Val Gardena

From arts and crafts to winter sports in the Dolomites

Hotel Bischofhof in Chiusa is located right at the entrance to Val Gardena. Val Gardena, also known as “Gröden”, is an enchanting valley in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy.

The characteristic Dolomite peaks, including the striking Sassolungo and the imposing Sella group, form an impressive backdrop for skiing and hiking. Climbers will find challenging rock faces and via ferratas that will put their skills to the test.

Mountain bikers can use the well-developed cycle paths and challenging trails to explore the mountain landscape.


With more than 175 kilometers of pistes and modern lifts, Val Gardena is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The famous Sellaronda, a spectacular ski circuit around the Sella massif, is an absolute highlight. Cross-country skiers can enjoy the well-groomed trails and winter hikers will find idyllic routes through snow-covered forests.

The Ladin villages of Ortisei (St. Ulrich), Santa Cristina and Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein) are characterised by modern tourism. The traditional culture is still very much alive and can be seen in the Ladin language, architecture and above all in the arts and crafts. The valley is known beyond its borders for its wood carvings and wood sculptors.

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