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Where is Ulten?

The municipality of Ulten in Italy is home to around 2,860 people and comprises the villages St. Walburg, Kuppelwies, St. Nikolaus and St. Gertraud. It is part of the Burggrafenamt District, which includes the communities of the Passeier Valley and the renowned spa town of Meran. Ulten belongs to the autonomous province of Bolzano- South Tirol, the most northern Italian province. The Italian name of the Ulten Valley is Val d'Ultimo. Schwemmalm Ski Resort is located in the heart of the valley and is very popular especially among families.

The 40 km valley of the Falschauer River can be reached via Lana/Etsch Valley and runs parallel to Vinschgau. Stilfser Joch National Reserve (Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio) at the upper part of the valley stretches out over 134,620 hectare and four provinces, namely South Tirol, Trentino, Brescia and Sondrio. The national reserve was founded in 1935 to protect the countryside of the Ortler region. 3,905 m Ortler Mountain is the highest mountain in South Tirol.

Where to stay over night in Ulten?

Ulten Valley offers many accommodations to suit every taste and budget such as B&Bs, apartments or rooms at farms. The most famous hotels of the region are ****Life Balance Hotel Arosea, ****Adventure Hotel Waltershof or Chalet De Ultimis.

What’s the weather like in Ulten?

Check out our live webcam for the current weather in Ulten and the forecast for today, tomorrow or the weekend.

Ulten Valley enjoys a varied climate, ranging from nearly Mediterranean (vineyards near Lana) to extreme Alpine (mountains higher than 2,000m) conditions.

Mountain view at Ulten valley
Ulten at summertime

What’s Happening in Ulten?

Winter sports enthusiasts love Schwemmalm ski resort (1,150 m to 2,625 m above sea-level) with 25 km of perfectly groomed ski trails of various degrees of difficulty and 1,000 meters difference in elevation. Schwemmalm is also home to the longest ski trail in South Tirol with five kilometres and to some of the most beautiful pistes. This area is popular among both locals and tourists, alike. State-of-the-art lifts take you up the mountain in only a few minutes; especially families are enchanted by the slopes, but also expert skiers find demanding trails such as Asmolpiste, leading from Mutegg Mountain Station (2625 m) to the Valley Station (1500 m).

 

Nature lovers and families who long for a stress-free place to spend their winter holidays are just right in Ulten. Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tobogganing or snowshoe hiking in pristine nature, great hospitality and fantastic food make Ulten the perfect holiday destination.

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Ulten valley
Flowery meadow at Ulten valley

What to do in the summer in Ulten?

Have a break and spend some relaxing and carefree time in the summer in Ulten. Many easy and more challenging hiking trails lead past green meadows, steep cliffs, thick forests, traditional huts, old farms and picturesque mountain lakes. You may even see the three famous Ulten larches, which are part the UNESCO World Heritage site and are about 800 years old. Ultner Höfeweg Trail is a special tip.

The valley gets its unique character also because of the many reservoir lakes, such as Weißbrunnsee Lake at 1,872 m or Zoggler Lake located between Sankt Walburg and Kuppelwies. Over the years these lakes have become more and more popular especially among hobby fishers.

The ruins of Eschenlohe Castle are a special highlight of Ultental Valley. It was first mentioned in 1164 and used to be the home of counts of Ulten. If you want to learn more about the valley’s history, visit the Ulten Museum, providing insights into the hard farmers’ life.

What do famous people have to do with Ulten?

Around 1900 the little spa village of Mitterbad near St. Pankraz attracted many famous people to the Ulten Valley, among them Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, Bismarck, Franz Defregger, Hermann Sudermann, Franz Kafka, Domherr Graf zur Lippe, Thomas Mann and Heinrich Mann. Many visited because of Dr. Christoph Hartung von Hartungen, a famous doctor and philosopher.

Ulten is the home of Luis, a famous South-Tirolean comedian and Dominik Paris, an international ski racer, winning the famous Kitzbühel downhill twice.