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Where is St. Ulrich?

St. Ulrich (Ortisei) is the main village of the South Tirol Val Gardena/Italy. It covers an area of 24,25 km2 and is the smallest of the three communities of Val Gardena (Wolkenstein (Selva), St. Christina (Santa Cristina) and St. Ulrich in Gröden). It is home to around 4,800 people who mostly speak Ladin - an old Romance language spoken in Gröden, Gadertal, Fassatal, Buchenstein and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Other official languages are German and Italian. Neighbouring municipalities are Kastelruth, Lajen, St. Christina in Gröden and Villnöß.

St. Ulrich is one of the most renowned winter sports resorts of the Alps and tourism is its main industry. St. Ulrich can be reached all year round via Val Gardena State Road. Further east there are the communities of St. Christina and Wolkenstein. St. Ulrich can also be reached via Kastelruth (Panider Sattel -Pinei) and Lajen. Depending on the snow situation, you get to St. Ulrich via Gardena Pass (2121 m, Jëuf de Frea) and Sella Pass (2218 m, Jëuf de Sela) – from Wolkenstein to St. Christina and St. Ulrich. These impressive passes over the Dolomites (World Heritage site) connect Val Gardena to Gader Valley (Val Badia) and Fasser Valley (Fascia).

St. Ulrich lies at approx. 1,200-1,300 meter above sea level. In the south, the community area borders Kastelruth, famous for Seiser Alm (Mont Sëuc) – the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow. In the north, St. Ulrich borders Villnöß and Geisler Mountains, featuring the highest peak of the community, Seceda with 2519 m. In the west, it borders Lajen, and in the east St. Christina.

Skiing at St. Ulrich - Groeden © Diego Moroder-Sochers
Apres Skiing at St. Ulrich - Groeden © Werner Dejori

What’s the weather like in St. Ulrich – Val Gardena?

Snowy winters make sure that skiing is at its best until spring. The summer is warm and dry and offers ideal conditions for hikes and other outdoor activities. The season’s highlight, however, is autumn: the landscape of Val Gardena turns into an enchanting golden play of lights and colours. Check out our live webcam for the current weather in St. Ulrich for today, tomorrow or the weekend.

Where to stay in St. Ulrich?

St. Ulrich in Val Gardens is a tourism destination. Numerous hotels provide the perfect base to relax, unwind or to explore the region. Nestling between the magnificent landscape of the Dolomites and vast alpine meadows, visitors can choose from a wide variety of accommodation, from family-run guest houses to B&Bs, hotels and holiday apartments and luxury hotels. Travelers enjoy staying at Charmehotel Uhrerhof, Alpin Garden Wellness Resort or Hotel Luna Mondschein. Whether wellness or active holidays, you will find the right offer here in Wolkenstein.

Hiking at St. Ulrich - Groeden © Francesco Ferruzzi
City of St. Ulrich - Groeden © Valgardena.it

What to do in St. Ulrich in the winter?

Snowshoe hiking, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and lots more – the offer in St. Ulrich leaves nothing to be desired. Val Gardena Ski Resort means great winter fun for everyone. Whether novice or expert skier, you will be thrilled by this world-renowned ski resort. Dolomiti Superski is the biggest ski area in the world, comprising twelve Dolomite ski resorts: more than 460 lifts transport 630,000 people per hour to 1,200 kilometres of pistes, which are groomed by more than 300 snowcats and about 5,000 snow cannons. St. Ulrich is also the ideal place to enter the famous Sellaronda. The 40km tour can be manged in one day. Here is a special tip: unforgettable snowshoe hike up Brogles Sattel or from Pufels to Saiser Alm.

You will find numerous cosy mountain huts and restaurants off the perfectly groomed pistes, boasting hospitality, great South Tirolean food and picturesque mountainscapes. Val Gardena is home to many bars and pubs perfect for partying, celebrating and dancing, maybe you will even listen to the music of Giorgio Moroder, born and raised in St. Ulrich and pop music pioneer as well as Oscar winner.

Take a shopping tour round St. Ulrich, boasting numerous fashion, jewellery and woodcarving shops. The famous hand-carved figures are perfect gifts to take home. Do not miss to visit the Heide Museum: 40 nativity sets on 500m2.

What to do in St. Ulrich in the summer?

The World Heritage site of the Dolomites is definitely one of the most beautiful regions for extended hiking tours. Waymarked hiking paths lead past picturesque mountain lakes, magnificent mountain peaks and vast mountain pastures. Numerous huts offer South Tirolean delicacies. Ambitious hikers should aim for "Cristal d'Or": Get a hiking pass at the tourist office and stamp it at every hut on the way. Depending on the performance you will get a golden, silver, bronze or a quartz hiking medal.

The mountain passes are very popular among cyclists and motorbikers. Gardena Pass, connecting Val Gardena and Gader Valley, lies at an elevation of 2,121 m. Together with Sella Pass (2,218), Pordoi Pass (2,239 m) and Passo Campolongo (1875 m), Gardena Pass forms Sella Ronda.

Mountain bikers will find numerous bike rentals, great mountain biking infrastructure, downhill routes and breath-taking landscape in Val Gardena. The “Mountain Bike Holidays” portal awarded Val Gardena with the “Approved Bike Area” status – so far, the only in South Tirol. Bike events such as “HERO Südtirol Dolomites” and “Sellaronda Bike Day” attract thousands of sports enthusiasts every year.

For more excitement check one of the many via ferratas, suitable for beginners, advanced and professional climbers. Fun for the whole family: Col de Flam Adventure Park with high-rope garden.