In Val Gardena holiday means sport, wellness, nature and ancient traditions. Enjoy ski slopes, trekking trails, sports competition and craftsmanship.
The Val Gardena valley, overlooked by the mountain groups Rasciesa, Odle and Puez, is the ideal destination for practicing sports and outdoor activities in every season. Here take place some important sports events, such as the Sellaronda Bike Day and the Ski World Cup.
In winter Val Gardena offers miles of snowy slopes included in the ski domain Dolomiti Superski, a terrain park, trails for cross-country skiing, and ski tours like the Sellaronda. With the Gardena Ronda Express, an underground cable railway, you can conveniently travel around the ski centers Col Kaiser-Seceda and Socher-Ciampanoi, whereas important sports competitions such as the Skijoring and the Sellaronda Skimarathon attract athletes from all over the world.
You can enjoy a snow covered Val Gardena also with snowshoeing tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, indoor tennis courts and swimming pools, ending your day with saunas, steam baths and whirlpools, to relax body and mind.
Spring and summer are the right seasons for long, beautiful hiking tours in the nature reserve Parco Naturale Puez-Odle and for a walk along the Naturonda route, perfect if you want to admire the varied flora and fauna of Val Gardena. If you prefer high altitude routes, you can try one of the many tours and vie ferrate on Sassolungo and Sella, better if organized and led by experienced mountain guides. There are also many mountain bike trails on the valley floor, suitable for both beginners and experts, who can take part in June to the famous Sellaronda Bike Day.
Val Gardena hosts may events, like the popular festival Val Gardena in costume in August, or the Christmas Market in Santa Cristina, both perfect chances to learn about the ancient traditions of this wonderful land, such as wood carving, traditional costumes, and Ladin language. Gardena Castle, Wolkenstein Castle, the spherical equatorial sundial on Monte Pana, or the biggest nativity scene in the world: this and much more will make your stay in Val Gardena an unforgettable experience.
You can take this wonderful ski route on the slopes of the Val Gardena valley from Ortisei, Selva Val Gardena or Santa Cristina. The route includes some of the ski runs of the 1970 Ski World Cup: have some fun and feel like a champion too!
Gardena Castle is a romantic Renaissance stronghold rising at the feet of Sassolungo, in Santa Cristina, in the Val Gardena valley, surrounded by thick woods and lush green meadows.
The original name of Gardena Castle was Fischburg Castle, which means "fishing castle". This name was given after the owner, a big sport fishing enthusiast, created many small lakes along the castle for fish farming.