, one of the largest municipalities on the southern side of the main Alpine ridge, is a pristine valley full of natural wonders and attractions. In this former mining area, traces of settlements and archaeological finds from the Neolithic period have been recovered. Even in ancient times mining and agriculture played an important role here – and have continued to do into modern times. This is evidenced today at the Maiern Mining Museum
and the South Tyrolean Museum of Hunting and Fishing, which is housed inside the Baroque Wolfsthurn Castle in Mareta/Mareit.
Today, the Muncipality of Racines comprises three valleys: Ridanna/Ridnaun, Racines/Ratschings and Valgiovo/Jaufental with its spectacular mountain pass, the Jaufenpass. These three valleys range in elevation between 945 and 3,507 meters, and are inhabited up an elevation of 1,620 m. Hikers, cyclists and climbers will find a natural paradise here: the mountains offer rewarding hikes and tours that reach all the way up to the highest peaks.
Ridanna, Racines and Valgiovo
These three tranquil and pristine valleys offer a large network of paths leading through the unspoiled countryside, making them ideal for hikers and leisure travelers who are looking for quiet and active relaxation. Many of the hiking trails lead across sunny alpine pastures up into a spectacular glacial world. Gilfenklamm Gorge
, a real wonder of nature, is truly unique.