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Renon - A world of Experiences

The Renon plateau has been a summer resort for the affluent citizens of Bolzano since as early as the 17th century, as testified by the idyllic settlements, stately summer residences and picturesque farms that dot its cultivated landscape, giving Renon its distinctive character. A number of outdoor opportunities, unique attractions and mesmerising vantage points add to its faceted charm. Follow us on a discovery tour!

The Freud promenade

“… Here on the Ritten it is divinely beautiful and comfortable.” These are the words Sigmund Freud wrote to his friend C.G. Jung. Follow in the footsteps of the founder of psychoanalysis along a pleasant promenade that leads from Oberbozen past ADLER Lodge all the way to Klobenstein, commanding spectacular views of the Dolomites. There are several benches along the way where you can stop and take in the vista, as well as information boards offering inspiring quotations from Freud’s works.

Wine-themed walks and wine tastings

The hilly to mountainous landscape above the town of Bozen is home to swathes of lush vineyards, which thrive under the South Tyrolean sun, reaching altitudes up to 900 metres. Featuring prominently in this winescape are autochthonous grape varieties such as Pinot Blanc, St. Magdalener, Pinot Noir and Lagrein. The taverns and wineries located along the picturesque footpaths that criss-cross the area provide the perfect opportunity to explore the distinctive flavours of these wines. One such footpath is the Rebe wine-themed walk that extends for 3.5 kilometres between the localities of Signat and Rentsch. It features art installations by sculptor Filip Moroder with information about the Ritten plateau’s long wine-growing tradition.

THE RENON EARTH PYRAMIDS

Take advantage of your holiday on the Renon plateau to visit Europe’s highest and most impressive earth pyramids. The ADLER guides offer several different hikes that lead there. These curiously shaped earth columns, made of glacial moraine clay sculpted by the alternation of rain and drought, rise from deep gorges up to 30 metres in height. Their lifespan is very variable, as it all depends on the capstone: as soon as the protective cap falls away, the pyramid crumbles. From what remains, nature builds a new pyramid further uphill.

MT. Corno del Renon (2,260 m)

An excursion up Mt. Corno del Renon (or Rittner Horn in German, lit. “The Renon horn”) is an experience worth living at any time of year. The view is simply breathtaking. Your gaze will wander free over the endless horizon, embracing the Dolomites, the Alps and the Ortler and Brenta mountain groups. You can choose from several trails that negotiate through unspoilt countryside and swathes of mountain pine trees and rhododendrons. For connoisseurs we recommend the panoramic trail, which features attractions such as the “Round table” and the “Dolomitoskop”. In winter, Corno del Renon doubles as a small winter sports area with skiing and cross-country skiing facilities, as well as snowshoeing and ski touring itineraries.

The Renon Railway

The Renon narrow-gauge railway was created in 1907 to offer the Bolzano “jet set” easier access to their summer houses. Originally, there was a rack-and pinion line connecting the Waltherplatz square in the centre of Bolzano directly to the Renon plateau. From there, a narrow-gauge railway led further to Collalbo. Nowadays, the Bolzano-Soprabolzano line is served by a modern cable car, while the Renon railway only connects the two municipalities of Soprabolzano and Collalbo – a good option if you wish to shorten the way back from your hike, with the added bonus of a delightful panorama and the chance to enjoy it from a historical carriage.

The fabulous world of Tony

This adventure trail is a big favourite of families, and especially popular among older kids. It starts by the Corno del Renon cable car mountain station and features 11 play stations with characters inspired by South Tyrolean legends, such as King Laurin, the Willeweis seer and the Sciliar witches. Other attractions include an eagle’s nest for budding climbers and a water games area complete with a hydrotherapy facility. All these attractions are made using materials found in nature. Along the way there are also comfortable benches where grown-ups can sunbathe and take in the view while the children play to their hearts’ content.

Maria Saal pilgrimage church

This architectural jewel dating back to the 17th century sits on a hillock near the Lengmoos earth pyramids. Its spectacular location alone would make it worth a visit, but the interior deserves to be seen too, with its many paintings and a distinctive fresco depicting Mary and the Child under an umbrella. In the past, the local farmers used to gather at Maria Saal to pray for rain and a prosperous harvest – the numerous hand-painted votive tablets on the walls still bear witness to their faith and gratitude.