herbst blick auf bozen ab rafensteinerweg fr
herbst blick auf bozen ab rafensteinerweg fr

Autumn hike to the mountain village of San Genesio

This autumn hike leads from the Bolzano district of Gries at the entrance of the Val Sarentino via San Giacomo and Rafenstein Castle up to the mountain village of San Genesio.

The hike proceeds through a beautiful autumn landscape characterised by the vineyards in the valley and the meadows and colourful forests on the Salto high plateau. Our hike starts at the valley station of the San Genesio Cable Car in Bolzano, located along the Val Sarentino road. The path no. 2 leads us through the vineyards up to the hamlet San Giacomo (St. Jakob in der Sand) and further on on the paths no. 1A and 1B to the Rafenstein castle ruin. The hike continues on path no. 2 towards San Genesio.

The trail of this second section through the forest varies between a wide forest path and a rather steep and narrow hiking trail. Take special care if the ground is slippery - good footwear and hiking sticks are required! After a while the path gets flatter, we reach the meadows of San Genesio (Jenesien). In the village centre we enjoy our lunch at one of the local restaurants (e.g. Landgasthof zum Hirschen). For the way back you can take the same route or return by public bus.

Author: AT

difficulty: moderate
  • Starting point:
    Bolzano, valley station of the San Genesio Cable Car
  • Time required:
    02:50 h
  • Track length:
    10,0 km
  • Altitude:
    from 306 m to 1.095 m a.m.s.l.
  • Altitude difference:
    +805 m | -805 m
  • Route:
    Bolzano - San Giacomo - Rafenstein Castle - San Genesio
  • Signposts:
    no. 2, 1B, 1A, 2
  • Destination:
    Jenesien / San Genesio
  • Resting points:
    Restaurants in San Genesio
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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