Kappl

Kappl in the Paznauntal valley is confined by the Verwall mountain range in the north and the Samnaun mountain range in the south.

Altitude: 1,258 m asl

The largest village of the charming Paznauntal valley in terms of inhabitants, and the second largest in size, covering an area of 97.49 sqkm, is Kappl. Once upon a time this area was used for summer grazing by Rhaetians of the Engadine and for this reason several names of alpine pastures have got Rhaetian origins. In the 17th century the number of inhabitants started increasing in a way that many tradepersons had to leave this area and go abroad. Also children were sent away and in this period of time the so called “Great Swabian Migration” started, which lasted up to the end of WWI.

Today Kappl is a popular holiday resort, able to maintain its rural origins. A vast network of hiking trails snake in the environs of the Paznauntal valley, one of the most popular is a part of the “Way of St. James”. The trail takes hikers from Kappl via the Heiligkreuz and Ruhestein chapels to the Sessladalpe pasture (1,896 m asl) and further on to the Niederelbehütte refuge (2,310 m asl). This hike takes about 3 hours up to the refuge and leads past the lovely Fatlartal valley and crystal clear Lake Riepasee. In 2009 an event called “Culinary Way of St. James” was brought into being, bringing international starred chefs up into the mountains. On selected summer days delicious dishes were served at four refuges.

The Dias-Alpe pasture, a skiing area belonging to Kappl, offers 42 km of well-groomed ski slopes and 10 lift facilities. At the mountain station, both in summer and winter, there is the popular Sunny Mountain Adventure Park. In the cold season this area transforms into a winter playground with ski kinder-garden, including a children’s restaurant, magic carpets, snow-tubing, winter-bungee as well as the mountain dwarf “Flaxi”, lending a helping hand to children learning how to ski.

Our recommendation: in the surroundings there are about 90 hamlets that are worth to be visited, as well as several chapels that were constructed so that inhabitants could say their prayers close to their homes. The S. Hieronymus church at Langesthei is one of these sacred buildings.

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