An adventurous mountain holiday in South Tyrol

A cosy holiday home for your mountain stay in South Tyrol
Enjoy your holiday at our cosy Jaufensteg at the entrance to the Ratschings Valley! Our comfortable rooms are the perfect refuge after an adventurous day in the surrounding mountains. Furthermore, since its early days as an inn back in the 19th century, our hotel has been welcoming scores of hikers and nature lovers to a homely environment combined with attentive service and excellent cuisine. Our chefs Armin and Lukas will pamper you with traditional and homemade dishes in our own restaurant. Here, you will feel at home!

Also, there are plenty of possibilities for activities. A special highlight of the valley is located right at the doorstep: the Stanghe Gorge (Gilfenklamm), unique in Europe because it’s caved into marble stone, which is accessible via steps and bridges.

But there are also other options to suit every taste, from skiing and sledding on the snow-sure runs of the Racines-Giovo ski area to family-friendly hikes on the local Alpine pastures and challenging high-altitude MTB tours. For sure you will find something for your taste!

We are looking forward to welcoming you!
The Klotz family

On a discovery spree? Use the Racines activCARD

When you check in at the Jaufensteg, you will receive a complimentary Racines activCARD, a guest card that gives you free fares on all public transport in South Tyrol and the Racines-Giovo, Rosskopf and Ladurns lift facilities. Additional benefits include free access to the Gilfenklamm waterfall and free entry to a number of museums in South Tyrol, as well as free participation in selected hikes or guided tours and discounts at shops and establishments taking part in the scheme.

Cosy rooms for your holiday in South Tyrol

A refuge in the mountains
Our recently renovated hotel features bright, quiet rooms and suites to cater for every need. The 10 spacious double rooms measure from 22 to 27 m² and are equipped with a sofa bed for extra capacity. Each family suite offers 38 m² of space for a carefree holiday with your friends or family.

All rooms feature:
  • balcony
  • bathroom with shower
  • WC
  • bidet
  • flat-screen Sat TV
  • free WiFi
Family suites are also equipped with an extra toilet.

Summer holiday in South Tyrol

Enjoy the mountains

Hiking in Ratschings

With its mantle of idyllic mountain pastures, the Racines-Giovo area is a land of plenty for hiking enthusiasts. From the punchy climb to the Becherhaus – South Tyrol’s highest mountain hut at 3,184 m – to family-friendly pasture tours, there are options to suit all tastes!
If you favour leisurely strolls, you can let the Racines cable car take you to lofty heights and make your way on the Ratschinger Almenweg: this panoramic path connects all the local mountain huts and is the ideal choice if you fancy the idea of taking a break along the way and treating yourself to a tasty South Tyrolean snack. Those who are looking for a proper challenge can tackle the local mountains and reach the summits of Mt Wetterspitze, Mt Seebergspitze and Mt Ratschinger Weiße. Alternatively, you can take a stroll along the shady path following the mountain brook that starts right by the Jaufensteg. A visit to the spectacular Gilfenklamm gorge and waterfall is also in order, of course!

Winter fun and snowy experiences in Ratschings

Fun in the snow

On the slopes of Ratschings-Jaufen

Large slopes, a fantastic panorama and lots of snow: the Racines-Giovo ski area is a winter wonderland for skiers of all ages!
Runs with varying degrees of difficulty offer the right challenge for everyone from beginners to experts, and snow is guaranteed throughout the season. The ski area also features a terrain park with plenty of wave, jib, and kicker lines for adrenaline-seeking snowboarders.
With sunny terraces and intriguing menus, the local mountain huts offer a pleasurable stopover between descents. The Racines-Giovo is also a child-friendly ski area, featuring a ski kindergarten where youngsters can learn the ropes in a playful way, under the watchful eye of professional instructors. The valley terminal of the Racines-Giovo lift is approximately 4 km away. A free ski bus service to the ski area is available, with buses stopping right in front of Hotel Jaufensteg.

Our à la carte restaurant

Good food and drinks
Exquisite cuisine, fine wines and friendly service – the Jaufensteg Restaurant is a perfect place to spend a pleasurable evening in good company! Our chefs Armin and Lukas pamper you with traditional meals made with fresh, local ingredients.
Those of you who book their stay for gourmets with half board during winter, get a daily four-course dinner with salad buffet. Our kitchen staff will pamper you with traditional, homemade, and fresh dishes. And of course, you will get a glass of local wine.

We also cater for special dietary needs to ensure that guests with food intolerances can enjoy a delectable meal, too. Please inform us on reservation of any dietary requirements so that we can prepare a meal tailored your needs.

Important! We are closed on Sunday evening and on Monday (from mid-July to the beginning of September, we are open all around the clock). The bar is open all day.

Our tip: combine your dining experience with a visit to the breath-taking Gilfenklamm waterfall!

Your private party at Jaufensteg

Family events in the cosy Ratschings Valley
Are you looking for a homely venue to celebrate a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary? Get in touch! In our two cosy dining rooms, there is space for around 35 people each and we will be happy to suggest various menu options for your private or corporate parties.


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Good to know

All you need to know about your holiday in Racines
Rates are per person per day, based on a minimum stay of 3 nights. A €5 supplement per person/day applies for bookings of 1 or 2 nights. In addition, a €1.35 tourist tax per person/day (children under 14 exempt) is levied by local authorities.
The Italian Consumer Protection Code does not provide for the right of withdrawal. However, the following conditions apply if you need to cancel your booking:
  • 3 months to 4 weeks prior to expected arrival we charge 50% of the booking price.
  • Starting from 4 weeks prior to expected arrival we charge 100% of the booking price.
Check-in is available from 2:30 p.m. on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, we ask that you please check out by 10:30 a.m.
On request, we offer a transfer service from and to Vipiteno railway station. One parking space per room is available free of charge for guests travelling by car or motorcycle.
A secure depot for bicycles and mountain bikes is available on site.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all the guest rooms and throughout the property.


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How to reach us

The best possibilities to get to the beautiful Ratschings Valley
Hotel Jaufensteg is located in the hamlet of Racines di Fuori, at the entrance to the Ratschinger valley and just a few kilometres from the town of Vipiteno, in South Tyrol. If you are travelling by car or motorcycle, take the Brennero motorway A22 – Vipiteno exit – and you will get here in no time. You can also reach us by train, bus, or plane. Vipiteno railway station is served by several long-distance trains from Munich, Innsbruck, and Verona. Long-distance bus and airport shuttle services also stop in Vipiteno. On arrival, we will be happy to come and pick you up from the railway station, if you wish!

How to reach us by car

Take the Brennero motorway – Vipiteno exit. At the roundabout, follow the signs to Passo Giovo, Ridanna, Racines. After approximately 2 km you will reach the next roundabout in Casateia; keep right and continue towards Racines and Ridanna. After 2 more km, at the hamlet of Stanghe, turn left towards Racines. After a 2.5 km ascent you will find the Jaufensteg Hotel & Restaurant on the right-hand side, near the entrance to the Gilfenklamm gorge.

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