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Discover Gais

The exit from the valley basin in Bruneck/Brunico seems like driving through an imposing gate through the narrow valley between Kehlburg Castle and Neuhaus Castle near Gais and on to the Aurina Valley. 

Gais is located at 845 m above sea level and has 3,100 inhabitants. The community comprises the villages of Tesselberg/Montassilone, Mühlbach/Riomolino and Uttenheim/Villa Ottone. From Gais it is only 5 km to Brunico and 3.5 km to Villa Ottone. Good bus connections between Brunico and Campo Tures are available.

The jewel of the village is the Roman parish church dating back to the 12th century. Worth a visit is the so-calleld "Pfleger" House at the access road to Neuhaus Castle with a beautiful chapel where the last troubadour Oswald von Wolkenstein used to live in 1425. During World War II the renowned American poet Ezra Pound and his family fled to this chapel. His mother Isabell Westen Pound is buried here. To the south, the Kehlburg castle ruins thrones at 1188 m in height. From here you get through the Bärental Valley to the harbour of Tesselberg/Montassilone (1485 m) with a small parish church. The gothic building was blessed in 1441 and is furnished in baroque style. The Paarhöfe (a farm building consisting of two parallel two-story houses) with their hipped roofs are a must-see.

To the north you reach the smallest, most secluded and steepest side valley of the Aurina Valley: Mühlbach/Riomolino (1462 m). The farms are placed on steep slopes around the small parish church. In ancient years people used to pilgrim up to Riomolino from Taufers/Campo Tures and from the Ahrntal/Aurina Valley or they visited the renowned Mühlbacher Bath, the highest in the Puster Valley.

The village of Uttenheim/Villa Ottone was first mentioned in 970. Around 1100, the noble inhabitants of Villa Ottone constructed their castle on a wild rock above the village. In the village you'll find the parish church dedicated to S. Margaret constructed on the exact place of an older church, which burned down after it was hit by lightning. Today's parish church is a closed baroque building with frescos by F.A. Zeiler. From Villa Ottone you can hike up to the Lanebach mountain farms (1560 m), probably the most impassable farms in South Tyrol. Further up you reach the castle ruins. In a fearsome steep position above avalanche cones the path leads up far above the “Anewandt” farms group (1250 m) to the surprisingly vast and flat Wechseleben pasture (1500 m). The path leads even further up to 1700 m.

Winter
A regular ski shuttle brings you to the various ski and cross-country resorts in the surroundings.
Sledging is the most popular sport in South Tyrol and guarantees a lot of fun! Be it night or day, sledging is always a highlight. Be it "professional riders" or "leisure riders" – in Gais-Villa Ottone everyone will find the right route.
Lantern hikes every Tuesday and Thursday via a romantic forest path to Neuhaus Castle with a visit to the castle chapel and a break in the castle bar.
Ice-skating and curling on the floodlit natural ice-skating rink in the sports zone of Gais with rental of curling or ice-skating equipment or on the natural ice-skating rink in the sports zone of Villa Ottone.  
Snow-shoe hiking: Once a week the Alpine School accompanies you on your hike through the forests of the Puster Valley up to snowed in pastures.
Indoor pool Cron 4 in Reischach/Riscone: Spacious sports pool, a baby pool and innumerable swimming possibilities, Funpool with the waterslide CronSplash, a renowned waterfall, massage jets and water fountains.
Skiing: Perfectly groomed slopes can be found in the surrounding ski resorts Kronplatz/Plan de Corones, Speikboden and Klausberg. More than 200 snow machines guarantee for great winter adventures.
Ski tours: Ski tours in the surroundings of Gais with ideal conditions and splendid views.
Cross-country skiers find ideal conditions in Reischach/Riscone, Rein/Riva di Tures and Prettau/Predoi.

Sightseeing
The Eppacher weaving mill produces products from natural fibres like cotton or linen, traditional shirts, hand-knit Sarner vests and socks based on a traditional method. Pillows, carpets, table clothes and much more.

In the Fire brigade Helmet Museum you'll find examples of helmets from all countries and eras from the time of Napoleon to the K&K Monarchy and to the most modern helmets.
The Museum of Ethnography in Dietenheim/Teodone near Brunico was founded in 1976. It comprises a 3 ha large field with about 24 ancient farms.
Tures Castle is a fully furnished and well preserved castle. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful castles in Tyrol.

Summer
Many Hiking proposals around Gais
Swimming in the natural lake in Gais with Pirates’ Bar:  This lake is as popular amongst locals as it is amongst tourists. Especially families with children appreciate this facility and the low water depth as well as the free entry from the start of June to the end of August.
Climbing garden in Gais: One of the oldest climbing gardens in the Aurina Valley with levels of difficulty up to grade 8.
Rafting, canoeing and kayaking for beginners and advanced bookable with River Tours and Rafting Club Activ.
In Reischach/Riscone or at the shooting stand with regular dimensions of 18-90 m at Brunico Castle you can enjoy archery.
Fishing: Only a few km from Gais/Villa Ottone you can cycle on the asphalted cycling path to the Prenn-Hof guesthouse with the beautiful “Thara” fishing pond.  Fishing possible from April to October. Rental of fishing rods.
Tennis and asphalt curling: 3 floodlit tennis courts in Gais, 1 asphalt curling course, 2 floodlit tennis courts in Villa Ottone.
Cycling tours
Bicycle rental in the village centre of Gais or in Brunico at the train station.
Puster Valley Golf Club: The 9-hole golf course is located at the bottom of the Plan de Corones ski resort. The course is embedded between meadows, forests and a biotope and meets the requirements of all golfers. The Club House offers a bar and restaurant with sun terrace.
The playground in the village centre of Gais is a renowned meeting point for parents with children.
High-rope climbing garden in Issengo with more than 60 platforms at heights from between 5-20 metres -–open from April to November.