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Dolomites Alto Adige walking
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Alto Adige Dolomites walking • Via Fanes & Sennes
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Alto Adige Dolomites walking • Via Fanes & Sennes

Alto Adige Dolomites walking • Via Fanes & Sennes

Across the Fannes-Sennes Nature Reserve

  • Spellbinding views, wild open spaces, mountain lakes, jagged peaks
  • Warm, comfortable family-run accommodation
  • Rich flora and fauna
  • Friendly locals with a unique cultural heritage
  • Superb cuisine, including cheeses, mushrooms, speck and outstanding wines
Map walking routes Alta Via Dolomites via Fanes & Sennes
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You follow either gravel roads or well-marked hiking trails. The routes described here sometimes involve steeper ascents, but can be walked without problems by a reasonably fit adult. On some occasions there are optional opportunities for climbing local peaks; these are obviously more difficult trails, suitable only for experienced mountain hikers. 

Start: Platzwiese           Finish: San Vigilio di Marebbe

Day 1: Arrive in Plätzwiese
Day 2: Roundtrip from Plätzwiese via the Strudelkopf or via Stollaplatz (8km/5mi)
Day 3: From Plätzwiese to Sennes (21.3 km / 13 mi)
Day 4: Sennes loop via Sennes Plateau (7.2 km / 4,5 mi)
Day 5: From Rifugio Sennes to Rifugio Fanes via Lago de Foses (19.7 km / 12 mi)
Day 6: Roundtrip via Ju della Crusc or via Bivacco della Pace (17 km / 10,5 mi)
Day 7: Walk from Rifugio Fanes to San Vigilio di Marebbe (21 - 19 km / 13 -12 mi)
Day 8: Departure from San Vigilio di Marebbe

Day 1:    Arrive in Plätzwiese

Arrive with public transport or private transfer to Plätzwiese/ Pratopiazza, check-in at the accommodation and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Dolomites.

Day 2:    Roundtrip from Plätzwiese via the Strudelkopf or via Stollaplatz (8km/5mi)

Today you can choose among several hiking itineraries. You can climb of the Strudelkopf (2307m) with excellent views on the Drei Zinnen or go for a tour through the rolling Stollaplatz and Stolla-Alm. Or you can do either walks because they are relatively short.

Challenge: 2/ 2.5 hours, 6 - 8 km / 4 - 5 mi, 350m/ 250m ascent, 350m/ 250m descent

Day 3:    From Plätzwiese to Sennes (21.3 km / 13 mi)

After breakfast you start the today’s walk with a descent via the spectacular Val dei Canope to Cimabanche. After a short walk along the road you climb through Val de Gotres towards Forcella Lerosa, a meadow plateau surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks. After a steep descent through a forest, you begin the final climb through the lovely Val Salata and reach Sennes.

Challenge: 17,5 km / 13 mi, 6 h, 990 m ascent,  830 m descent

Day 4:    Sennes loop via Sennes Plateau (7.2 km / 4,5 mi)

The walk today takes you through plateaus and valleys above the tree line surrounded by mountain vistas. This short hike can be extended with a climb to the Muntejela de Senes peak (2887m). The view from the peak is stunning.

Challenge: 2.5 hours, 7.2 km / 4,5 mi, 345m ascent, 330m descent

Day 5:    From Rifugio Sennes to Rifugio Fanes via Lago de Foses (19.7 km / 12 mi)

You first follow part of the broad Dolomite Höhenweg trail, at roughly constant elevation. Then further over rocky trails and a stepped descent through the forest. Following a zig-zag path, you climb back up above the tree line. You then descend via an unpaved road, and reach Pederü. Many visitors enter the Fanes-Sennes Park here. There follows a long climb to rifugio Fanes, partially over an unpaved road, partially along mountain trails.

Challenge: 6-7 hours, 19.7 km / 12 mi, 1000m ascent, 900m descent

Day 6:    Roundtrip via Ju della Crusc or via Bivacco della Pace (17 km / 10,5 mi)

Today you can choose between two alternative all-day hikes.

OPTION A: L’Ciaval loop via de Ju de la Crusc

This all-day route takes you up a steep, wooded hillside to the bare, rocky expanse of the Fanes plateau. At Ju della Crusc you reach the edge of the plateau, where you enjoy dramatic vistas over the valley below. You can optionally extend the hike with a climb up to the L'Ciaval peak. 

OPTION B: Fanes loop via Bivacco alla Pace

As alternative, you can choose the walk via Bivacco della Pace. This hike begins as a comfortable walk along an unpaved road winding through pleasant alpine scenery, and then climbs steeply above the tree line to the dramatic Monte Castello outcrop. The track was originally a First World War military road bringing supplies to the front, which was at Monte Castello.

Challenge: 6.5/ 6 hours, 17.3 - 16.6 km / 11 mi - 10,5 mi, 1.069/1235m ascent, 1.076/1235m descent

Day 7:    Walk from Rifugio Fanes to San Vigilio di Marebbe (21 - 19 km / 13 -12 mi)

Descend from the Fanes Plateau to the lovely Val di Marebbe. You first climb steeply to Anthoius Joch, with a difficult descent over a debris slope. After that, you continue over a wide path through the village of Wengen/ La Valle to Crusc de Rit, with beautiful views on the way. You then descend through forests and meadows to San Vigilio di Marebbe.

Challenge: 7/ 6 hours, 21 - 19 km / 13 - 12 mi, 650m ascent, 1450m descent

Day 8:    Departure from San Vigilio di Marebbe

The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra services or extra nights


For this trip, we have chosen typical mountain huts and a nice bed and breakfast in the village of San Vigilio di Marebbe.

Hut Platzwiese-Prato Piazza (Prags)
Hut Platzwiese-Prato Piazza (Prags)

Platzwiese Hut is located 2000 meters above sea level. Rooms have a mountain style and are simple, well-finished. Cuisine is very good, and you can taste it on panoramic terrace. 


Sennes Hut (St. Vigil Enneberg)
Sennes Hut (St. Vigil Enneberg)

The mountain refuge Sennes, 2126 m, is in the Fanes-Senes-Braies National Park. Rooms have a mountain style and they are well-finished and clean. Breakfast is good, and the cuisine offers Tyrolese specialties. Staff is courteous and helpful. 


Fanes Hut (San Vigilio di Marebbe)
Fanes Hut (San Vigilio di Marebbe)

Fanes Hut is located on the Dolomites above the town of San Vigilio di Marebbe. Rooms are made by wood, well-furnished and comfortable. The cuisine offers traditional dishes Ladin, but international too. Owners are helpful and welcoming. 


B&B Villa La Bercia (San Vigilio di Marebbe)
B&B Villa La Bercia (San Vigilio di Marebbe)

B&B Villa La Bercia is in a very quiet area surrounded by nature. It has wood furniture and a common living room and checkroom. Rooms have a rustic style, well-furnished and comfortable with private bathroom, balcony, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is good both savory and sweet. Owners are helpful and welcoming.


You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from June 5th until October 5th

The best airports to flight into are Innsbruck (INN) in Austria and Verona (VRN) in Italy.

From any airport, reach the main train stations and take the train to Dobbiaco (Tobalch) or Villabassa Braies (Niederdorf Prags), with change in Fortezza (Franzensfeste). From Dobbiaco (Toblach) or Villabassa Braies (Niederhof Prags), you need to take 2 busses to reach Prato Piazza (Platzwiese), with change in Segheria (Sage).

On departure from San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg), take a bus to Brunico (Brunek) with one change in Longega (Zwischenwasser). From the train station (walking distance from the bus station), you can reach both Innsbruck HBN and Verona Porta Nuova train stations. Most trains are not direct, and you have to change in Fortezza (Franzenfeste).

Train/bus schedules available on:

Arrive in San Vigilio in Marebbe (San Vigil in Enneberg) and leave the car at the parking area (near the public swimming pool of San Vigilio) for the whole week. It is an unguarded parking area free of charge.

From San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg), you can either take a taxi (if pre-booked at the moment of reservation), or reach Prato Piazza (Platzwiese) by bus.

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 7 Nights' accommodation in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo with breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • 6 Picnics
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • 2 dinners in Sennes (day 3 and 4)
  • Tourist taxes 
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Platwiese (Prato Piazza) and from San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg)
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • City taxes 


  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Luggage transfer (price on request) (*)
  • Transfer from airport to Platwiese (Prato Piazza)
  • Transfer from San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg) to airport
  • Shipment of trip docs to your home address

(*) If you have NOT booked this service at the moment of reservation then you have to take the luggage with you when you change accommodation.


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