The main town of the Upper Venosta Valley, Malles/Mals
, is located at 1000 meters above sea level in a sunny, open location at the foot of Malles Heath. The old town centre contains seven Romanesque churches and chapels, towers and villas. There are the enchanting satellite villages of Laudes/Laatsch, Clusio/Schleis
, with the Marienberg Abbey
, which is the abbey located at the highest altitude in all of Europe. At the bottom of Malles lies the mystical Tarces hill.
Also noteworthy are the enchanting mountain villages of Mazia/Matsch
as well as Slingia/Schlinig
, which belong to Malles. In earlier times, the 5,000-strong community once had seven steeples and five of them are still in existence.