Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail
Enjoy a hike and explore the fascinating history of the origins of the Dolomites
The extensive Alpine pastures and steeply rising rock walls of the Dolomites have been impressing people for a long time. They were once reverently called the "pale mountains" by the inhabitants of the valley until the aristocratic adventurer Déodat de Dolomieu discovered they comprised a rock different from that of the surrounding mountains. So this extraordinary mountain chain, which has since attracted researchers from all over the world, were named after Dolomieu.
Since 2009 the Dolomites have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The striking rock formations not only offer a breathtaking mountain backdrop but also reveal, rock stratum by rock stratum, a fascinating developmental history.
The Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail will tell you how, over a period of more than 200 million years, the fossilised archipelago of today was created from a tropical sea with atolls, volcanoes and coral reefs. The hike takes you from the Bletterbachschlucht gorge near Bolzano/Bozen through the heart of the Dolomite region to Sesto/Sexten in the Hochpustertal valley.
The "Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail" hiking guide describes in detail the individual stages of the long distance hiking trail and the geological highlights (including hiking maps).
176 km in 10 stages
The Pale Mountains
The Dolomites are renowned for their scenery. Take time to examine the rocks and you’ll discover that like an onion, the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site is many layered.