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Holidays in Ridnaun: below Mt. Schneeberg

The pristine valley of Ridnaun on South Tyrol’s northern border belongs to the municipality of Ratschings and stands for active and relaxing holidays close to nature, which include also a spark of history.

On the one hand the name Ridnaun indicates a relatively wide valley, which is flanked by the mountain range of Jaufen and the Stubai Alps. Near Sterzing it branches of from the valley Eisacktal and extends on about 1,300 meters above sea level circa 18 kilometres westwards. On the other hand also a village and small but nice holiday resort bears the same name.

Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© AlexFilz - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© AlexFilz - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine
Ridnaun Schneeberg Mine

Once, the Schneeberg Mine was the highest and longest mine of silver, lead and zinc in Europe. Today, you will look forward to a mining museum, an educational trail as well as show mine, that you can visit during a tour with the mine train.

© Armin Terzer - Landesmuseum Bergbau

Europe’s highest mine

Not so long ago the principal income of the valley came from a completely other sector. In the head of the valley, rather on the mighty Mt. Schneeberg there was mined for silver, lead and zinc for more than 800 years. The mine at Mt. Schneeberg finally closed only in 1985 and was considered as highest mine in Europe.

If you would like to combine a sport, relax and nature holiday in Ridnaun even with a bit of history and culture, we recommend you a visit to the Provincial Mining Museum Location Ridnaun. It is located in the district Maiern and offers not only exhibitions regarding mining history on Mt. Schneeberg, but also a show mine, a dressing plant and a transport system dating back to the Industrial Revolution. Moreover, the miners have built the romantic little church in St. Magdalena, where you can see a precious winged altar.

As for daily life and nature, the valley of Ridnaun has changed only a bit in the last years. Together with the nearby main village Ratschings as well as the valley of Jaufental, which connects Eisacktal and Passeier, Ridnaun today forms a popular holiday region.

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Ridnaun
Ridnaun

Lush meadows and impressive peaks characterise the landscape of Ridnaun in winter.

© Tourismusverein Ratschings
Ridnaun in autumn
Ridnaun in autumn

The colours of autumn in Ridnaun.

© Tourismusverein Ratschings
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun

Enjoy the magical winter landscape by cross-country skiing in Ridnaun.

© Internet Consulting - Andreas Oberpertinger

Sports & nature in Ridnaun

Here, the landscape is quite unspoiled, mad rush and noise are left out and you don’t have to fear an all too big attendance. In general Ridnaun is visited above all by nature lovers and active vacationers, who appreciate the quiet, the peace and the tranquillity of the valley.

Nevertheless, we don’t have to equate tranquillity with boredom – rather the opposite in fact, because you will find an attractive activity program. According to the season the main emphasis is put on hiking or cross-country skiing. In summer, you can climb the surrounding mountains on countless paths, in winter, however, Ridnaun offers a modern biathlon centre.

Impressions

Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun

Enjoy the magical winter landscape by cross-country skiing in Ridnaun.

© Internet Consulting - Andreas Oberpertinger
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun

The valley of Ridnaun is a paradise for lovers of cross-country skiing.

© Internet Consulting - Andreas Oberpertinger
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun

In winter, Ridnaun offers well-prepared cross-country ski runs.

© Internet Consulting - Andreas Oberpertinger
Burkhardklamm gorge in Maiern
Burkhardklamm gorge in Maiern

Over bridges and cosy walking paths, you can go along the wonderful waterfalls in Ridnaun.

© Sportsemotions - Giulio Trivani
Burkhardklamm gorge in Maiern
Burkhardklamm gorge in Maiern

The natural monument is located at the end of Ridnaun Valley near Ratschings and impresses with great waterfalls.

© Tourismusverein Ratschings - Manuel Kottersteger
Ridnaun
Ridnaun

Lush meadows and impressive peaks characterise the landscape of Ridnaun in winter.

© Tourismusverein Ratschings
Ridnaun in autumn
Ridnaun in autumn

The colours of autumn in Ridnaun.

© Tourismusverein Ratschings
The mining chapel St. Magdalena in Ridnaun
The mining chapel St. Magdalena in Ridnaun

The chapel is located in Ridnaun/Gasse. It was built by the Schneeberg miners in 1480.

© Tourismusverein Ratschings
Ridnaun
Ridnaun

The Ridnaun valley

© Tourismusverein Ratschings

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