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July 2016

A way too short weekend of hiking and relaxing in Val Venosta, South Tyrol.

Plamortboden from Nauders

Limited by a bike injury (me) and some extra weight to carry around for some months (Dani) we decided to start our weekend holidays easy with an downhill cross-border walk through the Plamortboden. From the cable car's top station the hike starts by following a nice but weird fitness trail and passing a brand new party-style alpine cabin before approaching an artificial lake that fuels the snowmaking machines in winter. Not too much romance left along the alpine main valleys ;)
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Plateau

The Plamortboden is an elevated plain at around 2.000 meters altitude on the Austrian-Italian border. Up there you will not just find beautiful moorlands, but also an old defensive fortification. The Italians built a massive anti-tank wall and several bunkers in the 1930s – however handed it over without a struggle to the German invaders in WWII. Today it's an historical monument, a pasture for cows and horses and last but not least a huge playground for hikers and bikers.
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Schlinig to Sesvennahütte

On day 2 we were ready for some ascend as well. From the small village of Schlinig the trail follows the steep slopes of the Mäuerl – a lonely path winding through a dreamy forest. After crossing the timberline, the trail continues through an open alpine pasture high above Schlinig valley. With an panorama that probably is the definition of picturesque!
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Pforzheimer- and Sesvennahütte

Underneath the Vernung Peak the trail finally descends to the old Pforzheimer Hütte – that is now a freshly refurbished museum – and the Sesvenna alpine cabin for a well deserved lunch break. From here you can either go for a 5 hours side trip on top of eponymous Piz Sesvenna and its glacier – or hike back to Schlinig. We took the easier option and followed the main route back into the valley, passing the Schwarzwand with its impressive waterfall.
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Bye bye Mals

Basecamp for our weekend trip and worth a visit – we will be back :)
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