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Dolomites | Tips for your holiday

Hike through unique landscapes, enjoy far-reaching views, and literally tower above it all

The beauty of the Dolomites cannot be described in words. To understand what makes them fascinating, you need to experience the karstified peaks and pinnacles for yourself. Get up close and personal with the “Pale Mountains” during a leisurely hike for the entire family in the Eggental valley, on adventurous via ferratas and steep climbing walls at the foot of the Three Peaks, or during sporty bike tours at the Kronplatz mountain. The Dolomite mountains are sometimes referred to as “pale” due to their whitish colour. Those who can’t enough of the Dolomites should spend several days hiking through the immense rocky landscape. Great options include the Dolorama trail, the Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail or the famous Dolomites High Mountain Trails. If you look closely, you may also discover small fossils along the way, which are remnants from a time when today’s mountain peaks were part of a large tropical sea. The 280-million-year-old spires and towers are particularly impressive at dawn and in the evening sun, when they glow a fiery red called “Enrosadira." The culture in the Dolomite mountains area is equally as impressive and diverse as the landscape. In the narrow mountain valleys, discover centuries-old traditions and customs that have been handed down over the generations in addition to the region’s oldest language, Ladin.

Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site

Where today the "Pale Mountains" tower over everything else, fish, corals and shells once lived. Did you know that 270 million years ago, the Dolomites were formed in a tropical sea from reefs and atolls?

Panoramic view over the Dolomites during the sunset
Panoramic view over the Langkofelgruppe during a sunny sommer day
A man hikes in the Puez-Geisler Nature Park

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How about a charming room in a historic residence? A wellness hotel with exceptional architecture? Or a cosy place to sleep in a mountain refuge?

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Sustainable Travel

Experiencing the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site in a responsible, eco-friendly and enjoyable way

You can visit the highlights of the Dolomites, the Pragser Wildsee lake, Plätzwiese high plateau, Fischleintal valley or the Three Peaks this summer by public transport, on foot or by bike. The initiative for environmentally responsible and sustainable travel is a boost for the World Heritage Site, as special places also need special protection.

The Pragser Tal valley is accessible from July to September from 9:30 am to 4 pm only by public transport, walking, cycling or upon presentation of a parking reservation or a valid transit permit; whereas from mid-September it is no longer necessary to book online to enter the Pragser Tal valley. You can reserve and pay for parking in the valley online. Have you booked an accommodation in  the Pragser Tal valley? Or do you plan on visiting a restaurant, store or other service providers there? An vehicle access permit will allow you access. This must be booked online at the following link. The €20 deposit is valid as a voucher for consumption.

In the period from June to mid-September, the same regulations apply to accessing the Pragser Wildsee lake as to entering the Pragser Tal valley. We suggest avoiding peak hours and scheduling your visit before 9 am or after 4 pm. From mid-September, the Pragser Wildsee lake is also accessible without an online booking. As an environmentally friendly and reliable alternative to the car, you can reach the Pragser Wildsee lake with the shuttle bus service (lines 439 and 442), which you can book and pay for online here.

With your own car, the Plätzwiese high plateau is accessible from June to mid-September before 9:30 am and from 4 pm (subject to fee). Reserve your parking space in Brückele/Ponticello here online . The public bus line 443  takes visitors directly from Welsberg/Monguelfo and Toblach/Dobbiaco-Niederdorf/Villabassa to the Plätzwiese high plateau. Reservations are not required for the public bus route.

As an alternative to the toll road, a shuttle bus service runs from Toblach/Dobbiaco to the Drei Zinnen or the Auronzohütte mountain huts from June to mid-October. There are no restrictions to visiting the Drei Zinnen and Auronzohütte mountain huts on foot or by bicycle. An online reservation with online payment is required for the shuttle bus for the entire period. You can buy any remaining tickets at the bus and train stations in Toblach. During the time when reservations are not required, tickets are only available at the Toblach bus and train stations or on the shuttle bus. Online purchases are not possible during this time.

From the end of June to the beginning of October, the Fischleintal valley can only be reached via the Sexten-Fischleintal shuttle bus (from Sexten/Sesto), on foot, by bike or - if you have a valid transit permit - by car. Reservation, transit permit and the Fischleintal car park  can be reserved online. No reservations are required for the Sexten-Fischleintal shuttle bus service. For visitors outside of Sexten, we recommend taking public line 446 from Toblach/Dobbiaco to Innichen/S.Candido.

In addition to being popular destinations, the Dolomite passes are also starting points for experiencing this unique landscape of the Dolomites. The best way to do so is without a car: You can explore the passes in a sustainable way by walking, cycling, taking the cable car or public transport and enjoy the Dolomites for many years to come. Plan your tour via high-Alpine passes here.

The Karersee lake, which is located directly beneath the Karerpass, is easily accessible via public transport. Hikers can reach the lake on foot in summer and also in winter. Getting to Karersee lake 

The Seiser Alm near Bolzano/Bozen is the largest high alpine pasture in Europe and boasts unrivalled views of the Dolomites. In the calming silence and pure air, enjoy hiking, climbing and biking in summer, and skiing, cross-country skiing or a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride in winter.

The road to the Seiser Alm nature reserve is closed to private cars from 9 am to 5 pm. You can get there using the cable car from Seis/Siusi or by bus from Kastelruth/Castelrotto.

This way to the Seiser Alm high plateau

Reach the Lake Antholz and Staller Saddle mountain pass in a comfortable and sustainable way with our 2-lake-shuttle and look forward to numerous activities around the alpine pass as well as the nearby Obersee lake without actually touching the steering wheel of your car!

18.06.2023 – 30.09.2023: daily

Here you can find the shuttle timetables for the different stops:


The most amazing hikes

They are home to mountaineering legends and kings' saga, adventurists and storytellers. Rosengarten, Villnösser Geisler and Langkofelgruppe massifs never fail to astonish . On these hikes you will discover in depth the splendor of the Dolomites.

Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail long-distance hiking trail

This long-distance hiking trail will shed light on how, over a period of more than 200 million years, the fossilised archipelago of today was formed from a tropical sea of atolls, volcanoes and coral reefs.

The Three Peaks

Stay active in the Dolomites regions

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Cycling in the Dolomite mountains

Are you keen for fast-paced descents, sweat-inducing climbs, winding mountain passes, enjoyable mountain hut tours or sweeping trails?
Biking is probably the best way to explore the “Pale Mountains”

Cycling in the Dolomite mountains
MTB through a Nature park
Sellaronda massif

Culture in the Dolomites

Not only the nature of the Dolomites is astonishing, but also the culture and history carried by this World Heritage Site. The broad and diverse offer of museums, churches and monasteries, castles and architecture plunges you in different eras and raises your awareness on our nature and culture. From Tires to Sexten/Sesto and from Rosengarten to Three Peaks mountain ranges, you will come across remains of the past. In the sacred silence of the Stiftskirche church in Innichen/San Candido you'll eye stylistic elements from the Romanesque art warily, in the Euregio Cultural Center in Toblach/Dobbiaco you'll follow in the footsteps of composer Gustav Mahler, in LUMEN museum in Kronplatz you'll marvel at the development of mountain photography, whereas in Bruneck Castle you'll retrace Reinhold Messner's expeditions. The culture in the Dolomites fascinates with unique treasures and exhibitions in architectural masterpieces and mind-blowing locations.

Worth seeing and gripping

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The Ladin cuisine

There is one sure thing: in the Ladin valleys, you'll never stay on an empty stomach. In the kitchens of Gröden/Val Gardena, Alta Badia and Kronplatz, there's always a pot on the stove and mouth-watering smells that remind you of your grandmothers. A traditional dish called "Panicia" is a barley soup with vegetables and meat served with slight variants across South Tyrol. But the Ladin cuisine offers far more delicacies: the local dumplings "Bales" , potato dumplings "Gnoch" and fritters filled with spinach and ricotta cheese "Turtres". You can also try a popular dish known as "Grestl", roasted potatoes and veal cut into pieces or "Fortaies", spiral fried pancakes. Besides tasting delicious, the "Jufa", a kind of milk pudding that is traditionally eaten in a pot and with a spoon, is likewise an authentic experience.

Where can you eat well in the Dolomites region?

From the rustic farmhouse parlour to the cosy mountain hut and excellent award-winning restaurant: you'll find the very definition of South Tyrolean cuisine here. Light Mediterranean dishes, down-to-earth Alpine treats and high-quality raw ingredients.

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All restaurants at a glance

Made in the Dolomites

Would you like a slice of mild cow's milk cheese? Spicy Speck smoked ham from the farm? Or a hand-woven woolen blanket? Find a wide range of local, high-quality foods and handcrafted articles for daily use in the Dolomites Region 3 Peaks, as in the rest of South Tyrol. Lots of producers sell straight from the farm where you can sample the treats and get to know the producers. In this way, you will experience moments of delicious flavour as well as  gaining exciting insider knowledge about the cultivation and processing. With a bit of luck, you can even look over the shoulders of craftsmen at work as they create jewellery, wooden sculptures and baskets while strolling through the village. In any case, there is a long tradition of making things yourself in South Tyrol. High quality and durability are the primary factors, which are achieved through the use of proprietary manufacturing techniques and high-quality raw materials. This allows us to create products that are only available here.

Shopping as an experience

Fresh from the farm or carved from the best wood. You can purchase products with a clear conscience from our farmers or artisans - an enriching experience in itself.

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The Dolomiti Rangers

Excitement and fun: Enjoy guided programmes at South Tyrol’s nature reserves

During  guided hiking, wildlife viewing and adventure tours,  guides and other experts from the Nature Park House share their exciting insights into the nature conservation areas in South Tyrol. With games, fun and fresh air, the whole family can learn more about the history and geology of the nature parks and the national park.

Which events will take place in the Dolomites region?

From mountain running to mountain biking races, ski cross and cross-country skiing, the biggest events here revolve around sports: In addition, there are events, which are closely linked to the area’s traditions.

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All events - an overview

Winter in the Dolomites

See the Three Peaks and the Rosengarten and Sella massifs, the Dolomites are a mountain world unlike any other. Enjoy winter in a variety of ways: ski on the sunny panoramic pistes, grippy World Cup slopes, or powder-rich ski circuits.

Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

Stories of the Dolomites

Different talents and objectives. Like the extreme mountaineer who on the Himalayas has unlocked her best life. The Michelin star chef, whose cuisine in rooted in his origins. Or the art sculptor, whose figures carved in wood and resin, hit you right in the soul. Fascinating people with remarkable life stories. You can discover them here through interviews or short bio.

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