• Trekking of the “Three Castles”

    This very pleasant hiking tour leads you to three popular castles: Castel d’Appiano, Castel Boymont and Castel Corba/Schlosskorb.

    WALKING TIME: approx. 2 hours
    ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE: approx. 300 m
    PERIOD: from early April to late October
    STARTING POINT: Castel Corba in Missiano (municipality of Appiano in the South of South Tyrol)
    TRAIL ROUTE: Castel Corba – Kreideturm – Castel d’Appiano – Castel Boymont (circular trail)
    TRAIL NUMBERS: 12, „Burgenweg“, 14

    Itinerary

    Our starting point is the small village of Missiano in the municipality of Appiano. Very soon we can see two of the castles on our tour: first Castel Corba and than Castel Boymont, which lies a little further above in the woods.

    Later on, the trail leads us along vineyards and fruit orchards, presenting wonderful views to the valley and the city of Bolzano. Soon afterwards we reach a farm, which we simply cross, staying on the asphalted street. At the beginning of the wood we follow trail no. 12 until the so-called „castle trail“ (in German „Burgenweg“). Having gained height on a small steep track the trail goes on on a series of serpentines until we finally reach the tower „Kreideturm“.

    We pass the „Kreideturm“, keep to the left and continue until we reach an asphalted forest street which will finally lead us to Castel d’Appiano. Before the trail gets steeper we decide to stop and drink some water we brought with us in our rucksacks. Continuing our hiking, we soon arrive at our first destination, the Castel d’Appiano. A breathtaking view to the valley and the city of Bolzano is welcoming us here! Having taken some fotos, we decide to explore the inside of the castle. Passing a small bridge we reach the castle’s gate and enter the courtyard. In the castle’s tavern we treat ourselves with some refreshing drinks.

    After a short visitation we continue our hiking tour towards Castel Boymont, passing some horses and pigs who are looking at us half asleep :-). We follow the track steeply downwards to a gorge where we take some steps and cross a little bridge before we walk upwards again to reach the other side where we can once again enjoy the great view to the castle and its chapel. We continue our hike through the wood (trail no. 14), finally arriving at our next destination, Castel Boymont. After a short visitation, we enjoy the warming autumn sunlight.

    Starting our way back we take the same trail on which we came to Castel Boymont. After a few metres we turn into the trail that leads us back to Castel Corba.

    Please note: This hiking tour is particularly recommendable in spring and autumn and very suitable for families since castles and their courtyards are great playgrounds for children who like adventures.

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FAQ’s
When does it start the appropriate period for excursions, vie ferrate and climbs?

Usually during the end of May it is possible to climb the southern exposed faces and climb some railroads. In some cases, after winter with heavy snow, the snow on the top of the mountains can restrict the access to the vie ferrate.

Until when is it possible to go to climb, trekking and via ferrata?


You can go until the end of October. Usually autumn is an amazing season for all the activities on the mountains.
The weather is stabler than summer, which brings many dangerous storms. The colors of the forests and the fall’s lights make the Dolomites look even more beautiful!

Which are the best topographic maps for the Dolomites?


Tabacco Maps are arguably the best topographic maps in the Dolomites. They are scaled 1:25000 and cover the whole north-eastern part of Italy. You can buy the maps here.

What about the Alta Via of the Dolomites?


The “Alte vie” (High Routes) of the Dolomites are alpine trekking routes that connect various refuges. In general they are not particularly difficult, at least for those who are used to walking in the mountains. There are 8 routes provided with indications and marked with a characteristic symbol: a triangle with a number that labels each route.
The possibility to stay at a refuge – reservation is recommended – is guaranteed from the end of June to the end of September, but as bad weather is not uncommon in the mountains it is always better to be well equipped.

Is it possible to rent the technical equipment for via ferrata?


Yes, a lot of sporting goods stores you can rent climbing harnesses, helmets and ferrata set.
When you go on the mountains with a mountain guide, the guide is going to provide the necessary equipment, usually included in the price.