The mountain is the great protagonist of the holidays of Italians in 2020 who for the first time preferred the sea, cultural holidays and, of course, travel abroad.
And where to go to meet the needs of the whole family with an eye to the little ones? The answer is in Val Pusteria, in Trentino Alto Adige, a pleasant location where everything is family oriented and the structures have developed programs and packages aimed precisely at favoring the family target.
But let’s see in detail what are the main attractions of the area and why a holiday in these parts can be a great discovery for everyone.
FUN BOB ON MONTE BARANCI
Almost 3000 meters high, Mount Baranci is a locality in the Alta Val Pusteria both in winter and in summer. Here you will find a high-rope course for children, several lakes, a tubing course and the first rail toboggan run in South Tyrol, a real attraction for the whole family. It is a path about 2 km long with a difference in height of 314 meters, real fun for young and old in a completely natural context. You go up with the Monte Baranci chairlift up to 1500 and then you can decide to go down comfortably by cable car or aboard the funniest bob in the valley. Children over 8 years old can drive alone. Others must be accompanied by an adult.
Then, in the hold season, the Funbob by Night which remains open until 22.00 and allows you to return to the valley after spending an evening at the Gigante Baranci Refuge with traditional Tyrolean music and songs and a dinner based on local recipes.
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THE REINDEER OF THE RED CRODA
For some years now, in the mountains of Val Pusteria, in a large enclosure at the mountain station, lives a herd of Finnish reindeer. Every week, at specific times, the enclosure is opened to allow anyone who wishes to take care of the animals, feeding them. The refuge (Rifugio Rudi, named after the famous reindeer of Santa Claus) is also an excellent starting point for organizing walks and excursions to discover the surroundings.
THE GNOMES VILLAGE
A particular focus for the Village of the Gnomes, unmissable destination for those who are in these parts located in the splendid setting of the Three Peaks easily reachable on foot or by chairlift from San Candido.
The Village, inaugurated only two years ago, is inspired by the local legend of the Giant Baranci – a child transformed into a giant after drinking from a magical source that helped, together with the gnomes, the inhabitants of the village to transport huge, very heavy boulders downstream – and welcomes families in an equipped area made with natural materials completely recovered on site, in a magical and fairytale atmosphere. Here, immersed in the woods, there are nine small houses within which the gnomes are intent on carrying out their daily activities; then there are small tree houses that can be visited thanks to rope ladders and suspension bridges; wooden tables for outdoor snacks and picnics; two huge lakes that trace the footprints of the giant…
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DISCOVERING THE GUSTAV MAHLER FAUNAL PARK
Cerci, roe deer, lynxes, raccoons and many other animals live in Gustav Mahler Wildlife Park of Dobbiaco which is certainly worth a visit for the great variety of fauna that populates it. The park, which can be visited all year round, bears the name of the famous Austrian composer who spent a few years of his life here, in a small house that can still be visited located right in the center of the park.
Inside, there is also a refuge where you can enjoy excellent traditional local dishes.