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A stylish mountain retreat
Exhilarating walking on well-waymarked trails, a high-mountain valley rich in history and culture, an elegant hotel where you can be sure of a warm welcome and excellent cuisine… Just some of the reasons to spend a few days in Karthaus.
Karthaus. 3 nights
Karthaus. 3 nights

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Tranquil Karthaus

Framed by the majestic Ötztal Alps, the unspoiled, German-speaking Schnalstal is an idyllic valley to explore on foot or two wheels. Known for its abundance of apple orchards and vineyards, the valley is also home to a variety of ancient farmsteads, some built over 700 years ago. Older still is the region’s most famous inhabitant – Ötzi, the Copper Age ice man, who was discovered locally in 1991 and now lies in Bolzano’s Ice Man Museum. More contemporary residents include ibex, marmots and martens, while golden eagles share the skies with alpine choughs and woodlarks.
Your base is the welcoming Hotel Zur Goldenen Rose in the picturesque village of Karthaus (or Certosa, in Italian). Besides the restaurant serving delicious Tyrolean cuisine, what makes this hotel memorable is the hospitality of owners Paul and Steffi Grüner, who are happy to share with you their passion for and knowledge of this most scenic of valleys.


  • Tschars to Karthaus: 8km, 3hrs
    After a short transfer from Tschars to Naturns, take a cable car up the hillside and then walk across steep slopes to the village of Katharinaberg. From here, you can either catch a bus or continue on foot all the way to the atmospheric village of Karthaus and the 4-star Hotel Zur Goldenen Rose, where your luggage will be waiting for you.

    One of the highlights of your stay is likely to be the gourmet dinner served each night in the hotel restaurant. The chef prepares a combination of South Tyrol specialities and Mediterranean cuisine, using local and organic produce. To complement your meal there is an excellent choice of wines from the hotel’s own wine cellar.
  • Choice of routes from Karthaus: 8km to 16.5km

    Unser Frau & Vernagt Stausee: 16.5km, 5hrs
    Starting from the hotel, this route is a good introductory leg-stretcher, heading up the valley to the village of Unser Frau, home to a delightful Baroque-style pilgrimage church and the interactive ArcheoParc Museum, dedicated to the life of Ötzi the Ice-man. From here, continue up to the blue waters of Vernagt Stausee, behind which looms the mighty chain of the Ötztal Alps. Follow a quiet, undisturbed forest path above the lake's southern shore then ascend lofty, panoramic slopes on its opposite side (complete with characteristic huts for refreshments) to complete your loop around the lake before catching the bus back to Karthaus.
    Meraner Höhenweg from Katharinaberg: 12km, 4hrs
    From nearby Katharinaberg on the other side of the valley (5 minutes away by bus), you join the panoramic Meraner Höhenweg and follow it right across the southern slopes of the Texelgruppe Nature Park, enjoying magnificent views into the valleys and across to the snow-capped mountain peaks. The trail leads to Unterstell where you can either descend by cable car or continue down the path into Naturns, from where you catch the bus back to Karthaus. All along the route are a number of farms and mountain cafés where you can stop for refreshments or lunch.
    Bella Vista: 8km, 4hrs
    Take the bus to Kurzras, then use the cable car to reach Hotel Grawand (3,212 metres). From here, you descend over 1,200 metres through thrilling, high-mountain scenery back to the valley. 
    Cycle from Vinschgau to Meran: 16km
    For a change from walking, you can take the bus to Naturns and hire bikes for a day to cycle along a dedicated cycle track which leads gently down into the valley, through vineyards and orchards, all the way into the handsome, historic town of Meran. From Meran, take the bus back to Naturns or Karthaus.

    You can also take advantage of the train which runs along the valley, where bikes can be picked up at one of several stations and dropped off after cycling to another.
  • Option to spend a night in the high mountains
    During your stay, you might like to take the opportunity to spend a night in your hosts’ isolated retreat, Bella Vista, set in a secluded valley high in the mountains at 2,842 metres. (Usually available from late June onwards, subject to local conditions. Please organise and pay locally.) You can reach the retreat on foot – it's a sustained ascent, but highly rewarding. Alternatively, to have more time to explore even higher, you could arrange a transfer by jeep.

    Bella Vista makes a great base from which to explore the high mountains, where you will hopefully encounter the local marmots and enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of the fascinating landscape of snow and glacial ice.


Your high-quality hotel is located in Karthaus, a picturesque village with 14th-century cloisters that nestles in the tranquil Schnalstal Valley. From late June onwards, you have the option to spend one of your nights in the hotel's Bella Vista mountain refuge, a well-appointed chalet providing a cosy atmosphere and fabulous panoramas (weather dependent; please organise and pay locally).
Hotel Goldene Rose


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  • 3 nights: 06 June - 06 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 25 June £395 £60
    26 June - 29 July £415 £60
    30 July - 31 August £440 £60
    1 September - 3 October £415 £60
    3rd & 4th person discount -£30
    Single traveller supplement £30

    £ per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.

    Prices may be different if you are not arranging your transfers for your main holiday through Inntravel or have your own car; please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per room)

    Hotel Goldene Rose, Karthaus/Certosa
    Deluxe: 01 Jun - 05 Oct 2019 £14
    Deluxe with private sauna: 01 Jun - 05 Oct 2019 £20
    Penthouse suite: 01 Jun - 05 Oct 2019 £35
    Superior with balcony: 01 Jun - 05 Oct 2019 £8
What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 dinners,
    3 breakfasts
  • taxi Tschars-Naturns
  • luggage transfer Tschars-Karthaus
  • detailed documentation

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