A hike with amazing views of probably the oldest meadows in South Tyrol
Section of the Archaeological Trail A 7 - The Archaeological Hiking Map with additional information is available free of charge at the archeoParc Schnalstal or at the Tourist Office Val Senales.
Starting in Monte S. Caterina/Katharinaberg (1,245 m), climb up towards the Unterperfl farm (1,417 m) and then along the partially paved, marked pathway no. 10A up a steep slope to a fence. A few minutes after this, take the right-hand path at the first fork and continue on to the abandoned Hühnerspiel farm (1,906 m). There is a small cup-shaped rock a bit further on. Go from there to Matzlaun farm, also abandoned (2,023 m), and on to the Obermairalm (2,095 m) which is set against an impressive natural landscape. Most of the ancient buildings that are part of this former homestead date back to the 14th Century and are some of the oldest meadows to be found in the Alps. Now, continue on up to Dickeralm (2,060 m), a rest and refreshment location. From there, go down to Dickhof (1,709 m), which is visible from a distance and offers the hiker yet another a rest and refreshment opportunity. Coming back down (staying on marked path no. 10), passing a wonderful cup-marked rock, continue through the larch wood to Linthof farm (1,464 m), a very popular mountain inn. A giant boulder here has a number of cup marks. Finally, the Merano High Mountain Trail (no. 24) will lead you back to Monte S. Caterina in about 1.5 hours.
Naturns - Schnalstal - towards Katharinaberg