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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.

Minery museum in Ridnaun
Minery museum of Ridnaun Schneeberg

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 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 mining museum. It is located in the district Maiern and offers not only exhibitions regarding mining history on Mt. Schneeberg, but also tours to galleries and original pits. 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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Hiking in Ridnaun
Ridnaun in autumn
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Ridnauntal in winter

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.

Recommended accommodations:

Naturhotel Rainer
Jaufental - Mittertal 48 - 39040 - Ratschings
+39 0472 765355
info@hotel-rainer.it
www.hotel-rainer.it
Hotel Tonnerhof
Obertelfes 12 - 39040 - Ratschings
+39 0472 756861
info@tonnerhof.com
www.tonnerhof.com
Wanderhotel Jaufentalerhof
Jaufental 53 - 39040 - Ratschings
+39 0472 765030
info@jaufentalerhof.com
www.jaufentalerhof.com
Hiking in Ridnaun
Ridnaun in winter
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun
Ridnauntal in winter
Ridnauntal
Burkhardklamm gorge in Maiern
Burkhardklamm gorge in Maiern
Ridnaun
Hiking in Ridnaun
Minery museum in Ridnaun
Ridnaun in autumn
The mining chapel St. Magdalena in Ridnaun
Minery museum of Ridnaun Schneeberg
Ridnaun

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