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Hiking and walking

Hiking in Val Gardena

Plenty of walks past meadows will bring you from small rivers to idyllic farms, until reaching comfy benches ideal for relaxing. There you can admire the beautiful landscape, the villages, the woods and mountains. You will be enchanted.

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Suggesterd hiking tours in S.Cristina

Adventure trail Monte Pana „PanaRaida“

Walking time 1 h. / Starting from the chair lift of Mont Sëura the equipped path with different adventure stations runs across lush meadows and forests until the idyllic natural lake. The contemplative natural trail invites hikers looking for quiteness and cosy atmosphere to experience the pure nature.

The Art & Nature trail Monte Pana „Troi UNIKA”

40 min / The Art & Nature Trail “Troi UNIKA” puts the focus on art and nature – on the artistic quality of the mountains and on the tradition of carving, deeply rooted in Val Gardena. The art works by two acclaimed sculptors from Val Gardena are a special highlight: “Pultredes – Punti di vista/Blickpunkte” (EN: perspectives) by Stephan Perathoner and “La piuma/Die Feder” (EN: the feather) by Eric Perathoner, staging S. Christina, Monte Pana and the surrounding mountain world, fusing nature and art into a harmonious one. Walking time 40 minutes. Distance 1,5 km. In summer accessible also with pram. Walkable also in winter.

„La ferata de Gherdëina“ - The Val Gardena Railway trail

Walking time 1 h. / The Val Gardena Railway was constructed when the region was part of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. The railway was running from 1916 to 1960 and was completed in record time. Today, the still existing railway line is a nice path, which starts near the Cisles Street in S. Cristina and leads you to Ortisei after a 3.5 km walk. On this comfortable way with panoramic view, you will find several information boards with historical pictures, which explain the Val Gardena Railway history.

Legend trail towards S. Giacomo

Walking time 1,5 h. / This trail lets you discover the S. Giacomo church. According to legend, a young local inhabitant, Count Jakob von Stetteneck, let it build. He dedicated it to Saint Jakob, the protector of all hikers. The path starts at the church of S. Cristina. Directly behind it, it goes through the woods. Along the way there are 16 information boards. Their drawings and texts explain the Legend of Count Jakob. From the old Festil house in S. Giacomo you already see the church and after a steep but short ascent you are in front of it. Tradition holds that the S. Giacomo church is the oldest one of the whole valley, since its origin goes back to the 12th century. Its Gothic frescos in the presbytery and the paintings from the 16th century near the pulpit, which represent scenes of the legend, are valuable and unique. The church can be visited in summer only, from the beginning of July until the middle of September: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. Wednesday, Friday from 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. and from 15.30 p.m. – 17.00 p.m.

Raida dl luech - “Walk through the village”

Walking time: 1,5 - 2h. / This walk starts at the parish church of S. Cristina. From there, the “Raida dl luech” follows the former railway line, goes past a playground and a bronze sculpture representing a skier. Then, after having crossed the Dosses Square, the round continues along the waterfront until the Iman Center, where you can visit the biggest hand-carved crib of the world and where children can stay on another playground. Once back to the Cisles stream, the walk leads to the Monte Pana chair lift and steepens a little bit to the vigorous and refreshing Monte Pana waterfall and continues to Plan da la Sia, a place with a nice meadow where you can take a rest and relax. After some minutes you reach Soplajes and follow the steep Triech path. This path goes past another waterfall and the walk ends from where it started.

The path to Ortisei

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). Alternative route: from the Comploj food store follow the main road, and after 130 m join the old railway line to Ortisei.

Circular walk via Plesdinaz

North of the Hotel Uridl a steep path leads off to Ulëta; 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 1½ hours).

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