Gorgeous views, vast natural landscapes, and majestic mountains: Welcome to the Dolorama Trail!
The first stage of the Dolorama trail takes you through gentle ups and downs, but with a steady incline,…
The second stage of the Dolorama Trail leads around Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel and through Via…
The third stage of the Dolorama Trail leads through impressive flora, the Puez-Geisler/Puez-Odle Nature…
The fourth stage of the Dolorama trail leads through spruce and larch forests and over the summit of…
The first stage of the Dolorama trail takes you through gentle ups and downs, but with a steady incline, through the expansive landscape of Alpe di Rodengo/Rodenecker Alm and Alpe di Luson/Lüsner Alm.
Route: 20.4km | Ascent: 941m | Descent: 556m | Hiking time: approx. 6.5h
The diverse mountain landscape is framed by the impressive panorama of the Fundres/Pfunderer mountains in the north and the ever-closer Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel in the southeast.
Starting from the Zumis car park, follow the Creation Trail to Roner Alm. Then continue on trail no. 2 in a south-easterly direction until you reach Rastner hut or Starkenfeld hut, where you can stop for refreshments. After Starkenfeld hut, follow trail no. 67 to a fork where you turn right downhill to Steiner Alm. Shortly afterwards, trail no. 2A leads you to Kreuzwiesenalm. From there, take trail no. 12a and then trail no. 10 up to Campill, from where you have a wonderful panoramic view of the South Tyrolean and Austrian Alps and can already see the first peaks of the Dolomites. Past the small St. James Chapel to Lago Lè de Rina/Glittner See, you then continue on the Anton Schwingshackl trail and then on trail no. 1 to Maurerberg hut.
See. Feel. Marvel. These three words greet visitors to Alpe di Rodengo/Rodenecker Alm and Alpe di Luson/Lüsner Alm. With a view of the symbolic representation of creation, hikers are invited to marvel at the magic of the landscape that surrounds them. For centuries, this has been shaped by humans, which has given it its present form. The route can have a very different and yet bonding effect when it comes to seeing, feeling, and marvelling. The Creation Trail leads from Zumis car park to the mountain chapel at Croce Pianer/Pianer Kreuz. Here, along the gently ascending path, you’ll experience seven modern and contemplative art stations that highlight the biblical story of creation.
From the car park, follow the wide hiking trail no. 2 and later turn left onto trail no. 4, also called the Confin path. This leads through forests and Alpine meadows and eventually joins trail no. 2, which leads past Croce Pianer/Pianer Kreuz towards Giogo d'Asta/Astjoch.
Powerful, majestic, and charming – this description applies perfectly to Rodenegg Castle, which towers high above the Rienza/Rienz gorge between Schabs and Mühlbach. It was built in the 12th century and served as a fortified castle. In the 16th century, the family of Oswald von Wolkenstein acquired the castle and had it enlarged and rebuilt. The castle is inhabited and is surrounded by a magnificent castle garden. See the grandeur of Rodenegg Castle for yourself! The castle can be visited with an audio guide from the beginning of May to mid-October without registering (except for groups of 15 people or more).
The Croce Pianer/Pianer Kreuz chapel is located at 1,900 metres above sea level and is a place of contemplation and tranquillity. Many years ago, an old chapel stood here but it was unfortunately demolished twice. In 2002, a new little church was built on the same site, which the then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger and later Pope Benedict XVI blessed from a helicopter in 2008. For many hikers and travellers, the chapel is a place of prayer and thanksgiving. After a loved one passes away, it is a local tradition to bring a remembrance card to the mountain chapel and remember the deceased.
The second stage of the Dolorama Trail leads around Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel and through Via Badia/Gadertal to Schlüter hut.
Route: 14.7km | Ascent: 718m | Descent: 534m | Hiking time: approx. 4.75h
On the second stage, you’ll enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the South Tyrolean Alps and the main Alpine ridge. You pass Lago Lè de Rina/Glittner See, a small idyllic mountain lake where Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel is reflected. The transition from the gentle peaks and hills of Alpe di Luson/Lüsner Alm to the rugged rocks of the Dolomites is impressive and marks the entrance to the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site – there’s a good reason why Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel also called the "Gateway to the Dolomites".
From Maurerberg hut, continue in a south-westerly direction to Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch, where you enter the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, a huge geological fracture gives you a literally deep insight into the turbulent history of the Dolomites. On Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel circular trail, you’ll circle the imposing rock formation of Putia/Peitler and, after crossing the 2,100-metre-high Passo Goma/Göma-Joch, you can see the peaks of Sasso di Santa Croce/Heiligkreuzkofel massif on the left. Following trail no. 35 in a westerly direction, you then reach Schlüter hut, flanked by the Eores e Odle/Aferer Geisler mountains.
After an exciting hike, there is nothing better than jumping into a crystal-clear mountain lake – and that is exactly what a detour to the idyllic natural swimming pool in Lüsen is for! Here, you can expect close-to-nature relaxation and water fun with a slide. In the adjoining recreational area with playground, beach volleyball courts, tennis courts, and football field, you can enjoy the soothing sunshine while your little ones let off steam.
Alpe di Luson/Lüsner Alm is home to countless legends about mysterious figures that have been passed down for generations. Some of these are told here in a family-friendly manner on display boards. The hike leads over the plateau of Alpe di Luson/Lüsner Alm, past Kreuzwiesenalm with the chance to stop off for refreshments, and on to Schweiger Böden. The option to take the hiking bus to the Herol viewpoint and back from Schweiger Böden to the village centre makes this hike the ideal excursion for families with children.
The former craftsmen’s zone of Lüsen lies on the Kaserbach stream below the village centre. The historical oldforge, Stricker mill, and Venetian sawmill have been carefully preserved. During guided tours, these are partly brought back into operation, letting you discover how waterpower was used centuries ago to carry out various types of work here.
Especially in winter, Lüsen is an oasis of peace and relaxation. The gentle, easily accessible peaks make Valle di Luson/Lüsner Tal along with Alpe di Luson/Lüsner Alm and the Alpine meadows at the foot of Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel ideal for unforgettable excursions in a fairy-tale winter landscape. Numerous tours for all fitness levels in absolute tranquillity are available for you to choose from here.
From May to October, Lüsen is the ideal starting point for your e-bike tours. Seldom-travelled mountain roads and countless forest trails give you a wide variety of routes. Selected circular tours and family routes offer diversity and enjoyment, as well as challenges for all fitness levels. The view of the nearby Dolomite peaks as well as the colourful flora and fauna of the Alpine meadows give you a unique experience. Along the routes, numerous managed huts invite you to stop off for refreshments.
The third stage of the Dolorama Trail leads through impressive flora, the Puez-Geisler/Puez-Odle Nature Park and over the Odle/Geisler massif, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Route: 16.2km | Ascent: 664m | Descent: 808m | Hiking time: approx. 5h
You will get an insight into the rock formations and layers of the Dolomites, which were formed over millions of years. Activity seekers will be delighted with the climbing park on the Adolf Munkel trail with difficulty routes from 3 to 8a.
From Schlüter hut, follow trail no. 33 through the sparse stone-pine forest and Alpine rose bushes downhill to Gampenalm. Then follow trail no. 35 in a south-westerly direction on farm tracks to the Adolf Munkel trail. Following this, you reach the sign to Gschnagenhardt Alm, which you can visit in a short detour via trail no. 36 while no. 34 then leads back to the Adolf Munkel trail. After the dip at Lago di Fontana Bianca/Weißbrunnsee, you climb westwards to Brogles Alm and the Brogles bridge. After the rugged, impressive rocky landscape of the Dolomite rockfaces, the trail then leads westwards along the lush green meadows and pastures of Resciesa di Dentro e di Fuori/Inner- and Außerraschötz, which slope gently down to the south. After Saltner Alm in the area of the Raschötz mountain cable car, you’ll reach Raschötz hut.
At the Dolomites UNESCO Infopoint in Zans, you’ll go through the millions of years of formation of the Dolomites in accelerated time. You’ll learn how tectonic plates, volcanoes, oceans, glaciers, ice, water, and wind shaped and changed the “pale mountains”. The exhibition also shows what lies behind the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This information centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays from the beginning of May to the beginning of November.
The visitor centre of the Puez-Geisler/Puez-Odle Nature Park is located in St. Magdalena, Val di Funes/Villnöss and introduces you to the biodiverse nature of the area. Observe the Nature Park from a bird’s eye view and feel the differences in the types of rocks that can be found in there.
This spectacular high ropes course is located in St. Magdalena, not far from the Ranui car park. Scurry like squirrels over twelve courses, consisting of suspension bridges, balance beams, and ropeways, and enjoy the view of the impressive Odle/Geisler peaks.
The Nature Experience trail in Zans is located at the foot of the Odle/Geisler peaks and brings you up close to dense forests, flowering Alpine meadows, and a game reserve. It is a wheelchair-accessible circular trail that provides information about the natural and cultural landscape around Zans.
On the Dolorama Trail, two climbing areas at Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch and at the Adolf Munkel Trail await you. Here you can climb almost exclusively on limestone in impressive surroundings. The Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch climbing area is located right at the foot of Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel. You can reach it after a 20-minute hike from Passo delle Erbe/Würzjoch. Here, you can expect 50 routes with difficulty levels from 4 to 8b. Zanser Alm climbing area on the Adolf Munkel Trail can be reached in about 40 minutes on foot from Zans and is located at the foot of the Odle/Geisler peaks, below the gravel field of the Furchetta north face. It offers 50 routes with difficulty levels from 3 to 8a.
The fourth stage of the Dolorama trail leads through spruce and larch forests and over the summit of Resciesa di Fuori/Außerraschötz to Lajen.
Route: 9.7km | Ascent: 33m | Descent: 1,106m | Hiking time: approx. 3h
The view of the majestic Sassolungo/Langkofel group perfectly rounds off the Dolorama experience on the fourth day. You will also pass Heilig Kreuz chapel and the summit cross of Resciesa di Fuori/Außerraschötz (2,281m) with a fabulous panoramic view.
The fourth stage of the Dolorama Trail leads past Heilig Kreuz chapel (at 2,198 metres above sea level) to the rocky western slope of Resciesa di Fuori/Außerraschötz. Here, marker no. 35 leads northwards downhill in boulder terrain to the mountain meadows at the flat Tschatterlin-Sattel (1,870m). The hike then heads westwards on forest trails to nearby Ramitzler Schwaige (1,815m), further on farm tracks to Unterpulg hut (1,548m) and always following trail no. 35 descending through the forest, past the small village of Tschöfas and through fields to Lajen (1,093m).
This circular hiking tour begins at the sports field in Lajen and leads along trail no. 35 in the direction of Ried to Vogelweiderhof, the possible birthplace of this famed minstrel. The trail then continues past the Church of St.Katharina and along the signposted “Eselsteig” trail to Albions.
The Post Trail leads from Lajen to St. Ulrich in Val Gardena/Grödnertal and is an ideal hike for any season. On the way, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Sella group, Sassolungo/Langkofel, Sasso Piatto/Plattkofel and Secèda/Seceda. The trail leads over gentle meadows, through dense forests, and through picturesque villages. By the way, the name of the Post Trail (or “Poststeig” in German) comes from the fact that the mail used to be transported from Klausen to Val Gardena/Gröden via this route!
This circular trail is ideal for a family outing and is easy to reach from the village or sports field in Lajen. In about an hour, you’ll walk along a wide trail – and travel through time. Along the route, you can expect stations that tell you interesting facts about the Stone and Bronze Age, Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and the present.
This picturesque, protected mountain chapel is located on Alpe Resciesa/Raschötzer Alm. A chapel was already built on this site in the 18th century but it was destroyed by a lightning strike. Shortly afterwards, it was rebuilt and has since been restored several times. The large crucifix inside the chapel dates back to the 18th century. You can reach Heilig Kreuz chapel in about a three-hour hike from Tschöfas near Lajen, only a few minutes’ walk separate it from the summit of Resciesa di Fuori/Außerraschötz.
This is the possible birthplace of the minstrel, Walther von der Vogelweide. Whether he was really born here is unknown, but you can learn interesting facts about his life and work from the information boards. As you look around the landscape, it’s also easy to imagine that significant works of love were written here.
Rodeneck is an idyllic mountain community at the heart of Valle Isarco/Eisacktal. Here, you’ll find farms rich in history, a detached church between village and castle, inviting inns, and unspoilt natural landscapes. Alpe di Rodengo/Rodenecker Alm and Alpe di Luson/Lüsner Alm offer numerous activity possibilities for nature and sports enthusiasts. The Rodeneck Tourism Association Office is located in the village of Vill, not far from the Church of St. Blasius.
The tranquil mountain village of Lüsen is located at 972 metres above sea level in a side valley of Valle Isarco/Eisacktal and is considered a true paradise for hikers and active holidaymakers. It is surrounded by wide meadows and guarded by the majestic Sasso Putia/Peitlerkofel, which is perfect for a sunrise hike. Numerous sights full of history also await you around the village. The Tourism Association Office is located directly in the village square in Lüsen village centre.
The picturesque Val di Funes/Villnöss is crowned by the mighty Odle/Geisler peaks. Numerous hiking and biking trails as well as summit tours with spectacular panoramas await you here. From leisurely valley walks to easy Alpine and adventurous family hikes, you can enjoy all kinds of amazing experiences here. Val di Funes/Villnöss Tourism Association Office is located in the village of St. Peter im Villnösstal, right next to the parish church of St. Peter.
Lajen isn’t just an idyllic mountain village at the entrance to Val Gardena/Grödnertal, it is also at the gateway to the Dolomites themselves. It is situated on a sun-drenched plateau and offers a fantastic view of the Sella massif, the Sassolungo/Langkofel, and Sciliar/Schlern. Every season is absolutely unique here, from flowering Alpine meadows to colourful autumn trees and deep snow-covered winter landscapes. Lajen Tourism Association Office is located in the village square, right in the village centre of Lajen.
Are you in the process of planning your tour of the Dolorama Trail? Find information about mountain huts and accommodation along the trail here.
Do you long for a holiday in nature, surrounded by a spectacular mountain panorama, far away from the everyday grind and stress? Do you also love hiking and adventure-filled tours? Then the Dolorama Trail is just right for you! On a total of 61 kilometres, you’ll hike past majestic mountain giants, through a nature park teeming with flora and fauna, and across the impressive landscape of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’re sure to come back with countless unforgettable holiday memories!