The Dolomites await you for walks and hikes, and unique mountain-bike
and motorbike tours. In winter, you can ski down the ski slopes
For Reinhold Messner, the Dolomites
are the most beautiful mountains in the world. The UNESCO also believes they are unique, and therefore declared them a UNESCO World Natural Heritage
site in 2009.
Nine mountain groups of the Dolomites were declared World Natural Heritage, six of which are located in South Tyrol: the Bletterbach Canyon
above Ora, the Sciliar-Catinaccio
Nature Park with the adjacent Latemar
, and the nature parks Sesto Dolomites, Fanes-Senes-Braies
. The nature resort covers about 135,000 hectares across 5 provinces in Northern Italy.
The development of the Dolomites is unique in the Alps: Born as coral reefs 250 million years ago during the Triassic Period by organisms and sedimentary matter at the bottom of the ancient tropical Tethys Ocean. Today, the rough rock towers of the "Pale Mountains" exist alongside deep valleys and gentle hills. The area has a remarkable amount of spectacular mountain massifs. The density of geological evidence of geology in an easily accessible area, makes the Dolomites an ideal research and education environment.
Discover the majestic Dolomites from our hotel in Ora! The Bletterbach Canyon, also called the Canyon of South Tyrol, is located above Ora and provides a spectacular insight into the origins of these unique mountains.