Hiking at Alpe di Siusi

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Hiking at Alpe di Siusi

Boundless vastness, velvety green hills, dreamy little huts and spectacular views of the Dolomite peaks. As the largest high alpine pasture in Europe, the Alpe di Siusi attracts with 450 km of hiking trails and unforgettable views – offering routes for all fitness levels. Visiting this region is the perfect combination of being active, adventure in nature and pleasure – be it because of the insane beauty of this landscape or the delicacies that are so typical for the region.In this post you’ll find suggestions for two hikes on the Seiser Alm, as well as my favorite huts with the most delicious Kaiserschmarrn and beautiful views. The accommodation recommendation is perfect for a trip with the camper or RV, but is also suitable for a trip by car, so that nothing stands in the way of an unforgettable stay in the Dolomites. 

Hike #1 - The Puflatsch Loop

The Puflatsch is an elevation of about 2100m at the western edge of the Alpe di Siusi. The loop route with a duration of about 2.5 h is a perfect start for the hiking adventure and rewards with incredibly beautiful views.

The Alpe di Siusi cable car (Seiser Alm Bahn) takes you from the valley station up to Compatsch as the starting point of the hike. The views from this mountain village are already incredible. From Compatsch the route starts on the left around the Puflatsch, so that you have a spectacular view of the alpine pasture on the left side during the hike. The path leads you to the viewpoint Hexenbänke further to the Filln-Kreuz, past the Messner Hut to the viewing platform Engelrast.

From the viewing platform you return to Compatsch. I highly recommend a stop at the Tschötsch Hut along the way. The Tschötsch Hut is a dream and perfectly situated for a little refreshment before tackling the last stage. The panorama is great, the apple strudel with vanilla ice cream delicious and together with a cool drink, your batteries will be recharged.

Starting point: Compatsch

Length: approx. 8 km

Duration: approx. 2.5 h

Hike #2 - The Freestyle Route​

For day two we did not pick a fixed route, but set ourselves a rough route and decided in stages how demanding the hike should be. The goal was to have an extended and varied day hike and to reach the Sanon Hut around noon for lunch.

The tour again starts from Compatsch – this time you’ll take the panorama chairlift. The name keeps its promise – from the lift you have another beautiful view of the lush green surroundings. Once at the top, the hike begins along a beautiful wooden path, past streams and endless rolling green hills. After passing the Edlweiß Hut, you will reach the Almrosen Hut a little further up. Keep going to the left and a pleasantly shaded section follows, leading you through a small passage of forest. Here you can take a rest on one of the benches while you listen to the sound of the small stream and enjoy the panoramic view of the Dolomite peaks framed between the treetops. From here you go a little further downward past the Laranzer Hut – from there simply navigate by means of map and the wooden signs along the path in the direction of the Sanon Hut.

The Sanon Hut offers a fantastic view of the landmark of South Tyrol: the Schlern massif. You can also enjoy delicious Kaiserschmarren and other delicacies from the region. Afterwards, you can make yourself comfortable with a cool drink in one of the sun chairs right in front of the hut and enjoy the view. For those who still have some energy left, I recommend a short detour to the viewing platform “Belvedere dell Alpe de Suisi” or via the Contrin Hut on the way back to Compatsch. The two places are located only 15 and 25 minutes from the Sanon Hut. From up there the view is absolute madness and to me this was the most beautiful photo spot of the whole hike.

Staring point: Compatsch

Duration: approx. 4.5 h (6-7 h when including an extensive lunch and a detour to the photo spot)

Seiser Alm Ausblick Schlernmassiv
Essen auf der Seiser Alm
Kühe auf der Seiser Alm

The accommodation: Camping Seiser Alm (not only for Campers!)​​​​

If you travel by camper van, I can highly recommend the beautiful Seiser Alm campsite (Camping Seiser Alm). The site is not only the perfect starting point for hikes on the Alpe di Siusi but also offers spectacular views of the Dolomites. The campsite is located in the Schlern Nature Park and is hard to beat in terms of comfort. Wonderfully nestled in the surroundings, the campsite offers pitches for camper vans of various sizes, a modern “Dolomite bath” (private bathrooms on request) and a heated open-air salt water pool.

In the mini market you can find fresh bread rolls and products from the region and on the terrace of the restaurant you can enjoy homemade apple strudel with a mountain view. The sunsets with the Dolomite peaks slowly turning red are magical.

All in all, the site is not just a place to spend the night – it is a nature experience with an incomparable view and a meeting place for active people as well as connoisseurs. Accordingly, the campsite is very popular! Depending on the season, you should therefore book in advance or at least call before arrival and inform yourself about the current situation.

Right above the campsite Seiser Alm you’ll find the public bus station that brings you to Seis am Schlern and the valley station of the Seiser Alm cable car.

Grab a hiking map at the reception desk and plan your hiking adventure by candlelight with a view of the Dolomite peaks!

By the way: the place is not only for campers. Overnight stays in stylish lodges and cozy apartments for 2-4 people are also offered.

How to get to the Alpe di Siusi?

The Alpe di Siusi is located in the South Tyrolean Dolomites in the north of Italy. For day visitors arriving by car, there is a large parking lot directly at the valley station of the Alpe di Siusi cable car in Siusi allo Sciliar. Various shuttle and public buses also stop here. From the valley station you can reach the alp by a gondola ride with the Alpe di Siusi cable car, which takes you up to the mountain village of Compatsch (round trip approx. 19,- EUR). From here you can start a variety of hiking tours.

Before you start the hike, find out when the last gondola is going back to Seis am Schlern (usually around 6/7 pm).

Tip for the onward journey: Two days on the mountain pasture can be very well integrated into a road trip through North Italy – the beautiful city of Bolzano is just about an hour’s drive away and Lake Garda about 2 hours. You can find a varied itinerary for Northern Italy in this blog post.

Who would enjoy hiking the Alpe di Siusi?

As the largest high alpine pasture in all of Europe, the Alpe di Siusi offers hikes for every taste and fitness level. The Puflatsch loop, for example, is beginner- and family-friendly. Connoisseurs can take a hut tour and feast on the delicacies of the region. Advanced hikers with endurance can take one of the numerous longer and more challenging routes. Ambitious professional hikers might opt for the summit tours. On the official website of the Alpe di Siusi you’ll find many more route suggestions. 

The perfect time of the year for going on a hike at Alpe di Siusi

The region is sunny and offers enough opportunities for an eventful visit to the alp from March to November. Due to the temperature, a visit in spring or late summer is most pleasant. We found our stay in early September to be perfect for hiking. You can also check the weather forecast for the next few days on the official website of the Alpe di Siusi. Sunscreen and enough water should of course always be in your backpack.

By the way: In winter the Alpe di Siusi is a popular winter sports area. Winter hikes on your own or tours with experienced guides make the alp a year-round destination for hiking and mountain enthusiasts. 

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