A diversifying activity
holiday in the Dolomites

Summer in Villnöss Valley holds many surprises for you! Explore the Geisler Mountains by feet or on two wheels on the Adolf Munkel Trail. Climb the impressive massif or swing from tree to tree in the Areal Adventure Park.

Bikers may directly start their panoramic tour from the Hotel Kabis across the Würzjoch mountain pass down to the Gadertal Valley or make another unforgettable tour through the Dolomites.


On discovery tour through

the UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Geisler Peaks, dominating the peaceful valley, are some of the most famous members of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site and know how to enchant locals as well as guests with their marking cliff towers and mountain peaks. Traditional mountain farms, flourishing meadows and the Geisler Peaks in the backdrop are the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday. Here you will find a diversifying offer of leisure activities for your perfect summer or winter activity holiday in the Dolomites.


Living and understanding nature – at the Puez-Geisler visitor centre
The Puez-Geisler visitor centre has been inaugurated on 29 December 2009 and is looking proudly on its high number of visitors. The visitor centre is a cubical, two-storey building made of papyrus-coloured concrete and stands in the centre of Santa Maddalena/St. Magdalena in Villnöss Valley. No matter what’s the weather like, it is always a very popular destination where to spend a day at.


Getting to know the treasures of the Alps in the Mineralogical Museum of Tiso/Teis
The small village of Tiso/Teis is undoubtedly a visit worth, by feet or by bus. In the very centre, the Mineralogical Museum found its place in the parish hall. Exhibition experts have arranged the museum according to contemporary museum related pedagogic aspects with artistic imagination and in the museum shop one can find the one or another token.


Climbing adventures in the

Areal Adventure Park

If you can’t get enough of climbing, we suggest you to visit the Villnöss Areal Adventure Park. It is set in the midst of the woods directly beneath the Geisler mountains giving you the chance to swing from tree top to tree top and pump up your adrenaline. The nine courses of different height and difficulty levels include rope bridges, balance beams and other obstacles (ca. 100 stations) and make for lots of fun and thrills for the whole family.

Following the traces

of the Geodes of Teis

The local Geodes of Teis can be found in the andesite, a rock filled with crystals or minerals and definitely worth to be explored. The three Geopaths start in the village of Tiso and offer interesting insights in the geological and botanical characteristics all around the village.


Hike to the demonstration mine, the find spot of the Geodes of Teis
Starting at the mineral museum you cross the village square with drinking fountain made of granite and rubble wall making for a fine refreshment on your way. Past the church, some signposts provide you with information about the geological and botanical characteristics of the surroundings. You proceed on to behind the “Lahne” and reach a rest area with demonstration mine, “humming” and “sounding” stones, where to marvel, experiment and search for the Geodes of Tiso yourself.


Hike to the “Messner Lacke” pond
Along the Brunnengasse lane with a fountain made of a granite block the path leads to the irrigation pond named “Messner Lacke”. The pond lies in between idyllic blooming meadows and encourages you to make a walkabout. Several comfy benches invite you to sit down and listen to the sounds of nature and the burbling of water, while you can marvel the rocks – typical for this area – on the east side of the pond. On your way back, small explorers may have a romp themselves at the “Karner Waldele” playground in the woods.  

Hike to the Heilig Grab Hill
Starting at the mineral museum you walk to the beginning of the town and follow the signs to the Heilig Grab Hill offering unique insights in the history of the country: near the Heilig Grab chapel there are trenches and a cliff bunker from World War I. The Heilig Grab Hill is the best viewpoint  to admire the Geisler Peaks, the Mount Ritter Horn, the Latzfonser Kreuz – the highest church of pilgrimage in Europe –, the Radlsee mountain lake and even the Zillertal Alps.

Places and things to see

in the close surroundings

Not only Villnöss Valley, but also the Eisack- and the Pustertal Valley, the provincial capital Bolzano/Bozen and spa town Merano/Meran lure with their sights.

Here’s a list of some interesting destinations you should visit in South Tyrol:

  • Abbazia di Novacella Monastery
  • Diocesan Museum of Bressanone/Brixen
  • Messner Mountain Museums
  • South Tyrol Museum of Archeology
  • Gardens of Trauttmannsdorff Castle
  • Sabiona Monastery
  • Lake Kaltern
  • Lake Prags