The famous little church in St. Kathrein/Santa Caterina is situated on a rise in Hafling/Avelengo and can be seen from far away in Meran and Environs. The Romanesque church has its origins in the 13th century and features well-preserved frescos from the 14th century. Fantastic views of the city of Meran/Merano as well as the Texelgruppe range can be enjoyed from the church.
From the car park in Hafling, it is a beautiful, one-hour walk to the village of St. Kathrein. The trail first leads in the direction of the town hall and from here the old road – also called the Bürgeleweg trail – leads through the gorge to the Tourist office. At the office’s information board (in the bend of the road), the shady forest road no. 14 branches off to St. Kathrein.
The church is not the only attraction in Santa Caterina. The Sulfner riding stable is also worth a visit. Here one can see the famous Haflinger horses or even take part in an introductory course or go for a ride.
This hike can be done with a buggy. The last part, from the Tourist office to Santa Caterina, can be covered on the paved road no. 2 closed to traffic.
description to arrive at destination
Coming from both directions of the freeway Meran - Bozen (MEBO), take the exit of Meran Süd/Merano Sud and follow directions towards Meran first, to then turn right towards Hafling/Avelengo, follow the street until the parking lot in Hafling Dorf (below the parish church).
Parking area in Hafling Dorf/Avelengo paese, on charge (below the parish church)
With the bus until the bus stop "Hafling Dorf":
- Bus no. 225 "Meran - Hafling - Falzeben"
- Bus no. 204 "Hafling - Vöran - Mölten - Terlan - Bozen"
You'll find the time table on the site: www.suedtirolmobil.info/en/