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The Best Insider Tips for Val Gardena

A trip to this magical valley in the Dolomites is a journey back to the olden days. Times seems to stand still in the home of the sculptors: here you spend your days in harmony with nature, enjoy the hearty regional cuisine, meet friendly people - and explore one of the most beautiful ski areas in South Tyrol.

February 3, 2023

Val Gardena

While other ski resorts host celebrities on vacations, this picturesque area is home to some stars of its own: mountaineering legend and actor Luis Trenker, for example, was born in Ortisei in 1892, and music producer Giorgio Moroder, who became a pioneer of electronic dance music with his Euro-disco sound, also comes from Ortisei. And then there is also ski world champion Isolde Kostner and figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner. It's no wonder that this region is home to sports stars: perfect slopes in front of rugged mountain peaks that look like a movie set, as well as picturesque lakes, are right on the doorstep. The Val Gardena ski area is connected to the Alpe di Siusi and together with it is part of the Dolomiti Superski ski carousel.

Insider-Tipps für Gröden


Where to go


Insider-Tipps für Gröden

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With lots of wood and heart you are welcomed in the family-run five-star hotel. Spacious rooms and suites, all individually designed and furnished, a restaurant for gourmets and a spa for relaxing hours for two leave nothing to be desired. 

S.da Nives, 11, 39048 Selva di Val Gardena BZ, Italy
Tel.: +39 0471 795210
Web: hotelgranbaita.com
Price: doubles from €269


Insider-Tipps für Gröden

Minimalist and Modern and in the middle of Castelrotto ©www.reneriller.it

The modernly designed hotel skillfully imitates the magical attraction of the Dolomites, both outside and inside. The natural materials used here reflect the surrounding landscape - this is how to do contemporary, innovative comfort!

Dolomites Road, 2, 39040 Castelrotto, Autonomous Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol, Italy
Tel.:  +39 0471 712100
Web: schgaguler.com
Price: doubles including breakfast from about €300

Mea Via


The Pitschieler family, which runs the lovingly designed hotel, has decided to reinvent the wheel and has become a true pioneer with its Slow Farm concept. Undoubtedly, this will become an ever greater trend in the coming years; the "Mea Via" already exemplifies it impeccably. Here, nature sets the pace - and what ends up on the dinner plate. The result is top notch. 

Mea Via
Pufels 14, 39046 Ortisei BZ, Italy
Tel.: +39 0471 796299
Price: doubles including breakfast from €228 

Where to eat



Translated the name of the restaurant in the "Hotel Tyrol" means "on the top" and comes from Ladin. This is also meant figuratively, because with the restaurant the hotel has reached the pinnacle of culinary arts. Here, the young chef Alessandro Martellini serves tradition-conscious dishes with a sensitivity for innovation. A highlight is also the authentic, cozy ambience that exudes rustic charm. 

Str. Puez, 12, 39048 Selva di Val Gardena BZ, Italy
Tel.: +39 0471 774100
Web: tyrolhotel.it

Luis Eatery

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Casual fine dining awaits gourmets at Selva - although the only thing casual here is the ambience. The culinary arts are a beautifully convincing symbiosis of alpine cuisine and Mediterranean lightness. Also recommended: the "Steak Stube", where you can get the best steaks in the whole valley.

Luis Eatery
S.da Nives, 36, 39048 Selva di Val Gardena BZ, Italy
Tel.: +39 0471 795242
Web: luiseatery.com

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