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Dolomites   >   Locations   >   Val Gardena   >   Walking paths

Walking paths - Val Gardena

Selva - S. Cristina - Ortisei

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Gardena Card is sold only to hosts of Val Gardena establishments, members of the Tourist Associations. A proper voucher, released by the establishment, has to be shown by the host at the time of buying the card.


Gold of the "Pale Mountains"
Gold, silver, bronze and rock crystal and wonderful moments from the mountain tops and at every turn of the path. And if you are not just a keen walker and mountain-lover, but something of a sportsman (or woman), you might be tempted to go for the new Val Gardena walker's pin "Cristal d'Or" - in the above-mentioned choice of gold, silver, bronze or rock crystal! Plus a fine certificate as a special souvenir. Ask at the Tourist Offices for the Val Gardena walker's booklet. To collect the points needed for the awards, you simply have to have your card stamped in the various refuges you come to during your walks.

Walking paths in Val Gardena:

From Ortisei:
The path into the ANNA VALLEY starts at the base lodge of the Seceda Cableway and leads up a gentle incline for about 30 minutes to the Cafe Annatal.
The LUIS TRENKER PROMENADE leads from the Parish Church to "Stua Zirm" (10 minutes) and then joins the main road and continues to S. Cristina (1 h) and Selva Gardena (2 h).
From S. Giacomo you can also walk to the hamlet of SOPLASES. This path branches off down-hill through the woods shortly after passing the Somont Inn (45 minutes). From the bottom of the path, the old railway track can be followed back to Ortisei (another 40 minutes). Some people prefer to simply take the bus back.
A somewhat steeper path branches off from Str. Sacun shortly after Hotel Regina and zig-zags its way up to the COL DE FLAM CROSS (20 minutes). From there it is another 10 minutes to the Catores Wine Lodge. A Dialogue Way has been created here for the Holy Year 2000 and is characterised by four works of art in porphyry and metal that represent dialogue in its various shapes and forms.
Str. Sacun itself continues to SAN GIACOMO (35 minutes). From there two paths lead to the idyllically situated forest chapel of St. Jacob with its famous frescoes (another 25 minutes).
You can also walk along the southern fringe of the woods to OLTRETORRENTE: Minert-Hof- Hotel Ronc - Pens. Pradell - Roncadizza 50min.).
From S.Cristina:
Circular walk via PLESDINAZ: north of the Uridl Inn a steep path leads off to Uleta; after 100 m a level path branches off to the right to Pensione Bellavista. The way back is along the road as far as Villa Dolomiti, where you turn right across the old railway embankment to reach the church (1 to 1 1/2 hours).
The path to ORTISEI goes past the cemetery in the direction of Soplases; when you reach the Comploj food store the path crosses the main road, and then you turn left; after Casa Mulin d'Odun the path crosses the stream and then you turn right on the quiet road to Ortisei (1 hour; open in winter). Alternative route: from the Comploj food store follow the main road, and after 130 m join the old railway line to Ortisei
From the Orchidee house (above the parish church) a WAY OF CROSS begins with 14 stations, made by local sculptors, which goes through Col da Messa to the hamlet of Plesdinaz. The way of cross was inaugurated in September 1998.
There is also a fine circular walk to SAN GIACOMO with wonderful views of the Sassolungo and the Sella. The walk begins at the church square and goes via Uleta (2-2 1/2 h.; also in winter).
The walk to SELVA GARDENA starts at the back of Hotel Wolkenstein above Piazza Dosses and leads to Hotel Oswald. The return route to S. Cristina is via La Selva, Ciaslat and Monte Pana.
S. Cristina boasts the only PLANETARY TRAIL in South Tyrol. It is situated along the promenade built on the route of the former Val Gardena railway. The nine planets of our solar system (including the Earth) have been set up true to scale, and information boards have been added to provide the relevant date, such as the diameter of the planets, their density, distance from the Sun, number of moons etc. The educational goal of the Planetary Trail is to demonstrate to visitors the literally astronomical dimensions of the Universe.
Circular walk to the WATERFALLS: from the bottom of the Monte Pana lift, a path leads off to the right to Casa Tervella, and then turns right through the woods to the waterfalls. To return, take the same path as far as the little bridge, then head for Soplases and from there to the church or to Hotel Post (1 to 1 1/2 hours; open in winter).
From Selva:
The walk through the VALLUNGA starts from the Parish Church following first the str. Puez and then the str. Cir to the Garni Mezdi. Follow the path to the left of Garni Mezdi, which rejoins the road after about three-quarters of a mile. The walk to the end of the valley (Pra da Ri) takes about 1 1/2 hours (open in winter).
The ruins of WOLKENSTEIN CASTLE can be reached by a steep path that branches off to the left at the Carabinieri training centre in Vallunga. The path can also be reached from St. Silvester's Chapel. The return route is via Daunei to the centre of Selva Gardena. (The path can sometimes be used with caution in late winter).
The BELVEDERE walk ("sai uedli") leads from Hotel Corona in the direction of the Danter-cepies Gondola. At Pensione Scoiattolo, there is a turn right and the path zig-zags steeply up to the ridge of Piz Ciaslat (15 minutes). The views from the top are very rewarding. The path is not recommended in winter.
The old line of the VAL GARDENA RAILWAY is now used as a path that takes you to S. Cristina in a leisurely hour, and on to Ortisei in a further hour. Or you can follow the trail of the Val Gardena Railway in the other direction, to Plan and Plan de Gralba (open in winter). The walk to MOMTE PANA starts from the Oswald von Wolkenstein Cultural Centre. The route starts as a steep zig-zag path to the left before descending slightly to the Pensione La Pineta. Then turn left through the woods to La Selva and continue through wood and meadow to Monte Pana (1 1/2 hours; not recommended in winter).
There is also a KEEP-FIT PATH with a total of 18 exercises leading from the Oswald von Wolkenstein Cultural Centre to a fine vantage point. The view towards Vallunga reveals the prehistoric processes of glaciation in the valley. The course takes an hour to complete if you do all exercises as recommended (not for winter use).


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