With its wealth of Romanesque buildings and artistic treasures, the Upper Venosta Valley holiday area is a land of plenty for cultural enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Local highlights include the medieval town of Glorenza/Glurns with its perfectly preserved fortified walls, the town of Malles/Mals with its five romanesque towers, the mighty Renaissance-style Churburg Castle above Sluderno/Schluderns, and the Marienberg monastery above Burgusio/Burgeis – the highest Benedictine abbey in Europe. The mystical, legendary Tartscher Bühel hill looms above the abbey. The small town of Tubre/Taufers is located at the border with the Engadin Valley, in direct proximity to the cultural heritage monastery of St. Johann in Müstair, and is also worth a visit.

Hamlets, miners’ settlements and villages in unexpected places are all testimony of the unflinching independence of this area, located on the cultural border with the Rhaeto-Romanic speaking Grisons. Signs of the past can be found everywhere. The irrigation channel paths offer the chance to explore nature with fantastic vistas of the mountains of South Tyrol. During wintertime, the view is particularly clear and the landscape of the Matschertal Valley, Slingia/Schlinig and Planol/Planeil inspire many visitors to take pleasurable snowshoe and excursions through the quiet snow-covered landscapes.

The sunny Watles ski area is very popular among families, who can take advantage of its extensive fun park in winter and child-friendly lake in the summertime.


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