Holiday in Valdaora/ Plan de Corones – Fun and wellness
Who spends a holiday in Valdaora, thinks at first to excursionist tours on the Plan de Corones, but this area offers a great variety of free-time activities. For example there is an outdoor pool with children pool, a beach volley ground, massage showers, slide and a bar. In the closest surroundings, in Berg Bergfall you will find a sulphur spring, already known during the Roman age. Still today you can benefit from it in the thermal structure with internal restaurant. In Brunico there is the Cron-4, an indoor pool with sauna and wellness area, where the Italian championships of pouring on of water took place. The boulder hall in Valdaora invites also sport climbers for a training. If you started for your holiday in Valdaora by car, the way to the climbing hall in Brunico or in Sesto is a trip worth, where expert climbers can test their abilities with the 16,5 metre-high indoor climbing wall.
With bow and caddy
A particular highlight is the 3D bow course “Kron Arc Adventure“, close to the Sportzone Panorama in Valdaora. There you can rent sport bow and go hunting in the forest like Robin Hood. Here there are 30 artificial animal figures as training targets, that you can see during a easy walk, while testing your precision with bow. For children you can use the course ad a natural didactic path, in order to know the local animal world. Attention! During your first visit an introduction to the archery and the park rules are compulsory. The 3D bow course offers also an entertainment program with archery, easy and difficult excursions, bike and nordic walking tours. For children from five to twelve years old there is a specially studied five-day entertainment program, which includes among the rest also archery and climbing. Are you interested in playing golf or in approaching this sport, in Valdaora you can find a 3-hole-golf course with driving range. There you can trainee your first strokes, approaching this game. You can rent the necessary equipment directly there. The next step then is the acquisition of the play license. If you have already communicated your handicap and own your license, you can play in the close 9-hole-golf course in the near located town of Riscone, Brunico.
Mountain bike for all
In Valdaora you have a real El Dorado with a great variety of difficult and easy tours. Nearby there is the bike trail of Pusteria Valley, which brings from Rio Pusteria to the Austrian Lienz, passing through Brunico and San Candido. The bike trail is mostly flat, the stations of the Pusteria railway are always close to the trail, so you can comfortably come back by train. Obviously there you can rent mountain bikes. Besides bikes for example Rent a Sport offers also the bike-shuttle, which will bring you together with your bikes to the lateral valleys of Pusteria Valley. From there then you can ride comfortably , mostly going down, to Valdaora. In this way anyone with the help of the shuttle can adapt the tours to his own abilities and fitness level. Valdaora at the bottom of the Plan de Corones is the excellent starting point for hiking in the surroundings. Besides the panorama path over Plan de Corones there are other loved ways such the one to Brunstalm and to the lake Pragser Wildsee or the tour to the Hochalmsee over peak Dreifingerspitz.
Back in the history
Valdaora is a very ancient settlement, therefore here there is also a lot to explore for culture and history fans. A Roman milestone, found in the year 1958 and now located in Seefeld, Valdaora, tells about the old history ofthis place. A symbol of the area is also the “Spitzige Stöckl” at Valdaora di Mezzo, which reminds to a pestilence exploded in the Middle Ages. Not to miss is also the church of Valdaora di Sopra with an almost eight-metre high fresco of S. Cristoforo, on the external wall. This fresco was discovered only in 1997 and then renewed. Experts attribute it to Friedrich Pacher, an artist from Brunico.
Culture and fun
In the surroundings there are also further interesting museums. In the castle in Brunico, for example, you can visit the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) Ripa. “Ripa” in the Tibetan language means “mountain man”. In this exhibition different alpine populations are presented with their own habits and culture. Another Messner Mountain Museum named “Corones” lays on the top of Plan de Corones. Architecturally speaking it is very interesting because part of the structure on the top “disappears”. The alpine climber and museum founder Reinhold Messner tells that this museum, the last project of this kinds, is dedicated to the theme of mountain climbing. A little bit farer away but easily reachable along the Brunico road there is the Tures Castle at Campo Tures. The origins of this imposing structure go back to the 13th century. In summer you can visit the portals, the inner courtyard, the “cellar” and the castle gardens. Also the castle keep with cinema room, the defensive corridors and the top floor of the main building are open to tourists. Do you want to have a look to the inner part of the castle? Just join one of the almost hourly guided tours. For children there is a special program.