Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm in German, Mont Sëuc in Ladin) is the largest high-alpine pasture in Europe, covering a surface area of 56 square kilometers. Located in South Tyrol in Northern Italy, this impressive Dolomites plateau invites visitors to amble across its rolling pastures unhurriedly.
Here, mountains collide with soft meadows, creating a mesmerizing landscape full of contrast and beauty. In summer, Alpe di Siusi looks like a sea of rolling green waves, dotted with wooden hay huts. In winter, snow blankets the plateau, transforming Alpe di Siusi into the quintessential winter wonderland.
Visiting Alpe di Siusi is a top priority for most Dolomites visitors. In this guide, you’ll find out how to get to Alpe di Siusi, when to visit, where to hike, and where to stay.
Complete Guide to Visiting Alpe di Siusi, Italy
Alpe di Siusi Essential Tips
- Alpe di Siusi Summer Season: Early June until late October
- Alpe di Siusi Winter Season: Early December until early April
- How to Get to Alpe di Siusi: (1) by cable car from Siusi, or from Ortisei; (2) by bus from Siusi, (3) by car before 9 am or after 5 pm.
- Alpe di Siusi Places to Eat: Gostner Schwaige, Rauchhütte, and Baita Sanon.
- Where to Stay: Sporthotel Sonne, Hotel Steger-Dellai, Alpina Dolomites
- Family-friendly day hike: Hans and Paula Steger Trail
- Our favorite hike: Compaccio – Rifugio Bolzano Circuit
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Alpe di Siusi Map
The Alpe di Siusi plateau is located in the Dolomites, high above Val Gardena valley. It stretches between the foot of the Sassolungo Group and the Sciliar massif.
When to Visit Alpe di Siusi, Italy
Summer Season: Early June until late October
In summer, Alpe di Siusi is a popular walking destination. The Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi Gondola and the Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway usually operate between late May/early June and late October/early November.
The various mountain huts and alpine pasture huts (Schwaige/Alm/Malga) on Alpe di Siusi are usually open from late May until late October. Check opening times of specific huts, before planning your visit, because opening times are always subject to change.
We’ve visited Alpe di Siusi in early July, August, and October. Our most memorable visit was in early July when the entire plateau was carpeted in wildflowers.
Winter Season: Early December until early April
Alpe di Siusi attracts every type of winter sport enthusiast between early December and late March/early April.
Alpe di Siusi is part of the Val Gardena ski area. The Val Gardena-Alpe di Siusi ski area has 175 km of slopes. In addition to catering to downhill skiers, Alpe di Siusi is a popular destination for cross-country skiing, toboggan rides, and snow shoeing.
Alpe di Siusi Hiking Trails
Compaccio – Rifugio Bolzano – Rifugio Alpe di Tires Loop
- Cableway Ascent: Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway. It’s better to drive up to Compaccio early in the morning, or stay atop the plateau, due to the length of this trail.
- Trailhead: Compaccio/Compatsch
- Distance: 21.6 km circuit.
- Difficulty: Moderately Difficult.
- Time Needed: 8 hours at least
This is a full-day adventure for enthusiastic hikers, who want to summit the Schlern plateau and see the Catinaccio/Rosengarten mountains up close.
Starting at Compaccio/Compatsch, you’ll first hike across the Alpe di Siusi meadows to Saltner Hütte. Next, you’ll ascend to the Sciliar/Schlern Plateau, where the castle-like Rifugio Bolzano is located. You can detour (20 minutes one-way) to the highest point of Sciliar/Schlern, Monte Pez/Petz (2563 m), before traversing the Sciliar Altopiano to Rifugio Alpe di Tires.
From Rifugio Alpe di Tires, you’ll hike over the Denti di Terra Rossa/Rosszahne and descend back to Alpe di Siusi.
Trail Guide: Alpe di Siusi to Rifugio Bolzano Circuit
Compaccio to Rifugio Alpe di Tires
- Cableway Ascent: Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway
- Trailhead: Compaccio/Compatsch
- Distance: 7.21 km one-way
- Difficulty: Moderately Difficult.
- Time Needed: 2:30 – 3:00 hours one-way / 5 – 6 hours round-trip
This exciting Alpe di Siusi hike starts at Compaccio. Initially, follow trail 7 to the Panorama restaurant. Next, continue to ascend across the Alpe di Siusi meadows along trail 2 to the Rosszahn scharte, a gap in the Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne peaks of Sciliar/Schlern.
Once you crest the Rosszähn gap, you’ll be greeted with wondrous views of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten mountains. Turn right and follow the footpath to the red-roofed Tierser Alpl mountain hut. We highly recommend eating a long, leisurely lunch here.
When we hiked to Tierser Alpl the first time, we returned to Alpe di Siusi by the same route. But, there’s no need to repeat what you’ve already hiked. After lunch at Tierser Alpl, you can hike trail 4, followed by trail 8 and trail 7 to Rifugio Molignon. From this Rifugio, you can continue on trail 7 back to Compaccio.
Learn More: Hiking to Rifugio Alpe di Tires
Alpe di Siusi to Monte Pana
- Cableway Ascent: Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi Gondola
- Trailhead: Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi Gondola mountain station
- Ending Point: Santa Cristina, Val Gardena
- Distance: 12.8 km
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time Needed: 3:30 hours
This easy-going Alpe di Siusi walk starts at the Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola mountain station. You’ll follow trail 9 all the way to Saltria, steadily descending almost the whole time.
At Saltria, the hike continues along trail 30 to the Monte Pana Plateau. From Monte Pana, you’ll descend to Santa Cristina, a village in Val Gardena.
Learn More: Alpe di Siusi to Monte Pana Hike
More Alpe di Siusi Hikes
Alpe di Siusi Places to Eat
Alpe di Siusi Alpine Pasture Huts
While you’re out exploring idyllic Alpe di Siusi, you’ll likely pass several alpine pasture huts (Schwaige/Baita/Alm/Malga). These huts are perfect destinations for lunch or a snack.
Alpe di Siusi Alpine pasture huts are generally open from late May/early June until the end of October and from early December until early April. Some huts are closed on certain days of the week (e.g. Wednesdays). Before planning your visit, we recommend checking the opening times of individual huts.
Schgaguler Schwaige is located close to the Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola mountain station. Descend along trail 9 (direction: Saltria) to the hut (10 minutes). Expect delicious South Tyrolean food and a friendly atmosphere.
Location: Piz 5, 39040 Alpe di Siusi
Gostner Schwaige (1900 m) produces their own alpine dairy products. They pride themselves on only preparing dishes with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Try their Heublütensuppe, a soup made of hay, flowers, and 15 different herbs, served in a bread bowl. It’s delicious!
Location: Saltria 13, 39040 Alpe di Siusi
Rauchhütte is a gourmet mountain hut restaurant well-known for its excellent selection of wine, delicious food, and friendly service.
It’s easy to linger here for hours, eating and drinking, whilst savoring the view of mighty Sassolungo.
Rauchhütte is closed on Wednesdays.
Location: Saltria 29, 39040 Alpe di Siusi
Malga Sanon is a charming hut with an enviable view of Sassolungo. Serving traditional South Tyrolean and Ladin cuisine, Malga Sanon is the perfect place for a lunch break. The hut is a 35-minute walk from the Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola mountain station (Trail 6B).
Location: Piz 19, 39040 Alpe di Siusi
More Alpe di Siusi Huts:
- Malga Contrin
- Malga Sattler Schwaige
- Edlweiß Hütte
- Baita Laurinhütte
- Baita Tschötsch
- Prosslinger Schwaige
- Rifugio Spitzbühl
- Saltner Schwaige
How to Get to Alpe di Siusi
– cableway, car, bus –
Alpe di Siusi by Cable Car
There are two gondolas that connect the valley with the Alpe di Siusi plateau.
Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi Ropeway (aka Mont Sëuc Gondola)
Seilbahnen St.Ulrich – Seiser Alm in German
This gondola connects the village of Ortisei in Val Gardena to Alpe di Siusi Plateau.
- Valley Station: Ortisei, Val Gardena
- Address: Via Setil, 9, 39046 Ortisei BZ, Italy
- Parking: There’s a paid parking garage (240 spaces) at the valley station.
- Summer Season: Late May – Late October/Early November (see timetable)
- Winter Season: Early December – Mid-March (see timetable)
- Adult Pricing: 13.90 EUR (single ride), 19.90 EUR (round trip)
Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway
Siusi-Seiser Alm Cable Car / Seiseralmbahn
This gondola connects the village of Siusi allo Sciliar/Sëuc/Seis am Schlern to Compaccio/Compatsch on Alpe di Siusi.
- Valley Station: Siusi allo Sciliar/Seis am Schlern
- Address: Via Sciliar, 39, 39040 Siusi BZ, Italy
- Parking: There is a free parking lot at the valley station of the Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway.
- Summer Season: Late May – Late October/Early November (see summer timetable)
- Winter Season: Early December – Mid-March (see winter timetable)
- Adult Pricing: 13 EUR (single ride), 19 EUR (round trip)
Alpe di Siusi by Car
It’s possible to drive up to Alpe di Siusi (specifically Compaccio), before 9 am, or after 5 pm. Between 9 am and 5 pm, driving to Alpe di Siusi is restricted.
Park at the P2 car park at Compaccio. The parking fee is 19 EUR/car.
Given the price and convenience of the cableways, there’s no reason to drive to Alpe di Siusi. The only reason you may want to drive to Compaccio before 9 am is to witness the sunrise on the plateau.
Learn more about driving to Alpe di Siusi.
Alpe di Siusi by Bus
Seiser Alm Express (Bus Route 10) connects Siusi/Seis to Compaccio/Compatsch.
Almbus (Bus Route 11) connects Saltria to Compaccio. This bus may be useful if you’ve hiked from Compaccio to Saltria, and you don’t want to hike back.
Learn More about Alpe di Siusi bus lines.
Alpe di Siusi Hotels
- Sporthotel Sonne – best hotel for watching the sunirse atop Alpe di Siusi.
- Sporthotel Floralpina (Saltria)
- Hotel Goldknopf (Compatsch)
- Hotel Steger-Dellai – great location for multiple hikes on Alpe di Siusi.
- Paradiso Pure Living Vegetarian Hotel
- Tirler – Dolomites Living Hotel (Saltria)
- Seiser Alm Urthaler (Compatsch)
- Hotel Rosa Eco Alpine Spa Resort (Compatsch)
- Alpina Dolomites (Compatsch)
- Hotel Saltria – true alpine living (Saltria)
Visiting Alpe di Siusi Responsibly
While you’re visiting Alpe di Siusi, please adhere to the following rules:
- Always stay on marked trails and paths. This helps prevent damage to the meadows and alpine pastures.
- Keep your distance from grazing animals. Do not approach, or touch grazing cattle.
- Do not pick flowers.
- Do not trespass. Many huts and pastures atop Alpe di Siusi are privately owned.
- Respect the habitat of animals. Do not make any unnecessary noise.
- Do not light fires.
- Do not litter. Please take your garbage with you and dispose of it responsibly.
- Keep your dog on a leash and pick-up/dispose of your dog’s waste responsibly. Learn more: Alpe di Siusi rules for dog owners
- Do not wild camp.
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Plan your trip to the Dolomites:
- Where to Stay in the Dolomites in Summer
- Best Hotels in the Dolomites
- Best Things to Do in the Dolomites
- Dolomites Road Trip Itinerary
Learn more about hiking in the Dolomites:
- Hiking in the Dolomites in September
- Hiking in the Dolomites in October
- Best Day Hikes in the Dolomites
- Best Hikes in Val Gardena
Where to go in the Dolomites:
- San Martino di Castrozza
- Ortisei, Val Gardena
- Alta Badia Summer Guide
- Val di Funes
- Puez-Odle Nature Park
- Lago di Braies