• Gröden im Sommer
    Gröden im Sommer Photo: Val Gardena-Gröden Marketing
  • Sonnenaufgang von Seceda aus aufgenommen, im Hintergrund der Sellastock und die Langkofelgruppe
    Sonnenaufgang von Seceda aus aufgenommen, im Hintergrund der Sellastock und die Langkofelgruppe Photo: Val Gardena-Gröden Marketing
  • Die Kirche St. Jakob mit Blick auf den Langkofel
    Die Kirche St. Jakob mit Blick auf den Langkofel Photo: Val Gardena-Gröden Marketing
  • Winterliches Gröden mit Blick auf Sellastock und Langkofelgruppe Photo: Val Gardena-Gröden Marketing

Val Gardena Dolomites

Val Gardena, a 25 km long side valley of the Eisack Valley, is located in the northwest of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. The Val Gardena Dolomites welcome nature holidaymakers with huge mountain ranges such as the Sella massif and the Sassolungo group, a unique flora and extensive winter sports opportunities. In the three valley towns of Ortisei, S. Cristina and Selva, guests encounter Ladin hospitality.
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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 20.3 km
Duration 9:30 h
Ascent 1,564 m
Descent 1,557 m

Landschaftlich sehr eindrucksvolle Runde über die Puez-Hochfläche bis zu deren höchstem Gipfel.

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Ski Resort · Dolomites
Val Gardena / Alpi di Siusi
44% Open
Snow depth Mountain top
26 cm
76.9 km/175 km
Lifts open
Last snowfall
Mountain tour · Dolomites
Piz Boè (3152m) vom Grödner Joch
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 14.8 km
Duration 7:40 h
Ascent 1,482 m
Descent 1,482 m

Lange, spannende und aussichtsreiche Wanderung über die karge Sella-Hochfläche auf den höchsten Gipfel des Sella Stocks.

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Back-country skiing · Dolomites
Über die Lankofelscharte (Dolomiten)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 24.3 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 550 m
Descent 1,510 m

Vom Sella Joch Haus über die Lankofelscharte wieder nach St. Christina

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Hiking trail · Val Gardena Dolomites
Col Raiser Pleasure Round
Premium content Difficulty moderate
Distance 6.4 km
Duration 2:45 h
Ascent 345 m
Descent 345 m

Directly below the famous Geisler Group, the Col Raiser mountain railway leads from S. Cristina up to one of the most beautiful alpine pasture ...

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Snowshoeing · Val Gardena Dolomites
Snowshoewalk in Vallunga/Langental
Difficulty easy closed
Distance 2.8 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 169 m
Descent 2 m

Selva – DOLOMITES Val Gardena
Mountainbiking · Val Gardena Dolomites
Dream tour over the Seceda Trails
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 42.5 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,600 m
Descent 2,122 m

Fantastic but demanding tour with a magnificent panorama and flowing, partly challenging trails high above the Val Gardena valley.

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Hiking trail · Val Gardena Dolomites
Through the Langkofelscharte
Premium content Difficulty difficult
Distance 8.1 km
Duration 4:07 h
Ascent 400 m
Descent 900 m

The tour through the middle of the enormous saddle between Sassolungo and Sassopiatto is one of the greatest experiences in the Dolomites that is ...

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Via Ferrata · Val Gardena Dolomites
The Sass Rigais traverse (Geislerspitzen)
recommended route Difficulty B/C difficult
Distance 15.8 km
Duration 9:30 h
Ascent 1,601 m
Descent 1,601 m

The traverse of the main peak of the Geislerspitzen, the Sass Rigais, is a demanding but extremely rewarding undertaking in the dreamlike scenery ...

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In estate, sentieri ben sviluppati e segnalati invitano a esplorare le montagne delle Dolomiti facendo escursioni a piedi e in bicicletta, mentre rustici rifugi e baite offrono una piacevole pausa. In inverno, l'aria cristallina, i prati ei boschi innevati attirano gli sciatori sulle piste. Le Dolomiti rivelano la loro impressionante bellezza in ogni stagione.

The Val Gardena: between Sella Group, Langkofel and Geisler group

The Val Gardena stretches from the Sella massif westwards to the confluence with the Eisack valley near Waidbruck. If the Dolomite valley shows itself as a wild rock gorge at the mouth, it only expands at the “Ladin Gate” near Pontives into the actual valley basin.In the east rises the huge Sella massif, surrounded by the four Dolomite passes Gardena Pass, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi and Passo Campolongo. The valley is bordered to the south by the horseshoe-shaped Langkofel group, which opens up to the Alpe di Siusi. In the north stretch the prominent peaks of the Geisler group, which drop over the extensive Rasciesa ridge to the west.Except for its secluded side arms, the Val Gardena has no side valleys, which is why its three places Ortisei, S. Cristina and Selva are densely populated. Ortisei at the entrance to the valley shows itself to be the center of economic and cultural life, while S. Cristina has retained its village character. Selva at the head of the valley has made a name for itself as a winter sports center.

Sellaronda and Superski: actively experience Val Gardena

Originally in demand as a summer vacation spot, Val Gardena is now widely known as a winter sports region. The highlight is the Sellaronda, where the entire Sella massif can be skied around in just one day.Val Gardena belongs to the Dolomiti Superski network, which opens up twelve ski areas and thus 1200 kilometers of slopes. The Vallunga near Selva or the Monte Pana high plateau near St. Christina offer an impressive backdrop for cross-country skiers.In summer the valley in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites can not only be hiked, but it also has interesting via ferratas such as the Sass Rigais crossing or the Col Rodella path. Mountain bikers tackle the famous ski classics on the Sellaronda MTB Tour on wheels and find around 30 routes in the Val Gardena / Alpe di Siusi bike region.

“Bënunì te Gherdëina! - Welcome to Val Gardena! "

Val Gardena is one of the few valleys where Ladin is still spoken today. The Rhaeto-Romanic language goes back to the colonization of the Alpine regions by the Romans and has been passed down orally from generation to generation. Ladin is now taught as a compulsory school subject and is also featured in magazines and television programs.A visit to the “Museum de Gherdëina” in the Cësa de Ladins, the house of the Ladins in Ortisei, is worthwhile. It not only shows the history of the valley, but is also a memorial exhibition for Luis Trenker, perhaps the most famous son of Val Gardena.Wood carving has played an important role in the local economy since the 17th century. In the three valley towns there are numerous workshops where you can look over the shoulders of the craftsmen. The world's largest hand-carved nativity scene can be found in the Iman Center in St. Christina.

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Wanderung Sella Joch zur Plattkofelhütte in Südtirol by Benedikt
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Seceda by Vilma
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Photo: Vilma Arman, Community
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