Walks in Val Gardena

Enjoy nature leisurely

Plenty of walks that bring you to idyllic farms, until reaching tranquil benches ideal for relax. There you can admire the beautiful landscape, the villages, the woods and mountains. You will be enchanted.

Here you find some interesting walking tours in Val Gardena.
All themed trails including a map, pictures, elevation gain, length, duration and start are presented in the new brochure “Themed paths in Val Gardena”, to purchase in our Online Shop. You will find an excerpt with some proposals on the following PDF.


Dialogue Walk

Start from Ortisei parish church and follow the steep road towards S. Giacomo until stumbling upon the fork to Col de Flam. Follow four, artistic symbols as well as painted boulders to not get lost. The path snakes its way across some beautiful areas, for instance with a beautiful view over Ortisei after a few minutes’ walk. You can’t miss the imposing wooden carved Christ statues, where you’ll find some comfortable benches to rest. Return on the same path.

Anna valley

Start the walk from the valley station of Seceda cable car. The path opposite the station, at the end of the parking lot, will take you over a small, wooden bridge crossing the Anna streamlet. Follow the gurgling trail through the forest until you come across a refreshing Kneipp trail, benches and hammocks. A tempting pocket of relaxation and wellbeing. After around 20 minutes cross another bridge, from where you’ll sot a large children’s playground on the right. Continue on a forest path until the end of the valley, and return on the same path.

S. Giacomo

Walk from Ortisei parish church and follow the signposted path towards S. Giacomo and to the Dialogue Walk on the left. Follow the winding path until Col de Flam. From here continue on an ascending forest path and, finally, take a right and walk up to a small church dedicated to St. Jacob, patron of excursionists and pilgrims. Return on the same path until you reach a crossroads with a wayside shrine. Take a right towards Val D’Anna and return to the starting point via the valley station of Seceda cable car.

Forest's edge

Head west from Mar Dolomit swimming pool and pass by Minert Farm; shortly after, take a right turn and walk at the edge of the forest, crossing the Furdenan ski lift station. Keep on walking until Ronce Hotel, where the path gives way to a road. Enjoy a stunning view over Ortisei for the duration of the walk. The flat road will take you to Nuaves Farm and, from here, continue on asphalt to Digon Road. Return on the same path or by public transport (bus Castelrotto-Val Gardena) to S. Antonio Square.

Ortisei circular trail

Follow the Luis Trenker path from Ortisei parish church until Coi. Upon arriving at a small supermarket take a right and follow the asphalt road to Mulin d’Odum house. Walk to the other side of the valley by crossing over the stream and follow the road taking you outside the valley – passing by the Minert Farm and the Mar Dolomit swimming pool, until you reach the valley station of the Alpe di Siusi cable car. Cross the footbridge on the right to return to your starting point.


Geotrail Bulla

Along the geological trail between the Passo Pinei and Bulla, you can find interesting information panels explaining the evolution of the world-renowned Dolomites. The path leads through geological highlight on the margin of the UNESCO world heritage site and offers fantastic panoramic views on the mountains of Val Gardena.

On the Poststeig to S. Pietro

From the church of Ortisei, westerly, along the Sneton and the Muredastreet, to the Hotel Grien. Shortly before reaching it we leave the street and continue past the old Pradatschhof and past the Dumathof into the forest, left at the first junction. On a rocky shelf in the forest, we come across the second approaching path along the Nevelstreet. If we note the sing posts and markets at the junctions on the further course of the tour, we cannot lose the way. After we reach the Pedrutscher Hof, we continue on the almost traffic less paved road to S. Pietro. Return on the same path or by public transport (bus Bressanone - Laion – S. Pietro) to S. Antonio Square.

S. Cristina

Adventure trail Monte Pana „PanaRaida“

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. Walking time 1 h.

The Art & Nature trail Monte Pana „Troi UNIKA”

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

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. Walking time 1 h.

Legend trail towards S. Giacomo

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. Walking time 1,5 h.

Raida dl luech - “Walk through the village”

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. Walking time: 1,5 - 2h.

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).

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.

Via Crucis

From the Orchidee house (above the Parish Church) a Stations of the Cross begins with 14 stations, made by local sculptors, which goes through Col da Mëssa to the hamlet of Plesdinaz. The Stations of the Cross was inaugurated in September 1998 (see booklet).

S. Giacomo

There is also a fine circular walk to S. Giacomo with wonderful views of the Sassolungo and the Sella. The walk begins at the church square and goes via Ulëta (2 to 2½ hours).

Selva Gardena

The walk to Selva Gardena starts behind Hotel Wolkenstein above Piazza Dosses and leads to Hotel Oswald. The return route to S. Cristina is via La Sëlva, Ciaslat and Monte Pana.

Selva Gardena


Walk on path no. 14 from the entrance to the Vallunga valley to S. Silvestro chapel. The walk slowly becomes steeper as you stroll through larch and mountain pine thickets. No worries, as you can rest on the many benches and tables placed on the path: sit down, relax and revel in the unique view stretching out before you. The valley slowly becomes narrower as the vegetation predominantly turns to mountain pine groves. It then returns to its customary, wide expanse upon reaching the meadows. Continue walking until you reach rocky walls reaching to the sky. Return on the same path.

Panoramic path

From the Scoiattolo Hotel, near Selva Ski school, follow the steep, uphill path to the stunning views from the Sai Uedli panoramic outlook. Continue walking until you spot a pensive statue of the Virgin Mary, carved in 1999 by students of the Gardena Art school; move on to path 12 B to Costabella. Walk through Risaccia to enter the picturesque Vallunga valley.


Start from the Passo Sella bus stop and follow the signposts to Naturonda. You’ll come across Città dei sassi, resting at the bottom of the northern, vertical walls of the Sassolungo; continue on a jaw-dropping journey through a marvellous natural landscape. Information boards, placed along the walk, offer interesting titbits on local flora and fauna such as descriptions, food foraging and the habitat of wild foxes, rabbits and groundhogs living in Val Gardena. The boards also list interesting trivia on flora, geology and regional herbs. Return back on path no. 526.

La ferata- Ex railway

You begin the walk at the Tourist Office Selva on the main street and walk to the Hotel Nives, where you turn off to the right towards the church and than to the left till the ice stadium. The old line of the legendary railway of Val Gardena is now used as a pleasant path for everyone suitable both during the day and in the evening. You can admire 2 sculptures of local artists long the line. In one hour you reach S. Cristina, continuing for a further hour to Ortisei, where you can take the bus back to Selva. You can follow the trail also in the other direction toward Plan, where you can admire another sculpture (starting behind the Ski & Snowboard School Selva Gardena – approximately 25 min.).

„Ntëur Sëlva“ – Around Selva

Depart from Selva Tourist Office and follow the main road and Rio Gardena stream to the S. Elisabeta house. Head deep into the valley, sticking to the streams’ course, until Plan. At the bus stop, cross the road and you’ll find yourself on the former railway tracks. Walk to the back of the Selva Ski School and after 100 m. take a left for a jolly stroll into the Vallunga valley. Take another left upon reaching S. Silvestro chapel and, at the crossroads, follow the directions to Daunëi. The path starts sloping downhill, snaking its way by many mountain farms: head towards the village centre and you’ll soon return to the start.

Via Crucis

Start from Daunëi and follow the crossroads, running at the bottom of the Stevia, to the S. Silvestro chapel in the Vallunga valley. One of the oldest walks in Val Gardena with its very own 15 stations of the Cross. These were carved from tree trunks in 1983 by local artisans and artists. The ruins of Wolkenstein Castle loom halfway through the walk and, during summer, are well worth a visit. After all, we are talking of the main residence of the Wolkenstein – Trostburg royal house, whose origins hail back to the 13th century.