Dear holiday guests,
welcome to our sunny Renon high plateau. As nature lovers and hikers, you can enjoy our unique landscape which has been cared for and protected. For this reason we ask you to remember the complex ecological links between, and our responsibilities towards, our landscape. We want to help preserve the beauty and value of our countryside so that it may be enjoyed and cared for for generations to come. We are all answerable for our environment, so please do your bit.
When walking and hiking please keep to the marked paths and do not take short cuts through the woods, particularly not through the meadows and fields. In particular from May to September do not cross the meadows and do not lie down in long grass as then it can no longer be mown. Remember that this would really hurt the farmers. Please do not leave any rubbish behind, even paper tissues should be taken with you. A tidy landscape repays you with lovely views
Dogs must be on the lead by law. In public places (bars and restaurants) as on trains and public transport, they must wear a muzzle. Plastic refuse sacks are widely available. Please pick up after your dog and dispose of the refuse in the rubbish bins. Do not throw sticks and stones into the fields for the dogs to retrieve, for when these are left behind they damage the farmers’ mowing machines.
Do not disturb the peace when in the countryside and avoid unnecessary noise in the fields and woods. Think of the wild animals.
Collecting mushrooms is governed by the state law of 19.06.91. Those who are not resident in the community must pay a fixed tariff of €8 per day to the local government, payable either in the post office or the town hall. Then on even numbered days, between 7am and 7pm up to one kilogram of mushrooms may be gathered. The mushrooms must be cleaned where they are found and carried in an open basket. Do not disturb the ground surface of the woods with sticks.
Numerous hiking trails lead through orchards and chestnut plantations belonging to the Ritten farmhouses. Please do not pick any fruit or chestnuts. Bear in mind that these are an important source of income for our farmers, so please: Let the hikers enjoy the landscape and the farmers the harvest.
Our sunny plateau is a veritable paradise of flowers …but the flowers are protected and should not be picked. Leave the plants and flowers where you found them, that way other hikers can enjoy them and they can provide food for insects.
Bicycle riding on Renon is only permitted on sealed paths that are two metres wide. Stay on these wide, marked, paths and forest roads. Particularly avoid the high pastures between the Rittner Horn and Pemmern. This is the only way to ensure that irreversible erosion damage to the high pastures can be prevented. For the safety of the large number of walkers and hikers who use them, some of the paths are closed to cyclists, and these are: the Freud and Fenn promenades, the Earth Pyramid path, the Ritten Themenweg, the Panoramacircle way, the path with the Stations of the Cross from Maria Saal to Köblbach, the “Nesselbrunnsteig” and the Peter-Ploner- Steig.
We appeal to the common sense of riders. Please when riding out keep your horses on the graded paths and forest ways. Avoid the soft ground and stay on the wider paths. Pay attention to hikers and those on foot – they have the right of way!
Water is very scarce on Renon, so please be very careful of our drinking water, for water is life!
It is very dangerous to make a fire in the open; it can develop into a bush fire and turn our natural landscape and indeed our culture into an unpleasant place for many years, so it is forbidden to light fires in the open..
A holiday from your car
Renon is very easy to reach with its narrow-gauge railway, the new Ritten cable car, the bus routes and the Rittner Horn Lift. So please let your cars stay put. Protect the planet, use the train and bus. There are attractive offers for making use of our public transport, with one ticket covering the Ritten and the whole of South Tyrol. Make sure you get your Mobilcard!
Preventing and avoiding rubbish
Food and drink should not be bought in tins, plastic bottles and unnecessary packaging. For on the paths there are no refuse bins and disposing of rubbish is an expensive business for hotels and businesses on Renon. So buy with pollution in mind.
The local government, the tourist organization, the farmers’ group and the Alpine organization have the care and upkeep of our landscape as a major task, and a central occupation of our time, so that the Ritten/Renon will remain, also in the future, a healthy vacation and economically viable place in the heart of South Tyrol.
Thank you for your help!