Chienes-Kiens is right in the middle of it all. A drive of just a few miles takes you to the lively, colorful main city of the Val Pusteria-Pustertal valley, Brunico-Bruneck. And by heading not too many feet up in elevation, a good many mountain peaks are already in reach. And then just a few minutes by foot will bring you to the fantastic natural and cultural wonder of the unique “green valley”. Even though the entire splendor of the mountains is always in view, and dense woods call out for tours of discovery, even though the renowned Kronplatz is just around the corner for the wintertime and the Laghetto d’Issengo-Issinger Weiher pond is beckoning for a swim in nature in the summertime, it turns out to not be so easy to get up and leave Chienes.
It is the quiet and the sun that do a soul good and put a reflective smile on the faces of visitors to the village. The crisp mountain air that wafts through the lungs of every mountain sports enthusiast or leisure cyclist also definitely makes its contribution, too. And perhaps so do a good many old tales that are told about the villages of Casteldarne-Ehrenburg, Masi-Hofern, S. Sigismondo-St. Sigmund, or the small village of Chienes itself. Visitors suddenly find just the right balance between being active and idleness – the precondition for enjoyment. And those who are the most successful are the ones who taste a Tirtl or crunch into a Kirschtakrapfen, both types of local fritters. In the end, the old recipes are still the best – in the Alpine refuges and meadow cabins around Chienes, everyone is fully aware of this. But on top of that, the time-honored traditions are still lovingly lived out. Such as at the Church Festival, when the mannequin Michl is auctioned off for charity.