Nestled amidst vineyards, green alpine pastures and the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Dolomites, the many recreational options offered by the Isarco Valley Holiday Area are much appreciated by visitors. Hiking is a great way to explore the Isarco Valley at your own pace; cyclists and mountain bikers will find an ideal trail here as well. Even those who want to explore the Valley of Trails by paragliding, fishing or golfing will find optimal conditions for a variety-rich holiday here in the Isarco Valley.
Twelve sign-posted Nordic walking trails can be found at Rosskopf alone; in Rodengo/Rodeneck there is a Nordic walking center. NaturAktiv Park in Natz-Schabs and the spectacular Funes/ Villnösser Valley also afford a vast network of trails.
The many swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor, slides and fun pools at the Aquarena in Brixen and the Balneum in Vipiteno offer unparalleled experiences of cool water. The Isarco Valley also boasts excellent outdoor pools.
Some of South Tyrol’s best wellness and spa centers can be found in the Isarco Valley. Many hotels have in-house spa and sauna facilities. In addition, there are the swimming complexes: Balneum in Vipiteno, Alpinpool in Meransen and Aquarena in Brixen.
Paragliding, Rafting and Canyoning
What could be better than paragliding in the rugged Isarco Valley, with its high plateaus and steep slopes and its long-distance views of the eastern Alps and the Dolomites? Rafting and canyoning all represent truly unique experiences. From the beginning of April to the beginning of October, rafting is offered along the Isarco River between Vipiteno and Fortezza/Franzensfeste.
In the Isarco Valley, which has a wealth of meadows and high pastures, there are excellent stables in most major towns, mountain villages and valleys. These stables offer lessons and trail rides for riders of all abilities.
In the Isarco Valley, where the waters of the Isarco and Rienza rivers flow into one other and are stored in large reservoirs, there are excellent opportunities for fishing. Some examples include the reservoirs in the Vizze Valley, Maranza and Fortezza, and the fishing ponds in Varna and Ceves in the municipality of Laion.
The entire Isarco Valley offers excellent tennis courts, from Vipiteno and Colle Isarco to the Gitschberg-Jochtal alm area, and in Brixen, Chiusa and Funes. Click here to see an overview of all the tennis courts in the holiday area.
The cities and smaller centers of the Isarco Valley offer excellent fitness centers and facilities, as do the well-equipped hotels. Muscles can also be strengthened and fitness level improved at the large pool complexes like the Balneum in Vipiteno and the Aquarena in Brixen.
Golf and Minigolf
Sterzing Golf Club is a training ground with a 6-hole course. The course is suitable for beginners, but the club is mainly a practice area, range and course for experienced golfers. For fans of miniature golf there are well-maintained courses in Varna, Meranza and Racines, among others.
Ninepins and Billiards
Ninepins, or Kegeln in German, is the traditional South Tyrolean folk sport. The game hasn’t ever gone out of fashion – even right up to the present day. Most ninepins halls also offer billiards and table football, including those in the sports zone of Racines, the Aquarena spa and fitness center and various sports bars throughout the area.
In the Valley of Trails, with its many streams and lakes, urban centers around the Christmas markets are not the place to go skating: the valley’s many natural ice rinks are ideal for perfecting pirouettes in the moonlight.
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
A sleigh ride through the Valley of Trails offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding highland terraces and the peaks of the Dolomites. In winter, you can book horse-drawn sleigh rides that run from Kreuztal to Roßalm at Plose Ski Area, through the alpine pasturelands around Maranza or in the northern Isarco Valley.
Information at the tourist offices