Rifugio Alpe di Tires (Tierser Alpl Schutzhaus in German) is an outstanding mountain refuge in South Tyrol’s Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park in the Italian Dolomites.

The mountain hut is located on the Passo Alpe di Tires/Tierser Alpljoch mountain pass, between the Sciliar/Schlern Group and the Rosengarten/Catinaccio Group.

We’ve visited this hut three times because we love Tierser Alpl’s location and South Tyrolean cuisine.

In this post, we’re going to outline the fastest approach to Rifugio Alpe di Tires, which starts in Compaccio/Compatsch on Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm plateau. You can easily do this as a day hike.

If you want to approach Rifugio Alpe di Tires from the Sciliar/Schlern plateau, read this Rifugio Bolzano – Rifugio Alpe di Tires trail guide.

If you want to overnight in this mountain hut (highly recommended), check out our 3-day Catinaccio/Rosengarten Dolomites trek.


Alpe di Siusi to Rifugio Alpe di Tires Hiking Guide

Rifugio Alpe di Tires, Dolomites
  • Cableway Ascent: Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway, Siusi allo Sciliar/Seis am Schlern
  • Trailhead: Compaccio/Compatsch (1850 m)
  • Distance: 14.3 km out-and-back
  • Time Needed: 5-6 hours
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: 732 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Moderately Difficult 
  • Minimum Elevation: 1836 m
  • Maximum Elevation: 2499 m
  • Trails: 7, 2
  • Where to Stay: We recommend staying on the Alpe di Siusi Plateau (close to Compaccio), or the village of Siusi allo Sciliar/Sëuc/Seis am Schlern.
  • Top hotels in Compaccio: Hotel Seelaus (midrange), Hotel Seiser Alm Urthaler (luxury), Hotel Rosa ECO Alpine Spa Resort (luxury), Alpina Dolomites (luxury)

Compaccio to Rifugio Alpe di Tires Hiking Map


When Can You Hike to Rifugio Alpe di Tires

Rifugio Alpe di Tires is usually open from mid-June until mid-October. Check the Rifugio Alpe di Tires website for exact dates. 


How to Get to Compaccio 


Seiser Alm Aerial Cableway

We recommend taking the Alpe di Siusi Aerial gondola (Seiseralmbahn in German) from the village of Siusi allo Sciliar/Sëuc/Seis am Schlern to Compaccio/Compatsch. 

Valley Station Address | Schlernstreet, 39 39040 Seis am Schlern. Exact Location: Google Maps.

Parking | There is a large free parking lot at the cableway valley station.

Summer Season | May 25 – November 2, 2022

Operating Times |

  • Late May until Mid-June: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Mid-June until Mid-September: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Mid-September – Early November: 8 am – 6 pm 

Prices |

  • Adults: 13.50 EUR (one-way ticket), 20 EUR (roundtrip ticket)
  • Family Tickets: 30 EUR (one-way ticket), 43 EUR (roundtrip ticket)
  • Juniors: 8.50 EUR (one-way ticket), 12 EUR (roundtrip ticket)
  • Seniors and Disabled Persons (with ID): 12 EUR (one-way ticket), 17 EUR (roundtrip ticket)
  • Dogs: 1.50 EUR (one-way ticket), 3 EUR (roundtrip ticket) – dogs must wear muzzles on the cableway.
  • Bicycle Transport: 5 EUR (one-way ticket), 10 EUR (roundtrip ticket)

Car

It’s only possible to drive to Compaccio before 9 am or after 5 pm. The road leading up to Compaccio is closed during the day (between 9 am and 5 pm).

Park at the P2 Car Park at Compaccio.

Parking Lot | Compatsch Parcheggio (aka P2 Car Park). Exact Location: Google Maps.

Parking Fee | 20 EUR per vehicle



Compaccio to Rifugio Alpe di Tires Trail Description 

Tierser Alpl, Alpe di Tires, Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park, Italian Alps
Photo of Rifugio Alpe di Tires taken from Trail 554 (direction: Passo Molignon)

From Compaccio, follow trail 7 and then trail 2 to the Panorama restaurant (2009 meters).

From Panorama, continue following trail 2 across the Alpe di Siusi meadows. A series of boardwalks guide walkers across the marshy areas of the plateau.

The trail steadily ascends in the direction of the Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszähne (“horse teeth”) peaks of the Sciliar/Schlern massif.

Trail 2 becomes increasingly more steep as you approach the Forcella Denti di Terrarossa/Rosszahnscharte, a saddle in the Denti di Terrarossa ridge.

Hiking to Forcella Denti di Terrarossa, Sciliar, Dolomites

After conquering a series of very steep switchbacks, you’ll crest the Forcella Denti di Terrarossa saddle. This final stretch to the saddle is somewhat challenging because of the slippery terrain (scree).

From the saddle, head right. It’s an easy 10-minute descent to the red-roofed Rifugio Alpe di Tires. 

The food at Tierser Alpl is excellent. They specialize in South Tyrolean cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. Enjoy a long, leisurely lunch here, before hiking back down to Alpe di Siusi. 

To return to Alpe di Siusi, either follow the route you ascended, or hike down via Rifugio Molignon/Mahlknecht Hütte (2054 m) along trails 4, 8, and 7. 


Overnighting in Rifugio Alpe di Tires

Rosengarten Dolomites Hut to Hut Hike
Dining Room
  • Elevation: 2440 meters
  • Rooms: There are dormitory rooms (for 8, 10, or 12 persons) and private rooms (for 2, 3, 4, or 6 persons).
  • Showers: Hot showers are available for a small fee.
  • Washrooms/Bathrooms: Shared
  • Reservation: Needed. Book in advance. 

Another option you have is to stay the night in, which is what we did. The natural beauty that envelops this remote hut is astounding. And, if you’re like us, once you arrive, you won’t want to leave.

This family-owned mountain refuge was renovated in 2015, resulting in a stunning modern interior. 

Rifugio Alpe di Tires is very well managed, so you can expect excellent service. However, the best reward is the cuisine that awaits you.

All food is prepared in the hut. They source their ingredients from nearby farms and the surrounding area. Breakfast is included in the accommodation price.

For dinner, you can choose between a three-course “Halbpension Karte” menu, or order a la carte. Everything we sampled was delicious.

Read Next: How to Visit Alpe di Siusi


Where to Stay


Compaccio, Alpe di Siusi

Compaccio/Compatsch is the largest settlement atop Alpe di Siusi. It’s basically a hub of luxury hotels and sporting goods stores. In addition to the Tierser Alpl hike, the Hans and Paula Steger Trail and Rifugio Bolzano hikes start in Compaccio as well. Though Compaccio is accessible by cableway from Siusi/Seis, it’s also possible to drive all the way up here before 9 am or after 5 pm (parking fees apply).

Luxury | Hotel Steger-Dellai is a 4-star hotel, located near Compaccio/Compatsch (15-minute walk) along the Hans and Paula Steger Trail (one of the most popular walks on the plateau), and close to Gostner Schwaige (one of the best alpine pasture huts in South Tyrol). 

We decided to stay here because of the location. In addition to hiking to Rifugio Alpe di Tires, we also wanted to hike the Hans and Paula Steger path and experience sunrise atop Alpe di Siusi. 

5-Star Luxury | Alpina Dolomites is a modern 5-star hotel 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.

Look for accommodation in Alpe di Siusi.

More hotels in Compaccio: Seiser Alm Urthaler (luxury), Hotel Rosa Eco Alpine Spa Resort (luxury), and Alpina Dolomites (luxury).


Siusi allo Scilliar 

Siusi allo Sciliar (Seis am Schlern in German) is a village beneath Alpe di Siusi in South Tyrol. The Seiser Alm Aerial Cableway valley station is located in this village.

Budget | Ratzeshof is a hillside farm stay with apartments, located between Siusi and Compaccio. Stay here for the idyllic setting, mountain views, and price point.

Midrange | La Paula Apartments & Suites is a fresh-faced aparthotel in Siusi with lovely rooms, a wellness area (Finnish sauna, steam bath infrared cabin, Salounge, and relaxation rooms), and free parking. Guests love the healthy breakfast featuring locally sourced ingredients as well as made-to-order egg dishes. 

Luxury | Sensoria Dolomites (formerly Ritterhof Hotel) is a newly renovated, all-inclusive hotel in Siusi, close to the Alpe di Siusi cableway. With its divinely-crafted interiors and harmonious architecture, Sensoria aims to create a place that nourishes the soul. 

Look for accommodation in Siusi


Castelrotto

The village of Castelrotto (Kastelruth in German, Ciastel in Ladin) is situated at an elevation of 1095 meters, on a plateau above Valle Isarco/Eisacktal valley and beneath Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm. 

Castelrotto is only 3.4 km from Siusi allo Sciliar/Seis am Schlern and 11.4 km from Ortisei/St. Ulrich. Notable attractions include the St. Peter and Paul Parish Church, the nearby Chiesa di San Valentino, Monte Bullaccia and the Marinzen meadows. 

Luxury | Located in the historic center of Castelrotto, the aesthetically-pleasing Schgaguler Hotel stands out with its high glass windows (designed by Peter Pichler), alpine minimalist design, wellness and spa facilities (2 indoor pools, a whirlpool, a sundeck, and 3 saunas), and knowledgeable staff. Rooms feature tasteful furnishings, a neutral color palette, plush bedding, and an abundance of light. 

We highly recommend booking half board, as the hotel kitchen prepares excellent varied and seasonal 4-course meals. Welcome extras include a free bus pass (which includes the bus to Alpe di Siusi) and nearby underground parking garage. 

Luxury | The 4-star Hotel Lamm is a modern, design-forward hotel featuring striking interiors, a luxurious rooftop Sky Spa, and an outstanding on-site restaurant (Zum Lampl). Rooms are thoughtfully designed with elegant oak floors and stylish furnishings.

Guests enjoy free underground parking, a complimentary Seiser Alm Live Card (transit card), and a wonderful wellness area (3 saunas, experience showers, relaxation room, rooftop terrace, and sky pool). 

Look for accommodation in Castelrotto.


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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.


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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.


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