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Holidays in the Dolomites Region Villnösstal

Relaxation and unique winter experiences at the foot of the Geisler peaks in the Dolomites

Winter landscapes that look like the setting of a picture book, boast majestic mountain peaks and villages blanketed in a glistening snow. Not far from the ski hubs, Villnöss emerges as a quiet winter paradise. As you venture to the home of mountaineering legends like Günther and Reinhold Messner during your holiday in South Tyrol, you'll realise how much untouched nature is around you. Become a whole with the locals enthusiasm for their home and products and broaden your travel experiences.

Don't miss it

Outdoors, under the crisp embrace of the winter air: start your journey through the best places of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritge Site during a snowshoe or winter hike. Race downhill on your sled with your family and let fun fill your days!

Malga Gampen - Zannes/Gampen Alm - Zans

Malga Gampen - Zannes/Gampen Alm - Zans

Indulge in a relaxing holiday with Slow Food and Alpine Pearls resorts

Find your accommodation

How about a charming room in a village inn? An hotel following sustainability criteria and offering an award-winning cuisine? A spacious apartment on a farm? Or a cosy place to sleep in a mountain refuge?

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The Geisler peaks

The awe-inspiring peaks conquered by the legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner have given their name to the Nature Park

Nestled between the head of the Villnösstal and Val Gardena valleys, you'll discover a unique string of jagged dolomite rock peaks. To distinguish it from the Aferer Geisler on the opposite northern side of the valley, this extraordinary formation is often referred to as the Villnöss Geislers and stands as a natural wonder. The Sass Regais,  also well-known as the "Odles", meaning "needles" in Ladin, with 3,025 m is the heighest peak of the Villnös Geisler. Start your winter adventure on one of the many hiking trails leading up to alpine inns and mountain huts. The post-card perfect panorama is particularly unforgettable from the Adolf-Munkel-Trail.

Simply beautiful Villnösstal

In the foreground a quaint hamlet and a snow-covered little church, while in the backdrop the majestic peaks of the Geisler: this view of the Villnösstal is probably one of the most renowned photographic motifs of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site. The quiet valley is also famous as the birthplace of the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner.

Dedicated to sustainable tourism, the region is part of the "Alpine Pearls" network, namely a collection of the most beautiful and environmentally conscious resorts in the Alpine area. This mind-blowing backdrop of the Dolomites can be admired from almost every building and it's dotted with farms and quaint churches like the St. Peter and Paul.

Explore the pristine landscape of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park on a snowshoe hike. Stop at a mountain hut and speed down slopes on your sled. Have you always wanted to master the art of skiing and improve your skills? Trust the instructors of the Villnöss Ski School and get your ski gear at the ski rental. Cross-country skiing enthusiats will find bread for their teeth on the Würzjoch trail, while ice-skating lovers can do pirouttes on the St.Peter/Pitzack ice-rink.

If you want to find refuge from the cold and take a break from winter sports, you can do it within the walls of the architecturally unique Puez-Geisler Nature Park House. It offers a comprehensive insight into the formation, flora and fauna of the Dolomites. Alternatively, the Mineral Museum of Teis plunges you into the locally occurring agates, amethysts and rock crystals.


Experience something new every day

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Gourmet holiday

Put your hiking boots on and head to a mountain hut

Go a few meters higher up on the snow-covered mountain slope to take one final lap on a cross-country skiing trail. After your active time in the snow, you can stop at one of the rustic huts for a snack or meal. Indulge in high-quality products and local dishes while marvelling at the view of the Dolomites: a speck-flavoured dumpling soup, a warm risotto or a sweet Kaiserschmarrn - a thick omelette that has been shredded.  Don't you have much appetite? The classic Marende (South Tyrolean snack)  with cheese, Schüttelbrot and Speck Alto Adige PGI should be tasted once in a lifetime.

South Tyrol's first Slow Food Travel Destination

Low traffic and no large hotels: just a group of people who are united and committed to their mission of caring for the natural landscape of the Villnösstal. By displaying the Slow Food label they made their vision public. Established in 1986 by Italian Carlo Petrini as a way of preserving local products, cuisine and recipes, Slow Food is now known worldwide as a sustainable movement.

Today, the Villnösstal in the Dolomites has become the first Slow Food Travel Destination in South Tyrol. Surrounded by meadows and Alpine pastures at the foot of the mighty Geislerspitzen peaks, people here still have close ties with nature, and farming continues to be part of the everyday culture. Huts, restaurants and hotels favour local products, and promote local producers. For instance, the Villnösstal is home to two Presidi Slow Food projects, which aim to preserve local and artisanal foods while supporting their producers. These include the Villnöss sheep and grey cattle. In addition, the strategy of sustainable tourism, which was adopted many years ago, continues to pave the way for a sustainable future. 

What's going on in Villnösstal?

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All events in the Dolomites Region Villnösstal

Winter Dolomiti Ranger

Have fun in the snow!

You'd better bundle up: the Dolomiti Ranger takes the whole family on a journey of discovery into the wild. Guided by an expert and during different activities, you'll learn how animals in the Puez-Geisler Nature Park prepare for winter and adapt to the cold. The program consists in identifying animal tracks in the snow, playing fun animal games and much adventure.

The ranger offer is aimed at families travelling with children from 7 years old.

Local, unique and of the highest quality

Would you like a slice of spicy flavor mountain cheese? What about a tender cut  of grey cattle beef? Honey with the South Tyrolean Seal of Quality? Or a cosy blanket made of Villnöss natural wool? In the Dolomites Region Villnösstal and in the rest of South Tyrol, you'll find a wide selection of local high-quality foods and hand-crafted objects.

Many producers sell straight from the farm where you can taste the ingredients and get to know the producers. In this way, you will experience moments of delicious flavour and gain an 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.

Weather forecast & Webcams

Check out the weather forecast in Villnösstal and planning your holiday in South Tyrol will be easier. And if you want to head up to the mountains, our weather forecast informs you about visibility, sunrise, sunset and zero-degree isotherm.

Your car-free winter holiday

For a comfortable and environmentally friendly travel to the Dolomites Region Villnösstal, find here the most relevant information. Buses, trains or cable cars drop you off at your accommodation or hiking destination.

  • Travel by train

    You can reach every place in the Dolomites Region Villnösstal from Brixen/Bressanone and Klausen/Chiusa train stations, by bus, taxi or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle.

  • On-site mobility

    Once you arrive at your accommodation in the Dolomites Region Villnösstal, the Südtirol Guest Pass "DolomitiMobil Card" gives you unlimited access to all public transport in South Tyrol. Choose a different and evironmentally-friendly holiday.