The lovely villages Kiens, Ehrenburg, St. Sigmund and Hofern are situated
amidst the romantic Pustertal valley, embedded within an impressive
landscape of high mountains, green meadows, crystal clear mountain lakes and
snow covered mountain peaks. Escape everyday life and enjoy hiking, skiing
or cycling. All your wishes will become true on 800 m altitude. Welcome!
Land and people
Certain areas of the Pustertal, also called the “green valley”, were populated already in the Preroman time. A few names of farms and houses date back to date period, for example Walch. In the early Middle Ages Pustertal was governed by Bavarian Lords. They populated it with people of their tribe. A lot of first names in our area prove that.
The name KIENS was first mentioned in an old document from Freising (Bavaria) dated 1006 – 1039 with the name “K i e n a”. A catholic foundation from Freising owned the Pichlerhube of Mr. Ploner Peter in Kiens. Paul Tschurtschenthaler wants to derive the village’s name of the german word “Kien”, which means Scots pinewood. Anselm Sparber thinks, that the name “Chienes” derives neither from the Romanic nor from the German, but Preroman .
In old documents from the 11th and the 14th century there is mentioned a Kastell – Castrum Chienes”. Anselm Sparber thinks that this is the word for a group of houses which were build near the curch of Kiens and they ware almost like a castle.
The “green valley” is a area which has uncountless beautiful landscapes, the Valley of Rienz with Kiens and St. Sigmund, the sleepy village Ehrenburg and the Getzenberg which is full of forests and fairy tales and ends at the Astjoch. Every visitor is recommended to find a vantage point from which You can see the beauty and the miracle of this “green world”, this land made by God’s hand.
Tourism and industry have changed this world in the last decades, big construction works at buildings have totally changed the village.
Sports and leisure time
Hiking paradise in the Valley Pustertal
Apart from hiking tours we offer You much more activities: Euro Alpinschule Pustertal / mountain guides -, tennis, swimming in the lake Issing, rafting, paragliding, bowling, billards, fishing, horse riding, riding lessons, pony riding for children and trekking tours, cycling and mountainbiking and so on.
In the winter everything You can hear is „snow“.
Skiers and snowboarders have their fun on our skiing mountain Kronplatz, cross-country skiing, sledging, ice-skating, winter hiking.
Another alternative to the skiing is the snowshoe hiking. Together with the Alpine School Pustertal we have organized snowshoe hiking tours which take place every Wednesday.
17° Alta Pusteria INTERNATIONALCHOIRFESTIVAL 18. - 22.06. 2014
The Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival is a non competitive event. It takes place in Val Pusteria (Alto Adige – South Tyrol, ITALY) every year during the last week of June for five days, Wednesday to Sunday. Since the first festival in 1998, over 800 outstanding choirs and about 33,000 chorus members from 37 countries of the five continents have performed in the thirteen editions.
17° Alta Pusteria INTERNATIONALCHOIRFESTIVAL