The 4.5 km valley begins at Moso/Moos in Sesto/Sexten and leads through Tre Cime Nature Park to Rifugio Fondovalle/Talschlusshütte.
Just beyond Rifugio Fondovalle/Talschlusshütte, the valley splits in two. The upper valley to the west is Val Sasso Vecchio/Altensteintal. The upper valley to the east is Val Fiscalina Alta/Bacherntal.
Val Fiscalina is a popular destination all-year-round. In winter, you can cross-country ski to Rifugio Fondovalle. In summer and fall, you can walk the length of the valley, which is a perfect excursion for families with children. You can also hike to Tre Cime di Lavaredo/Drei Zinnen and various mountain huts in the Sesto/Sexten Dolomites.
Visiting Val Fiscalina in South Tyrol
- Where: South Tyrol, Northern Italy
- Where to Eat in Val Fiscalina: Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte, Bistro Bergsteiger, and Rifugio Fondovalle/Talschlusshütte
- Traffic Regulation: June 11 – October 8, 2023. During this period, Val Fiscalina is only accessible by bus, by foot, or by bicycle.
- Where to Stay in Val Fiscalina: Hotel Dolomitenhof (luxury) and Bad Moos Spa Resort (luxury)
- Where to Stay in Sesto: B&B Grüne Laterne (budget), Hotel Schoenblick (midrange), Hotel Royal (midrange), Aparthotel Gamz (luxury)
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Val Fiscalina Map
Where is Val Fiscalina / Fischleintal
Val Fiscalina is located in South Tyrol in Northern Italy. This alpine valley branches off Sesto/Sexten Valley at Moso/Moos and runs to the base of the Cima Una/Einserkopfel mountain.
How to Get to Val Fiscalina, South Tyrol
It’s possible to walk to Val Fiscalina from the town of Sesto/Sexten.
It’s a 1:15 hour walk from Sesto/Sexten to Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte and then another 30 minute walk through the valley to Rifugio Fondovalle/Talschlusshütte.
This is a great option in high season, when there is a traffic regulation in place.
We’ve provided more detail about this valley walk in the next section (“Sesto to Val Fiscalina Valley Trail Circuit).
Val Fiscalina is a short drive away from San Candido/Innichen (12 minutes), Dobbiaco/Toblach (20 minutes), and Braies/Prags (30 minutes).
From Cortina d’Ampezzo, it’s a 50 minute drive to the entrance of the valley.
From Ortisei in Val Gardena, it’s a 1:45 minute drive to Fischleintal via Bressanone/Brixen.
Traffic Regulations: June 11 – October 8, 2023
Local authorities have introduced traffic regulations to Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal, similar to those in Braies/Prags Valley.
Between June 11 and October 8, 2023, it’s only possible to access the valley by foot, by bicycle, or by bus line 440.
For the most up-to-date information, please consult drei-zinnen.bz.
Val Fiscalina Parking
Rifugio Piano Fiscalina / Fischleinbodenhütte Car Park
Exact Location: Google Maps
The Val Fiscalina road dead ends at Hotel Dolomitenhof and Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte.
If you’re visiting Val Fiscalina before June 11th, or after October 8th, you can drive through the valley to the Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte paid car park.
Parking Fee | During our last visit, the fee was:
- 1 hour: 5 EUR
- Every Additional Hour: 2 EUR
- Maximum Daily Rate: 15 EUR
Croda Rossa / Rotwand Cableway Valley Station Car Park
Exact Location: Google Maps
There’s a car park across from the Croda Rossa/Rotwand cableway valley station, near the valley entrance.
This is a great parking option, if you’re planning on walking the length of the valley. You can join trail 102 just across from Bad Moos Spa Resort.
Note: there is also a car park directly at the cableway valley station, but that’s reserved for cableway guests.
Parking Fee | This car park is free. However, there are discussions underway to turn it into a paid car park.
Throughout the year, busses connect Sesto Valley and Val Pusteria with Rifugio Piano Fiscalina (Fischleinbodenhütte) in Val Fiscalina.
Before June 11th and after October 8th, it’s possible to access Val Fiscalina with bus line 446: Kreuzbergpass – Sexten – Innichen – Toblach. Bus line 446 timetable.
Between June 11th and October 8th, it’s only possible to access Val Fiscalina with the Val Fiscalina Shuttle (bus line 440).
So, if you’re coming from Dobbiaco, or San Candido, take bus line 446 to the Monte Elmo/Helm cable car valley station in Sesto and then transfer to bus line 440 to Val Fiscalina.
Use the suedtirolmobil.info journey planner to find the best transit connections.
Pre-Booking | You do not need to pre-book your bus ticket to Val Fiscalina.
Payment | You can purchase your bus ticket directly on the bus.
Val Fiscalina Hiking Trails
Sesto to Val Fiscalina Valley Trail Circuit
This easy valley trail connects Sesto/Sexten with Rifugio Fondo Valle/Talschlusshütte, located at the head of Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal. The path ambles through alpine meadows, pockets of forest, and along a bleach white river bed. There are several places to eat along the way.
The Fischleintal valley walk is something you can do early in spring, when there’s still a lot of snow in the mountains. Rifugio Fondo Valle/Talschlusshütte is usually open from mid-May until late October.
From the Hofer car park in Sesto/Sexten, follow trail 1 in the direction of Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte (1:10 hours).
After crossing a bridge, the road forks. Continue straight on trail 1 to the haystacks.
At the next junction, turn left. The trail wraps around a large meadow and enters the forest.
Continue southeast, always following trail 1 (Sentiero Intorno a Sesto/Sextener Rundweg).
The path crosses several dreamy larch meadows with hay huts, which are grazed in summer.
This upper path (trail 1) merges with the lower path (trail 102 from Bad Moos) shortly before reaching the car park at Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte.
Walk through the car park to Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte, which stands across from Hotel Dolomitenhof.
Just beyond the hotel, there’s a small eatery called Bistro Bergsteiger, with an inviting terrace with views of the Sesto/Sexten Sundial.
Continue south on trail 102, which initially runs parallel to a large alpine meadow, where horses graze in summer.
Follow the valley trail to Rifugio Fondo Valle/Talschlusshütte (30 minutes).
After lunch, or a break at the hut, return to the car park at Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte and then follow trail 102 in the direciton of Bad Moos.
Trail 102 crosses the same larch meadows on a lower path. Follow signs to Sesto/Sexten to return to the starting point.
Trailhead | Hofer Car Park, Sesto | Google Maps
Distance | 12.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:15 hours
Difficulty | Easy
Elevation Gain/Loss | 219 meters
Minimum Elevation | 1309 meters
Maximum Elevation | 1528 meters
Val Fiscalina to Rifugio Locatelli and Tre Cime di Lavaredo
From Val Fiscalina, it’s also possible to hike all the way to Tre Cime di Lavaredo/Drei Zinnen, the most striking peak trilogy in the Dolomites.
Starting at the Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte car park, follow the valley trail for about 30 minutes to Rifugio Fondo Valle/Talschlusshütte (1548 m).
From the hut, continue on trail 102 in the direction of Rifugio A. Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte, signed 2:40 hours.
Trail 102 steadily climbs up Valle Sasso Vecchio/Altensteintal valley between the Einserkofel/Cima Uno (2698 m) and Crode Fiscaline/Oberbachernspitzen (2677 m) peaks (on your left) and the Punte Sasso Vecchio/Altensteinspitzen and Crodon di San Candido/Innichriedlknoten (2891 m) peaks (on your right).
There’s very little shade along this trail and the stone path reflects the sun like snow. Bring sun protection (hat, sun lotion, and Cat 4 sunglasses like these Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses).
After an hour, the trail levels out next to the Altensteinerbach stream. The flat walking is a nice respite, but it doesn’t last long.
With elevation gain, the Monte Paterno/Paternkofel (2476 m) and Croda dei Piani/Bödenknoten (2712 m) dominate your view.
The high-alpine landscape is defined by rugged, sculpturesque peaks, dwarf pine, and solitary larch.
The final stretch to the Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte mountain hut eases. The path crosses meadows, passing above the Laghi dei Piani/Bödenseen lakes.
The iconic north face of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo/Drei Zinnen peaks are straight ahead.
Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte directly faces the northern sides of the Three Peaks, making it the ultimate finale to this wonderful Val Fiscalina hike.
The refuge is usually open from late June until late September. Bring cash for lunch and savor one of the most impressive landscapes in the Dolomites.
If you want to extend this hike and overnight in Rifugio Locatelli, check out our 3-Day Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek.
Trailhead | Rifugio Piano Fiscalina/Fischleinbodenhütte car park | Google Maps
Distance | 13.7 km out-and-back
Time Needed | 5-6 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss | 956 meters
Difficulty | Moderate. This trail is not a technically difficult trail, but you need to be acclimated and fit.
Tip | Energetic hikers can return to Val Fiscalina via Val Fiscalina Alta/Bacherntal valley, passing Rifugio Pian di Cengia/Büllelejochhütte and Zsigmondyhütte along the way. This is a stellar lollipop-circuit hike, but it’s very long. The 18 km hike takes around 7 hours without breaks.
Val Fiscalina Hotels
Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort
Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort is located at the entrance of Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal in the Sesto/Sexten hamlet of Moso/Moos. The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring both the Sexten Dolomites and the Carnic Alps.
Boasting a 2500 m2 wellness area and its own sulphur source, this Sexten wellness hotel offers guests the greatest gift of all: relaxation. The extensive sauna complex lures you in with its cavernous, candlelit sulphur grotto, cold sulphur plunge pool (6.1°C), Kneipp trail, and multiple saunas.
The outdoor-indoor pool is filled with mineral-rich water containing sulphur, fluoride, magnesium, and calcium, which support your digestive system, musculoskeletal system, and integumentary system.
Beyond the wellness area, we were delighted by:
- The rich and decadent breakfast buffet
- The welcoming and energetic staff
- The complimentary afternoon snack
- The relaxed dining atmosphere
- And, our very comfortable bedroom
The historic Hotel Dolomitenhof is located in the middle of Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal at the Fischleinbodenhütte trailhead. The hotel’s enviable location is perfect for anyone traveling without a car, as you can start many hikes directly from the hotel’s doorstep.
With unobstructed mountain views, Hotel Dolomitenhof is without a question one of the most perfectly situated hotels in the Dolomites. The outdoor pool and encircling lawn, peppered with lounge chairs, overlook the northern face of the Sexten Sundial.
Retreat indoors, and you’ll be treated to a modern sauna area (“Badehaus Bergsteiger”) comprising 4 beautiful saunas, a cold plunge pool, showers, and a relaxation room.
During your stay, you can also look forward to gourmet multi-course dinners, which highlight the rich flavors of the region. Dinner menus notate which dishes feature local ingredients sourced from partner farms. The dining staff is attentive and precise, making the whole dining experience seamless.
Sesto / Sexten Accommodations
Sesto/Sexten is a village in Sesto/Sexten Valley, a side valley of Val Pusteria/Pustertal.
Sesto Valley is wedged between the Northern Sesto/Sexten Dolomites and the Carnic Alps. From Sesto, you’re well-positioned to explore Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal and Val Campo di Dentro/Innerfeldtal, two valleys which lead into the heart of Tre Cime Nature Park.
Budget | B&B Grüne Laterne – Lanterna Verde is a traditional, alpine guesthouse with an on-site restaurant.
Midrange | Hotel Schoenblick is a lovely 3-star hotel with sparkling clean rooms and apartments facing the Sesto Sundial. Breakfast is included and half board is optional. 3 nights minimum stay requirement in high season.
Midrange | Hotel Royal is a 3-star-superior hotel with alpine-modern rooms and apartments in Sesto. Stay here for the hospitality, dreamy mountain views, and fantastic breakfast buffet.
Luxury | Hotel Alpenblick is an exceptional hotel in Sesto with a standout gourmet kitchen, committed to sustainability. Ingredients are sourced regionally and from their very own Alpenblick farm. Breakfast, a 5-course dinner, and an afternoon snack (3 pm – 5 pm) are included in the room rate. Beyond the culinary appeal, Hotel Alpenblick is a super friendly and welcoming accommodation with a spa and pool. 5 nights minimum stay requirement.
5-star Luxury | Hotel Monika – MY WELLBEING HOTEL DOLOMITES enjoys a splendid setting on the edge of a meadow with views of the Sexten Dolomites. The hotel spa dazzles with its sky infinity outdoor pool, indoor pool, five saunas, and relaxation zones. You can schedule massages and other treatments as well. Book half board to savor the full experience.
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Dolomites Trip Planning Essentials
Use our Dolomites Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip to Northern Italy.
When to Hike in the Dolomites
The best time to hike in the Dolomites is between mid-June and mid-September. If the weather is stable, the hiking season can extend until late October.
How to Get to the Dolomites
Read How to Get to the Dolomites to find out how to travel to the Dolomites from the closest airports, train stations, and bus terminals.
If you’re traveling without a car, also check out How to Visit the Dolomites Without a Car.
The easiest way to travel between hiking destinations in the Italian Dolomites is with your own car. Check out our itineraries 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 car 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 several 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
- Best Val Gardena Hotels: best accommodations in Ortisei, Santa Cristina, and Selva
We suggest choosing 2-4 bases for your Dolomites trip and spending 2-4 nights in each base.
- Base 1: Val Gardena
- Base 2: Val di Funes
- Base 3: Alta Badia
- Base 4: Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Base 5: Alta Pusteria
- 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, we’ve outlined the most iconic attractions as well as lesser-known destinations across the Dolomites, including Alpe di Siusi, Lago di Sorapis, Lago Federa, Seceda, and Baita Segantini.
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: Tamron 17-70mm 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD
- 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 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
- Puez-Odle Nature Park
Recommended Hiking Guidebook: Cicerone Guide: Shorter Walks in the Dolomites
More Alta Pusteria Travel & Hiking Guides
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo Loop Trail
- Rifugio Auronzo Toll Road
- Sentiero Bonacossa North Trail
- Cadini di Misurina Viewpoint
- Torre dei Scarperi Circuit Hike