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.
South Tyrol, Italy
Tel. +39 0473 56 13 33
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.
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.
The BusCard is not valid for the cable car and chairlift of Vigiljoch. It is valid for all buses in Merano and the surrounding area. The card is valid for 7 days from the day of first use and can be purchased at all tourist offices in the holiday region of Meraner Land.
The Mobilcard is not valid for the cable car and chairlift of Vigiljoch. It allows for unlimited travel on all public transport in South Tyrol. This includes the regional trains in South Tyrol (Brenner – Trento as well as Mals – Innichen), all local buses (city and intercity lines), the cable cars to Renon, Meransen, Jenensien, Mölten and Vöran, the Renon railway, the Mendel Cable Car as well as return journeys with the PostAuto Switzerland Ltd between Mals and Zernez. The Mobilcard is available from all South Tyrol transport ticket offices, the various tourist offices and at the ticket machines in all regional stations. 1, 3 or 7 Day passes are available.
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) at the valley station of the Vigiljoch cable car for a daily rate of €6.50. (Limited number)
Slopes are only open when there is enough natural snow.
Safety is our top priority. Due to adverse weather conditions (thunderstorm with lightning), the operation of the lifts will be stopped.
ADDITIONAL PARKING SPACES
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
|Valley station||(+39) 0473 56 13 33|
|Mountain station||(+39) 0473 56 11 82|
|Weather forecast||(+39) 0471 27 11 77|