Hiking on the Renon – never the same, always spectacular
The Renon plateau is an ever-popular destination for hikers from near and far. Why? First of all, its diverse trails offer just the right experience for anyone, from families and quiet seekers to ambitious mountaineers. You can take a leisurely walk through flower-dotted meadows and chocolate-box villages, or choose one of the many theme trails winding through the fresh beech woods. If you are in fit physical conditions, you may even challenge the strenuous climb that takes you to the summit of Mt. Corno del Renon/Rittner Horn at 2,200 metres above sea level, where you will be rewarded by a jaw-dropping panorama. Actually, beautiful vistas are the one thing all the Renon’s trail have in common, despite their diverse features: prepare to take in beautiful views over the town of Bolzano/Bozen, the Adige/Etschtal, Isarco/Eisacktal and Sarentino/Sarntal valleys and, of course, of the UNESCO site Dolomites. Another reason why hikers love the Renon plateau is that it enjoys long hours of sunshine, which makes it especially palatable in winter when – unsurprisingly – the area becomes a popular haunt for snowshoers as well as hikers. No matter what time of the year you are visiting, if you are into hiking, the Renon plateau never disappoints!
350 kilometres of variety
As a guest of Hotel Rinner you have easy access to more than 350 kilometres of well-signposted, carefully-maintained hiking paths. That is enough to dazzle anyone, so do not hesitate to ask us if you need advice! We will be happy to point you to the best rest spots and vantage points in the area. Here are some of our favourites:
- The Renon themed trail offers interesting insights into the local history and geology
- The Loden trail leading to the Saltner hut
- The Freud promenade between Soprabolzano/Oberbozen and Collalbo/Klobenstein
- The spectacular panoramic trail leading to Mt. Corno del Renon/Rittner Horn
Before heading off, have a look at the digital hiking map to get an overview of all the available options.
And if the Renon is not enough to quench your thirst for trekking, you can easily explore the other South Tyrolean mountains: take the car, the bus or the Renon cable car to reach Bolzano in a few minutes; from there, you have your pick at countless hiking areas with fantastic mountain trails!
The Earth Pyramids
If you are a passionate trekker, this is an attraction you really do not want to miss. The Renon earth pyramids are distinctive geological formations made of clay, consisting of a conical base and a stone “hat”. This type of natural monument is not exclusive to the Renon plateau – earth pyramids are also found in other areas in South Tyrol. However, the Renon can boast the tallest and most impressive of them all, located in several different spots across the plateau:
- The Rio Rivellone/Katzenbach gorge near Soprabolzano
- The Gasters gorge in Auna di Sotto/Unterinn
- The Rio Fosco/Finsterbach creek between Longomoso/Lengmoos and Monte di Mezzo/Mittelberg
More than just hiking
There is more to the Renon outdoor paradise than just spectacular hiking trails.
In the summertime, for instance, you can crown a long trek with a refreshing dip in the pools in Soprabolzano and Collalbo or in the Costalovara/Wolfsgrubener lake.
Other leisure activities run the gamut from cycling and mountain biking to horse riding and archery, and from llama trekking and free climbing to tennis and football – a host of possibilities for a varied holiday experience, including several family-friendly options.