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Monghezzo/Getzenberg mountain farm hike

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Category
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
4:30
Duration in hours
Distance
15.2
Distance in km

Traditions and a glimpse of times long gone
The mountain farmsteads on the southern hillside of the Pusteria/Pustertal valley are a remnant of the times when the Romans began to settle in the area. Only little is left of the ancient baths of Ilistra/Ilstern, to which the locals once flocked in search of the soothing medicinal effect of its spa waters. Not far off, a small chapel has successfully defied the centuries and can easily be reached on a meditation trail. But hiking along Monghezzo/Getzenberg also offers plenty of impressions of the hard life and labour of mountain farmers, and the ancient farmhouses are often named after the dwellers' special dedication: The Vögler farmstead for example recalls the old Tyrolean tradition of fowling, or bird-catching.
Half-way up the route at 1112 m, the Jausenstation Hoferhof inn is a fine place for a break and some refreshments. A small, carefully restored chapel is all that is left of a hermitage which is said to have been located not far from the Getzenbergerhof inn. The Kustoler-Hof farmstead was named after the Romance term for a fortified area, and the Roman milestone on the western edge of the hamlet Casteldarne/Ehrenburg is yet another witness of the ancient settlements in and around Chienes/Kiens.

Route info
Intermediate
Distance
15,2 km
Activity time
4 h 30 min
Ascent
600 m
Decent
600 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.174 m
Lowest point
780 m
How to get there
St. Sigmund, parking at the church.
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