Last week of June and first week of July we were here in a B&B in
the lovely village of St. Christina in the Grödner Tal (Val
Gardena) with splendid views on the mountains around, like the
impressive Langkofel-Plattkofel massif. From here we explored the near
surroundings of the valley and the mountains around. For easy and price
saving access to the mountains we used the so called Valgardena Card for
60 Euro's, for unlimited use of all the cable ways in the valley for 6
days - and 7 days of unlimited use of all public service busses in the
territory of the Mobile Card South Tyrol.
Great opportunities of (nordic)walking, hiking are offered in the valley
and around the villages, but also in the mountains. For instance around
the Langkofel-group, the Geisler mountains in the Naturpark
Puez-Geisler. By bus to the Grödner Joch and hiking around with great
views on the Sella mountain massif. And not to forget the largest alpine
meadows of Europe, the Seiser Alm (Alpe di Susi), where in this time of
the season the meadows are full with alpine flowers. Take cable way in
St. Ulrich. By bus to Selva (Wolkenstein) - up to the Ciampinoi by cable
and hiking along the Langkofel to the Sella-Joch through the 'City of
Stones"' (Naturonda). But most impressive to drive to the Passo
Pordoi (Pordo Joch) and by cable cabin up to the Sella mountains with
magnificent breathtaking views on the mountains around, like the
Marmolada, the Latemar, far away, the Rosengarten and the Langkofel-Plattkofel.
As soon as the snow is away you can quite easily walk to the Piz Boé.
course, by car you can drive around, visiting mountains farther away and
walk around. But apart from mountains and nature, the Dolomites do offer
much more. Did you know, that South Tyrol has more than 800 castles,
ruins, noble estates etc.? You can buy a book about this (see below -
most in German) and follow the routes through culture. Like the
monastery and basilica of Neustift, near Brixen. The famous cathedral of
Brixen and the 'Hofburg' with a wonderful museum of medieval art and
christmas cribs!! Castles - for instance Prösels near Völs am Schlern
- and the castle 'Trostburg' near Waidbruck. Churches, one more
interesting than the other - the Parish churches of St. Ulrich and St.
Christina in the Grödner Tal; in Kastelruth, Völs am Schlern, Tiers,
just to mention a few. Just see the albums!
enjoy any trip more, if you like wildflowers, old cities and churches,
landscapes of any kind. These are universal rules for anybody!! Little
interests - little enjoy!! You like canoing? Practice it on the lake of
Alleghe. I have hundreds more pictures of the Dolomites in general - I
might use them in further 10 albums. But sofar, I think I have enough
for you to give you an impression of the beauty of the Dolomites in
Next time we plan
to visit the eastern part of the Dolomites. 2 Weeks are not enough. May
be 2 years are still nog enough. Enjoy my albums!!
books, which I uses for our trip or bought in the region, like
in St. Ulrich! and Brixen): learning German would be wise.......
'The Dolomites -
mountains of coral'- by Andrea Innocenti and Michele Cecchi -
ISBN: 978-88-476-0331-8 - English - wonderful pictures.
'Dolomiten - Reise durch eine bezaubernde Bergwelt' - by
publisher Light Hunter Publications - ISBN: 88-86297-02-5 -
German - beautiful book!
'Zauberhafte Alpen 'by Claudia Converse - publisher Kina Italia
/ Eurografica - Italy. The entire European Alps. German.
'Fotografischer Führer der DOLOMITEN' - by Foto Ghedina srl
Cortina d'Ampezzo. Nice book with good pictures in 500 pages.
'Die schönsten Tiroler Burgen & Schlösser' - door Helmut
Krämer en Anton Prock - ISBN: 978-88-7073-434-8. Zeer
'Südtirol' - by Ernst Wrba and Robert Asam - publisher: C.J. Bucher
Verlag - ISBN: 3-7658-4101-3 - very nice and exploratory! German.
'Blumen-wanderungen in Südtirol' - by Oswald Stimpfl - Folio
Verlag - ISBN: 978-3-85256-520-0. Well documented flower-walks.
'Der Dom zu Brixen' - by Leo Andergassen - ISBN:
978-88-7073-497-3 (Tappeiner). Very beautiful and very well
'Krippen in der Brixener Hofburg' - by Karl Wolfsgruber. ISBN:
88-7014-587-5. Nice book about christmas cribs. German.
'Südtirol' - Baedeker Allianz Reiseführer - ISBN:
978-3-8297-1198-2. Very ecploratory travel guide. German - I
think also in English.
'Diözesanmu'seum Hofburg Brixen - byr Leo Andergassen. Nice
german book about this museum. Also English, I think. For
sale in museum.
'Südtirol' - ADAC Reiseführer' - travel guide in German. Nice
photos. Some books
might also be English!! Visit book shops!!!