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Hiking trail

Gleif church and Ice holes

Hiking trail · Südtirols Süden
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Eppan an der Weinstraße
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    Photo: ausschließliches Recht TV Eppan, Eppan an der Weinstraße
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6.1 km
3:00 h
200 m
200 m

A little above the main village of St. Michael | Eppan, the little Gleif Church, which perches atop Kalvarienberg, immediately catches the eye. The view is surprisingly expansive and the church stands on one of the most beautiful glacially polished rocks in the Bozen area.

Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
564 m
Lowest point
419 m
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Turn-by-turn directions

From the town hall square of St. Michael | Eppan, the route passes the yellow primary school building and the Raiffeisenhalle. From there, the well signposted trail winds pleasantly through deciduous forest and vineyards up Gleif hill. This part of the walk takes around half an hour.
After exploring the various glacially polished rocks and striations, as well as the Devil’s Chair, which is situated a little further back (a largish dent carved out by the melt water from the glaciers over the millennia), the route follows the access road to Gleif Church (Gleifkirche) in the direction of Moos-Schulthaus Castle. Further south, on the bend, the signposted hiking trail No. 15 branches off to the right. The famous ice holes (“Eislöcher”) are reached after half an hour on this steep track through the forest. It is really striking how even on a hot summer’s day the vegetation and air can change abruptly and almost make you shiver. At an altitude of 500 metres (1640 ft) above sea level plants grow here that can normally only be found above 1,200 metres (3940 ft). This phenomenon can be explained by the nature of the terrain, as the area around the ice holes features porphyry rubble masses. Warm air flows in through the upper openings of the porphyry blocks, cools on the rocks and then re-emerges lower down as ice cold air. After a long visit, continue on trail No. 15 as far as Mendelstrasse. Following this road downhill for approx. 500 metres (1640 ft) you will then follow Andreas-Hofer-Strasse until you reach the new settlements of Upper (Obere) and Lower (Untere) Gand. A pedestrian promenade leads to the left past the cultural centre and school back to the starting point in the centre.

Tip: Alternatively you can shorten the tour by walking from the ice holes to the Stroblhof, from where it its only a short walk to the village centre.

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Getting there

Mit dem Auto:

Die Brenner Autobahn A22 bringt Sie direkt in die Ferienregion Südtirols Süden. Ausfahrt Bozen Süd. Weiter auf der Schnellstraße Meran - Bozen (MEBO) - Ausfahrt Eppan. Beim Kreisverkehr bei St. Michael, die 3. Ausfahrt Richtung Montiggl und der Straße bis zum großen Parkplatz folgen.

Mit dem Zug/ Mit dem Bus:

Haltepunkte für sämtliche Züge sind die Bahnhöfe Bozen, Leifers, Branzoll und Neumarkt. Von den Bahnhöfen bringen Sie - je nach Zielort - stündlich oder mehrmals am Tag verkehrende Zubringerdienste nach Eppan. Im Sommer verkehrt ein See- und Wanderbus zwischen Eppan Bahnhof und Montiggl.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.1 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
200 m
Descent
200 m
Family friendly

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