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What’s the best way to reach the Kreuzbergpass?

The Kreuzbergpass (1,636 m above sea level – Italian Passo Monte Croce) is situated at the foot of the Sexten Dolomites and links Sexten/Sesto in the Pustertal valley with Cadore in Belluno. It is a popular destination for those keen to experience the unique landscape of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage. The best way is without a car: that’s because on foot, by bike, via the cable car or public transport, you can conquer the passes in a sustainable manner whilst enjoying the superlative backdrop of the Dolomites

Reaching the Kreuzbergpass on foot

One foot after the other is the best way to reach the pass. In addition to sporting activities in the breathtaking landscape of the Dolomites, hikers can also experience the  flora and fauna  of this fascinating mountain world up close and personal.

Tip: Before setting off, inform yourself about safety in the mountains, the current weather conditions and whether the hiking trail of your choice is open.

From Sexten/Sesto:
Duration: 3 hours, Altitude difference approx. 300 m ↑, Length: 7.6 km
Start out from the Helm gondola lift in Sexten and on the Kinigerweg trail, take hiking trail no. 1, then from the Drei Zinnen gondola lift follow the hiking trail no. 13 A which leads past the Patzenfeld resort and to the Kreuzbergpass.

From Moos/Moso:
Duration: 2 hours, Altitude difference: 300 m ↑, Length: 6.6 km
In the centre of Moos, take the hiking trail no. 3 B and at the next crossing, change to the hiking trail no. 1. From the Drei Zinnen gondola lift, follow the hiking trail no. 13 A and walk along the path past the Patzenfeld resort to the Kreuzbergpass.

From Padola/Belluno:
Duration: 4:10 hours, Altitude difference: 700 m ↑, Length: 10.2 km
Start in the centre of Padola. First, take the hiking trail no. 151, then the hiking trail no. 126, followed by the trail no. 171. Follow this and then at the Forc. Plan della Biscia, change onto the hiking trail no. 124. At the next crossing, take the hiking trail no. 15 to the Kreuzbergpass.

From Sexten/Sesto:
Duration: 2:20 hours, Altitude difference: 320m ↑, Length: 7.5 km
Take the gondola lift to the middle station of the Stiergarten gondola lift. Take hiking trail no. 136, then switch onto hiking trail no. 13 and follow this to the Klammbachhütte mountain inn. From here, continue along the hiking trail no. 133 and at the first crossing, switch onto the hiking trail no. 132. After the first crossing, follow the hiking trail no. 131 to the Kreuzbergpass.

Tickets for the cable cars and lifts can be purchased directly on site or from the Tourist Info offices. In addition to one-way tickets , the following advantage cards are available:

The 3 Zinnen Mountain Card: with this lift card, you can enjoy unlimited use of all open lift facilities on one day, on 3 days in 4, on 5 days in 7 or on 5 days in 10 (except for the Funbob on the Haunold mountain).
The Supersummer Card: take advantage of 120 cable cars and lifts in the Dolomites (day ticket/3 to 4 days/5 to 7 days).

Note: the lift facilities for accessing the Kreuzbergpass are included in the SextenCard . Dogs can be transported only when muzzled (5 €/journey).

The most scenic hikes

You can reach the Kreuzbergpass along leisurely trails as well as challenging routes - magnificent panoramic views of the Sexten Sundial and surrounding Dolomite massifs are guaranteed!

From Passo Valparola to Pralongiá and down to San Cassiano

From Passo Valparola to Pralongiá and down to San Cassiano

Reaching the Kreuzbergpass by bike

Easily reach the Kreuzbergpass via racing bike,  mountain bike or  e-bike . We recommend finding out in advance if the route of your choice is open in addition to the current weather. Also, please obey safe cycling practices. According to the local road code, the pass is passable via bike using the provincial road (SP 52) without restrictions.

  • Please note: It is not possible to take bicycles on public transport around the Dolomite passes.

MTB Highland Tour Coltrondo:
Length: 22.82 km; Altitude difference: 804 m ↑, 804 m↓, Duration: 2 hours, Difficulty rating: medium difficult
Start: Nemes Alm Alpine farm in Sexten/Sesto. From Sexten, the route continues to the church in Moos, then left via the forest road  towards the Nemes Alm. After approx. 5 km, just before the mountain hut, turn left and continue along towards Kniebergsattel pass/Passo Silvella. After some 3 km, follow the sign on the right to the Coltrondo Alpine pasture . Then continue along the road and after some 500 metres, turn right towards the Kreuzbergpass. The route here initially follows a flowing  trail  which is very technically challenging in the middle with numerous levels of differing heights, leading towards the Kreuzbergpass. At the crossing, follow the route no. 130 on the right past the Schwarzsee lake and along the trail towards the campsite back to Moos and Sexten.

Well equipped & fully charged

To make sure that nothing gets in the way of your cycling experience around the Grödnerjoch pass, there are numerous bike rental shops and e-bike charging stations nearby.

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Arriving to the Kreuzbergpass by bus

Using the Mobilcard or the regional Guest Cards (e.g. Holidaypass), guests can travel by bus free of charge. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly on the bus. Children younger than 6 do not need a ticket. The SextenCard Guest Card provides use of bus line no. 440 (Sexten/Sesto–Fischleintal–Kreuzbergpass) to the Kreuzbergpass.
Dogs must be kept on a leash and muzzled if necessary. Small dogs travel free of charge. 

The Kreuzbergpass can be reached via bus line no. 446 (Toblach/Dobbiaco – Innichen/San Candido – Sexten/Sesto – Kreuzbergpass). The bus runs hourly all year round and half-hourly during peak season.

Reaching the Kreuzbergpass by private vehicle

Although it is  permitted to drive to the Kreuzbergpass in summer by private vehicle we advise against it due to road congestion and for reasons of sustainability. Parking at the pass  is limited. Parking on the side of the road is sanctioned by law enforcement officers according to the road code.
PLEASE NOTE: Traffic jams and other inconveniences can be expected at any time during the summer months. For the current traffic situation or possible pass closures, we recommend consulting the traffic information centre .  

In South Tyrol, sustainable transportation is a top priority. For this reason, it is recommended that visitors use sustainable forms of transport whenever possible and use public transport to get to the desired starting points for hikes or other activities. 

Question:  Are there public toilets at the Kreuzbergpass?
Answer:  There are public toilets on the Grödnerjoch pass.  Additionally there are several places to stop at the top of the pass and along the hiking and biking trails (huts, bars and restaurants) where toilets can be used by those who make a purchase. 

Question:  When is the best time to visit the Kreuzbergpass?
Answer: The Kreuzbergpass can be visited all year round. Due to the large crowds especially during the summer months, we recommend visiting the Kreuzbergpass outside of core hours (9:00 am - 12:00 pm).

Question: Can I travel to the Kreuzbergpass for free with the SextenCard?
Answer: Yes, the SextenCard includes  use of the Citybus line no. 440 (Sexten-Fischleintal-Kreuzbergpass) to the Kreuzbergpass. The SextenCard is available from the accommodation facilities in Sexten and the card offering various benefits (SextenCard CLASSIC, SextenCard SHUTTLE or SextenCard Premium) is activated on payment of a fee.

Question:  Where can I get more information about the Kreuzbergpass and the surrounding area?
Answer:  From the relevant Tourist Info office: 
Tourist Info Sexten: Tel. +39 0474 710 310,,   

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