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The path across the cols: The smugglers’ Path


The history:
The mountains of Defreggen Tal Valley form a big border between Val Casies Valley (I) and
Villgratental Valley. It has always been crossed by the residents of the two valleys to trade. During
the years from 1810-1814 and after the 2nd world war different goods have been smuggled across
the border. Because of this the three “paths across the cols” developed. Some informative signs
were arranged along the paths to tell about the history and life in earlier times.

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Altitude 1461 m / 2349 m


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The smugglers’ Path
After the 1st world war, according to the contract of Saint Germain, Alto Adige became part of Italy. That
is how a border emerged between Val Casies Valley and Villgraten Valley. Across that border smugglers
brought goods like sugar, coffee, tobacco, petrol and cigarette lighters from Austria to Italy.

Directions: Starting point at the head of the valley in S. Maddalena/ Val Casies Valley (1465m)
taking the path with no. 48 to reach the Tscharnietalm hut (1976m) and further to
“Kalksteinjöchl” (2349m). Descent on the smuggler’s Path (13a) through the Valley Rosstal past the
Oberlipper Alm hut and finally to Kalkstein. It is also possible to walk it the opposite way!
Duration: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: medium


How to arrive

Arrival by public transport

From Monguelfo:

  • By regional train (no. 400) to Monguelfo/Welsberg.
  • From Monguelfo by bus (no. 441) to the bus stop: San Maddalena/head of valley.

From Tesido and the Val Casies Valley:

  • By bus (no. 441) to the bus stop: San Maddalena/head of valley.


Info: The Guestpass Holidaypass entitles the holder to the unlimited use of all public transportation (including regional rail travel) in all of South Tyrol-Südtirol throughout the entire year. You will receive the travel pass free of charge from your accommodations if they are a member of the Tourist Board Val Casies-Monguelfo-Tesido.

>See here for the bus & train timetable

Plan your arrival

Family friendly
Difficulty easy
Distance 9.6 km
Duration 04:00 hours
Climb 886 m
Descent 647 m

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