Holidays in South Tyrol, Europe’s hiking mecca

The Madatsch – the ideal base to explore the Stelvio National Park

With a wealth of spectacular hiking trails in every degree of difficulty right on our doorstep, Hotel Madatsch is the ideal starting point to explore Trafoi and the natural gems of the Stelvio National Park. Here are a few recommended trails:

Warm-up hike:

Starting from our hotel, the path leads through a patch of woodland and meadows to the pilgrimage site called “Heilige Drei Brunnen” (three sacred fountains). From there, a short ascent leads to the waterfalls and back again over the Bärenbrücke bridge to Trafoi – the perfect taster to start your hiking holiday.

Hike through mountain pastures:

Starting from the Madatsch, take the chairlift to the FurkelhĂĽtte hut at 2,250 metres and follow the path to the Prader Alm alpine pasture. Enjoy the view to Mt. Ortles as you make your way through green expanses dotted with Alpine roses to the Stilfser Alm mountain hut, where you have the option to indulge with a cheese tasting. The descent route leads through the chocolate-box village of Stelvio/Stilfs.

High-mountain hike to the Stelvio Pass – Furkelhütte hut:

Our shuttle bus will take you up the 48 hairpin bends of the world-famous Stelvio Pass road – the highest in Europe. From there, it goes up to Mt. Dreisprachen and Mt. Rötelspitze, and the path to the Goldsee lake will take you to the Furkelhütte hut, where you can stop to relish a hearty alpine snack and an unparalleled all-round view reaching three different countries!

The Vier Ferner Tour:

This tour’s starting point is the Franzenshöhe, from where you will make your way ascending through edelweiss-dotted meadows up to the glaciers. Cross the three glaciers to reach the Berglhütte hut, where host Johann will be waiting to serve you a tasty snack of local specialities.

We recommend planning your tours in advance – with a choice of over 670 routes, you might want to take some time to pick the best ones for you. Fortunately, the South Tyrolean Hiking Information Service will come in handy: it comprises 16,000 km of mountain and hiking trails, all collected and put in digital format in collaboration with the South Tyrolean Alpine Association. For more information, please visit www.trekking.suedtirol.info.

Naturally, you are also welcome to participate in our three weekly guided hikes. Get in touch with our staff to learn more!