meraner hoehenweg unterstell katharinaberg schnals
meraner hoehenweg unterstell katharinaberg schnals

Alta Via di Merano Unterstell - Monte S. Caterina

Hiking across the steep slopes high above the Val Senales, the 6th stage passes some beautiful mountain farms.

We reach the starting point of this stage of the Alta Via di Merano by taking the Unterstell cable car and hiking from its mountain station to the Patleid and Linthof farms on trails no. 10A and 10. From here, the Alta Via di Merano branches off into the Val Senales, offering beautiful views of the Val Venosta and Reinhold Messner's Juval Castle.

Having passed the mountain tavern Inner-Unterstell we hike steeply downwards for a short time before the trail continues on the western slopes of the Val Senales, some of which are very steep and still today can be only mowed by hand. The beautiful old mountain farms and cottages and some little chapels fit harmoniously into the landscape.

We continue our hiking tour towards the village of Monte Santa Catarina, enjoying the beautiful panorama of the white peaks of the Oetztal Aps and the Val Senales Glacier. On trail n° 10A we reach Monte Santa Caterina, from where we take the bus back to Naturno.

Important: if you want to do this stage of the Alta Via di Merano, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Unterstell (reachable by the Naturno-Unterstell cable car)
Path: Unterstell - Inner-Unterstell - Monte Santa Catarina
Signpost: no. 24 (Alta Via di Merano)
Length: 7 km
Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours
Altitude difference: 370 m (ascent), 430 m (descent)
Experienced in: September 2010

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