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Hike from Laives/Leifers to the Maria Weißenstein pilgrimage site

Hiking trail · Bolzano and environs
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Leifers
  • Pietralba in winter
    / Pietralba in winter
    Photo: TV Leifers/Verena Prinoth, Leifers
  • Weissenstein
    / Weissenstein
    Photo: Leifers
  • Sign
    / Sign
    Photo: TV Leifers/Verena Prinoth, Leifers
Map / Hike from Laives/Leifers to the Maria Weißenstein pilgrimage site
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difficult
9.8 km
4:12 h
1422 m
174 m

Demanding hike from Leifers/Laives to the pilgrimage site of Madonna di Pietralba in Deutschnofen/Nova Ponente.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1522 m
Lowest point
272 m

Turn-by-turn directions

The old pilgrimage path no. 1 to Maria Weißenstein, South Tyrol's most famous place of pilgrimage, begins at Haus Emmaus, at the entrance to the Brantental valley. During the ascent,  the hiker is offered a beautiful view of the southern lowlands. 

After a two-hour hike from Leifers/Laives you reach the former Halbweg inn (dilapidated farmhouse 967m). At the XI. station of the pilgrim's path, another path branches off, which leads through the forest up to the picturesque village of Petersberg, which can be reached from Leifers/Laives in 3.5 hours. If you stay on path no. 1, you will reach the former Munter inn after 15 minutes and immediately afterwards the road. After crossing the road, the path climbs moderately to the pilgrimage site "Maria Weissenstein" (1521 m) with a view of a unique mountain backdrop - the Dolomites.

Return by bus, line 142 from "Weissenstein" to the "Trudnerbach" busstop in Neumarkt/Egna and from there take line 120 in the direction of Bolzano and get off at the Leifers/Laives Centre bus stop.

Getting there

Coming from the south:
Take the highway exit "Neumarkt/Auer-Egna/Ora" and follow the signs "Bozen/Leifers-Bolzano/Laives" for approx. 15 km. Then follow the signs for "Leifers Süd-Laives Sud" to reach the city centre.

Coming from the north:
Take the highway exit "Bozen Süd-Bolzano Sud" and then follow the signs for "Trient/Leifers-Trento/Laives" for approx. 15 km. After the tunnel connecting Bolzano and Laives, follow the signs for "Leifers Nord-Laives Nord" for approx. 1 km to reach the city centre.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.8 km
Duration
4:12 h
Ascent
1422 m
Descent
174 m

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