Hiking with kids in South Tyrol
Hiking with kids at the Partschinser Waalweg
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South Tyrol for families

From Reschen to Merano - suitable for all shoe sizes

More than 300 days of sunshine per year and wonderful views of the high peaks of the Ötztal and Ortler Alps. Everyone should put a hiking holiday in South Tyrol on their agenda! Above all, the popular Waalwege, as the trail is called, has few steep climbs as the pathways follow small streams. Previously, they were used to irrigate the fields, and today they make a unique water feature!

Details about the hiking holiday for families in South Tyrol

Spend eight days on lively hiking trails through the beautiful South Tyrol. You start in Reschen and wander to Burgeis along the wonderfully sparkling Reschensee. On day three in Schulderns you can smell the mountain air. High above Mals and along the Malser Oberwaals the hiking route runs over the Tartscher Bichl to the ‘Ganglegg’. To make the route less strenuous for tiny feet, day four is spent on the Vinschgaubahn (a train) to Kastelbell. In Naturns, and Partschnis to Meran there are plenty opportunities to take a dip in the cool water.

Highlights of the family hiking holiday at a glance:

  • The majestic Juval Castle: The private castle of Reinhold Messner in Val Venosta shows an exhibition under the name ‘Mythos Berg’. The impressive exhibition about mountain life is not the only thing worth seeing. The lovingly restored castle with elements from bygone days, mixed with glass-steel constructions is impressive!
  • Sail with the cable car: A varied network of paths await you in the Texelgruppe Natural Park. An extensive circular walk with breathtaking views follows a trip with the cable car. Be sure to try it out! (The cable car is not included in the Eurohike package).

Useful information about the family hiking holiday in South Tyrol

The family hiking holiday in South Tyrol not only promises impressive natural scenery and beautiful villages, but also time well spent with your loved ones! The route requires good basic fitness and a bit of hiking experience from young and old. Children should be used to walking for a few hours at a time. The trails lead along the Waalwege, the old irrigation systems and paved sections. Each day you and your family can enjoy a three to five-hour hike that provides ample opportunities for a number of breaks.

Moderate Walking
Moderate Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum age: 8 years
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Itinerary

Welcome to Vinschgau! The steel-blue Lake Reschen and its famous tower that pokes out of the water will make you feel welcome. Not only kitesurfers and other water sport fanatics splash around in this very welcoming lake. Enjoy your first hours in this border triangle region in the sun and take in the view of the mountains before you start your walk through the lush green South Tyrol tomorrow.

Hotel examplel: Hotel Panorama 2000

You leisurely walk along the magnificently glistening Lake Reschen and you can admire the former church tower poking out the dammed lake. Continue through St. Valentin, where you can take a detour on the Talai forest exploratory path with a treasure hunt. Afterwards you keep on walking along Lake Haider. In doing so, you can observe lots of ducks swimming in the lake from secluded places. From the South side, you walk further along the rippling Adige river until you get to Burgeis.

Hotel example: Hotel Das Moriggl

approx. 4 to 5 hours
15 km
230 m
500 m

Let’s go along the ‘Sonnensteig’, an exciting irrigation channel path where you can find out a lot about the VInschgau mythological world. You keep getting fantastic views of the snowy mountain tops. You walk high up above Mals along the ‘Malser Oberwaal’ and you will go via the Tartscher Bichl to “Ganglegg”. Have a look through the most researched cave settlements from the Bronze and Iron Ages in the entire Alps. At the end of the day you cross impressive bridges and wooden steps over the gorge, which will bring you to today’s destination, Schluderns. Once there, it’s worth checking out the archeological finds from Ganglegg in the Vinschgau museum.

Hotel example: Hotel Saldur

approx. 3 hours
10 km
150 m
420 m

You start today with a journey on the Vinschgaubahn, which will take you through the colourful scenery in South Tyrol to Kastelbell. From there you walk on the Schnalser Waalweg in the shade thanks to the trees. You will go via Kastelbell towards Juval palace, which is owned by the one of the most famous mountaineers, Reinhold Messner. Of course you have time to go on a tour through the palace. Afterwards you walk uphill to Naturns via the windy path.

Hotel example: Hotel Kleinkunst

approx. 4 hours
13 km
200 m
320 m

Ascend by cable car into the mountains and explore the Texelgruppe nature park. Once you arrive up top, you can go on a circular tour, do the practice and family high-ropes course or just simply enjoy the view from the ‘Unterstell’ viewing platform. Would you prefer to have a break from walking? Then head to the fun park or visit one of the play areas or a certified Alpine spa holiday centre in South Tyrol.

Hotel example: Hotel Kleinkunst

approx. 1.5 to 3 hours

Jump into Naturns water park with giant slides. It is a great way to cool down before continuing with your walk. You will go along the ‘Schlossweg’ (palace path) from where you can enjoy another magnificent view, this time of Naturns. After this, you walk along the ‘Sonnenberger’ panoramic path. As the name suggests, you get breathtaking views over extensive orchards in the valley whilst the sun beats down on your face. Today finishes in a pleasantly adventurous manner via a suspension bridge to Partschins. This is the gateway to the Texelgruppe, which is South Tyrol’s largest nature park.

Hotel example: Hotel Botango

approx. 3 to 4 hours
9 km
190 m
130 m

You start today in an amused manner going along the ‘Bergbach’ up to the ‘Sagenweg’ (legend path), which is an exciting exploratory path where you can once again learn lots about Vinschgau’s mystical mythological world. After this, you walk through sweet-smelling apple orchards and vineyards along one of the diverse forest paths to the Algunder Waalweg. You follow the calming bubbling Waalweg past more vineyards and you can enjoy the view across the Adige valley. Above the town you walk along the world famous Tappeiner promenade where palm trees and cacti grow before arriving at today’s destination and the end of your walk - the centre of Merano.

Hotel example: Hotel Flora

approx. 3 hours
10 km
90 m
380 m

Today it is time to go home - or do you want to stay for longer and explore Merano, a cultured city with a mediterranean flair?

Tour character

Well built footpaths, which often go along the ‘Waalwege’, the old irrigation channels. Some parts are on tarmac. Individual stages can be shortened by public transport.

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Reschen
  Season 1
29.04.2023 - 07.05.2023
18.09.2023 - 07.10.2023

Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 2
08.05.2023 - 18.06.2023
04.09.2023 - 17.09.2023

Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 3
19.06.2023 - 03.09.2023

Arrival daily
South Tyrol for families, 8 days, IT-SJWRM-08X-FAM
Base price
829.00
859.00
949.00
Extra bed 8–11 years 439.00 439.00 439.00
Extra bed 12–14 years 599.00 599.00 599.00
Surcharge single room 159.00 159.00 159.00

Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels and inns

Child prices valid when staying in a room with 2 full paying adults.

Season 1
Apr 29, 2023 - May 7, 2023
Sep 18, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023
Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 2
May 8, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023
Sep 4, 2023 - Sep 17, 2023
Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 3
Jun 19, 2023 - Sep 3, 2023
Arrival daily
South Tyrol for families, 8 days, IT-SJWRM-08X-FAM
Base price
Extra bed 8–11 years
Extra bed 12–14 years
Surcharge single room
829.00
439.00
599.00
159.00
859.00
439.00
599.00
159.00
949.00
439.00
599.00
159.00

Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels and inns

Child prices valid when staying in a room with 2 full paying adults.

Season 1
Apr 29, 2023 - May 7, 2023
Sep 18, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023
Season 2
May 8, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023
Sep 4, 2023 - Sep 17, 2023
Season 3
Jun 19, 2023 - Sep 3, 2023
Reschen
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Extra bed 12–14 years
Extra bed 8–11 years
Extra bed from 15 years
Meran
Double room p. P.
Extra bed from 15 years
Extra bed 12–14 years
Extra bed 8–11 years
79.00
19.00
59.00
39.00
71.10
89.00
80.10
69.00
45.00
79.00
19.00
59.00
39.00
71.10
89.00
80.10
69.00
45.00
79.00
19.00
59.00
39.00
71.10
99.00
89.10
69.00
45.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Reschen
  Season 1
Apr 29, 2023 - May 7, 2023
Sep 18, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023

Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 2
May 8, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023
Sep 4, 2023 - Sep 17, 2023

Arrival Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 3
Jun 19, 2023 - Sep 3, 2023

Arrival daily
Reschen
Double room p. P. 79.00 79.00 79.00
Surcharge single room 19.00 19.00 19.00
Extra bed 12–14 years 59.00 59.00 59.00
Extra bed 8–11 years 39.00 39.00 39.00
Extra bed from 15 years 71.10 71.10 71.10
Meran
Double room p. P. 89.00 89.00 99.00
Extra bed from 15 years 80.10 80.10 89.10
Extra bed 12–14 years 69.00 69.00 69.00
Extra bed 8–11 years 45.00 45.00 45.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Services

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Train ride on the Vinschgaubahn from Schluderns to Kastelbell
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus from Meran to Reschen every Saturday, Sunday and Monday, costs EUR 75 per person, EUR 29 per dog, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.

 

Infos

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • By train to Landeck (North Tyrol) and by bus approx. 1.5 hours to Reschen. Or by train via Bolzano and Meran to Mals (South Tyrol) and by bus to Reschen in approx. 30 minutes.
  • Innsbruck or Munich airport.
  • Parking: parking spaces available, approx. EUR 5 per day, no reservation. Parking spaces near the hotel are free of charge and unguarded.
  • Return journey from Meran to Mals with the Vinschgaubahn (approx. 1.5 hours) and from there in approx. 30 minutes to Reschen.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Cable car ride Unterstell, approx. EUR 13 per adult and EUR 6 per child
  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Valerie Haring
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Valerie Haring, Travel specialist
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Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Sandra R. AT | 20.08.2021
Südtirol mit der Familie entdecken!
Unsere Familie liebte diesen Wanderurlaub. Am Anfang hatten wir zwar unsere Bedenken, da wir zum ersten Mal mit unseren Kindern einen Wanderurlaub machten. Doch bereits nach der ersten Wanderungen war klar, dass dieser Urlaub die richtige Entscheidung war. Ein tolles Abenteuer für die gesamte Familie. Wir werden auf jeden Fall bald wieder eine Familienreise buchen.

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