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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
Unser Frau

The largest locality of the Schnals valley.

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Valley station
Valley station

of Schnals cableway

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Juval Castle
Juval Castle

Juval Castle nearby Schnals Valley

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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.

Archeopark
Archeopark

Museum about Ötzi

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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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Homecoming of livestock in Schnals
Homecoming of livestock in Schnals

During the worth-seeing transhumance in Schnals the cattle is taken over the main Alpine ridge to the summer pastures in Austrian Ötztal valley in the middle of June. In the middle of September, they return to their stables in South Tyrol.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Katerina Fiser
Family holidays in Schnals
Family holidays in Schnals

Small hikers will love the wonderful mountain scenery in Schnals too.

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Charterhouse Allerengelberg in Schnals
Charterhouse Allerengelberg in Schnals

The complex of the former monastery in Karthaus in Schnals is today used for art exhibitions.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Martin Rattini
Katharinaberg in Schnals
Katharinaberg in Schnals

The district Katharinaberg is located in the lower Schnals valley. It was settled for the first time in the Bronze Age.

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Parish church St. Katharina in Katharinaberg
Parish church St. Katharina in Katharinaberg

Katharinaberg in Schnals has a worth-seeing church with a cemetery chapel.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Peter Santer
Finding palce of Ötzi
Finding palce of Ötzi

The finding place of the famous glacier mummy Ötzi at Tisenjoch pass is today marked by a large stone pyramid.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Peter Santer
View of Vernagt reservoir
View of Vernagt reservoir

Enjoy the magnificent view of Vernagt reservoir in Schnals.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - GrünerThomas
high-alpine tour - on the Similaun
high-alpine tour - on the Similaun

The challenging tour to Mt. Similaun (3,599 m) starts in Vernagt in Schnals.

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High-alpine tour - on the Similaun
High-alpine tour - on the Similaun

As many meters have to mastered on this challenging tour, a night at Similaun hut at 3,019 m is recommended.

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Archeopark
Archeopark

Museum about Ötzi

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Unser Frau
Unser Frau

The largest locality of the Schnals valley.

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Schnals
Schnals

Water reservoir Vernagt

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Juval Castle
Juval Castle

Juval Castle nearby Schnals Valley

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Juval Castle
Juval Castle

Juval Castle nearby Schnals Valley

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Schnals
Schnals

Tisenhof Senales

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Skiing Area Schnals
Skiing Area Schnals

Skiing area at the skiing arena Ortler

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Inside the glacier of Schnals
Inside the glacier of Schnals

Inside the glacier there is a magical atmosphere.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Martin Rattini
Dreamlike views of Schnals glacier
Dreamlike views of Schnals glacier

The ski area at Schnals glacier is a paradise for winter sports fans and offers a particularly long season.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Peter Santer
Tobogganing in Schnals
Tobogganing in Schnals

Families will look forward to perfectly prepared toboggan runs in Schnals.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Alex Filz
Schnals cableway
Schnals cableway

The glacier cableway takes winter sports fans to lofty heights very quickly.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Hubert Grüner
Schnals glacier
Schnals glacier

In the valley of Schnals, you can experience the glaciers from immediate proximity.

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Skiing at Schnals glacier
Skiing at Schnals glacier

The glacier ski area in Schnals attracts many enthusiastic skiers every year.

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Ancient farm in Schnals
Ancient farm in Schnals

Many of the picturesque historical farms in Schnals are protected.

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Culinary delicacies in Schnals
Culinary delicacies in Schnals

A delicious dumpling soup is perfect during or after a hike in the dreamlike natural landscape in Schnals.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Helmuth Rier
Culinary delicacies in Schnals
Culinary delicacies in Schnals

Meat from the region, traditional South Tyrolean dumplings and a good glass of wine – with these delicacies you will be spoilt in the restaurants and huts in the valley of Schnals.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Helmuth Rier
Autumn in Kurzras
Autumn in Kurzras

The district Kurzras is located at the end of Schnals and is at the same time the highest village of the valley. Mountaineers and hikers will feel like in paradise here.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Peter Santer
Cloister in the ancient charterhouse in Schnals
Cloister in the ancient charterhouse in Schnals

The former monastery in Schnals accommodates temporary art exhibitions today.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Martin Rattini
Pfossental valley in autumn
Pfossental valley in autumn

The valley of Pfossental is perfect for hiking in autumn.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Alex Filz
Pilgrimage church Unser Frau in Schnals
Pilgrimage church Unser Frau in Schnals

The Baroque parish church Unser Frau in the eponymous village in Schnals is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Tyrol.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Peter Santer
Vernagt reservoir
Vernagt reservoir

The picturesque Vernagt reservoir is located at 1,689 m in Schnals and is a famous destination for excursions as well as a good starting point for countless hiking tours.

© Tourismusverein Schnalstal - Santer Peter
Valley station
Valley station

of Schnals cableway

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Mountain station
Mountain station

of the Val Senales funicular

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Schnalstal glaciers
Schnalstal glaciers

in Schnalstal skiing area

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Schnals
Schnals

Schnalstaler glaciers

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