The Discovery Tour: Holiday resorts in Gitschberg Jochtal – Brixen

The best winter holiday resorts in Gitschberg Jochtal – Brixen.


The town of Vals, located at 1,353 m above sea level at the end of the Vallertal, is just a few minutes’ drive from Mühlbach. The place is magical – not least because of its location, and because of the Fane Alm, the most beautiful alpine village in South Tyrol. Vals is the perfect base for winding wintery hikes or cross-country skiing. 


The small village of Meransen lies on a sunny plateau above Mühlbach. From here you can enjoy a stunning view of the Pustertal stretching out to the east, and the Eisacktal heading south. Not to mention the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The skiing paradise of Gitschberg Jochtal is nearby, too, where fans of winter sports are sure to get their money’s worth.


Behind the high towers of the cathedral in Brixen, the oldest in South Tyrol, lies the Plose mountain, where any number of winter sports are on offer. Marvel at the view of the snowy Dolomites, ski, snowboard – in other words, enjoy your well-earned break. The city has no shortage of culture waiting for you when you come off the slopes.


At the end of the village of Rodeneck an outcrop of rock juts out over the Rienz gorge; there, you will find Rodenegg Castle with its unique frescos of Iwein. The highest plateau in Europe, the Rodenecker-Lüsner Alm, and its alpine huts are up there too, just waiting for you to discover them.


Five picturesque villages nestled in fairy-tale forests, amazing biotopes and apple orchards make up the Natz-Schabs apple plateau surrounded by the edges of the Rienz gorge. Cross the plateau to discover the forces of nature which have shaped it over millennia.

S. Andrea

At an altitude of 960 m above sea level on the sunny slopes of Plose, a mountain perfect for skiing and relaxing, St. Andrä offers breathtaking views over the city and the Eisacktal valley. Whether you’re young or old, looking to relax or to be active, you’re in the right place here.


Terenten is on a plateau above the Pustertal valley at a height of 1,210 metres. Locals call it the “sun-kissed village” because of its sunny location. The village is proud of its customs and traditions. In winter, this “sun-kissed village” is covered in snow, offering countless opportunities to enjoy plenty of winter activities. The panoramic ski lift is brilliant for families and children who want to learn or practice their skiing.


In this village at the end of the Lüsenstal you can experience traditional South Tyrolean life, immersing yourself in an ambience which hasn’t changed that much from what it was like generations ago. There are plenty of accommodation opportunities in the area, ranging from traditional mountain farms with holiday flats, farms with petting zoos and wellness facilities, to luxury hotels.


The Villnösstal and the Geisler group are in the heart of the Dolomite UNESCO World Heritage Site. The active nature experiences on offer in winter are outstanding. In the village of St. Magdalena, the “Filler” ski area is the perfect place for families to spend a day they’ll remember forever. Children can have fun learning to ski here.


Small yet perfect: they may often be overshadowed by bigger ski resorts, but smaller resorts and village lifts like the Maders lift in Feldthurns are a real find for all ages. Here, you can enjoy winter romance and the pleasure of skiing at the same time. There’s a hot chocolate with your name on it at the ski lodge nearby!


Mühlbach, with a population of 1,000, is a little village steeped in history situated at an altitude of 777 metres in the Pustertal valley.  Its ancient walls, stately manors and fine buildings make it an interesting destination for a cultural tour. The village was granted market town status in 1269 but its importance in history dates back to even earlier times. In fact, its Mühlbacher Klause fortress used to serve as a toll station, as it was built on what was then the border between the two counties of Gorizia and Tirol.

Pfunderertal valley

Pfunders is the idyllic little mountain village par excellence. Situated at the end of the Pfunderertal valley at an altitude of just under 1,000 metres, it offers nothing but silence, tranquillity and unspoilt, authentic surroundings. If you feel the need to break free from the daily grind and detox from urban life, here you will find a natural landscape of soul-soothing beauty where you can lose track of time while you take long walks or exciting high-mountain hikes. Come and enjoy the view away from the crowds! 


Vintl is an idyllic village set at 755 metres of altitude at the entrance to the Pustertal valley. The municipal area of Vintl includes the villages of Niedervintl, Obervintl, Weitental and Pfunders, with a total population of just over 3,000 inhabitants. Vintl is mainly renowned for its craftsmanship, and especially for the production of loden fabric and fine cheese.


Spinges is a tiny hamlet of 300 souls nestled on a sunny plateau above Mühlbach, at an altitude of 1,105 metres. Small and secluded as it may be, Spinges has earned its place in Tyrolean history books, as it was here that the locally famous battle of Spinges was fought on 2 April 1797 by the Tyrolean freedom fighters who opposed Napoleon’s army. During this battle, Katharina Lanz – also known as “the Tyrolean Jeanne d’Arc” – proved herself a heroine and went down in history books for fighting for her homeland from a churchyard wall using a pitchfork. To this day, she is still portrayed brandishing her makeshift weapon.

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