While the area designated as the Dolomites holiday region covers the entire eastern part of South Tyrol, the unquestioned highlight of this destination is the pale mountains themselves, the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site of the Dolomites. Extraordinary rock formations and unique flora and fauna
overshadow even the wonders of the nearby 3000-metre peaks and glaciers of the main Alpine ridge. The valley floors too are not short of attractions, with their meadows, pastures, farmland and most importantly their picturesque villages and towns: the small medieval city of Brunico/Bruneck
is the area’s geographical and social capital. A world of adventure!
The largest side valleys of the Dolomites region are the Ahrntal and Antholzertal Valleys to the north and the Ladin-speaking Gröden and Gadertal Valleys to the south. Their breathtaking mountain scenery is an inspiration to every visitor, as are the culture and traditions to be found there. The Ladin language might indicate a degree of isolation, yet here too are ultra-modern ski areas
and a dense network of hiking trails
. The Dolomiti Superski carousel and the Sella Ronda are the ultimate joy for avid downhill skiers, whereas the Mittag Valley and the Fanes group are much appreciated by ski tourers. Nature lovers will find more than enough to explore and experience in the five nature parks, while the view of the Pragser Wildsee Lake will cause even the most dedicated adventurer to stop a while and remain silent. The same holds true for those experiencing the alpenglow for the first time … Mountain tales
Undulating meadows cover Europe’s largest Alpine pasture, the Seiser Alm, as far as the Schlern, the legend-shrouded mountain massif that dominates the area. The culture of the Dolomites is reflected in museums, churches and castles, such as MMM Corones, the pilgrimage church of Maria Weissenstein or Brunico/Bruneck Castle. The Dolomites are however symbolised by the mighty Drei Zinnen, the three peaks that watch over the entire region from the east.