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. read more read less