What to do in the Dolomites
Winter in Val Gardena, pure enchantment
Skiing in Val Gardena
Skier on the slopes of Val Gardena
Lunch on the mountain huts of the Dolomites
Summer in Val Gardena, a triumph of vitality
Sunrise on Seceda
Mountain bike tour in Val Gardena
Children at the lake Lech Sant
This green oasis covers approximately 10,722 hectares surrounded by majestic peaks, and is located in the heart of the Puez Odle nature park.
For cyclists who want to explore Val Gardena on two wheels, this corner of paradise has been declared an “Approved Bike Area” by the specialist site Mountain Bike Holidays: with 22 marked itineraries over a total length of 600 kilometres, the title is more that deserved!
Climbs of different difficulty levels, breath-taking descents and spectacular views will remain among your most cherished memories, whether you’re a downhill enthusiast or a lover of quiet bike rides under the sun, caressed by the crisp mountain air. Take an e-bike if you prefer: it’s just as impressive but with a little less effort. There are various e-bike rentals and shops that you can turn to for every need close to Hotel Stella in the centre of Selva di Val Gardena. There is no shortage of mountain bike schools if you want to improve your technique, and guides who will take you on the most beautiful tours to admire the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lakes mirror the sky and the mountains – natural paintings with a unique fascination. Lake Carezza in the upper part of Val d'Ega can be reached in just over an hour: its iridescent waters inspired the legend of the nymph Ondina. This masterpiece of nature deserves to be admired in all seasons.
The waters of the impressive Lake Braies are among the deepest in South Tyrol. As with Lake Carezza, a legend is also bound up with Pragser Wildsee, which describes the lake as the gateway to the mythical kingdom of the Fanes.
Lake Caldaro is one of the largest in South Tyrol, as well as being the warmest in the entire Alps. It's a great place to take a relaxing swim, for wind surfing, sun bathing and pleasant refreshment in bars where you can enjoy an aperitif in complete relaxation.
Autumn in Val Gardena, red and gold
Walk on the Alpe di Siusi in autumn
Cycling in the Dolomites in autumn
Iceman - Oetzi
Outside the valley, throughout the province of Bolzano and in nearby Trentino, there are many opportunities for those who want to spend an autumn in Val Gardena to enjoy nature and culture. In nearby Bolzano alone, it is certainly worth mentioning the Archaeological Museum of South Tyrol, which houses Ötzi, the famous glacial mummy found in 1991 in the Val Senales glacier and dating back to 5300 years ago.