Archaeological trail A10 is a particularly beautiful hike but somewhat longer and at times at higher altitudes.
You set out on the trail in Maso Corto/Kurzras (2,011 m) and follow the signposts for A10 (trail no. 12) into Langgrubental valley. Soon after starting out we come across a copper pillar that directs us to a cup-marked stone. As the trail continues, it quickly rises steeply until we reach Bildstöckljoch pass (3,117 m). We stay on the trail heading towards the Oberettes-Hütte and then take a left to the six Saldur lakes. This section of the trail is very stony and snowfields are possible even in summer. Having passed the lakes, don’t go along the right side of the stream (very rough terrain) but keep to the left side. The trail now drops steeply as far as what remains of Matscher-Alm Mountain Hut (2,022 m). After that, always keeping to the left, we continue through individual sections of forest as far as Glieshof farm (1,807 m), where you can stop for refreshments or even stay overnight. From there, the trail continues for a while on the road and we take a left onto trail no. 20 (A14). We pass a number of farms when walking through the Matschertal valley. The main town here is Matsch and it can be seen above the trail on the right-hand side of the valley.
Not far from Schlosshof (1,400 m), you can see the ruins of Burg Matsch and the small church of St. Martin on top of a moraine. During the most recent renovation works, fragments of a Roman relief work were uncovered here.
If you still have enough strength, you should climb up that hill to enjoy the spectacular panorama. Otherwise, we will continue along trail no. 20 of the hollowed out ravine from Saldur stream down as far as a wayside cross near a ”Waale“ (= an irrigation channel, see also information about trail A4). From there we take a right turn and follow the course of the irrigation channel for a few minutes before dropping down to a bridge over the Saldur stream.
After that, we follow the course of another, somewhat higher-lying water channel that will feed the Leitenwall channel (trail no. 17) at a later point. Crossing terrain that is descending slightly, we arrive at a wayside cross at which point we take a left turn and follow the signposts to the archaeological excavation site at Ganglegg. This is the most significant archaeological site in the whole of South Tyrol.
Once we have viewed the site, we return to the trail where we take a right turn, after the fence. The trail now drops serpentine-like to the valley, where we then cross the Saldur stream once again. By the way, a bronze helmet was found here.
We continue along the road, passing a playground, as far as the Schludern Museum where the most interesting objects found at the excavation site in Ganglegg are exhibited. There are a number of accommodation options in Sluderno/Schluderns and public transport also stops here.
description to arrive at destination
Naturno/Naturns - Schnalstal Valley - Maso Corto/Kurzras
parking place in front of the village Maso Corto/Kurzras, to pay, unguarded
with the SAD bus line no. 261 to Maso Corto/Kurzras