Active in Summer
Countless sunny "Waalwege", or irrigation channel paths, run through orchards and vineyards and are fabulous for walking, jogging and relaxed hiking. Unique panoramic views included! Cycling enthusiasts are sure to get their money's worth in the west of South Tyrol, with perfectly signposted cycle paths and trails covering over 150 kilometres up and down the Vinschgau and its picturesque towns and villages. And motorised kings of the bendy road are in the right place here too! Kastelbell is the perfect base or stopping point for the popular motorbike rides over the Stilfser Joch and Timmelsjoch passes.
The Landhaus Mondschein lies right on the popular Vinschgau leisure and culture cycle route, the "Via Claudia Augusta". Our garden café with its wonderful sun terrace is the perfect place to recharge your batteries and indulge yourself. We look forward to you dropping by! Just stretch your legs and let our chef personally spoil you with home-made delicacies.
You can look forward to select South Tyrolean specialities, home-made cakes and juices, lovingly prepared ice-cream sundaes, fresh salads and various hearty snacks, such as our biker's platter.
Our tip: the vital biker's breakfast with local whole food and organic products, fresh fruit and home-made jams guarantees the perfect start to the day - and not just for the cycling enthusiasts among our guests!
Since 2016 the Landhaus Mondschein has also been a "CYCLE-FRIENDLY ESTABLISHMENT ON THE SOUTH TYROL CYCLE ROUTE". This means that our cycling guests benefit from additional services:
- a covered and lockable bike storage place
- pump, lubricating oil and tools for small repairs
- information area with info folder containing suggested routes, tour information and information on public transport, rest areas, interesting sights, and bike magazines
- laundry service on request
Hiking holidays in the lower Val Venosta Valley Why not? Castelbello-Ciardes provides an ideal starting point for numerous hiking excursions at altitudes between Stelvio Pass and the Tessa Mountain Group. Hikes of all levels of difficulty with the most varied vegetation. Rough mountain walls, blooming alpine meadows, lush green high-alpine plateaus, dry sunny slopes. Hiking is always an adventure. And a piece of freedom. Conquer imposing mountain summits, celebrate the wild beauty of our mountains, and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views.
It's beautiful everywhere, but here some of our hiking tips:
ThreeHutsHike at Monte Tramontana
Hike to Marzoner Hut, to Zirmtal Hut and to Alt Alm at Monte Tramontana in Castelbello. A true insiders' tip for all those looking for a genuine natural scenery. Starting point of this Hut Hike are the car park "Schartegg" at Tomberg near Ciardes or the "Alte Säge" at Freiberg near Castelbello. The romantic Zirmtal Lakes are worth a visit during any season of the year. However, in early summer, when the Alpine roses are blooming, is the best period to enjoy this area in all its beauty.
To Monte Sole
"Monte Sole" is unique from a landscape point of view. Protected from precipitation by high mountain ranges, there are steppe-like temperatures and shimmering heat in summer - the reason for a unique vegetation. Beautifully sunny hiking trails await you along the popular or in airy heights.
Sights and all-weather programms:
The restored Kastelbell Castle rises up picturesquely on an imposing boulder on the left-hand bank of the river Etsch and is well worth a visit, and not just for enthusiasts. The permanent exhibition on the "Via Claudia Augusta" can be visited in the castle. Impressive guided tours of the castle and regular cultural events tempt many interested parties inside the medieval walls from April to October.
The medieval Juval Castle is situated in a prehistoric place of worship at the entrance to the Schnalstal Valley and is both a museum and the summer residence of the South Tyrolean mountaineering legend, Reinhold Messner. As one of five sites of the MMM Messner Mountain Museum, unique exhibits of distant mountain peoples can be seen here. Around the castle, Messner operates a mountain animal park and a small farm and vineyard.