RS leuchtenburg aussicht richtung salurner klause
RS leuchtenburg aussicht richtung salurner klause

Hike to the Castelchiaro Fortress

The legendary Castelchiaro Fortress high above Lake Caldaro is a popular excursion destination.

On a beautiful Sunday morning in autumn we - that is to say two women and four kids between 3 and 8 years - drive towards Lake Caldaro and park our car in the hamlet of Campi al Lago (Klughammer) right before the signpost "Kreit". Our hike to the Castelchiaro Fortress starts on the path no. 13, first steeply uphill, then following a wide forest road also used as MTB trail.

At this point we can choose between the longer and wider trail (approx. 50 minutes) or the alternative path which is shorter and steeper. Our kids want to reach the knight's castle as soon as possible so we follow the steep trail and arrive at the Castelchiaro Fortress (Leuchtenburg) after a 15-minute uphill walk.

The shady inside of the ruin can be reached by a short iron stairway, the walls are perfect to climb and explore. Near the flag behind the castle the view opens up on the turquoise Lake Caldaro and its surroundings (if you look over the wall). After a picnic we start the descent on the same trail.

Author: RD

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Campi al Lago, parking space near Kreit
Distance: approx. 4 km
Walking time: approx. 2 hours (in total)
Signposts: no. 13, 13A
Altitude level: between 310 and 577 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: September 2010

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