The gentle way to get to unique places in South Tyrol
This is the gentle way to reach the traffic-calmed places in South Tyrol
Visit the Pragser Wildsee lake below the steep mountainside and marvel at the impressive sight of its turquoise waters. Or set off on a winter snowshoe hike via the Seiser Alm high plateau and enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet. Such gems of nature are sustainably protected in South Tyrol so that we can all continue to enjoy them. Places like the Seiser Alm high plateau, Plan/Pfelders in the Passeiertal valley, Vigiljoch mountain, the Sella Pass, Plätzwiese high plateau and the Pragser Wildsee lake have made a conscious decision to promote gentle mobility, and car traffic is either not permitted at all or only to a limited extent. The easy and environmentally friendly way to reach these special places in South Tyrol is by public transport, cable car or special shuttle bus. And on foot or by bike, of course.
The Seiser Alm high plateau, 27 km from Bolzano, extends in the Dolomites over an area the size of 8,000 football pitches. On the largest high-Alpine pasture in Europe you can go hiking, climbing and biking in summer. In winter the slopes and cross-country skiing trails present countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the white mountain landscape. How about a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride with views of the peaks, for example?
Traffic regulations: 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 Siusi/Seis or by bus from the villages at the foot of the Sciliar/Schlern.
This South Tyrolean jewel is not called the "pearl of the Dolomites” without good reason. The idyllic mountain lake is a popular photo motif, and lots of legends are associated with its sparkling waters. It’s said to be the gateway to the underworld of the empire of the ancient Fanes people. And the "savages" of the Braies/Prags mountains are said to have hidden precious stones and gold in the lake - an El Dorado in the Dolomites, as it were. The Pragser Wildsee lake is always fascinating, no matter what the season. This is the start of lots of hikes, from leisurely circuit of the lake to challenging Dolomite tour.
Traffic regulations: From 16 July to 16 September, the lake can be reached from the neighbouring villages on foot, by bus or using specially laid on shuttle services. And by car until 10.30 am and after 2 pm.
In winter the high plateau at 2,000 metres above sea level is regarded as a well kept secret by fans of cross-country skiing. In summer hikers and mountain bikers on the Plätzwiese high plateau enjoy the tranquillity and magnificent mountain scenery at the heart of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park.
Traffic regulations: From early June till early October, the road from Brückele hotel is closed to traffic from 10 am to 4 pm. Outside these times access by car is subject to a charge. Otherwise you can take the bus to the Plätzwiese high plateau.
This picturesque mountain village at the end of the Passeiertal valley is a popular place for walking or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. Plan has been a ‘gentle mobility’ holiday destination for more than 10 years. Families especially adore the quiet atmosphere at the heart of the Texelgruppe Nature Park. There’s a large car park for cars and motorbikes at the entrance to the village.
Traffic regulations: You can take the "Dorfexpress” tourist train, shuttle bus or horse-drawn carriage to travel between the car park, the village and the cable cars.
Unusual forces are at work on the Vigiljoch mountain above Lana. Neolithic engraved stones are evidence that this mountain was a cult place as long ago as the Bronze Age. In 1912 the second oldest suspended cable car in Europe was built here. With the Vigilius Mountain Resort, Matteo Thun, a leading South Tyrolean architect working in Milan, has created a design hotel which follows sustainable principles. Tradition and innovation have always been seamlessly linked on the Vigiljoch mountain. Nonetheless, the only connection up from the valley is still the cable car.
Traffic regulations: You can reach the Vigiljoch mountain by cable car from Lana.
The road to the Sella Pass is one of the oldest in South Tyrol. From 1872 the connection between the Val di Fassa valley in Trentino and the Val Gardena valley in South Tyrol was mainly used by traders. Since the 50s the Sella Pass has been a classic route for enjoying stunning views of the Dolomites. The mountains seem close enough to touch as you travel through the striking rock formations of the Sella massif and the Sassolungo. With the motto "#Dolomitesvives", the old Ladin language expression for "living Dolomites", its use by motor vehicles in the summer high season is subject to further restrictions. These restrictions help the flora and fauna in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites to recover. You can reach this alpine paradise in a comfortable and stress-free manner by public transport, chairlifts, on foot or by bicycle. In winter the Sella Pass is a stage of the famous Sellaronda ski circuit.
Traffic regulations: Between 23 July and 31 August 2018, the Sella Pass is traffic-calmed Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm. To travel between the Miramonti junction, above Plan de Gralba in Val Gardena valley, to the Sella Pass/Pordoi Pass junction, drivers in private cars can obtain a free permit using the OPENMOVE app, OPENMOVE’s website or at the local information stands.
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