GEO TOURS

Groups and school classes

The GEOPARC Bletterbach offer groups and school classes of minimum ten people some special guided hiking tours. In addition to the themed hiking tours based on topics like “Rocks and wine”, “Rocks and wild herbs”, Bletterbach for Kids an GEOExcursion, we offer different variants for individual shorter or longer exploring tours through the UNESCO World Heritage site. We are pleased to include exciting adventurous games based on geology and nature in our guided tours, if children are part of the group. Should some school classes be interested in our programme, they can make use of preparation and follow-up lessons in class before and after the excursion – with support of one of our GEOPARC guides or by means of our didactical material free of charge.

TO THE GORZ – THE AMPHITHEATRE AT THE END OF THE VALLEY

Visitor Centre – Bletterbach gorge to the Gorz – Visitor Centre

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Our guided tour starts at the Visitor Centre in Aldino-Aldein with a short overview about the Bletterbach gorge’s geological structure and historical origins. Right afterwards we start our hiking tour at the rear section of the canyon. At the so-called “Butterloch”, we walk along the streambed until we reach the Gorz at the end of the valley. From there visitors get a unique view over the amphitheatre shaped by the Bletterbach stream. Afterwards we head back to the Visitor Centre.

Themed hiking tour (geology)

  • 3,5 hours
  • 250m (820 ft)
  • stable footwear, surefootedness
  • (min. 10 people) per person: 12.00€ for adults, 8.00€ for teenagers up to 14 (incl. tickets for the GEOPARC, museum and helmet rental)

  • in the surrounding alpine pastures or at the village centre of Aldino-Aldein

DISCOVERING TRACES OF DINOSAURS

GEOMuseum Redagno-Radein – Bletterbach gorge – Visitor Centre

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We start the guided tour at the GEOMuseum in Redagno-Radein that exhibits mainly fossil funds from the Bletterbach gorge: dinosaur traces, petrified fish species, shells and plants. After an explanation about the historical origins of the canyon by our GEOPARC guide, we start hiking into the Bletterbach gorge. At the “Taubenleck” point, in the area of the porphyry, we enter the canyon. The hiking tour leads to the “Butterloch” where we exit the streambed and head back in direction of the Visitor Centre. At the museum of our Visitor Centre, the group has the possibility to read and deepen all the information given during the tour.

Themed hiking tour (geology)

  • 4 hours
  • 250m (820 ft)
  • stable footwear, surefootedness
  • (min. 10 people) per person: 12.00€ for adults, 8.00€ for teenagers up to 14 (incl. tickets for the GEOPARC, museum and helmet rental)

  • in the surrounding alpine pastures or at the village centre of Aldino-Aldein

BOLZANO QUARTZ PORPHYRY/RHYOLITE AND GARDENA SANDSTONE

Visitor Centre – Bletterbach gorge – Visitor Centre

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We start the guided tour at the Visitor Centre in Aldino-Aldein with a short overview of the geological structure and of the historical origins of the Bletterbach gorge. Right afterwards we start our hiking tour through the lower part of the gorge, where the Bolzano quartz porphyry/rhyolite (Etschtaler Vulkanitgruppe) and the Gardena sandsone are visible. In proximity of the waterfall at the so-called “Butterloch”, we exit the streambed and head back in direction of the Visitor Centre.

Themed hiking tour (geology)

  • 3,5 hours
  • 200m (656 ft)
  • stable footwear, surefootedness
  • (min. 10 people) per person: 12.00 € for adults, 8.00€ for teenagers up to 14 (incl. tickets for the GEOPARC, museum and helmet rental)

  • in the surrounding alpine pastures or at the village centre of Aldino-Aldein