Holidays in Schnals

The rustic village is reachable through are narrow and rocky gorge branching off near the castle Juval at the beginning of Vinschgau. Schnals has many old farm houses, isolated monasteries and as highlight: the Schnals glacier.

Unser Frau
Valley station
Juval Castle

As a side valley of Vinschgau, Schnals Valley goes from Naturns to northwest for about 20 km. The municipality of Schnals includes the sunny village Katharinaberg, the monastery village Karthaus, that has once evolved in the former Allerengelberg Monastery, the biggest village Unser Frau, Vernagt at the eponymous artificial lake as well as Kurzras at the foot of Schnals glacier.

Silence and authenticity characterize the sparsely settles are just as exciting contrasts: Whereas apples and grapes can be found at the beginning of the valley, Hochjochferner glacier at the end is highly alpine. The small villages and rustic farms on the slopes are worth a visit in all cases. Little windows, weathered wood, stone walls and cosy living rooms tell many stories about times long past.

Perfect for hiking, skiing & enjoying nature

For sportsmen and active holidays in Schnals there are countless possibilities: The mountains of Texel Group are a paradise for hikers and adventurous mountaineers; Schnals glacier invites going skiing and snowboarding from September until May, offering 35 well-prepared slopes, several panoramic cross-country ski trails and countless winter hiking paths.

If you are fortunate, you can see native wildlife up high in the mountains of Schnals. In Pfossental Valley, a side valley of Schnals, there are ibexes and chamois, marmots and golden eagles. Schnals in South Tyrol allows you to experience a nearly forgotten world of nature and silence.


In the footsteps of Ötzi

You can follow the traces of hunters and gatherers on archaeological hiking trails. A rewarding trip brings you to the Tisenjoch, where in 1991 the world-famous glacier mummy Ötzi was found at 3,210 m of altitude. Ötzi and other finds are today accommodated in the South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology in Bozen. Also, you can still follow his traces in Schnals.

For instance, archaeological hiking trails lead over the ancient trails on the main Alpine ridge that were used by hunters and shepherds already millenniums ago. A visit of Ötzi’s finding place at 3,210 m below Hauslabjoch is worthwhile too. The challenging tour is reserved to sure-footed mountaineers with excellent stamina – for instance during the guided "Ötzi Glacier Tour". Visitors can discover the world of Ötzi also at archeoParc in Unser Frau in Schnals, an open-air museum.

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Skiing Area Schnals
Dreamlike views of Schnals glacier
Tobogganing in Schnals
Schnals cableway
Skiing at Schnals glacier
Valley station
Mountain station
Schnalstal glaciers
Inside the glacier of Schnals
Schnals glacier
Homecoming of livestock in Schnals
Ancient farm in Schnals
Family holidays in Schnals
Culinary delicacies in Schnals
Culinary delicacies in Schnals
Autumn in Kurzras
Charterhouse Allerengelberg in Schnals
Katharinaberg in Schnals
Parish church St. Katharina in Katharinaberg
Cloister in the ancient charterhouse in Schnals
Finding palce of Ötzi
Pfossental valley in autumn
View of Vernagt reservoir
Pilgrimage church Unser Frau in Schnals
high-alpine tour - on the Similaun
High-alpine tour - on the Similaun
Vernagt reservoir
Unser Frau
Juval Castle
Juval Castle

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