At an altitude of approximately 1,000 m, the historic village of Mals/Malles in the Upper Vinschgau/Val Venosta Region of South Tyrol, lies beneath the sprawling Malser Haide moors. In this settlement of 5,000 inhabitants are five Romanesque-era churches and towers. The surrounding villages of Laatsch/Laudes, Schleis/Clusio, Burgeis/Burgusio and Marienberg/Monte Maria are well worth visiting. The Benedictine abbey in Marienberg is the monastery at the highest altitude in Europe. On the mystical Tartscher Bühel hill near the Church of St. Vitus (St. Veit) in Tarsch/Tarres, old rituals and traditional festivals are still celebrated.
The surrounding mountain villages of Matsch/Mazia, Ulten-Alsack/Ultimo-Alsago, Planeil/Planol, Plawenn/Piavenna, Schlinig/Slingia and Prämajur are the ideal starting points for some of the most breath-taking hikes in the Stelvio National Park.