RS eisloecher eppan
RS eisloecher eppan

Ice Holes

Below the Mendola Ridge in Appiano there’s a natural phenomenon which offers a pleasant refreshment in summer.

The Ice Holes (Eislöcher, in German - Buche di Ghiaccio, in Italian) at the foot of Mt. Ganda in Appiano represent a geological highlight. Due to various porphyry debris dating back to ancient times, in a 200 m long and up to 50 m wide hollow at 500 m a.s.l. a cold air area was formed.

A hiking path leads to the Ice Holes, large boulders, which release cold air even during summer. The 0 to 9 degrees Celsius cold air forms icicles at the holes at the bottom of the rocks. The physical principle of wind tubes explains the phenomenon: At the top of the quartz porphyry debris warm air enters, cools down and sinks, where it leaves the rocks as a cold air flow. This also explains the surrounding alpine vegetation, characterised by a variety of 600 plants, which can normally be found only in alpine areas above 1,200 m a.s.l.

The hike starts in Pianizza di Sopra (Oberplanitzing) in Caldaro (path no. 15) or in San Michele (St. Michael) in Appiano (no 7A and 15) resp. at the Steinegger tavern in Appiano Monte (Eppan Berg), and leads through vineyards and woods to this special place. The tour is also popular among families, but the steps, rocks and narrow spots makes it inaccessible for prams.

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Opening times

  • Sun 14 Aug 08:00 - 18:00
  • Mon 15 Aug 08:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 16 Aug 08:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 17 Aug 08:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 18 Aug 08:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 19 Aug 08:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 20 Aug 08:00 - 18:00

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Spring - summer 2022 (03/21/2022 - 10/31/2022)

  • Mon 08:00 - 18:00
  • Tue 08:00 - 18:00
  • Wed 08:00 - 18:00
  • Thu 08:00 - 18:00
  • Fri 08:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 08:00 - 18:00
  • Sun 08:00 - 18:00


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