Suggested routes for virtual nature hikes and hiking routes
If you’d like to visit the best lookout points in nature park Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio from the comfort of your own home, then you’ll definitely want to consider taking one of our virtual hikes through the unique natural and man-made landscape offered by the park.
Needless to say, though, the best way to discover the nature parks of South Tyrol is by experiencing the real thing first hand!
Route 1 Capanna Alpina - Großfanes-Alm / Malga Gran Fanes - Ücia de Pederü
- Distance: 14,257 m
- Ascent: 622 m
- Descent: 805 m
- Hiking time: 4 h 10 m
- Type of path: mountain trail of medium difficulty
Capanna Alpina (1,729 m) - Col de Locia (2,069 m) - Großfanes-Alm / Malga Gran Fanes (2,110 m) – Limosee / Lago di Limo (2,159 m) – Faneshütte / rifugio Fanes (2,060 m) - Piciodelsee / Lago Piciodel lake (1,820 m) - Ücia de Pederü (1,544 m)
If you follow the road to Valporola Pass from St. Kassian im Abteital / S. Cassiano in Badia for around three kilometers, you will reach the turnoff to Capanna Alpina (1,729 m), where you take the trail that leads to Capanna Alpina and that is located to the right of the existing gravel pit. Follow trail 11, which leads you through the spruce forests and small pastures of Plan de Furcia. The trail, which becomes steeper here, leads you to Col de Locia (2,069 m). The next section of the trail leads through the enclosed hollow between the cliffs of the Fanes and Camperstrin group mountains, as well as Les Conturines hollow. You will then reach Ju dal'Ega. Continue on the trail (which is level here) through the Alpine pastures of Fanes to Großfanes Alpine pasture (2,110), an around three hour hike. Then follow the trail’s gentle slope upward to Limosee lake, which is also the highest point of the hike. After descending to Ücia de Fanes, follow trail 7 from the refuge, which leads down to Lè Piciodel. After a relatively steep descent, the hike ends at Ücia de Pederü (1,544 m) in Val de Mareo.
Route 2 Plätzwiese / Prato Piazza - Strudelkopfsattel / Sella Monte Specie - Dürrensteinhütte / Rifugio Vallandro - Plätzwiese / Prato Piazza
- Distance: 9,887 m
- Ascent: 455 m
- Descent: 455 m
- Hiking time: 2 h 45 m
- Type of path: easy mountain trail
Plätzwiese / Prato Piazza parking lot (1,976 m) – Strudelkopfsattel / Sella Monte Specie (2,212 m) – Strudelkopf / Monte Specie (2,308 m) – Dürrensteinhütte / Rifugio Vallandro (2,031 m) – Plätzwiese / Prato Piazza parking lot (1,976 m)
From the Plätzwiese parking lot (1,976 m), follow the trail to the inn called Plätzwiese Gasthaus. From here, follow hiking trail 40 toward Dürrenstein / Vallandro, and after a 20 minute walk you will reach trail 3. Turn left and follow the markers in direction Dürrensteinhütte. Shortly before you reach Dürrensteinhütte refuge you will come upon a forest road. From there take path 34, which will lead you to Strudelkopfsattel (2,212 m), from which you can see the summit cross. From the top of Strudelkopf (2,308 m) there is a superb panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and mountain chains such as Sexten / Sesto Dolomites, Cadini group, Marmarole, Cristallo mountain group and Hohe Gaisl / Croda Rossa. After descending to Dürrensteinhütte refuge (2,031 m), take the forest road back to your starting point. Note: During the summer you can also park at Brückele / Ponticello and take the bus to Gasthaus Plätzwiese (1,976 m).
Route 3 Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies - Seekofel-Hütte / Biella alla Croda del Beco - Grünwald-Alm / Malga Foresta - Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies
- Distance: 15,714 m
- Ascent: 1,101 m
- Descent: 1,101 m
- Hiking time: 5 h 50 m
- Type of path: difficult mountain trail
Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies (1,498 m) – Ofenscharte / Forcella Sora Forno (2,392 m) – Seekofel-Hütte / Biella alla Croda del Beco (2,328 m) – Seitenbach-Scharte / Forcella Riodalato (2,327 m) – Grünwald-Alm / Malfa Foresta (1,595 m) – Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies (1,498 m)
From the Pragser Wildsee lake parking lot (1,498 m), follow trail 1 to the lake and then upward to the Larch fields to Nabiges Loch / Buco del Giavo. The path soon takes you out of the forest, whereupon you proceed to Ofenscharte (2,392 m), an around three hour hike. Seekofel-Hütte refuge lies just below (2,328 m). Then follow marker 23 across the Alpine pasture to Seitenbach-Scharte (2,327 m). You then hike downhill (the trail is steep at first and then levels off somewhat) through lovely Seitenbachtal valley to Grünwald-Alm (1,595 m), and then comfortably back to your starting point.
Route 4 Pedratsches / Pedraces - Heilig Kreuz / Santa Croce - Sura Valgiarei - Pedratsches / Pedraces
- Distance: 10,381 m
- Ascent: 328 m
- Descent: 824 m
- Hiking time: 3 h 10 m
- Type of path: easy mountain trail
Abtei / Badia (1,340 m) - Chairlift summit station (1,836 m) - Heilig Kreuz / Santa Croce (2,043 m) - Sura Valgiarëi (1,786 m) - Pedratsches / Pedraces (1,340 m)
Take the chairlift and arrive at 1,836 meters above sea level, from which Heilig Kreuz (2043 m) is around a 30 minute hike. Take the Via Crucis trail 15 towards Armentara crossing wet meadows and rough pastures. After leaving the dirt trail, turn left onto trail 15A. Turn left at the next trail, which is located amongst intensively used pastures that are nonetheless replete with flowers. The meadow trail now ascends (for the last time) to Prè Comun. Before you descend, take a few moments to appreciate the magnificent flowers, whose colours vary according to the season. But whether the anemones, gentians, green Larches, or golden Larches are in bloom or past their prime, this is always a lovely spot to spend a few moments in. At Valacia hollow, you will see a small moor pool (Sura Valgiarëi, 1,786 m), and if you look closely you may observe various life forms. Frogs and toads lay their eggs here in spring, and Alpine newts and insects are observed here in the summer. The descent from Valacia and Razuns to Hof Ćialaruns is a short, very easy hike. After the final segment of the hike to path 7, you will reach your starting point in around 45 minutes.