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The Chestnut Trail from the Neustift monastery near Brixen to the Medieval Castle of Runkelstein near Bozen

Theme trail · Eisacktal / South Tyrol
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Map / The Chestnut Trail from the Neustift monastery near Brixen to the Medieval Castle of Runkelstein near Bozen
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easy
64.2 km
43:27 h
2950 m
3222 m

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.

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1000 m
Lowest point
358 m
Best time of year
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Turn-by-turn directions

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.

THE KESCHTNWEG

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

Recommended period: from March to November.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

In Novacella/Neustift take path n. 9 in a westerly direction to the Griesserhof, from there to the village of Varna/Vahrn. Just below the church take path n. 2 (Salernstrasse) towards the South. Then ascend to the Burgerhof, and from there via St. Cyrill to Pinzago/Pinzagen. Then take the road to Tiles/Tils and walk to the Ritten farmhouses just above Perara/Payrdorf. The path takes you to the Saderhof and to the Gfaderhof in Teccelinga/Tötschling. Path Nr. 11 leads you to the Wöhrgraben und from there to Velturno/Feldthurns. The return journey to Bressanone-Brixen is by bus.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
64.2 km
Duration
43:27h
Ascent
2950 m
Descent
3222 m

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