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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.

Skiing at Wolkenstein_Groeden © Werner Dejori_Seceda
Winter in Wolkenstein - Groeden © Diego Moroder

What’s the weather like in Wolkenstein?

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 Wolkenstein for today, tomorrow or the weekend.

Hiking at Wolkenstein_Groeden © wisthaler.com
Summer time in Wolkenstein - Groeden © Valgardena.it

What to do in Wolkenstein in the Winter?

Val Gardens Ski Resort offers ski 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.

Wolkenstein is also the ideal place to enter the famous Sellaronda. The 40km tour can be manged in one day.

If you want to start right at the front door, take Col Raiser cable car at the centre of Wolkenstein and enjoy the breath-taking view at the top.

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, dancing and celebrating.

What to do in Wolkenstein 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.

Where to stay in Wolkenstein?

Wolkenstein is one of the entrances to Sellaronda (a ski tour around the South Tyrolean Sella Massif) and therefore tourism and winter sports is an important factor for the community. Wolkenstein offers a wide variety of accommodation from family-run guest houses to B&Bs, hotels and holiday apartments. Travelers enjoy staying at Hotel Laurin Small&Charming, the family hotel Sun Valley, the Granvara Relais & Spa Hotel or at the Garni Crepaz. Whether wellness or active holidays, you will find the right offer here in Wolkenstein.