Hiking about Val Gardena/Gröden
Hiking: the Val Gardena/Gröden experience
To hiking enthusiasts, Val Gardena/Gröden is more than just a holiday resort. Hiking in Val Gardena/Gröden is indeed a life-enhancing experience which never fails to stir the soul and reward with happy memories to leaf through during long, gloomy winter days. Hiking through Val Gardena/Gröden with its many panoramic trails allows to discover the multi-faceted beauty of the Dolomites. It is not by chance that these mountains were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list of places of outstanding universal value, both for their landscapes and their geological as well as geomorphological significance. Walk a few steps from the door of our hotel in Selva di Val Gardena/Wolkenstein in Gröden and you will find yourself surrounded by one of the most beautiful hiking areas in the world.
Val Gardena/Grödental awaits you, with the captivating background of the Dolomite’s craggy peaks.
Hiking & more in Val Gardena/Gröden
There are close to endless possibilities for self-guided hiking tours throughout Val Gardena/Gröden. One of the most popular destinations is the Puez-Odle-Rasciesa natural park, with over 10,200 ha of naturalistic heritage of remarkable variety including plateaus, slopes, ridges, natural bridges, thick forests and far-sweeping meadows. It is a place of quiet far from urban traffic and hustle. The reliable, convenient lift facilities of the Dolomites make the hiking routes of Val Gardena/Greöden easily accessible from Hotel La Pineta and, thanks to the Gardena Card, you can use them for free over the summer period. A big favourite amongst families is the hiking tour to Val d’Anna, a 30-minutes leisurely walk from Ortisei/St. Ulrich, starting from the Seceda lift valley station. The trail negotiates woods, meadows and fun parks, and makes for a congenial route to initiate children to the pleasure of hiking in Val Gardena. Feeling like a hike back into the past? Hike along the old railway tracks of the Val Gardena/Gröden line, which had been in operation until 1960. The route starts in Selva/Wolkenstein and ends up in Ortisei/St. Ulrich; along the way, informative signs give an account of the history of the Val Gardena train. Little over 2 hours to go, with a maximum drop of 500 m for an exciting hiking experience through postcard-like landscapes. Alternatively, the railway trail can be travelled by bike in its full extent.
Hiking through Val Gardena’s culinary highlights
During your hiking tours in Val Gardena you will come across bucolic alpine huts where a snack pause becomes a savoury, panoramic experience. These huts offer the perfect occasion to become acquainted with the traditional delicacies of South Tyrol. After a hearty, home-cooked meal made with genuine ingredients, take a few minutes to enjoy the uncommon beauty of the surrounding landscapes before you resume your discovery hike through Val Gardena/Gröden or head back to your hotel. We at Hotel La Pineta will be happy to assist you with the planning of your guided or self-guided hiking tours of Val Gardena. Back from your hiking adventures, you will find us at the bar, waiting to serve a refreshing drink or a steamy cup of Italian espresso. The snug atmosphere of our ambience will invite you to share your impressions and recollections with us and the other guests. That’s a taste of our original South Tyrolean way of life: experiencing, sharing, enjoying.
Advice on hiking in Val Gardena/Gröden
- Choose your tours according to your state of health
- Always check the weather conditions and forecast before engaging in hiking adventures in Val Gardena/Gröden
- Bring proper equipment and a change of clothes
- Choose boots of good quality
- Be cautious
- Stick to the marked trails
- Stop to drink some water from time to time
- Respect nature and the environment!