Location for international, award-winning films
The entrance to the Schnalstal valley is narrow, then it widenes and runs 22 kilometers to the Hochjochferner meters, to which the highest ropeway of South Tyrol leads (mountain station on 3212). Now, in May, there is no season here, besides, it is quite cold this year, so that the valley is quite sparse and original.
No wonder it was the location for several films such as the American 3-D strip "Everest" or the "The Dark Valley", which was awarded the German Film Prize.
On Reinhold Messner and Ötzi's footsteps
Right at the entrance of the valley is Juval Castle, the summer residence of the Messner family, together with a mountain museum and restaurant. The location can also be rented for meetings and events, if Messner family is not exactly there.
In place Our wife. lies the ArcheoParc Schnals, in which one can inform about the in the year 1991 at the Tisenjoch found glacier mummy Ötzi. The park also offers numerous group activities, with which the Neolithic life world Ötzis can be modeled:
For example, grind the grain and bake bread, cook the stone, make the tool from firewood, pottery, wool and leather, or archery.
Sport and sheep instinct
In the valley, however, there are also numerous other activities such as rafting, kayaking, mountain biking or skiing in winter. The high ropes course Ötzi Rope Park at the Vernagter See invites you to climb with nineCourses, you can swing over a small canyon through a zip line.
The valley is also known for its sheep drive: In June and September, thousands of sheep are driven over 44 KM on the Ötztal main ridge - with a height difference of 3.200 meters. This allows the sheep farmers from the Schnalstal and Vinschgau in the summer to use their pasture rights in the rear Ötztal above Vent. However, this tour is anything but a relaxed walk.
Outstanding meeting location is the place Karthaus, which originated from the monastery Kartause Allerengelberg, a former Carthusian monastery. This was founded 1326 and 1782 in the course of the secularization by Emperor Joseph II. Afterwards, the monastery area was settled by farmers and craftsmen. In a fire 1924 the place was largely destroyed, but later rebuilt.
Only the cloister and the walls are preserved from the original monastery. The small town stands beside its picturesque position on a terrace above the Schnalstal in 1323 m height by an excellent infrastructure with bank and guest house.
Silence and relaxation seminars are held here as part of the Silent Project project. The silence can also be hiked. Via monachorum leads from Our Lady, Katharinaberg or Altratheis to Karthaus. For the seminar itself, the club's home is available.
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