Culture and tradition – the history of the Vigiljoch

When the Etsch valley was not yet passable, the trail led south over the Vigiljoch. Numerous finds and mysterious discoveries such as the cup-marked stones from the Bronze Age indicate this. Stone Age relics suggest that San Vigilio Church, first mentioned in 13th-century documents, is situated above a place of pagan worship. The walls of the nave date back to the early Romanesque period; the choir which is still intact and the bell tower were added later. Well-preserved frescoes from the 14th century, the Twelve Apostles and the Calvary, represent a highlight of the artwork of the time.

The cable car has been ascending smoothly and fast to the Vigiljoch since 1912. Celebrated as a sensation, Lana’s local mountain soon established itself as a tourist destination. This is apparent to this day from the well-preserved, charming holiday villas, which bring excursions closer to the idyllic alpine architecture of yesteryear.

The cable car was renewed in 1952. In 2006, entrepreneur Ulrich Ladurner took it over as the main shareholder and upgraded it. Since 2023, the completely renewed cable car with its new cabin has been carrying up to 40 people to the “Joch” in only six minutes – with accessibility at the valley and mountain station.


Seilbahn Vigiljoch

Villenerweg 3
39011 Lana
South Tyrol, Italy

Tel. +39 0473 56 13 33


by bus and train Arrow Down

The Lana bus station lies in close proximity to the valley station of the cable car. It is well-connected to public transport, with good connections to the stations at Marlengo, Merano and Lana/Posta.

By car Arrow Down

Take the Merano-Bolzano (MEBO) expressway, exit at Merano Sud and drive towards Lana. The entrance to the valley station of the San Vigilio Cable Car is 100 m further, on the right-hand side.

Good to know


Dogs transported on the cable car must wear a muzzle. If required, you can purchase one at the valley station. A muzzle is mandatory by Italian law.


Bicycles can be transported at any time of the day.

Animals and their habitat

Please keep your distance to grazing animals. We ask that you remain quiet in the forest to not disturb wild animals. Dogs must be kept on a leash.


During the winter months you can rent snowshoes (without sticks) and spikes at the valley station of the Vigiljoch cable car for a daily rate of €6.50. (Limited number)

winter operation

Slopes are only open when there is enough natural snow.

Weather Conditions

Safety is our top priority. Due to adverse weather conditions (thunderstorm with lightning), the operation of the lifts will be stopped.


There is a large, free public parking on Max-Valier-Straße, a 7-minute walk from the valley station.
You can find directions here

useful phone numbers

Emergency 112
Valley station (+39) 0473 56 13 33
Mountain station (+39) 0473 56 11 82
Weather forecast (+39) 0471 27 11 77