Visit the
Stoanernen Mandln By Bike

OVER THE RIDGES TO A MAGICAL PLACE

Departing from the mountain station of Merano 2000 follow the serpentine path no. 18 downhill towards trail no. 14 on which you continue until reaching the Kirchsteiger Hut. From there ride on along trail no. 4 past the Meraner Hut and beneath the ‘Spieler’ to the ‘Kreuzjoch’ (2.086m), where a gorgeous lookout point awaits all persevering bikers. Once you reached the ‘Auenjoch’ follow trail no. 23 to the ‘Stoanernen Mandln’ (lit. Stone Men). At the last bit you will need to step off and push your bike.

At this unique place you will find more than one hundred aligned stone statues and the summit cross in their middle. To this day their origin and meaning are an unsolved mystery, so that there are plenty of theories in this respect. Some say shepherds or hikers built them as time-killer while others ascribe them a darker past as witches’ place of worship.

There are as many ways back as there are trails leading to the mountain station. Just make sure to not leave the marked trails.
DETAILS
TIME ONE-WAY: 3,5 hours
HEIGHT DIFF.: 670 m
DISTANCE: 25 km
TRAIL-NO.: 18-14-4-23
HUTS:
Piffinger Köpfl alpine hut, Panorama Bistro, Waidmann alpine hut, Kirchsteiger alpine hut, Meraner alpine hut
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