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Stegersäge Visitors' Centre

The short hike from Tires to the entrance of the Valle di Ciamin can be linked with a visit to the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park. The walk takes you far from vehicle traffic and is suitable for walkers of all abilities.
As well as numerous examples of fossils and an exhibition of minerals, the Visitors' Centre offers an interesting slide-show and pictorial material with plenty of explanatory panels. The predominant theme is Natural History, in particular the history of the origins of the Dolomites. In close proximity to this interesting facility there is a geological discovery trail with diagrams showing the origins of the rock strata in each geological era. It explains the Bolzano quartz-porphyry, the Val Gardena sandstone and the Siusi strata, which overlie the Werfen strata. The Sciliar-Catinaccio/Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park centre is of interest both for adults and for children. Because of its distinctive location it is easy to reach; you can take the car as far as the Lavina Bianca car parks.

The hike begins at the village hall in Tires. From the village square a path branches off eastwards and brings the hiker fairly quickly to the meadows above Tires. From there you follow the marked U6 steep track further towards the east. At 1,090 m you come across a wayside cross and a wayside shrine. The path leads first to the meadows, before ending on a tarmac road, which crosses the slope in front of the Pattissenhof Hotel. This road climbs up to the Wuhn forest road and at 1,200 m reaches Lavina Bianca. It now leads for a short way around the edge of the forest, past car parks and down to the Tschaminbach stream. A little bridge leads across the stream to the Tschaminschwaige and to the interesting Sciliar-Catinaccio/Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park Visitors' Centre. This is housed in the old Steger Säge or Steger Sawmill.

Once a week in the summer months a sawyer opens a little water channel and thus turns a mill wheel, which sets the old Venetian saw in motion. The operating system and wooden control system has been completed restored and the sawmill is once more functional. During opening times you can even watch from close quarters the huge trunk of a spruce tree being sawed up.
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