Two of the nicest irrigation channel trails run through chestnut groves and across the typical Sonnenberg Mountain steppe landscape, setting this hike apart. Occasionally, you can see water flowing through the water canal and a stop at the Juval Castle Messner Mountain Museum is well worth your time!
From the Ciardes/Tschars bus stop/railway station near the Hotel Winkler, go to the village centre of Ciardes and follow Trail No. 1a/3 uphill along a paved road before entering the forest, continuing to follow the signs to the Tscharser Waalweg irrigation channel trail
(Trail No. 3 – Schnalswaal). The level path runs along the barren slopes of the Sonnenberg Mountain until you reach the Gasthof Sonnenhof Inn. Then turn left and continue uphill for about 5 min until you arrive at Juval Castle. From there, go down to the Schlosswirt
Inn. To return to Ciardes, go back up above the Schlosswirt Inn and at the bend turn right into the Waalweg irrigation channel path. Passing the Waalerhütte hut with its waterwheel, go back to the Sonnenhof Inn. From there, turn left and follow Trail No. 1 in the direction
of Stava/Staben. The Stabner Waalweg irrigation channel trail runs halfway between Juval Castle and the bottom of the valley. The level trail continues towards the Vinschgau Valley as far as the Gasthof Himmelreich Inn. Follow the narrow road to the centre of Ciardes and downhill back to the railway station. From the railway station, take the train back to Naturno/Naturns.
description to arrive at destination
Take the public train 250 - Merano/Malles - stop Ciardes/Tschars.
Train 250 - Merano/Malles - stop Ciardes/Tschars