The Keschtnweg Chestnut Trail from the Neustift Monastery (560 m) to Bozen/Bolzano (262 m) runs along the right bank of the Eisacktal Valley. It is in autumn, at the time of the Törggelen, that the trail is at its most eye-catching and many taverns and inns along the way offer traditional Törggelen dishes. The lush, diverse vegetation and simple, rural way of life also attracts visitors in spring and early summer.
The moderately difficult 60 km-long Keschtnweg trail isn’t necessarily just a single, long-distance hike. It can also be broken up into separate one-day stages. The Keschtnweg is regularly signposted as it crosses the terraced slopes varying between 700 m and 980 m.
The route can be divided into three stages, a day at a time. However, finding accommodation at the last minute could be a problem and should thus be booked in advance. In late autumn there are still many tourists visiting the Eisacktal Valley, especially during the popular Törggelen festivities. Info boards are positioned along the route as it crosses through a diverse landscape with mixed forests and meadows. On the trail, farmers offer regional products. The natural monuments along the Keschtnweg testify to an age-old mountain culture recounting mysterious tales of witches, fairies and spirits.
Length: ± 64 km
Altitude difference (ascent): 2,464 m
Highest point: 1,000 m (above Signat/Signato on the Ritten/Renon)
Sections: 3 stages
Difficulty level: moderate – but no special equipment is required