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Fantastically beautiful

The Schlern mountain, Rosengarten massif, and Tschamintal valley

The Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites . There are numerous legends about the impressive Schlern and Rosengarten massifs.

Glowing, massive peaks and wildly gorgeous valleys

As one of the symbols of South Tyrol, the Schlern mountain has many faces. The view from the Bolzano basin is probably the most famous: a massive ridge, the Petz mountain, and two rock towers: the Santner and the Euringerspitze peaks The Schlern mountain’s characteristic shape is due to the massif’s particular geological composition. Schlern dolomite is characteristic of the coral structure of the western Dolomites.

The peaks of the Rosengarten massif glowing reddish at twilight has an arresting, dramatic effect on onlookers. According to a fable, the dwarf-king Laurin once put a curse on his beloved Rosengarten (rose garden). This seems somehow plausible at the sight of the Alpine glow. No one should ever see the splendour of his flowers by day or night again. Instead, only those present at dusk or dawn are permitted to view his glowing roses.

The Tschamintal valley is also both gorgeous and romantic. Here hikers can quench their thirst with crystal clear water from the Schwarze Lettn spring. The nature park, home to exceptionally varied flora, also includes part of the Europe’s largest high-Alpine pasture, the Seiser Alm Alpine Pasture.

Discover animals and plants

The oldest nature park in South Tyrol was established in 1974. Across 7,300 hectares, it provides insights into a fascinating habitat with scenic beauty and well-signposted trails open to hikers and bikers.

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The Völser Weiher pond

At 1,306 metres above sea level, bathing is permitted in one half of the Völser Weiher pond, which is a real treat, especially on hot summer days! There is also a Schlern-Rosengarten nature park house info point at the pond.

Völser Weiher pond

A treasure hunt in the Dolomites

Deep hollows and jagged towers of white rock. Violent volcanic eruptions in prehistoric times and millions of years of geological history have made the nature park the unique hiker's paradise we know today.

The Dolomites in view

It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful backdrop. At the foot of Rosengarten and Schlern massifs, experience the impressive play of colours on the Dolomite massifs, and enjoy guided hikes on various topics - at all times of the year.

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The habitat of animals in the forest and water

Biodiversity in the nature park

A journey of discovery for the whole family: together, we will build a hotel for insects and learn more about how useful our little friends truly are. With an expert guide, we’ll lie in wait for nocturnal animals at the Völser Weiher pond. Together with a ranger, we will go in search of animal traces in the nature park. At the end of the programme, the most eager sleuths who participate in all three theme days will be awarded the "Dolomiti Ranger" medal.

A special find

In 1919, an excellently preserved octagonal sword from the Bronze Age was found at the foot of the Schlern. The impressive Hauenstein sword is on display in the Bolzano City Museum.

More tips for nature lovers

Do you love Alpine nature? Then get to know the immediate surroundings of the Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park and explore the mountain world of the Dolomites.

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