Mühlwaal Hiking Circuit along an Age-old Waterway

Ideal for hiking in the summer months, the Mühlwaal trail mostly crosses through shady woods while the canal water provides some respite from the heat.

General description

The Mühlwaal along the Wasserfallweg and the Pröfingweg was renovated by the canal guards in 2011. It draws its water from the Zielbach stream, coming from the well-known Zieltal valley, and is used to irrigate the Rabland/Rablà orchards that spread along the east and south sides of the village. In winter, the historic Waal is used for fire fighting by the volunteer fire brigades.

Route description

Tour Start
Penultimate bus stop Birkenwald
Tour End
Partschins/Parcines

First downhill in the direction of Parcines, a few metres on the tarred road, until you reach the entrance to hiking trail n° 1. Continue on hiking trail n° 1 until you reach the famous Saltenstein (approx. 15 minutes), a huge boulder steeped in legend, where the canal trail “Partschinser Waalweg” separates to the east. From there, walk down the waterfall road for about 100 metres, then turn left towards the canal trail “Partschinser Waalweg”. After about 50 metres, continue on hiking trail n° 1 where you will find yourself back on the waterfall road after a few minutes. Follow the waterfall road downhill for about 10 minutes until you reach the restored "Farmermühle" (farmer's mill) and continue along the waterfall road towards Partschins/Parcines village. When you reach the retirment home, turn right into Sonnenbergstraße/Via Sonnenberg and after a few metres turn left into Schlossergasse/vicolo del fabbro past an old fountain. At the end of Schlossergasse/vicolo del fabbro turn right into Peter-Mitterhoferstraße/Via Peter Mitterhofer and after about 30 metres turn left into Mair am Ort Gasse/vicolo Mair am Ort. Here you will find another historic fountain, the "Stocker Brunnen". Following Mair am Ort Gasse/vicolo Mair am Ort, after a short walk you reach Pröfingweg7Via Pröfing. Following this path, past old cruxifixes, you reach the historic and restored Mühlwaal after about 400 metres. Continue along the Zielbach stream to the valley station of the Texelbahn cableway (approx. 15 minutes). At the valley station, take hiking trail n° 1 to the Winklerhof farm and the suspension bridge. Continue over the suspension bridge along the Sonnenbergweg trail back to the village centre of Parcines.



Park

Due to the limited parking facilities in the municipality of Parcines and in the spirit of sustainability, as well as the protection of the Parcines recreational area, we ask you to use public transport. Thank you very much!

Public transport

From Meran/o: bus n° 213 to Partschins/Parcines and from there bus n° 265 to the penultimate stop Birkenwald
From Vinschgau valley/Val Venosta: train n° 250 to Rabland/Rablà – and from there bus n° 266 to Partschins/Parcines, from Naturns/Naturno direct bus n° 266, and from there bus n° 265 to the penultimate stop Birkenwald

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