Look for the little things in life that give you pleasure. (Confucius)

Between the Gilfenklamm gorge, mining and castles

Exciting holiday experiences in Racines/Ratschings and surrounding area

Discover the natural spectacle of the Gilfenklamm gorge, the mining museum in Ridanna/Ridnaun, the baroque Castel/Schloss Wolfsthurn near Vitipeno/Sterzing and much more. Racines/Ratschings and surrounding area offer a range of highlights!

Gilfenklamm gorge 

Walkways and bridges lead past roaring waterfalls and white marble through the impressive Gilfenklamm gorge. Young and old visitors are amazed in Europe’s only marble gorge. Breathtaking views down and magical views into the gorge are guaranteed from May to November.

Ridanna/Ridnaun Schneeberg mining museum 

The Ridanna/Ridnaun Schneeberg mining museum gives you an exciting insight into the world of mining from long ago. You are given an impression of the miners’ life and work underground by means of the old well-preserved machinery and tools, which are still fully functional and are partly used on the guided tours.

The three most popular tours are: 

  • The Compact Schneeberg: For all newcomers who want to be whisked away to the world of mining on a 1.5 hour tour
  • The Schneeberg Adventure Shift: An insight into everyday life in the mine – during a 7-hour tour you get a feel for the tough life underground; note: climbing is involved
  • The Junior Schneeberg: Kids set off on an exciting excursion for 2-3 hours and learn more about

Castel/Schloss Wolfsthurn in Mareta/Mareit 

The best preserved baroque castle in Racines/Ratschings-Mareta/Mareit near Vitipeno/Sterzing houses the South Tyrolean National Museum for Hunting and Fishing and opens its doors from 1 April to 15 November. It is considered to be one of the most stunning castles in Tyrol – you can view the originally furnished stately rooms and historical collections. The “Woods and Water” themed trail that leads to the castle fascinates both the young and old!

Burkhardklamm gorge 

This gorge located in Ridanna/Ridnaun has a stunning panoramic trail that leads through it to rewarding destinations. Several viewing points along the trail magically reveal unforgettable images and you can get an idea of the natural force of water from here too.

Maddalena/St. Magdalena Miners’ Chapel 

The chapel from 1480 is situated in a secluded location on the edge of the forest and is considered to be an artistic and historical gem in Racines/Ratschings. The winged altar from Matthias Stöberl is definitely worth taking a look at, this is possible from May to October.

Reifenstein Castle 

The Reifenstein knight’s castle, which is one of South Tyrol’s best preserved fortresses, towers in Campo di Trens/Freienfeld near Vitipeno/Sterzing. It has never been conquered or plundered and therefore still offers its visitors today fantastic insight into life back then: among others the keep, Great Hall, Green Hall, torture chamber and civil court tell you all about this.

You can find more sights in South Tyrol in our day trip tips!

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