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Region 3 - Dolomiti mountains South Tyrol

 

overview map of Region 3When the French mineralogist Déodat de Dolomieu in the year 1791 had sent some stone samples to the son of  Horace-Bénédict de Saussure who at first had reached the peak of the Mont Blanc, he named that type of stone Dolomit. Since that time, the mountains south of the Pustertal valley are called Dolomite Alps.

Three counties cover the Dolomites that are “interesting” for us as motorbike riders (interesting is the terminology for great grip, outstanding landscape and reams of curves), South Tyrol (ital. Alto Adige), Trentino and Veneto. While the Trentino county in the West only sees some small extensions of the Dolomite Alps and owns as a big highlight Garda lake (ital. Lago di Garda), South Tyrol covers the Dolomite Alps up to the Sella mountain. Everything east of that does belong to the Veneto county.

The western Dolomites are the most know ones with the famous Langkofel mountains, the Schlern rock that is the landmark of South Tyrol, Latemar mountain, the Rosengarten (Rosegarden mountain chain) and the Marmolata (ital. Marmolada). Not to forget the Seiser Alm (Seiser Meadow) and the most known valley - the Eisacktal (Eisack valley) with its famous Brenner pass road, the Eggental (Eggen valley) with the Dolomite Alps Road that runs from Bolzano across the Karerpass to the center of the Dolomites to Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Grodnertal (Gardena valley) up to the Sella mountain and the Passo di Gardena, as well as the Fassatal (Fassa valley) as direct way to other famous Dolomite Alps pass roads, Passo di Rolle, Passo Valles and Passo di San Pellegrino.

The border between South Tyrol in the West and the Veneto in the East runs exactly across the summits of the Pordoijoch (ital. Passo di Pordoi) and the Grodnerjoch (ital. Passo di Gardena). Passo di Falzarego, Passo Giau, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo are located in the Veneto county. Here in Veneto everything is a little bit more Italian, less touristic like in South Tyrol - more original Italian. Whereby in South Tyrol everything and everybody is fully focussed on the tourism industry. The German tourist gets his German beer served, his German news paper the Bildzeitung, his “deutsches Schnitzel” and German television. It is really not easy to find locations and hidden spots to gain access to the real original South Tyrol. But nevertheless - even it is difficult for the people in South Tyrol to speak English, since the second language is Italian, they will do everything to understand your English and serve what ever you prefer to make you feel comfortable.

For that reasons we always try to stay a little bit away from the classical “tourist centers”  like Seiser Alm, Val Gardena, Canazei and Arabba or NOT to travel in August, which is the main vacation period in Europe and Italy. In August when Italy is shut down due to summer vacation, the Dolomite Alps roads look like a big parking lot stuffed with busses, campers, cars and the air is muggy and hazy. During that month it is then really a challenge to find a free space in the mountains without tourists and their ghetto blasters and barbecue grills. Best months to see the Dolomites are end of May til mid of July and then during the famous “Toergelen” season in September and Oktober, whereby the October is well known as Indian Summer based on the colored larchs. Then the air is absolutely clear, the streets are nearly empty and the prices low. By the way with the name Toergelen the South Tyrolean means the wine harvest with lots of wine festivals in the region, with outstanding local foot and lots of fun.

hotel

Gasthof Gasserhof

13 rooms with different price levels. The host Peter does cook himself and is the personal contact for all motorbike travellers. Located a bit aside, but central, is this family owned hostel a perfect location for touring the Dolomite mountains.

Room with breakfast starting at 39,- Euro
room with half course starting at 49,- Euro

I-39050 Eggen/Ega

www.gasserhof.it

GPS N46°24’38” E011°30’13”

hotel

Hotel Rauth

15 rooms with bathroom, phone and TV. Franz Pichler the host is riding motorbike himself. The hotel ist located aside, a little bit hidden in the idyllic Eggental valley, one of the best central locations to tour the Dolomite mountains.

Room with breakfast starting at 55,- Euro
room with half course starting at 70,- Euro

I-39050 Eggental-Rauth

www.hotelrauth.it

GPS N46°23’2” E011°29’28”

hotel

Pension Erna

Familiy operated house with a little restaurant for the house guests only. Located a bit above the Eggental valley with the direct view over to the Latemar mountains. The host is riding motorbike himself. Does supply a garage, parking lots, tools.

Room with breakfast starting at 30,- Euro
room with half course starting at 42,- Euro

I-39056 Welschnofen

www.pension-erna.it

GPS N46°25’53” E011°31’9”

Würzjoch

Drei Zinnen

Nigerpass

GrödnerjochSellajochPordoijochKarerpassNigerpass

ValparolaFalzaregoGiauGrödnerjochValparolaCampolongoFedaiaStaulanza

Drei ZinnenStaulanza

KarerpassLavazéjoch

KarerpassSan PellegrinoRollepassPasso Valles

Passo DuranCereda

Manghen

ManghenBrocon

Alpine pass name

period opened

altitude

from - to

driving time

distance

Forcella Staulanza

the whole year

1.766m/5.794ft

Selva di Cadore - Zoldo Alto

30 min

18 km/11.2mls 

Passo di Brocon

the whole year

1.615m/5.299ft

Castello Tesino - Canal San Bovo

45 min

32 km/19.9mls 

Passo di Campolongo

the whole year

1.875m/6.152ft

Arabba - Corvara di Badia

10 min

11 km/ 6.8mls 

Passo di Cereda

the whole year

1.369m/4.492ft

Fiera di Primiero - Agordo

40 min

33 km/20.5mls 

Tre Cime (drei Zinnen)

June - Sept.

2.320m/7.612ft

Drei Zinnen Mautstrasse

15 min

7 km / 4.4mls 

Passo di Costalunga (Karerpass)

the whole year

1.745m/5.725ft

Bozen - Pozza di Fassa

60 min

40 km/24.9mls 

Passo Duran

May - Nov.

1.605m/5.266ft

Agordo - Forno di Zoldo

40 min

24 km/14.9mls 

Passo delle Erbe (Würzjoch)

June - Sept.

2.006m/6.582ft

Brixen - San Martino in Badia

50 min

46 km/28.6mls 

Passo di Fálzarego

the whole year

2.105m/6.906ft

Andráz - Cortina d’Ampezzo

50 min

25 km/15.5mls 

Passo di Fedaia

May - Sept.

2.047m/6.716ft

Canazei - Caprile

35 min

28 km/17.4mls 

Passo di Furca (Furkelsattel)

the whole year

1.759m/5.771ft

Enneberg - Olang

30 min

19 km/11.8mls 

Passo di Gardena (Grödner Joch)

the whole year

2.121m/6.959ft

Miramonti - Corvara

35 min

16 km/ 9.9mls 

Passo di Giau

the whole year

2.233m/7.326ft

Cortina d’Ampezzo - Selva di Cadore

90 min

20 km/12.4mls 

Passo di Lavazč (Lavazčjoch)

the whole year

1.808m/5.931ft

Birchabruck - Cavalese

30 min

24 km/14.9mls 

Passo di Manghen

July - Oct.

2.047m/6.716ft

Molina - Borgo Valsugana

90 min

40 km/24.9mls 

Passo Nigra (Nigerpass)

the whole year

1.688m/5.538ft

Blumau - Karerpass

60 min

20 km/12.4mls 

Passo di Pordoi (Pordoijoch)

the whole year

2.239m/7.346ft

Canazei - Arabba

30 min

21 km/13.1mls 

Passo di Rolle

the whole year

1.989m/6.525ft

Predazzo - Fiera di Primiero

60 min

42 km/26.1mls 

Passo di San Pellegrino

the whole year

1.918m/6.292ft

Moéna - Falcade

30 min

22 km/13.7mls 

Passo di Sella (Sellajoch)

the whole year

2.213m/7.261ft

Canazei - Miramonti

35 min

12 km/ 7.5mls 

Passo di Vallčs

the whole year

2.033m/6.670ft

Predazzo - Falcade

35 min

32 km/19.9mls 

Passo di Valparola

the whole year

2.197m/7.208ft

Altino - Falzarego

25 min

16 km/ 9.9mls 

Seiser Alm (Alpe di Susi)

end of October

2.175m/7.136ft

Kastelruth - Seiser Alm

15 min

12 km/ 7.5mls 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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