Hiking, medium

Terrain Cure Trail 6 - Partschins – Vertigen – Partschinser Waalweg – Partschins Waterfall

The Climatic Terrain Cure - Health and Fitness for the Heart and Circulation

General description

The climatic terrain cure is a special form of exercise therapy characterised by activity adapted to one’s fitness level, endurance training, and time spent in the outdoors experiencing the landscape, which is carried out through a personalised walking programme.

So-called terrain hiking improves endurance and agility, increases speed and flexibility, reinforces the cardiovascular system, stimulates breathing activity and strengthens muscles, ligaments and joints. It has a positive impact on the metabolism, activates the digestive system and noticeably increases the expenditure of calories.
The climatic terrain cure is recommended for functional cardiovascular disorders, respiratory and metabolic disorders, and above all is a tried and tested method of primary prevention and general health promotion.
The "Terrainkur" trails in Partschins/Parcines have been certified  by the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Route description
  • Total length: 4.2 km
  • Length of ascending sections: 2.8 km
  • Ø walking time: 1 h 30 min. at 3 km/h
  • Altitude: approx. 620 – 1080 m
  • Degree of difficulty in terms of performance physiology: high (6 out of 7)
  • Thermal stress level: high
  • Energy expenditure during ascents: 8.2 kcal/min at 3 km/h
  • Power output during ascents: 125 Watts at 3 km/h

Route: Head east from the centre of Partschins following the signposts for the “Sagenweg-Waalweg”. After a short steep ascent head up to the hamlet of Vertigen and to the start of the Partschins irrigation channel path (or Waalweg). Here follow the Waalweg as far as Wasserfallstrasse. Turn right and follow trail no. 1 and then the signposts for Partschins Waterfall. Return to the village by bus.

Landscape & Requirements: Dense deciduous forest - 35% forest/forest edge - alternating with open landscape sections (55%), lovely views, the peaceful rippling sound of the irrigation channel, strong thermal stimulus intensity due to ascending sections exposed to the sun. For this reason not recommended in blazing sunshine.  


- At Mairhof, Partschins/Parcines bus turning;
At the parking lot, only short-term parking max. 1 hour with parking disc; max. 8 hrs.;
in the basement all-day;
- At Zehentstraße, Partschins;
All-day, in the designated parking area;
- Public swimming pool, Partschins, Zehentstraße;
All-day, in the designated parking area.

Public transport

From Meran/o: bus 213 to Partschins/Parcines
From Vinschgau valley: train 250 to Rabland/Rablà

bus line 265 Waterfall-Partschins (from easter to all saints day)

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