Hike and learn

Paznaun’s educational bee trail

Hike, explore and learn: The educational bee trail in the Paznaun valley is the perfect way to do all three at the same time. The picturesque hiking trail in Kappl is not just great for hobby hikers and nature lovers, it’s also popular with animal lovers of all ages. And rightly so! After all, there’s plenty to learn along the way about one of the most useful and fascinating insects of all: the honeybee.

How many bees are there in a bee colony? What development cycles does a bee go through? And how do you harvest honey? The informative educational trail right next to Diasbahn cable car has the answers to all these questions and more.

The highlight of the trail: the bee house at the end. It provides in-depth knowledge on the topic of bees and bee-keeping – from honeycombs to bee products.

Did you know? The educational bee trail of the Paznaun valley is a project of Kappl’s Bee-Keeping Association.


The bee trail in a nutshell

  • start: at the parking lot of Diasbahn cable car
  • route: along the Visnitz forest trail up to the bee house and back 
  • distance: approx. 1 km
  • duration: approx. 30 min - 1,5 h

Guided hikes on the bee trail 

You can easily explore the Paznaun bee trail on your own. However, if you’re looking for additional information to the facts provided on the info boards, you’d better ask the expert.

In this case, the expert is Gottlieb Jehle of the Kappl bee house, who regularly hosts guided bee hikes. The bee expert takes you on an educational hike from Kappl’s village square to the hamlet of Seichle and back – including plenty of fascinating facts on the useful little animals.

The guided bee hike at a glance: 

  • when: every Friday, 14:00 
  • where: meet up at Kappl’s village square
  • duration: about 3 h
  • suitable for: hobby hikers 
  • price: € 5 (kids up to and including the age of 10 go free)
  • booking: until 12:00 at all information offices 
     

Paznaun mountain honey

Propolis, beeswax, royal jelly … We owe many useful products to honeybees. However, the most popular one of all is probably the “golden sweet”: bee honey.

The busy bee colonies of the Paznaun valley are responsible for one of the region’s finest delicacies: Paznaun mountain honey. It has a particularly smooth taste and is a real treat. No insecticides or herbicides are used in the Paznaun valley’s agriculture – and this also has a positive effect on the mountain honey from the Paznaun region.

Did you know? The great taste of Paznaun mountain honey means a lot of work for the honeybees. After all, for one kilo of blossom honey, the bees first have to …

  • … visit 5.6 million blossoms
  • … cover an “air route” of 79,000 km
  • … go on 250,000 “flower-scouting trips”
     

Quite impressive, don’t you think? But rest assured, the bees’ work is literally sweetened by the pure nectar and natural pollen of the Paznaun’s “bee delicacies”: dandelions, heather, alpine roses …

And pssst! Original Paznaun mountain honey tastes best when eaten right where it comes from: in the midst of Tyrol’s beautiful nature! For instance, on the sun terrace of one of the region’s numerous mountain huts …


You should visit the Paznaun’s educational bee trail, if … 

  • … hiking simply isn’t enough for you and you would like to inject your outdoor adventure with a shot of knowledge.
  • … you are interested in bee protection and would like to learn more about the useful animals.
  • … your little ones have always wanted to meet Maya the Bee in real life.
  • … you would like to find out why the Paznaun mountain honey you have for breakfast tastes so delightful. 
     

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