An army of mystical stone figures
Val Sarentino/Sarntal is rich in sagas, legends, and myths. This hike to Stoanerne Mandln takes you back to a time when witches were still up to their mischief.
This trail starts on the left of the Kampidell parking lot in Jenesien (signage: Auener Alm no. 2); the first few metres are on a paved road. In about half an hour you reach Auener Alm (1,798m via a forest path. If you want to shorten the tour, turn left about ten minutes after the start and follow the steep trail to the Alpine pasture. Once at Auener hut, a leisurely, 30-minute hike takes you up to Auener Joch (1,926m). Now follow the signs on the left to Stoanerne Mandln. The path increases in gradient and becomes stonier. After 20 minutes, you stand in the midst of the stone figures that let their mysterious magic take effect on you. According to legend, an enraged witch who was wreaking havoc on the mountain once turned peasants into stone men. The reason: the farmers had erected a large cross to drive her away. The army of Stoanerne Mandln (or “stone men” in English) today counts over 100 rock figures and every year there are more.
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