South Tyrol Guided Walking Holiday

Südtiroler Bergdorf Schenna bei Meran
Duration: 14 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4

Perched above the historic spa town of Merano, our base in Schenna provides great access to a variety of mountain trails in and around the craggy Dolomite Mountains. The network of cable cars gives speedy access to a marvellous selection of mountain walks. Choose from leisurely orchard and vineyard walks with magnificent views over Merano or more challenging Alpine routes dominated by the imposing peak of Ifinger. This mountainous region of Italy was once in Austria; the food and local architecture suggest that it still holds on to its Germanic routes making it a unique part of Italy.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in the beautiful Merano Valley, once the destination of choice for Austrian royalty
  • Enjoy Alpine scenery and a host of superb walking trails
  • Explore the pretty town of Merano, famed for its spa and art nouveau architecture
  • The Tirolean-styled village of Schenna offers a charming base
  • Relax in comfort and enjoy great South Tyrol cuisine at the Hotel Schwefelbad

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • Transfers to and from Verona Airport (see travel tab)
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Return flights from the UK on ‘with flight’ holidays
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – extensive buffet breakfast and 4-course evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Welcome to Hotel Schwefelbed. Unpack and settle in.

These walks explore the upper valley and its peaks to the east of Schenna accessible from the Merano 2000 Cable Car.

Option 1 - Piffing and Kreuzjochl

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: Using the cable car we ascend to explore the Piffinger and Kirchsteiger Valley. On good tracks, we head to the Meranoer Hut for refreshments and then, on a gentle ascent we go to the Spieler ridge for views of Merano valley and the mountains to the east. Descending then through open forest we head to Falzeben with more refreshment opportunities at local mountain huts and take a second gondola lift to return.

Highlight: Enjoy views down the Merano valley.

Option 2 - Grosser Mittager

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: On good paths and tracks we ascend to Kesselberg Col (2280m) and Grosser Mittager (2422m) for views of Ifinger and Hirzer plus the mountains to the east. We then descend through the Piffinger and Kirchsteiger Valley passing mountain huts for refreshments throughout our journey.

Highlight: Ascend Grosser Mittager for fabulous views across the valley.

These walks circumnavigate the Vigiljoch mountain area above Lana to see views of the three Merano Valleys, the North, South and West in one day.

Option 1 - The Merano Valleys

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: Leaving the cable car we head up to the Barenbad Alm for morning refreshments and views of the southern Merano Valley. From here we continue to see the small church on Monte St Vigilio and our second view of the western Merano Valley. Then after a visit to the lake “Schwarze Lacke” for more refreshments we head back on the Panoramaweg to see the northern Merano Valley.

Highlight: Schwarze Lacke, a lovely refreshment spot.

Option 2 - The Merano Valleys and Naturnser Boden

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We visit Barenbad Alm on our ascent to Naturnser Boden a mountain plateau offering great views of the southern Merano Valley. Then onto the Naturnser Alm hut for refreshments and views of the western Merano Valley to then head back visiting Mount St Vigilio and the “Schwarze Lacke” to take the Panoramaweg to see the northern Merano Valley.

Highlight: Ride the Vigilio cable car, the second oldest in Europe.

The walks follow the Meranoer Hohenweg “High Way” in the western Merano Valley. Beginning near Partchins we ascend and head along the contouring path to descend to Naturns.

Option 1 - Meranoer Hohenweg to Naturns

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Ascending on the Texelbahn Cable Car we walk on the Meranoer Hohenweg heading west. With opportunities for refreshments throughout the day we enjoy the views of the valley and across to Vigiljoch.

Highlight: Incredible views on this walk.

Option 2 - Ohrnknott, Meranoer Hohenweg to Naturns

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

Total descent: 3,400 feet (1,020m)

In summary: Ascending on the Texelbahn Cable Car we walk up to Ohrmknott. After a decent we join the Meranoer Hohenweg to continue to enjoy the views and refreshments along the route.

Highlight: Climb Ohrmknott at 2,258m for amazing views of the Merano Valley.

Today is a free day which gives you the opportunity to explore at your leisure. Some popular options include:

Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens – these botanical gardens feature impressive borders set out in a natural amphitheatre with mountains rising in the background. Paths wind their way around the 12-hectare site and lead down to the central lake. The gardens are laid out into four main areas showcasing plants which thrive in a variety of habitats from forest and wetland areas to the drier habitats of the Mediterranean. The gardens are in Merano, easily accessible by public transport.

Visit the Terme Merano Spa – this is one of the largest spas in Merano. It has 15 different indoor pools and 10 outdoor pools. Indoor choices include a brine pool and whirlpool while outside you can opt to soak in the thermal baths while gazing at views of the nearby foothills. The spa also has a sauna and spacious relaxation rooms.

Explore Merano old town – Merano’s historic centre is a wonderful place for a wander. Start in the Piazza Del Grano and weave your way through medieval arcades and along the banks of the Passer River.

The walks explore the upper areas of Dorf Tirol and its Castles.

Option 1 - Vellau, Meranoer Waalrunde, Dorf Tirol

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: We walk from Vellau on the Meranoer Waalrunde above Dorf Tirol to the town centre enjoying views of Dorf Tirol and Merano.

Highlight: Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Option 2 - Hans Freden Felsenweg, Vellau and Dorf Tirol

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: From the Hochmuth Cable Car we follow the Hans Frieden Falsenweg for great views and refreshments at Leiter Alm. Descending then in a single person cable car we walk from Vellau on the Meranoer Waalrunde above Dorf Tirol to the town centre.

Highlight: Incredible views over the valleys and of the mountains above.

Taking the Hirzer Cable Car we walk along the Almenweg and Oberkin area to descend to the village of Verdins.

Option 1 - Almenweg to Oberkirn

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: Leaving the Hirzer Cable Car we walk to join the Almenweg, a contouring path in the shadows of Hirzer mountain. We take refreshment stops at the mountain huts and descend to Oberkirn to take the cable car to the village of Verdins.

Highlight: Verdins is a beautiful village full of character. Visit it at the end of your walk.

Option 2 - Upper Almenweg to Oberkirn

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

Total descent: 3,100 feet (930m)

In summary: From the Hirzer Cable Car we head south for views of Ifinger mountain and then join the upper part of the Almenweg and contour beneath Honigspitz and Hirzer north. Taking refreshments on our journey we descend to Prenn and Oberkirn to take the alternate cable car to Verdins.

Highlight: Marvel at the delightful views on this fabulous walk.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Hotel Schwefelbad - South Tyrol

Part of the larger Schenna Resort, the traditional Alpine styling of Hotel Schwefelbad compliments the more contemporary public areas. This 4-star superior hotel offers a luxurious base for our walking holiday and in the 2018 HF Holidays Hotel Awards received the Best European Hotel accolade. The five course evening meals are of an exceptionally high standard.  With beautiful elevated views over Merano and a range of great facilities, including an indoor and outdoor pool as well as an extensive wellness centre, this hotel is sure to impress.  


There are 60 comfortable and well appointed rooms with fabulous views.  All rooms feature:

  • Television
  • Telephone
  • Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Air Conditioning

About Your Stay

As a guest you will be able to enjoy the use of:

  • An outdoor and indoor swimming pool
  • Extensive wellness centre with saunas, emotion showers and relaxation areas
  • Well stocked bar with inside and outside seating areas perfect for an evening cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Schenna are half board including breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast is an extensive buffet with an impressive selection of hot and cold options as well as home-made pastries.

A 5-course meal is served each evening with options for each course.  Enjoy large salad and pasta buffets and select your starter, main course and dessert from the a la carte menu.

Cheese and biscuits are available on request.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continue into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.  Or you can just relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.

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Getting to Hotel Schwefelbad - South Tyrol

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 3 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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14 nights
European Centre Based
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