Where is Wolkenstein?
The Italian municipality of Wolkenstein (Selva di Val Gardena) is home to just under 2,600 people. Wolkenstein, St. Christina and St. Ulrich are the three communities of Val Gardena, South Tyrol, Italy. Official languages are German, Italian and Ladin - an old Romance language mainly spoken in Gröden, Gadertal, Fassatal, Buchenstein and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Ladin name of Wolkenstein is Sëlva.
Nestling between the magnificent peaks of the Dolomites, a World Heritage site, 53 km2 Wolkenstein sits at the end of Val Gardena. In the west, the community area borders the village centre of St. Christina. Puez-Geisler National Reserve (Ital. Parco Naturale Puez-Odle, Lad. Parch Naturel Puez-Odles) is located north east of Wolkenstein. In the south east you find parts of the Sella group, very popular among hikers and climbers (e.g. Piz Ciavazes – 2828 m, Sella Towers and Lech dl Dragon – 2680 m). To the south west rises the Langkofelgruppe massif with the highest peaks of the community: Langkofel or Saslonch– 3181 m, Fünffingerspitze – 2996 m and Grohmannspitze – 3126 m.
The community can be reached by car via Val Gardena State Road from the western Eisack Valley, via Gardena Pass in the east and Sella Pass in the south. Gardena and Sella Pass are open depending on the snow situation and lead to Corvara/Val Gardena (Gardena Pass) and Canazei/Fassa Valley.