Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch & Surrounding Area
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Natural and cultural treasures

Anyone travelling to Merano and environs

should not miss out on one special gem in this region: Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch, which can only be reached by cable car, preserving and protecting its idyllic nature that is unrivalled in its captivating diversity. And yet, during some seasons, a place of therapeutic solitude. For example, in winter it is easy to be the first person to leave quietly crunching tracks in the freshly fallen snow. In the summer, Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch naturally offers coveted cool freshness when the stifling heat builds up in the valley.
Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch has been very popular as a recreational area for local and famous spa guests from Merano/Meran since 1912, when the new Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch cable car first made the trip up to lofty heights easier. Idyllic small villas with carved hearts on colourful window shutters and typical traditional weaved wooden fences around neat little gardens are evidence of this. The old Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch mountain hotel looked similarly neat until its ruin. Today, the vigilius mountain resort is integrated subtly and carefully into the landscape out of respect for nature and the local cultural treasures.
However, the history of Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch dates back much further. The former swampland in the valley made it essential to pass over the mountains. Mysterious rocks from the Bronze Age that line numerous paths here appear to attest to this. The romantic Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch chapel on a picturesque hill, which warned the farmers of storms, has also been ringing for more than a thousand years, and it is highly likely that it is situated on an ancient Pagan cult site. By the way – the Gasthaus Jocher directly below it is said to be the first tavern in the region where even the Romans once fortified themselves on their campaigns of conquest.

Panoramic map Vigiljoch/Monte San Vigilio

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