5 mountain huts for young hikers
Easy walks and enchanting panoramas: these are our family-friendly mountain huts
SUMMER 2020 - You know what’s really unique about a “rifugio” or mountain hut? It’s that you feel one step closer to the very soul of the mountains. Maybe it’s the crisp air that tickles your nostrils, maybe it’s the amazing views or maybe it’s simply the walk you took to arrive, but one thing’s for sure: the mountains are much closer here. And why not stay a night, you’ll be guaranteed a front-row seat for the greatest show there is. Timeless and breath-taking.
And how about enjoying some old mountain stories straight from the mouth of a local, and soaking in the warmth and hospitality that only a “rifugista” (hut manager) can offer. Truth be told, some mountain huts are too difficult to reach for younger climbers, so here we have selected a list of easily-accessible yet genuine mountain huts all waiting to be discovered!
Malga Kraun, Monte di Mezzocorona
The Malga Kraun mountain hut is set amidst fir and beech trees at an altitude of 1200 m asl. You can reach it by cable car from the small town of Mezzocorona (the steepest in Europe!). When you reach the top station, simply follow the “Magia del Bosco” (Magic of the Woods) trail, a walk enhanced by lovely wooden sculptures.
The “Brigata Lupi di Toscana” hut, Valle del Chiese
Despite its name, this mountain hut is situated in Trentino, on the verdant, sun-drenched Boniprati plateau. You can also reach it by car and from there go on several easy hikes that will allow you to enjoy stunning views, like that of Cima Pissola.
Rifugio Potzmauer, Val di Cembra
Lying very close to the Parco Naturale del Monte Corno (Nature Park), the Rifugio Potzmauer is an ideal destination for the whole family. After a relaxing walk in the woods, you reach a clearing where you find the mountain hut. It offers typical Trentino cuisine, an extensive green area for children to play in and a yurt (a tent used in Mongolia), where ‒ upon reservation ‒ you can also sleep.
Rifugio Monte Baldo, Vallagarina
Located in the beautiful Madonna della Neve valley, the mountain hut can be easily reached by car. Here you will find nature, peace and a relaxing atmosphere. You can enjoy marvellous Trentino food and wine and play with your children in the large playground in front of the mountain hut or admire the animals grazing on the gentle slopes of the Val Domenegal.
Rifugio Malga Campo, Alpe Cimbra
This mountain hut is situated near Luserna, a small village in Trentino where the ancient Cimbrian language is still spoken. Rifugio Malga Campo is right above the village, in a sunny, luscious green valley. Don’t be surprised if you find a lot of cyclists here because the mountain hut is a stopover for those who ride along the 100 kilometre-long trails that wind amongst the forts used during the First World War (“100 chilometri dei Forti”-Trail) ‒ a must-do for mountain bike and history lovers.