The earth pillars in Dorf Tirol/Tirolo
Bizarre clay pillars form unique shapes in gorges around Dorf Tirol/Tirolo
The earth pillars in Dorf Tirol/Tirolo

The Earth Pyramids near Tirol Castle and in the Finele valley

Bizarre clay pillars form unique shapes in gorges around Dorf Tirol/Tirolo

Earth pyramids are formed by landslides and stormy weather over the course of several thousand years. The conditions needed for them to form include a fine-grained subsoil, rain, a location protected from the wind and the presence of larger rocks or boulders. The rainwater cuts deep channels in the hillside. The rocks or boulders protect the material lying beneath. As a result, this material erodes considerably more slowly than the unprotected material around it. Over the course of a few thousand years, tall towers develop.

In Dorf Tirol these striking pillars can be found in the Mutbach Gorge near Tirol Castle and in the Finele valley near Kuens/Caines. The best way to see the earth pyramids in the Finele valley is on a hike from Dorf Tirol to Kuens. A ride on the Hochmuth cable car provides a magnificent view from above of the earth pyramids near Tirol Castle. Apart from this, these strange forms can also be seen from the Herrschaftsweg trail or on the path from Tirol Castle to the Farmerkreuz.

Hike from Dorf Tirol/Tirolo to Kuens/Caines
Hiking, all hiking routes, easy, medium
Hike from Dorf Tirol/Tirolo to Kuens/Caines
General description Easy hike in beautiful scenery with view of the earth pillars of Kuens/Caines. Route description The starting point of the ...
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Hike along the Herrschaftsweg trail
Hiking, all hiking routes, medium
Hike along the Herrschaftsweg trail

A scenic round trip with spectacular view points and the chance to stop and take a break.

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Hike to the Farmerkreuz
Hiking, all hiking routes, medium
Hike to the Farmerkreuz
Lovely, approximately 5 km-long hike with wonderful views of Merano and environs. The hike starts in the center of Dorf Tirol/Tirolo. Take ...
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