Side valleys of the Pustertal
The largest side valleys of the Pustertal diverge from Bruneck: northwards the Tauferer Ahrntal and southwards the Gadertal.
The valley Ahrntal – called Tauferer Ahrntal, too – is surrounded by the mighty glaciers of the Zillertal Alps and the Rieserferner mountains and sometimes itself seems to be a little bit separated. But everybody likes this quaint valley with the rustic mountain villages, where nearly forgotten traditions and handicrafts are still alive.
On the other hand the valley Gadertal – or Val Badia – is framed by several famous mountain passes leading through the Dolomites. Even strong bikers wax lyrical about the winding routes and streets to Würzjoch or Sellajoch.
In addition to these two relatively long valleys the Pustertal has several other tributary valleys on the left and on the right. For example, there is the valley of Antholz, which is known as winter sports resort and above all as biathlon center, with the nice districts of the community Rasen-Antholz and a fantastic blue mountain lake at the end of the valley.