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Nature Park Rieseerferner-Ahrn

Mt. Dreiherrenspitze, Rötspitze, Hochgall and Wildgall, Durreckspitze and Schneebiger Nock – the Nature Park Rieserferner-Ahrn offers an impressive mountain world with beautiful peaks with altitudes over 3,000 m. Also, it has the largest number of glaciers of all nature parks in South Tyrol.

The Nature Park Rieserferner-Ahrn in the northeast of South Tyrol impresses with many mountain giants, whose peaks are located exactly on the border between Italy and Austria. Together with National Park Hohe Tauern and the high-alpine Nature Park Zillertal Alps, it is a large, cross-border network of protected areas in the heart of Europe.

Lake Koflersee
Lake Koflersee

Picturesque Lake Koflersee near Rein in Taufers

© TVB Tauferer Ahrntal - Alfred Stolzlechner
Autumn in St. Peter in Ahrntal
Autumn in St. Peter in Ahrntal

The trees have golden colours down in the valley, whereas St. Peter is already surrounded by snow-covered mountains.

© Touismusverein Ahrntal - Jens Kurzke

Quiet retreats

The protected area embraces an area of 31,320 ha and parts of the municipalities of Gais, Sand in Taufers, Ahrntal, Prettau, Rasen-Antholz and Percha. The Alpine mountain landscape’s character is another as in the Dolomites, but is impressive in the same way. The winters in the nature reserve are most of the time snowy and in summer, the meadows are strongly green. Not only nature lovers appreciate the natural and quiet places in the nature park: The western capercaillie, which is rare in the Alps today, and many other animals that are sensitive to disturbances, still find suitable habitats here.

Lake Antholz
Lake Antholz

Lake Antholz is a famous destination in summer. The circular tour lasts about an hour.

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Reinbach waterfalls
Reinbach waterfalls

The Reinbach waterfalls near Sand in Taufers are a real nature spectacle. Along the watercourse, there is an easy hiking and contemplative trail.

© Toursimusverein Tauferer Ahrntal

A nature paradise

In the Nature Park Rieserferner-Ahrn there is plenty of water, such as of the waterfalls in Rein, the Kofler lakes or Lake Antholz. In the surroundings of Lake Antholz, there is a 3 km long educational trail with 16 stations: Both kids and adults can learn more about the lake walking along it. Moreover, the nature park is geologically interesting: The so-called Tauern window helps you understand the structure of the Alps, offering insights into ancient rock layers. The Tauern window area is also rich in minerals.

Earth pyramids in Percha
Earth pyramids in Percha

The earth pyramids in Percha near Bruneck were formed because of a landslide several hundred years ago.

© Bruneck Kronplatz Tourismus - Harald Wisthaler
Kasern near Prettau
Kasern near Prettau

Kasern with Sacred Heart church is the last village in the valley of Ahrntal and is the starting point for many hiking tours.

© Tourismusverein Ahrntal - Filippo Galluzzi

Visitor centres

Be it challenging mountain tour to mt. Schwarze Wand or cosy family hike to the earth pyramids in Platten near Percha – the Nature Park Rieserferner-Ahrn can best be explored on foot. If you would like to learn more about landscape, geology, flora and fauna of the nature park as well as about the people’s lives in Ahrntal, you should as well visit the nature park house in Sand in Taufers or the information point in Kasern.

Nature Park House Rirserferner-Ahrn
Sand in Taufers
Tel.: +39 0474 677546
E-mail: info.rfa@provinz.bz.it

Information Point Kasern
Kasern/ Prettau
Tel.: +39 0474 654188
E-mail: kasern@ahrntal.it

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Impressions

Mt. Hochgall & Wildgall
Mt. Hochgall & Wildgall

View of the mountains of Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park from Kasseler Hütte.

© Kasseler Hütte - Dorothea Volgger
Kasseler Hütte
Kasseler Hütte

Mountain refuge near Rein in Taufers in Tauferer Ahrntal

© Kasseler Hütte - Dorothea Volgger
Skitour Mt. Schneebiger Nock
Skitour Mt. Schneebiger Nock

Ski tour to the dreamlike peak in the Rieserferner Group

© Kasseler Hütte - Dorothea Volgger
Lobiser Schupfen
Lobiser Schupfen

Die malerischen Lobiser Schupfen am Reiner Höhenweg oberhalb von Rein in Taufers

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Ahrntal / Valle Aurina
Ahrntal / Valle Aurina

Lake Speikboden

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Refuge Rieserfern
Refuge Rieserfern

The refuge Rieserfern can be reached from Antholz or Rein and it is situated at 2,792 m above sea level.

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