Heinfels at the entrance of the Villgraten Valley in the Upper Val Pusteria is particularly famous for its castle.
Altitude: 1,097 metres asl
The municipality of Heinfels comprises the localities of Panzendorf, Tessenberg, Schlossmühle, Heinfelsberg, Hinterheinfels, Blumaue, Obere Aue, Rabland and Gschwendt and is located at the entrance of the Villgraten Valley in the Upper Val Pusteria. Its name derives from Castle Heinfels, the emblem of the village. The older part of the castle lies at the highest point of the hill above Panzendorf, the western part added around 1500 is located slightly underneath. Also very worth to be visited in Heinfels is the Punbrugge bridge, one of the longest and most beautiful canopied wood bridges in Austria, dating back to the 18th century, as well as its three churches.
In summer and in winter, Heinfels offers a lot for active tourists: hiking, tennis, cycling, climbing, cross-country skiing, skiing, tobogganing and ice skating. The ski region “Pustertaler Bergbahnen“ captivates skiers with 55 km of perfectly groomed slopes, the „Bobo“ kids club and the Yellowsnow Snowpark.
By the way: In 1995 a beautiful climbing rose with red blossoms, cultivated by the famous rose grower Karl Hetze, was named after Heinfels.