Far as the eyes can see

Rittner Horn prides it self with the prettiest 360° view in South Tyrol - and rightly so!

“For who wishes to see all of Tyrol at one sight shall climb these heights”, thus wrote Ludwig Purtscheller, mountaineer of the later 19th century, about Rittner Horn. And, if you’ve ever experienced the vastness that opens in front of you up there, if you’ve ever felt that rush of goosebumps at the sight of so much unfiltered beauty, you will surely agree with Purtscheller: The view at the top here reaches 360° to the horizon and back - absolutely open, clear and unobstructed. The onlooker’s eyes roam from the Dolomites - UNESCO World Heritage Site – spreading in one arch from southeast to south, over the summits of Peitlerkofel/Sass de Putia to the Geißlerspitzen/Gruppo delle Odle peaks, to Schlern/Sciliar and further on over Rosengarten/Catinaccio to Latemar all the way to Schwarzhorn/Corno Nero and Weißhorn/Corno Bianco.
Panoramic Loop TrailPanoramic Loop TrailStart: Schwarzsee Spitze, 2.069m
End: Schwarzsee Spitze, 2.069m
Trail sign: Panoramic way
Tour length: 2.863 m
Descent: 99 m
Ascent: 78 m
Tour duration: 45 min
Difficulty: easy walk
Highlights on the way: magnificent panorama of the Dolomites, Round Table, Dolomitoscope, natural mountain pine labyrinth, Kneipp basin
Chasing-the-Sky Hiking TourChasing-the-Sky Hiking TourRide  the Gondola Rittner Horn to Schwarzsee Spitze where the Panoramic Loop Trail starts out. The entire trail is seamed with picturesque descriptions of the dominant tree species: the mountain pine and the Swiss pine. Passing the “Round Table” and the “Dolomitoscope” the Loop Trail leads to the Unterhorn inn with its unique Alpine Rock Garden.
Next, the hike leads across the alpine pastures of Barbian (Barbianer Almen) to the mountain pine oil distillery, the mystical location in the “Pfannenstiehl” and finally to the highest point of the hike. From thence the tour moves across the alpine pastures of Ritten to the “Neue Berghütte”- the new mountain hut (not open to the public). Following the Heusteig track, lined with comfy spots to sit down and burbling wood troughs, you reach the Feltuner Hütte – popular refreshment and snack stop. From here it’s a short and easy walk back to the mountain terminal at Schwarzsee Spitze.
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Horn trailHorn trailFrom the parking lot Pemmern/Tre Vie (1.541 m) we take the cable car to the Schwarzseespitze/Cima Lago Nero (2.070 m). From here, we follow the indication “Panoramaweg” beginning on the left towards  Unterhorn/Corno di sotto (2.040).

Following the indications for Oberes Horn/Corno di Sopra (2.260 m) we will arrive at the peak of the hiking tour. Walking back down along path N° 2, past the refuge “Berghütte” (2.090 m), until we hit N° 2A and the N° 19.
This is the way back to the mountain terminal of the gondola. Finally, we can walk trail N° 1 all the way back to Tre Vie (1.5 hours)

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Hay trailHay trailStarting point: Schwarzseespitze mountain station
This alpine pasture hike along the "Heusteig" leads from the mountain station of the Rittner Horn cable car from Schwarzseespitze towards Unterhorn and on to Gissmann, the highest settlement on the Ritten. We follow the wide alpine path (19 and 1), past the Unterhornhaus to in front of the Feltuner Hütte. This is where the actual "hay trail" begins, which was once used by the Ritten shepherds in early summer to bring the first "mown" to the hay hut (Schupfe) a little lower down. The "Heusteig" marked 2A leads past two water troughs with good drinking water and joins hiking trail 2 just after a hay hut. From here you can climb about 50 metres in altitude via an unmarked trail to the vantage point at Gissmanner Nock (1,924 m).
Hiking trail 2 descends steadily to Gissmann. Then walk the 5.3 km along the traffic-calmed access road from Gissmann to Pemmern in about 1.5 hours. Hiking bus timetable
Interesting facts about mountain hay: The production of hay is still of great importance today. The meadows at lower altitudes produce the first hay as early as June. The mowing of the mountain hay, an extremely nutritious animal feed consisting mainly of herbs, begins somewhat later.Read more
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