in Campo Tures
In an open area and with an open heart, Campo Tures-Sand in Taufers receives its visitors at the entrance to the valley but then suddenly withdraws behind Tures-Taufers Castle. Massive, like a giant block of stone with several towers, it stands there, the medieval fortress, just as if it wants to prevent travelers from continuing on further into the Valle Aurina-Ahrntal, encouraging them to pause for a moment. And then, between the village of Gais and the main center of Campo Tures, landscape images open up that could hardly be more exciting. Right in the midst of the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina/Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park, where mountains try to vie with each other for height, visitors are fascinated by steep slopes, dense forests, lonely peaks, and wild waters. Mountain lakes, streams, the wild Aurino-Ahr River, and roaring waterfalls – the water of the valley bears the power of the mountains.
Where nature has prepared so much to discover, people will actively do so. Sliding the feet into the hiking boots or pushing the pedals, cutting a curve with the skis, stomping thick covers of snow down flat or looking for a foothold in a narrow crack in the rock – in Campo Tures, there is always plenty to do. Anyone who feels like heading upward can scale one or another of the more than 80 three thousand meter (ten thousand foot) peaks, which surround the valley like the points on a crown. Here, where extreme mountain climber Hans Kammerlander makes his home, the crosses on top of the summits are a challenging destination for an excursion, competing for attention with archetypal mountain refuges and crystal-clear Alpine lakes. In the winter, too. Because anyone who wishes to experience the quiet side of wintertime, beyond the hectic action on the ski runs of the Speikboden ski area, can do so on a snowshoe hike or a ski tour.