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10 years Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage

Alta Badia in South Tyrol is the ideal place to experience precious moments of pleasure in the mountains

In summer 2019, Alta Badia will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the declaration which made the Dolomites a UNESCO World Heritage site. Alta Badia lies in the heart of the mountains, which the famous architect Le Corbusier declared to be “the most beautiful work of architecture in the world”. The Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park and the Puez-Odle Natural Park, both of which are situated in Alta Badia, are part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site.

Chapel at the Sas dla Crusc foothills with the magical alpenglow

Roughly 300 to 150 million years ago, all the present day continents formed one super-continent called Pangea.
250 million years ago, the region which we know today as the Alps was one part of Pangea and located further south, in the earth's tropical zone.
Until the ice age, the mountain range we call the Dolomites today, was formed from a giant coral reef located in the prehistoric Tethys Ocean. As this primordial sea subsided, majestic, bizarre, light-coloured rocks, quite unlike the surrounding mountains, rose up from the sea bed.

Scientists discovered at the end of the 18th century that the Dolomites, sometimes referred to as the "pale mountains", consist of magnesium-rich limestone. The Dolomites owe their present name to the geologist Déodat de Dolomieu, who carried out the first mineralogical-chemical analysis of the rocks.

The magic of "Enrosadira"

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A particularly spectacular phenomenon which can be experienced to great effect in the Dolomites is the alpenglow or "Enrosadira" in Ladin. At sundown, the Dolomite mountain tops around Alta Badia are illuminated in magnificent shades of red, from pink to orange and magenta. The Santa Croce peak is especially renowned for its blaze of colour.

New for summer 2019

Via ferrata "Les Cordes"

Via ferrata "Les Cordes"
Via ferrata "Les Cordes"

From 2019 the new via ferrata "Les Cordes" will lead you up to the Gherdenacia plateau in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site. Read more ...

4 Peaks Alta Badia

4 Peaks Alta Badia
4 Peaks Alta Badia

The thrilling challenge of "4 Peaks Alta Badia" is to conquer the four mythical summits Sas dla Crusc, Piza dales Diesc, Lavarela and Conturines, on the edge of the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site. Read more ...

The natural parks in the UNESCO World Heritage site

The nine mountain ranges of the Dolomites which belong to the UNESCO World Heritage site include the natural parks Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies which extend into Alta Badia.