at Valle Aurina
Lutago-Luttach is the “gateway” to the Valle Aurina-Ahrntal. Towering above the village is the majestic Sasso Nero-Schwarzenstein. Lutago is the starting point for many hikes and mountain bike tours. Those who love culture can visit the largest exhibition of nativity scenes in all of Europe, which is housed in the Maranatha - Nativity Scene and Folk Museum.
Rio Bianco-Weissenbach is located in a side valley off of Lutago. Embedded in the valley basin, the secluded village is the ideal starting point for many summer and winter mountain tours. In the wintertime, the Rio Bianco sled run is a popular crowd puller, since it is always well groomed and the possibilities for stopping off for a bite to eat or a drink at the various rustic cabins along the route draws not only fans of the sport, but also aficionados of the Valle Aurina cuisine. The Pressknödel fried dumplings with a cabbage and carrot salad are a culinary highlight!
The Valle Aurina village of S. Giovanni-St. Johann is located directly in the hearth of the valley and is surrounded by a splendid mountain landscape. The beautiful Baroque church with its arcade frescoes and the Mineral Museum are popular destinations that are well worth seeing.
The village of Cadipietra-Steinhaus is the geographic center and also the main village of the Valle Aurina community. The village is known primarily as a result of the Mining Museum that is located there, which is housed in the granary (the former food warehouse of the Predoi-Prettau mine). In Cadipietra, where the valley terminal for the Klausberg ski area cableway is located, there are numerous opportunities for sports and leisure time activities, both in summertime and wintertime.
The hill, known as the “Bichl” in the local dialect, is a fixed component of the village of S. Giacomo-St. Jakob in the Valle Aurina-Ahrntal. The Gothic village church that is enthroned there houses two works by the famed painter Oberkofler. On the hill is also a fountain that was decorated by the artist Jakob Oberhollenzer.
S. Pietro-St. Peter, a small, rustic village close to the end of the valley, is an ideal starting point for the most varied of hikes and high-elevation tours. The glaciers of the Valle Aurina seem close enough to touch. The old farmhouses with their clock towers are still well maintained and form lovely postcard motifs.
Predoi-Prettau, the northernmost community in South Tyrol-Südtirol, is famous for its copper mine, which has now been converted into an exhibition mine. In addition, a Climate Mineshaft was set up in the mine in which those who suffer from allergies can spend their vacation days free of complaints. The health-promoting Climate Mineshaft and the possibility for allergy sufferers to stay in the so-called “respiration accommodations” offers an added value for health-conscious vacationers and raises the quality of life.
The last village of the Valle Aurina is Casere-Kasern. At the end of the valley, it is possible to stop off at various Alpine meadow cabins and enjoy local delicacies. But Casere is best known for its pilgrimage church, the Church of the Holy Spirit. The idyllic little church is located in a fantastically beautiful Alpine meadow landscape and draws numerous visitors throughout the entire year. Also contributing to this are the stories and legends surrounding the pilgrimage church. A visit to the Church of the Holy Spirit can also be excellently combined with a hike in the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina/Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park.