• The labyrinth path (Labyrinthsteig) leads along the cliffs of the Latemar
    The labyrinth path (Labyrinthsteig) leads along the cliffs of the Latemar Photo: Outdooractive Editors
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    View to the Three Peaks of Lavaredo Photo: Outdooractive Editors
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    In the Rosengarten Photo: Outdooractive Editors

Dolomites

The Dolomites are a more than 250 million year old alpine mountain range in South Tyrol. For many years now, hikers, nature lovers and families have been heading for the eastern part of Italy's northernmost province. In the midst of the so-called "pale mountains", visitors can spend an eventful and panoramic vacation in front of a magnificent mountain backdrop. The region could not be more diverse and offers its guests a wide range of leisure activities – from a visit to a castle or palace, a quiet day at one of the mountain lakes to a strenuous tour of the summit.
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Hiking trail · Alta Badia
Durch das Val Setus zur Cima Pisciadù
Premium content Difficulty difficult
Distance 8.2 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 1,247 m
Descent 1,247 m

Durch das Val Setus besteigen wir mithilfe von Drahtseilen und Eisenbügeln die Cima Pisciadù, durch das Val Mesdi geht es zurück.

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from Viktoria Specht,   ADAC Wanderführer
Hiking trail · Seiser Alm
Puflatsch-Umrundung auf der Seiser Alm
Premium content Difficulty moderate
Distance 7.9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 329 m
Descent 329 m

Die Top-Aussichts-Tour im ganzen Gebiet. Wunderbare Umrundung des Puflatsch Gipfel-Plateaus auf der Seiser Alm mit nicht zu viel Anstieg und ...

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from Hartmut Wimmer,   Outdooractive Premium
Long distance hiking trail · Dolomites
Rund um die Drei Zinnen
recommended route Difficulty moderate Multistage route
Distance 26.1 km
Duration 11:00 h
Ascent 1,550 m
Descent 1,550 m

Die Drei Zinnen: Fantastische Rundtour um die wohl bekanntesten Dolomitgipfel – 4 -Tagestour für Kinder ab ca. 10 Jahren.

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from Birgit Eder,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking trail · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Rundtour Drei Zinnen | Sextner Dolomiten | Wandern Südtirol
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10 km
Duration 3:12 h
Ascent 392 m
Descent 385 m

Der Wander-Klassiker in den Dolomiten. Rundtour von der Auronzohütte zur Dreizinnenhütte in Südtirol.

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from Thorsten Günthert (www.best-mountain-artists.de),   Community
Hiking trail · Eisacktal/Südtirol
WoodyWalk
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 5.3 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 185 m
Descent 185 m

Hängebrücke, Kletterbaum, Riesenrutsche und vieles mehr warten auf dem Panoramaweg WoodyWalk auf euch! Am Schluss könnt ihr euch noch auf dem ...

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from Erika Spengler,   ADAC Wanderführer
Hiking trail · Hochpustertal
Dreischusterhütte
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.8 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 888 m
Descent 888 m

Aussichtsreiche Rundwanderung zur Dreischusterhütte

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from Joern Perschbacher,   Outdooractive Editors
Hiking trail · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Sorapis-See
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.7 km
Duration 3:45 h
Ascent 639 m
Descent 631 m

Erlebnisreiche Wanderung zu einem der schönsten Bergseen in den Dolomiten: dem Sorapis-See. Die Karibik der Dolomiten, weil der See eine derart ...

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from OLAV LUTZ,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
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Hiking trail · Alta Badia
Durch das Val Setus zur Cima Pisciadù
Premium content Difficulty difficult
Distance 8.2 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 1,247 m
Descent 1,247 m

Durch das Val Setus besteigen wir mithilfe von Drahtseilen und Eisenbügeln die Cima Pisciadù, durch das Val Mesdi geht es zurück.

1
from Viktoria Specht,   ADAC Wanderführer
Hiking trail · Seiser Alm
Puflatsch-Umrundung auf der Seiser Alm
Premium content Difficulty moderate
Distance 7.9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 329 m
Descent 329 m

Die Top-Aussichts-Tour im ganzen Gebiet. Wunderbare Umrundung des Puflatsch Gipfel-Plateaus auf der Seiser Alm mit nicht zu viel Anstieg und ...

9
from Hartmut Wimmer,   Outdooractive Premium
Long distance hiking trail · Dolomites
Rund um die Drei Zinnen
recommended route Difficulty moderate Multistage route
Distance 26.1 km
Duration 11:00 h
Ascent 1,550 m
Descent 1,550 m

Die Drei Zinnen: Fantastische Rundtour um die wohl bekanntesten Dolomitgipfel – 4 -Tagestour für Kinder ab ca. 10 Jahren.

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from Birgit Eder,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking trail · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Rundtour Drei Zinnen | Sextner Dolomiten | Wandern Südtirol
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10 km
Duration 3:12 h
Ascent 392 m
Descent 385 m

Der Wander-Klassiker in den Dolomiten. Rundtour von der Auronzohütte zur Dreizinnenhütte in Südtirol.

4
from Thorsten Günthert (www.best-mountain-artists.de),   Community
Hiking trail · Eisacktal/Südtirol
WoodyWalk
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 5.3 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 185 m
Descent 185 m

Hängebrücke, Kletterbaum, Riesenrutsche und vieles mehr warten auf dem Panoramaweg WoodyWalk auf euch! Am Schluss könnt ihr euch noch auf dem ...

3
from Erika Spengler,   ADAC Wanderführer
Hiking trail · Hochpustertal
Dreischusterhütte
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.8 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 888 m
Descent 888 m

Aussichtsreiche Rundwanderung zur Dreischusterhütte

4
from Joern Perschbacher,   Outdooractive Editors
Hiking trail · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
Sorapis-See
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.7 km
Duration 3:45 h
Ascent 639 m
Descent 631 m

Erlebnisreiche Wanderung zu einem der schönsten Bergseen in den Dolomiten: dem Sorapis-See. Die Karibik der Dolomiten, weil der See eine derart ...

1
from OLAV LUTZ,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
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The Dolomites: Location and extent

In the east of South Tyrol lies the popular and worldwide known mountain range of the Dolomites, whose highest mountain, the Marmolata, measures 3342 m. Rugged mountains, green meadows and valleys as well as historic towns characterize the landscape and culture there. The Trentino-South Tyrolean Dolomites cover most of the Dolomites, a small part is also located in Veneto.

It is generally believed that the northern Italian mountain range includes the heavily forested Puster Valley, the municipality of Sesto and the Piave River to the north, the Kreuzberg saddle to the east, again the Piave River to the south and finally the Valle Isarco and Adige Valleys to the west. Since 2009, nine parts of the Dolomites – and thus a considerable area of 142,000 hectares – have been rightly and proudly included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List.

The Valle Isarco valley south of the Brenner Pass near Bolzano boasts impressive scenery as well as picturesque villages and historic towns, including Vipiteno, Bressanone or Chiusa. The vacation region Kronplatz captivates above all by its natural beauty. In parts of the natural parks Fanes-Sennes-Prags, Rieserferner-Ahrn and Puez-Geisler you can get an impression of this impressive landscape.

Alta Pusteria is primarily known for its unmistakable mountain panorama of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo and is considered a wonderful hiking and winter sports destination in summer and winter. Hikers also like to go to the Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest high alpine pasture, where numerous hiking tours on the extensive alpine pastures are offered on the slopes in the immediate vicinity of the Dolomite chain.

Fans of culture and language are especially attracted to the regions Val Gardena and Alta Badia in Val Badia. Here three cultures meet: the Ladin, the German and the Italian. Ladin is the third national language there, comprises only 30.000 native speakers and is therefore one of Europe's minority languages. In the Val Badia, the Ladin language and customs are therefore very much cultivated.

Tour tips: Actively experience the Dolomites Region

The surrounding area around the Dolomites attracts outdoor sports enthusiasts almost all year round. While the hiking season lasts from July to September, the snow-covered plains invite you to snowshoe and cross-country skiing tours or a pleasant winter walk. For all passive winter sports fans there is the Ski World Cup in Val Gardena or the Biathlon World Cup in Antholz.

Otherwise hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers and climbing enthusiasts will surely find what they are looking for. It's not unusual to be spoilt for choice with the wide range of tours on offer... The choice of via ferratas, alpine tours, alpine hikes and bike trails is really huge!

Scenic diversity: rugged rocks and gentle mountain meadows

In the past 3000 million years the landscape of the Dolomite region has developed immensely. Volcanic eruptions, South Sea reefs as well as the enormous power of the alpine folding contributed decisively to the landscape of today. Today the mountain range consists mainly of sedimentary and limestone. While at that time numerous glaciers covered the peaks, today there is only a layer of ice on the Marmolata.

All in all, the landscape is very varied: the Sciliar and the Sella massif, for example, have a terraced or stock-like structure, while the Sassolungo, the Sesto Dolomites and the Catinaccio are more rugged massifs. The valleys, however, are mostly crossed by lush green meadows and pastures.

Summer and winter highlights in the Dolomite Region

When the term "Dolomites" appears, snow-covered mountain peaks inevitably appear before the mind's eye, which take on a coppery red color from the light of the setting sun. One speaks of the classical mountain glow. A phenomenon that can often be observed at sunset on the Three Peaks of Lavaredo in Alta Pusteria, which amazes locals and visitors alike.

Also in winter the Dolomite region of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo attracts its guests, more precisely its young visitors. The smallest reindeer herd in the Alps is waiting to be cared for, fed and stroked by them. Families with children should not miss an encounter with these fluffy four-legged friends!

For all hiking fans a tour to the Marmolata is recommended. With 3342 m it is the highest mountain of the Dolomite chain and is also called the "Queen of the Dolomites". From November to May skiers enjoy unique winter sports experiences on its miles of ski slopes.

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Averau, Nuvolau e Cinque Torri by Stiefin
Yesterday · Community
Giro molto bello. Adatto a tutti, consiglio di partire presto la mattina se non si ha un passo svelto. Occhio alla segnaletica a tratti sbiadita
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Cinco torri to Lago Limides by Nicolas
Yesterday · Community
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When did you do this route? October 27, 2021
Lago di Sorapis (Cortina d' Ampezzo) by M
Yesterday · Community
Wonderful trail that ends at the beautiful Sorapis mountain lake. Labeled "Easy" here but that is not correct. It definitely is a challenging trail for the average hiker with sketchy parts along the way. I've written some more info about this hike on https://gpxadventures.com/hike-the-dolomites-most-beautiful-mountain-lakes/
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When did you do this route? September 26, 2021
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