trails up to demanding 3000-metre peaks. Golfing in beautiful and varied surroundings or biking on the numerous trails will keep you fit, perfect for an active holiday at the Hanswirt. Afterwards treat yourself to a good glass of wine and some tasty delicacies.
Quiet Waalwege and meadow paths leading through orchards are ideal for pleasant walks throughout the year, with the possibility of stopping for a bite to eat en route. The Waalwege are centuries-old irrigation channels that water the meadows and fields; they are a distinctive feature of the Vinschgau Valley and Meran. The “Waaler” were wardens who upheld the water rights, while a special bell indicated that the water was flowing properly. There are three open-channel Waalwege around Partschins: the Rabland, the Partschins and the Mühl. There are more in the Vinschgau Valley and around Meran, with the Algund and Marlinger Waalwege starting at Töll.
Roaring water and hissing spray can be found at the Partschins waterfall, the highest in South Tyrol and the emblem of Partschins. It has a healthy microclimate and is a popular destination for photographers, climbers and abseilers. Snowy winters and glaciers feed crystal clear mountain streams and turquoise natural and artificial lakes, the highlight of any hike or excursion.
Cable cars quickly whisk you up the slopes, saving energy and starting the adventure. Mountain trails lead to scenic pastures surrounded by mighty mountains. Goats and sheep greet hikers with their bleating. Taking the cable car to Aschbach, you can reach the Vigiljoch Pass with its views over Bozen and the Dolomites. Ambitious hikers can tackle the peak of the Naturnser Hochwart from the Naturnser Alm: the Texel cable car in Partschins takes you up to the Meran high-mountain trail that runs around the Texel group, South Tyrol’s largest nature park, whose thirteen 3000-metre summits offer plenty by way of high-mountain tours. The Unterstell cable car leads to the Sonnenberg and its spectacular viewing platform above Naturns. The cable cars to Meran 2000, St. Martin am Kofel and the Schnalser Glacier also provide access to other magnificent hiking areas, with welcoming places to take a break. Find out more with the interactive map.
South Tyrol is perfect for cycling, offering an ideal climate from March to November. The Vinschgau Valley cycle way is a beautiful and highly diverse route, with 120 km of enjoyable riding starting right in front of the Hanswirt, running along the River Etsch past meadows, forests, villages and orchards all the way to Mals. A popular option is to combine the cycling experience with a train ride through the valley. A mountain bike lets you enjoy the surroundings throughout the year: there are ten tours on the Nörderberg and two single trails for adrenaline junkies, with technical training and guided MTB tours completing the offer in Partschins. City and mountain bikes can be hired from the Hanswirt, while E-bikes can be booked in advance.