Vals was a hotspot before there were even words to describe one. According to archaeological finds, this area was a bustling hub at the beginning of the Bronze and Iron Ages, if not earlier, and humanity’s ancient ancestors were drawn in by the lure of its natural thermal baths.
Today these baths are still in operation, and rumoured to cure whatever may ail you.
If a nice soak isn’t your thing, pack up and hike across the Tomül Pass, splash through the curtains of waterfalls, learn abut local Vals culture at the Gandahus museum, gather mushrooms with a local guide, or go crystal and mineral hunting in the valley — a favourite regional pastime.
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