The “Stoanerne Mandln“ stone men are located atop a remarkable knoll on Alpine pasture and tower at an elevation of 2,000 metres. Human figures made of stone such as these can also be found in other parts of South Tyrol: they served as a landmark frequently or were simply built by shepherds to pass the time.
The hike starts from the parking lot at the Grüner Baum Inn and Das Stübele Restaurant in Vöran/Verano and follows trail no. 16 to the Leadner Alm Mountain Hut. From there, it continues on trail no. 11 to the Vöraner Alm Mountain Hut and then follows the E5 European long-distance hiking trail to the pass Auener Joch and finally to the Stoanernen Mandln (2,003m).
The return route is via the Möltner Kaser and the Sattler Hütte Mountain Huts, following trail no. 15 to the Kircheben parking lot. From there it continues to Hohlweg, where you can pick up the bus back to Verano (please check bus schedule).
Note: The Vöraner Alm is closed in winter, but Möltner Kaser and Sattler Hütte are both open to guests on weekends and holidays.
Informations about the opening hours of the mountain huts in the Tourist Office Hafling-Vöran-Meran 2000, Tel. +39 0473 279 457.
description to arrive at destination
Coming from both directions of the freeway Meran/Merano - Bolzano/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 to Vöran/Verano – the parking place is located above Grüner Baum Restaurant/Das Stübele Restaurant.
Parking area near the festival ground in Vöran/Verano, on charge
With the bus until the bus stop "Sportplatz Vöran":
- Bus no. 204 "Hafling - Vöran - Mölten - Terlan - Bozen"
- Bus no. 225 "Meran - Hafling - Falzeben" (until Hafling Dorf, than change to busline no. 204)
You'll find the time table on the site :www.suedtirolmobil.info/en/