The Dolomites – unique and most beautiful mountains in the world
The Dolomites achieved in the year 2009 the evaluation as a Natural World Heritage from the Unesco. A title that Castelrotto is carrying with proud, with respect and with responsibility. During the last years the UNESCO organization has evaluated the eligibility of the Dolomites as a Natural World Heritage Site.
Now the Dolomites, with their famous peaks, including the Marmolada (3,342 m) which merits the title of “Queen of the Dolomites”, will take their rightful place among the most beautiful mountains in the world. Thanks to the existence of vast natural parks, national parks and Natura 200 protected zones, the Dolomites have been preserved for decades.
The “Puez-Odle Natural Preserve” in Val Gardena takes part of this project. Founded in 1977 and later extended, it now reaches an area of 10.196 ha. The entire Dolomites area which became a natural heritage site is of 142,000 hectares, with an additional buffer zone of more than 90,000 hectares. Worldwide, 199 scenic areas are on the UNESCO List of Natural World Heritage Sites. In Italy, the Dolomites are the second area of this type, joining the Aeolian Islands, which were added to the list in 2000.
South Tirol- Dolomites UNESCO Natural World Heritage
THE ALPE DI SIUSI
The Alpe di Siusi, Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau, is located in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 26th June 2009. This plateau, surrounded by the South Tyrolean Dolomites, is 33 km from Bolzano, above the famous villages of Siusi allo Sciliar and Castelrotto.
Europe's most beautiful and largest high-altitude Alpine meadow with its breath taking views and charming nature is waiting for you. Every year, between May and July, nature blossoms yet again in a magnificent spectacle that's a jubilation of shapes, scents and colours that seems to have been created by an artist or conjured up by a sorcerer.The incomparable beauty and incredible variety of Alpe di Siusi's flora and fauna are truly unique around the world. The irresistible charm of such a special environment will entice you to go hiking, climbing or just relax, admiring the splendour of the surrounding natural wonderland.
Snowy scenery in the heart of the Dolomites
Idyllic, romantic and varied
The range of winter activities in the Val Gardena is as diverse as the beauty of the Dolomites. Tramp over vast areas of snow, with snowshoes on your feet. Enjoy wonderful descents after an exhausting ski mountaineering tour. The large network of cross-country trails allows magnificent views of the snowy winter landscape of the Dolomites. Why not just lie in the warm winter sun and enjoy the scenery? Even more romantic is a horse-drawn sleigh ride on the Alpi di Siusi. You could treat yourself to a leisurely day shopping. Talk over your active day nature in front of an open fire in the Apart-hotel bar.