A holiday in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage

A holiday in the Dolomites promises extraordinary experiences in a fascinating mountain world all year round. Sciliar/Schlern, Catinaccio/Rosengarten and Latemar, Monte Cristallo, Odle/Geisler and the Bletterbach canyon: they are all part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage. In 2009, the international UNESCO committee named the Dolomites World Natural Heritage thanks to their “unique and monumental beauty”

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Holidays in the natural treasure Dolomites

During your holiday in the Dolomites, you find steep mountain ridges, vertical rock walls, wuthering high trails and as many narrow as broad hiking trails leading across this unique mountain world. Nevertheless, the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage is a considerably young mountain range. Millions of years ago, today’s popular holiday region was a tropical sea with numerous atolls, coral reefs and volcanos. Only when the African continent slowly drifted towards Europe, the whole region was elevated and literally folded up. The result was these mighty and rugged mountains as we know them today: the Dolomites, World Natural Heritage, a retreat for rest-seekers and hikers from all over the world.

Up to the 18th century the Dolomites were called the “pale mountains” because of their bright shade (“Monti pallidi” in Italian or “Bleiche Berge” in German). The first one to analyse the composition of this stone was the French geologist Déodant de Dolomieu at the end of the 18th century. As a consequence this unique mountain range was named Dolomites (Dolomiti or Dolomiten).

A particularly charming element during your holiday in the Dolomites is the contrast between the gently hilled, extensive Alpine pastures with its traditional mountain huts and restaurants and the rugged rocks of Dolomite or limestone, towering high into the sky. 

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The UNESCO World Natural Heritage Dolomites and Alpe di Siusi

Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm with its 57 m² is the largest high plain in Europa and one of the top destination in the Dolomites. The high plain is located at an altitude of 1,680 to 2,350 m above sea level and offers ever-changing impressions and experiences throughout the year. In the north you find the Bullaccia/Puflatsch, in the east the mighty Sella mountain massif, in the south Sassolungo/Langkofel, Sassopiatto/Pattkofel and the legendary Sciliar/Schlern. In the west lies the idyllic little village Siusi/Seis.

The high plain Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm is easily reachable from your hotel in Siusi/Seis; in spring and summer, it is a veritable hiking paradise offering an unparalleled flora. This sea of colours and scents, framed by the grand mountain scenery is a blessing for body, mind and soul, helping you find inner peace and stillness every day a little bit more.

From the Wanderhotel Europa you can reach the high plain of Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm in the Dolomites in a quick and convenient way. With the modern gondola car you can float in only 15 minutes from Siusi/Seis to Compaccio/Compatsch, the starting point for various tours.

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Holiday pastimes in the Dolomites

A holiday in the Dolomites offers a great range of fun activities because the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage present themselves in a new dress every season: in tender shades of green in spring, in a sunny blaze of colours in summer, in a warm mix of colours in autumn and in a glistening bright white in winter. We want our guests to experience the changing of the seasons in our beloved mountain world, which is why we have developed the nature experience planner especially for you.

During the warm season the fascinating holiday region Dolomites is ideal for extensive hiking tours on all levels of difficulty, exciting mountain bike tours or daring via ferratas for adrenaline junkies.

In winter Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm transforms into a paradise for winter sports fans, no matter if you prefer Alpine or cross-country skiing, snowboarding or winter walking. 60 km of slopes with numerous lifts, 60 km of cross-country tracks and South Tyrol’s largest snow park with a length of 1.5 km and 70 obstacles are waiting.

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