Mountain Refuge Santa Croce di Lazfons/Latzfonser Kreuz
Santa Croce di Lazfons mountain shelter is near Europe’s highest altitude pilgrimage church, in the eastern Monti Sarentini/Sarntaler Alps. The mountain shelter has a panoramic view of the Dolomites that makes it unique.
The little church, dedicated to the Lazfons/Latzfons Cross, was built in 1868 on the site of an earlier chapel and is the highest altitude church of pilgrimage in Europe. In summer, the church hosts the Schwarzen Herrgott, or Black God, a highly venerated crucifix that offers protection from storms. Every year in the early summer, a solemn processi accompanies the crucifix up to the church from the village of Lazfons, and brings it back down in the fall.
|Highest point||2305 m|
|Opening times||From early June to the end of October|
Travel directions & special travel recommendations
How to Get There
Municipality of Lazfons, Chiusa/Klausen - Kühhof parking area (1,550 m) Trail No. 17 past Rifugio Chiusa/Klausnerhütte; altitude differential: 755 m, walking time: 2 hours. Lazfons, Steineben parking area (1,544 m) past Rifugio Chiusa altitude differential: 761 m, walking time: 2 hours. Kasereck parking area (1,959 m) altitude differential: 350 m, walking time: 1.5 hours. Val Sarentino/Sarntal Reinswald Trail No. 7 altitude differential: 750 m, walking time: 3 hours. To San Martino/Reinswald with Pichlberg train (2,150 m), then Trail No. 11 past Getrumalm, then continue on Trail No. 7 altitude differential: 284 m, walking time: 2 hours. Valdurna/Durnholz (1,558 m): Trail No. 5 across the Forcella di San Cassiano/Fortschellschart (2,299 m)altitude differential 747m, walking time: 3.5 hours from Villanders Gasserhütte (1,744m) Trail No. 0 past Stöfflhütte, then Trail No. 1 altitude differential: 600 m, walking time: 3 hours