Lush Alpine meadows, ancient forests, cozy mountain villages and rustic huts surrounded by the typical rugged cliffs. These are things that you'll only find here in the Dolomites, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that plays as the epic backdrop to the seven Alpine trail running routes in this Collection. Each one is a small challenge, but we promise you will be amply rewarded by the magnificent mountain scenery and warm hospitality of the region. And the challenge you'll face on each of the narrow trails can only be matched by the comfort you'll be able to enjoy on your stopover in the rustic mountain huts you'll encounter en route.
The trails featured in this Collection are located in some of the most beautiful holiday areas of the Dolomites. You'll run through the Ladin Val Gardena and through Alta Badia, enjoy the beautiful Alpe di Siusi, discover the nature park Puez-Geisler, circle the impressive Sassolungo with its world-famous Stone City, and you'll forever bask in amazement at the sight of the Three Peaks in the Sesto Dolomites. Some of our routes are based on well-known running events such as the Sasslong Half Marathon, the Brixen Dolomites Marathon or the Three Peaks Alpine Run - challenges that you can face at any time and at your own pace. The remaining runs, on the other hand, follow beautiful hiking routes over narrow trails in front of more wonderful backdrops. From the short warmup run to the challenging full-dayer, the choice is yours — a breathtaking natural experience and a very special feeling of freedom are guaranteed in any case!
This run is a challenge, but it is also a breathtaking adventure that you can not only experience as part of the "Three Peaks Alpine Run", but also for you alone. Over 16 kilometers and about 1,300 vertical meters are waiting to be mastered by you. But we promise you that you will be royally rewarded for your efforts by the magical landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites and the absolutely unique destination panorama with the three world-famous hill pillars, the Three Peaks.You start in Sesto, a small community in South Tyrol, which thanks to the best tourist infrastructure is a great base camp for your mountain running. From here you are on the way - it is already gently, but steadily uphill. For about five kilometers, you will now cycle through the municipality of Moos and then through the Fischleintal valley to the Fischleinbodenhütte - if you like, you can also take this route by bus and start your Dolomite adventure from here.Now it starts right. You leave the asphalt and walk from there on gravel or a narrow trail that runs parallel to the path. The forest is getting denser, the trail is getting steeper. Take your time and enjoy the quiet mountains - you still have a long way to go!In the Talschlusshütte, which is open daily during the summer, there is a break. Rest again best, because then you really enter alpine terrain. The trail is steep and rocky, some small steps are embedded in the ground. Yes, it is wonderfully exhausting! And yes, it's beautiful: the higher you get, the more fantastic the mountain panorama that opens up to you. Once at the top is - at least in good weather - the view of the Three Peaks the absolute highlight and a fantastic reward for the demanding increase. From the Dreizinnenhütte you can enjoy the great view and strengthen you for the descent. If you want to enjoy the fantastic Dolomite world in peace, you can stay overnight up here and run back the next day.This run is quite demanding and demands a lot of fitness. Also, if you are richly rewarded: Do not underestimate that. Allow plenty of time, grab enough provisions and pack changing gear and clothing for a change in the weather. Well prepared, this race becomes an unforgettable adventure!
This short tour is a good example of the fact that even in the middle of the Dolomites, it does not always have to be a day-filled, high-alpine adventure. If you orientate yourself along the course of the valleys, you can combine rather flat stretches on quiet hiking trails and the breathtaking mountain panorama. Perfect to get used to the mountains or to build a relaxing day in the Dolomites holiday.This short round starts in Kolfuschg, a quiet place in Alta Badia in Val Badia. The village is an excellent base camp for a holiday in the Dolomites, which you can now start with a small warmup run. The route takes you along the Gader to Stern and then back again. Beautiful trails, narrow trails, but sometimes also a piece of road alternate with each other, as you follow the course of the small river, after which this valley is named.The beauty of this route is that you can vary it as you wish. On the way, small trails branch off again and again, which you can gradually discover. In addition, there are numerous mountain railways in Colfosco and Corvara, with which you can drive to the higher elevations of the Dolomites, which offers countless opportunities for demanding, alpine routes. Here you can really make the most of everything and in the end it is up to your creativity to decide what you make of it.If you do not want to travel by car, you can take the train to St. Lorenzen and Brunico. There you change to the bus lines to Alta Badia, which connect all villages of the valley. Information can be found here: alta-badia.org/de/service/oeffentlicher-nahverkehr/verkehrsmittel-des-suedtiroler-verkehrsverbundes.
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Rustic mountain huts, happy cows and the breathtaking panorama of the Dolomites: The largest alpine pasture in Europe, the Seiseralm, is a paradise for trail running, not only for advanced skiers, but also for beginners. From rolling hills to challenging trails you will find everything here. The excellent infrastructure ensures that you can not be lost and you find enough opportunities to rest. In spite of the wonderful alpine world you always have a plan B ready. No wonder that Seiseralm was declared a "running park". Here are 20 marked routes waiting for you, which were selected by experts and sorted and marked according to difficulty.This run starts in Compatsch, the "base camp" for tours on the Seiseralm. From here it goes first steadily uphill. First you walk leisurely, later quite steeply through the Ladinser moss. Surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, ever higher, until the route takes on the Rosszahnscharte high alpine character. At the Tierser Alpl Hütte at over 2,400 meters, you have earned a break.Now follows a fantastic panoramic trail over the mountains of the Sciliar group, which brings you from the animal Alpl hut to the Schlernhaus. The "castle in the mountains" is one of the oldest and one of the most impressive refuge huts in the Dolomites and a real dream destination for every mountain lover. On the plateau of the Schlern, surrounded by lush alpine meadows and framed by the rugged rocks of the mountains, you can strengthen yourself and even stay in cozy rooms. If you like, you have a great opportunity here to just make a two-day tour out of the round. Afterwards, the fantastic descent awaits you, who will take you back to the starting point in Compatsch.Information about other trails on the Seiseralm can be found here: camping-seiseralm.com/fileadmin/user_upload/PDF/Running_Park_Deutsch.pdf.
Cortina lies in the north of Italy and is embedded in the high mountains of the Ampezzo Dolomites, which tower up to 3,244 meters high into the sky. The place is especially known to winter sports enthusiasts, because it was not for nothing that renowned competitions took place - in winter, skiers, snowboarders, sledders and ice hockey players will find ideal conditions. By contrast, in the summer Cortina has become a true paradise for trail runners. No wonder, because here it is just beautiful. Idyllic valleys, rugged cliffs, babbling mountain streams and spectacular views - and in the middle of it all lead countless trails that can be combined to simple beginner routes but also to demanding day trips.This route is quite long at almost 37 kilometers and is suitable for physically strong runners. At least, if you want to do it in one piece, you should be fit. You run mainly on loose trails, which are sometimes quite steep. In addition, it is high: at over 2,300 meters, the thin mountain air is already clearly noticeable. In return, it is uniquely beautiful and you will almost always be rewarded for every drop of sweat.Alternatively, you can divide the route in two stages and stay overnight at the Rifugio Col Galina - a unique experience is guaranteed! The hut is connected by a road and is regularly approached by a bus. This opens up further possibilities for you, as you can finish your run up here or start here and only enjoy the descent to Cortina. In this way, anyone, from beginner to expert, can really enjoy the Dolomites to the fullest.Here you can find information about the bus connection (Linee Stagionali): dolomitibus.it/it/l/orario-dolomiti/index.
Between the Val Gardena in the north and the Trentino Val di Fassa, the impressive Langkofel group stretches out into the sky. The striking mountain peaks are not only a great photo opportunity, but also an unmissable landmark when you make your way around them. This is exactly the plan of this approximately 21-kilometer route, which leads you completely asphalt-free through the beautiful mountains of the Western Dolomites.The course is based on the course of the "Saslong Half Marathon", a demanding race that attracts professional as well as amateur runners in the summer in this exceptionally beautiful mountain region. But you can navigate the track anytime, the exact way you prefer.On the way, there are countless opportunities to take it a little easier: time and again you open wide views into the valleys around the Langkofelgruppe. After leaving the Monta Pana plateau and making the initially steep climb to the Comici Hut, you are at your "cruising altitude", which is between 2,200 and 2,300 meters. So you can enjoy fascinating views from far above, when you cross the "Stone City" or you open a great view of the Fassa Valley or the famous Seiseralm. After you have passed the Plattkofelhütte, it goes back down to the Monte Pana.The plateau Monta Pana is located just south of Santa Cristina in Val Gardena. From there you can drive to the starting point of the tour. But it is still easy by taking the chairlift from the center. Buses from Bressanone or Bolzano go to St. Christina, you can find infos here: valgardena.it/en/bus-plans-groeden
The Brixen Dolomiten Marathon takes place for the tenth time in 2019 and can certainly be described as a classic. About 42 kilometers, the route leads through the wonderful mountains of the Dolomites and mainly uses hiking trails and forest trails. In this tour, however, we will describe a slightly "more manageable" variant - around 24 kilometers will come together at the end and still be over 1,800 meters in altitude. Even this short version is quite a challenge.If you start from Brixen, you can take the bus to the starting point of the tour to St. Martin. There, the adventure starts through the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites with a five-kilometer climb that brings you high on the edge of the Small Peitlerkofels. Up here you will find a uniquely beautiful mountain landscape and numerous huts, which in between offer a small break. Fornellahütte, Tauberhütte, Rossalm - if you run out of provisions on the way, you always have a plan B. Pleasant side effect of a retreat: You can enjoy the fantastic view in peace.Shortly before the goal a crunchy climb up to the Plose on an alpine trail challenges you again. At the top of 2,447 meters, the Plose Hut is already waiting for you as a reward. From here it is only downhill to the mountain station of the Plose cable car, where your trail adventure ends in the Dolomites.From Brixen you can take the bus to St. Martin / Thurn, which takes about 1.5 hours. The return journey is much faster: with the Plose gondola you drive down to St. Andrä, from there the bus back to Brixen takes 20 minutes. If you are still fit and have time, you could run back. Then there would be about eleven kilometers, but it will be downhill to Bressanone. Information you can get here: sii.bz.it/de.
The "main character" of this round of eleven kilometers is the Adolf-Munkel-Weg, which will show you a nice mix of wide paths and narrow paths and will inspire you with its beautiful landscape below the impressive Geisler peaks. Starting point is the Zanser Alm, which you can easily reach by bus or where you can park your car relaxed in the large parking lot. Maybe you treat yourself to a hot coffee in the cozy hut before you start. Relaxed and strengthened, you set off on your way.It expects you a rather simple route with a manageable height difference. On the way you will pass four managed huts, so you can strengthen yourself regularly. But above all, the huts offer the opportunity to take a break and simply enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park.From the Zanser Alm, you first follow the St. Zenon Bach for a while, which splashes gently alongside the paved path and leads you to the beginning of the Adolf Munkel Trail. From now on, you follow the narrow path through the sparse forest, which repeatedly releases the view of the impressive Geislerspitzen. At least on the Geisleralm you should treat yourself to a (short) break and let the imposing mountain scenery affect you. Afterwards the descent to the Zanser Alm begins, where a delicious piece of homemade cake awaits you.If you want to arrive by public transport, you can first take the train to Bressanone. From there the bus line 340 goes to St. Peter and the line 341 directly to the Zanser Alm. By the way start from here various beautiful hiking trails, which are of course also ideal for running. As the Zanser Alm also offers accommodation, it is a nice base camp for a longer trail holiday in Villnösstal dar.