Although the Dolomites - geologically spoken – do belong to the Southern Alps and are also geographically already at some distance from the main Alpine ridge, they show overall seen a very harsh climate. Therefore the alpine flora looks alike. Apart from the "Mountain" west of the Schlern (2.461m) and Bressanone, where even the sweet chestnut and some of the vine can be found along the valley slopes and plateaus you also can find beautiful pine forests. The pastures, especially the huge mountain meadows of the Seiser Alm show pure nature of unique beauty and are an inexhaustible source for the Alpine botanist.
The Seiser Alm (ital. Alpe di Siusi) is embedded between Sciliar (2.461m) in the west, the rose garden (2.981m) in the south, Sassolungo (3.181m) to the east and Val Gardena in the north. The Seiser Alm is the largest high-altitude mountain pasture in Europe and is part of the Parco Naturale dello Sciliar. The Seiser Alm is an inaccessible area through the whole year but in the last two months in October, when the main tourist streams have left the Dolomite Alps, the gate opens and you may ride uphill. Throughout the rest of the year endless tourist streams are transported up with the cable car. So if you want to go up to the Seiser Alm you should plan your tour in the so-called "Indian Summer" in autumn in the month of October. In October peace has returned to the Dolomites.
The main tourist streams have dried up, the South Tyrolean follows his daily business, the roads are free, the air is clear and at every corner there will be a wine festival. Törgelen is that called here. Requirement for a motorcycle tour is a stable high pressure weather situation over central Europe. Then you should definitely visit the Dolomites..
The Alpe di Siusi can be reached best via the village Castelrotto. Coming up from the city Bolzano, the road up to the Seiser Alm exits to the right uphill. In endless curves and bends, the road climbs up to the pasture and opens multiple giant views down to the Valle Isarco valley and back at the horizon to the Ortler mountain. Once you have reached the summit, you will obtain a view of the rear of Sciliar mountain, Rosengarten massif and Sassolungo. Worth mentioning is also the visit of the museum of the Kastelruther Spatzen music group. This group is regarded as folk heroes of folk music in South Tyrol and are adored by old and young. The museum shop is located in Castelrotto directly on the main road in the direction of Val Gardena.