20. Juni - 01. Oktober 2022

Key data of the hike:

▲ Hike at the Dolomites in South Tyrol - UNESCO World Heritage

▲ 5 nights / 6 days

▲ 2 x overnight stay in a hotel / 3 x huts

▲ panoramic chair lift Paolina in 2130 meters of altitude


Requirements and general information

During the tour around the massif of the UNESCO World Heritage Rosengarten you will find yourself mainly in the alpine terrain. Appropriate mountain equipment, such as ankle-high, sturdy hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, rain protection and cold protection must be taken with you. As well as a backpack, plenty of drinking water, food, sun protection, first aid package, orientation aids, maps, as well as a mobile phone. Also check the current weather situation and, if necessary, take alternative routes to reach your nearest accommodation. The paths are signposted and marked, stay on the paths. The walking times are between 2 and 5 hours per day, sometimes steep uphill and downhill. Exposed places are also present, so a sure-footedness is required.

If the weather or your state of health requires an alternative, do not hesitate to turn back or take an easier route to your next accommodation! You will need a sleeping bag for the hut overnight stays. Sandals are also helpful, as in the huts the sleeping rooms are entered without mountain boots. Washrooms and/or showers are available.


The Rosengarten:
The Rosengarten Mountains are located between the Tierser Tal in South Tyrol and the Val di Fassa in Trentino. It is part of the Sciliar-Rosengarten Nature Park and since 2009 also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dolomites. According to the Laurin legend, the name is derived from a garden full of roses, which King Laurin put a curse on, so that no one would see the beautiful garden day or night. But he forgot about twilight – and there the rose garden shines in beautiful shades of red, a phenomenon known as Enrosadira. However, it is believed that the name originally derives from “ruza”, which means as much as rubbish pits.


  • 5 x Overnight stays with alpine breakfast and dinner (2 x ***inn/hotel, 4 x hut – communal bunks, hut sleeping bags mandatory)      
  • 1 x ascent and descent with the Paolina scenic chair lift
  • 1 x hiking map (1 x per room)
  • Daily service hotline from 08.00am - 06.00pm (including weekends)


 1st day:   Individual arrival in Welschnofen

By public transport: train to Bolzano and then by bus to Welschnofen.

By car: Brenner motorway in direction of Bolzano; Exit Bolzano North – Eggental – Deutschnofen – Welschnofen.

You receive your travel documents in your accommodation

Overnight stay in 3* hotel in Welschnofen.


2nd day:  Karersee – Paolinahüüte - Kölnerhütte

approx. 4 km. ~ 1-2 hrs., altitude difference á 225 m / â 20 m

Arrival by car (or public bus 180. 1 from Welschnofen to Paolina / payable on spot) to the parking lot of the Paolina lift. That’s where you park the car. Today you start your first day of hiking comfortably. With the Paolinalift (a 4-seat panoramic chairlift) you glide over the grassy slopes up to the Paolinahütte. After the exit, follow the sign on the left to the Kölnerhütte. Enjoy one of the most panoramic mountain trails in South Tyrol, the 5 km long Hirzelweg. Steep limestone rocks and small waterfalls are impressive upwards and downwards the panoramic view of Val d’Ega, Lake Karersee and the rocky appearance of the Latemar Group.

Overnight stay at the Kölnerhütte (Rif. Fronza alla Coronelle)



3rd day:   Kölnerhütte – Haninger Achwaige – Plafötschalm – St. Zyprian

approx. 12,5 km, ~ 4-5 hrs., difference in altitude  á 80 / â 1290 m

On a clear day you will experience a magnificent mountain panorama with views from the Latemar group, over the steep and rugged rocks of the Catinaccio to the Sciliar. On the descent you will also experience the change of vegetation from alpine meadows down to the forest of larches, spruces and also Swiss stone pines. From the Kölnerhütte at 2337 m follow first steeply downhill on path no. 1, then path no. 15 and no. 7 to Haninger Schwaige. From there continue downhill until you reach a crossroads at the "Angelbach". From there on along path no. 10 to the Plafötschalm - nice place to stop for a little break. After a break at the alpine pasture, continue downhill along path no. 7 follow until St. Zyprian.

Overnight stay in a 3* hotel in St. Zyprian


4th day:   From St. Zyprian through the Tschamintal to the Grasleiternhütte

approx. 5 km, ~ 2,5 hrs., altitude difference  á 440 / â 50 m

Today you walk through the Tschamintal valley to the Grasleitenhütte at 2134 m.
The trail impresses with the steep rock faces of the surrounding mountain peaks and a magnificent mountain panorama. From the hotel follow the asphalt road uphill to the Tschaminalm. Then turn right onto path no. 3 uphill follow to the Tschamintal valley and continue on path no. 3 a to the Grasleitenhütte. Attention – there is no possibility to stop along the route – it is best to take a packed lunch with you from the hotel or enjoy the mountain panorama on the terrace of the Grasleitenhütte with a late lunch.

Overnight stay at the Grasleitenhütte (Rif. Bergamo)


5th day:   Grasleitenhütte – Grasleitenpasshütte – Violetthütte - Rotwandhütte

approx. 12 km, ~ 6 hrs., altitude difference  á 750 / â 630 m

Today, after a steep ascent to the Grasleitenpasshütte, you hike the south side of the Rosengarten. The closer and more rough the rock faces at the beginning of the hike, the wider the view of King Laurin’s Rose Garden! Later you can admire in the distance the mountains of the Sella Group, Pordoi, and the Marmolada. Behind the hut, follow the path no. 11 first into a wide gravel chariot. There keep to the right following path 11 and steeply up to the Grasleitenpasshütte. The consequences of past heavy rainfall have partly destroyed the markings, but the direction is clear and traces of climbing are easy to find. After an extensive photo stop at the small Grasleitenpasshütte (a stop for refreshment), which is built like a small swallow nest on the rock, we go on trail no. 584 down to the Vajolethütte (catering), which is right next to the Preusshütte.

After a stop and many photos of the well-known Vajolet towers, you first walk a short stretch down the gravel road and soon uphill again towards the Rotwandhütte (Rif. Roda di Vael) Path no. 541. After approx. 30 min. Ascent, stay more or less at the same altitude and follow the path 541, 545 (Schafsteig) and again 541 to your accommodation.

Overnight stay at the Rotwandhütte (Rif. Roda di Vael)


6th day:   Rotwandhütte – Paolinahütte – Karerpass

approx. 2 km, ~ 1 hrs., altitude difference  á 10 / â 140 m

Before your journey home, enjoy once again the mountain panorama of the Sella group, Marmolada, Fassa valley, Latemar group and the Val d´ega during a short hike to the Paolina hut and the Paolinalift. The lift will take you back down to your car at the parking lot in a few minutes.


Individual departure or additional nights.


Rates per person and arrangement in €:


20.06. – 01.10.2022

***hotel / inns in a doubleroom per person (communal bunks in the huts) with halfboard


Supplement for a 2 x single room (communal bunks in the huts)


Additional night

on request

Arrival day


Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each: approx. € 1,-- to 3,-- per person per night

Daily packed lunch from the accommodation possible. Payable on spot.

Notes on staying at an Alpine lodge:

  • You must bring your own sleeping bag and pillow case - a hut sleeping bag does not provide sufficient warmth. Blankets and pillowcases are NOT available in the cabins due to Covid19;
  • Bring your own mouth/nose mask
  • On most huts, card payment is not possible. Take enough cash with you for food and drinks.
  • Due to their location, not all huts can offer running water, hot water or showers. In some cases there is also no flushing system in the toilets.
  • Dogs on request; not allowed in the sleeping areas. Attended stay in the winter room possible, partly dog kennels available, extra costs to be paid on spot. In Austria there is a general linen and muzzle requirement!


We recommend travel cancellation insurance.

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation (train/bus).

We recommend a travel insurance.
Hotel Cancellation Plus: https://www.europaeische.at/pip/en/hospl
Hotel Cancellation Premium: https://www.europaeische.at/pip/en/hospr

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

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