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.
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
- Elevation: 1680 meters – 2350 meters
- 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 or Castelrotto, (3) by car before 9 am or after 5 pm.
- Alpe di Siusi Places to Eat: Gostner Schwaige, Rauchhütte, and Baita Sanon.
- Kid-friendly Day Hike: Hans and Paula Steger Trail
- Our Favorite Hike: Compaccio – Rifugio Bolzano Circuit
- Where to Stay on Alpe di Siusi: Sporthotel Sonne (best views), Hotel Steger-Dellai (historic hotel), Alpina Dolomites (5-star luxury), or Paradiso Pure Living Vegetarian Hotel (vegetarian hotel)
- Where to Stay in Castelrotto: Schgaguler Hotel (luxury) or Hotel Lamm (luxury)
- Where to Stay in Siusi: Ratzeshof (budget), La Paula Apartments & Suites (midrange), or Sensoria Dolomites (luxury)
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Where is Alpe di Siusi
The Alpe di Siusi plateau is located in the Italian Dolomites high above Val Gardena/Gröderntal, Castelrotto/Kastelruth, and Siusi allo Scilliar/Seis am Schlern.
This vast high-altitude pasture stretches between the mighty Sassolungo/Langkofel Group, Sciliar/Schlern massif, Bulacia/Puflatsch and Monte Piz/Pizberg.
The southern part of Alpe di Siusi is located within the protected Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park.
There are two alpine settlements on Alpe di Siusi: Compaccio (1860 meters) and Saltria (1680 meters).
Alpe di Siusi Map
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.
Alpe di Siuis mountain huts and alpine pasture huts (Schwaige/Alm/Malga) 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.
October is also a lovely time to visit Seiser Alm, because the trails are blissfully empty and the bordering mountains were dusted in snow.
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
Hans and Paula Steger Trail
- Cableway Ascent: Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway
- Trailhead: Compaccio/Compatsch
- Distance: 14.6 km lollipop-circuit
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time Needed: 4:30 hours
The Hans and Paula Steger Path (“Hans und Paula Steger Weg” in German, “Sentiero Hans e Paula Steger” in Italian) is an easy hiking trail which connects Compaccio/Compatsch with Saltria atop Alpe di Siusi.
This popular Alpe di Siusi walk is named after Hans Steger and Paula Wiesinger, two prominent South Tyrolean mountaineers and skiers who created a foundation for the natural conservation of the Alpe di Siusi plateau.
The path ambles across rolling mountain pastures and pockets of forest, delivering memorable views of the Sassolungo/Langkofel and Sciliar/Schlern mountain groups.
Along the way, you can detour to some of Alpe di Siusi’s most acclaimed alpine pasture huts for gourmet South Tyrolean cuisine.
It’s possible to shorten this hike, by returning to Compaccio by bus. In Saltria, take the Almbus (Route 11) back to Compaccio. This bus is 2.50 EUR (cash only) and runs every 20 minutes during the day.
Learn More: Hans and Paula Steger Trail
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
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, the trail crosses the Alpe di Siusi meadows to Saltner Hütte.
Next, the path ascends to the Sciliar/Schlern Plateau, home to the castle-like Rifugio Bolzano. From the refuge, it’s possible to detour (20 minutes one-way) to Monte Pez/Petz (2563 m), the highest point of Sciliar/Schlern.
The trail traverses the high plateau of Sciliar Altopiano and then descends dramatically between the Sciliar massif and Catinaccio mountains to Rifugio Alpe di Tires.
From Rifugio Alpe di Tires, you’ll hike over the Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne peaks 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: 14.42 out-and-back
- Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
- Time Needed: 5 – 6 hours
Rifugio Alpe di Tires is a first-rate refuge, located on the Passo Alpe di Tires/Tierser Alpljoch mountain pass, between the Sciliar/Schlern Group and the Rosengarten/Catinaccio Group. It’s one of our favorite huts in the Dolomites because of the modern interiors and the delicious food.
We highly recommend hiking to Rifugio Alpe di Tires via the Rifugio Bolzano circuit trail outlined above. However, if you have less time, you can do an out-and-back hike from Compaccio.
From Compaccio, follow trail 7, which is a paved road, up to the Panorama restaurant.
From the Panorama restaurant, follow trail 2 across rolling meadows to the Sciliar/Schlern massif. A series of boardwalks guide walkers across marshy areas of the plateau.
The path continues to ascend, bringing you to the base of the craggy Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne peaks (“Horse Teeth” peaks).
Hike up the steep switchbacks to the Forcella Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszahnscharte saddle. This part can be more challenging due to the scree.
Once you crest the Forcella Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszahnscharte saddle, you’ll be greeted with wondrous views of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten mountains.
Turn right and follow the narrow footpath down to the red-roofed Rifugio Alpe di Tires/Tierser Alpl mountain hut. We highly recommend eating a long, leisurely lunch here.
For the best views of the hut, continue along the partially secured trail 3A in the direction of Passo Molignon/Molignonpass.
When we hiked to Tierser Alpl the first time, we returned to Alpe di Siusi by the same route. However, you can descend to Alpe di Siusi via trails 4, 8, 7 (see map).
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 point-to-point
- 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
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 Schgaguler Schwaige (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!
You can detour to Gostner Schwaige when hiking the Hans and Paula Steger Trail.
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.
You can detour to Rauchhütte when hiking the Hans and Paula Steger Trail.
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
Radauer Schwaige is a quaint hut in Saltria. We passed this hut on our way to Monte Pana.
Location: Saltria 48, 39040 Alpe di Siusi
More Alpe di Siusi Huts:
- Malga Contrin
- Malga Sattler Schwaige
- 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 the Mont Sëuc restaurant atop the Alpe di Siusi Plateau.
Valley Station Address | Via Setil, 9, 39046 Ortisei BZ, Italy. Exact Location: Google Maps.
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 | 15.90 EUR (ascent only), 11.50 EUR (descent only), 23.90 EUR (roundtrip)
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 Address | Via Sciliar, 39, 39040 Siusi BZ, Italy. Exact Location: Google Maps.
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 | 13.50 EUR (one-way ticket), 20 EUR (roundtrip ticket)
Alpe di Siusi by Car
It’s only possible to drive up to Alpe di Siusi before 9 am or after 5 pm. Unless you’re staying in a hotel on Alpe di Siusi, you cannot drive further than the P2 Car Park in Compaccio.
The road to Compaccio is closed to private traffic between 9 am and 5 pm. You can drive down at any time.
Car Park | Park at the P2 car park at Compaccio. Exact Location: Google Maps.
Parking Fee | The parking fee is 20 EUR/car.
More Info | Read more about Alpe di Siusi regulations and access restrictions.
Off-Season | When the Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway isn’t operating (mid-April to mid-May and early November – early December), the road to Compaccio is open to private traffic all day long. The P2 car park costs 10 EUR off-season.
Alpe di Siusi Hotel Guests | Hotels provide driving permits to overnight guests. On your day of arrival, you can drive to your hotel at anytime. During your stay on Alpe di Siusi, it’s only possible to drive your car before 10 am or after 5 pm.
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.
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 descended along the Hans and Paula Steger Trail from Compaccio to Saltria and you don’t want to hike back up.
Learn More about Alpe di Siusi bus lines.
Alpe di Siusi Hotels
Sunrise & Sunset Views | Sporthotel Sonne is the best place to stay if you’re eager to experience dreamy sunrises, where thin veils of mist hover over the rolling pastures, and burning sunsets, where blazing colors mutate from shades of peach and rose to burning hues of crimson and purple. Sporthotel Sonne is a quick walk to the best photography spots on the plateau. In addition to its stellar location, it’s a first-rate modern hotel with a striking wellness area (Sassolungo-facing infinity pool, saunas, relaxation rooms) and an innovative kitchen (breakfast, afternoon cakes, and 5-course dinner are included in the rate).
Vegetarian Gourmet Cuisine | Paradiso Pure Living Vegetarian Hotel occupies a uniquely central location on Alpe di Siusi, ideal for hiking and skiing. Come here for the excellent, high-quality vegetarian cuisine (breakfast and dinner included in the rate) and idyllic setting. The hotel’s wellness area encompasses a zerobody floating experience, an indoor salt-water swimming pool, outdoor salt-water whirlpool, infrared sauna, Finnish sauna, steam bath, hay sauna, tea bar and relaxation area.
5-Star Splurge | Alpina Dolomites is a modern 5-star hotel atop Alpe di Siusi, designed with the philosophy: ‘Nature, our origin, is also a basic need, like the air we breathe.” Taking in the full sweep of the Sassolungo/Langkofel and Sciliar/Schlern mountains from its divine location, Alpina Dolomites boasts panoramic mountain views, a contemporary wellness area, and gourmet restaurant. The hotel design is inspired by nature and stitches together a neutral color palette with raw materials. The wellness area comprises a panoramic indoor-outdoor swimming pool, classic Finnish sauna, herbal sauna, saline steam bath, fitness room, and spa.
- Sporthotel Floralpina (Saltria)
Luxury & Spa Hotels
- Hotel Goldknopf (Compatsch)
- Hotel Steger-Dellai – great location for multiple hikes on Alpe di Siusi.
- Tirler – Dolomites Living Hotel (Saltria)
- Seiser Alm Urthaler (Compatsch)
- Hotel Rosa Eco Alpine Spa Resort (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:
Trails | Always stay on marked trails and paths. This helps prevent damage to the meadows and alpine pastures.
Livestock | Keep your distance from grazing animals. Do not approach, or touch grazing cattle.
Flowers | Do not pick flowers.
Private Property | Do not trespass. Many huts and pastures atop Alpe di Siusi are privately owned.
Noise | Respect the habitat of animals. Do not make any unnecessary noise.
Fires | Do not light fires.
Garbage | Do not litter. Please take your garbage with you and dispose of it responsibly.
Dogs | 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
Camping | Do not wild camp.
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Dolomites Trip Planning Essentials
Use our Dolomites Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip to northeastern Italy.
When to Hike in the Dolomites
The best time to hike in the Dolomites is between mid-June and mid-September. Unlike other regions in the Dolomites, Alpe di Siusi and Val Gardena enjoy a longer summer season. It can start as early as end of May and end as late as early November.
The easiest way to travel between hiking destinations in the Italian Dolomites is with your own car. Use this 7-Day Dolomites Road Trip Itinerary for trip inspiration.
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your can rental as early as possible.
Best Places to Stay
Figuring out where to stay in the Dolomites is probably the biggest hurdle to planning a trip to the Dolomites. We’ve created three guides to help you decide where to stay:
- Where to Stay in the Dolomites in Summer: best villages and towns in South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno
- Best Hotels in the Dolomites: best boutique and luxury hotels in the Dolomites
- Dolomites Accommodation Guide: farm stays, mountain huts, wellness hotels, aparthotels
We suggest choosing 2-4 bases for your Dolomites trip and spending 2-4 nights in each base.
- Base 1: Val Gardena – Ortisei, Santa Cristina or Selva di Val Gardena
- Base 2: Val di Funes
- Base 3: Alta Badia
- Base 4: Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Base 5: Alta Pusteria – Dobbiaco, San Candido, Sesto, Braies, Val Fiscalina
- Base 6: San Martino di Castrozza
What to See & Do
During your trip to the Dolomites, you can go via ferrata climbing, culinary hiking, hut to hut hiking, cycling, paragliding, and so much more. We’ve highlighted our favorite experiences in Best Things to Do in the Dolomites.
Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be surrounded by glorious mountain scenery and incredible natural landmarks.
In Best Places to Visit in the Dolomites guide, we’ve listed the most iconic attractions as well as lesser-known destinations across the Dolomites, including Lago di Braies, Prato Piazza, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lago di Sorapis, Lago Federa, Cadini di Misurina, Seceda, Baita Segantini, and the Adolf Munkel Trail to Geiserlalm.
Dolomites Packing List
- Day Pack: Osprey Tempest 30 Women’s Backpack / Osprey Talon 33 Men’s Backpack
- Grade B/C high-cut hiking boots: Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (Kati’s Boots), Women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (Sabrina’s Boots), Men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (men’s equivalent)
- CAT 4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses
- Hiking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
- Reusable Water Bottle: Ion Leakproof 32 oz Water Bottle
Outdoor Photography Gear
- Camera Body: Sony Alpha a6400
- Mid-range Zoom Lens: Sony Vario-Tessar 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS ZEISS
- Wide angle Zoom Lens: Sony – E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-angle Zoom Lens
- Backpack Camera Clip: Peak Design Camera Clip
Dolomites Hiking Guides
Hiking in the Dolomites is our passion. Year after year, we love discovering new trails and expanding our knowledge of the area. For day hiking, check out 25+ Best Day Hikes in the Dolomites. For trekking, take a look at our guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in the Dolomites and Alta Via 1.
For region-specific hiking trails, check out:
- Best Hikes in Val Gardena
- Best Hikes in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Best Hikes in Alta Badia
- Sexten Dolomites Hiking Guide
Here are our favorite day hikes in the Dolomites:
- Tofana di Rozes Circuit near Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Sentiero Bonacossa Trail across the Cadini di Misurina range near Lago Misurina and Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Sass de Putia Circuit Trail starting at Passo delle Erbe, between Alta Badia and Val di Funes
- Col dala Pieres Summit starting at the Col Raiser gondola mountain station above Val Gardena
- Pala di San Martino Circuit Trail starting on the Altopiano delle Pale di San Martino Plateau above San Martino di Castrozza
Recommended Hiking Guidebook: Cicerone Guide: Shorter Walks in the Dolomites
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- The Alps in Summer: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting
- Hiking in the Alps: Invaluable Tips
- Italian Alps Hiking Destinations