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A comprehensive guide to the Italian Dolomites – One of Europe’s most beautiful nature attractions

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The Dolomites is rated among the most beautiful nature attractions in Europe, and that’s not without reason! Characterized by dramatic mountain peaks, steep valleys, blue-green lakes and glaciers, nowhere else in Europe is quite like the Dolomites.

Where is the Dolomites located?

The Dolomites is located in Northeast Italy, from Lake Garda and Trento in the West to the Friuli Dolomites in the East, and to the Austrian border in the North.

Large parts of the Dolomites is found in the area called South Tyrol (SudTirol in German), which is a German speaking part of Italy. Parts of Eastern South Tyrol is also populated by an ethnic minority group, known as the Ladins.

Top Tourist Attractions

One of the most beautiful places in Europe, the Dolomites is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is visited by millions of tourists every year.

When visiting the Dolomites, you shouldn’t miss South Tyrol.

This beautiful area includes most of the Western parts of the Dolomites.

One of the most beautiful places can be found right East of Bolzen, near Klausen

Few places can compare to the beauty the South Tyrolean Dolomites offer, and a visit to South Tyrol is highly recommended.

South Tyrol is also a ski-paradise, with the world’s biggest ski area found here.

The most famous mountain in the Dolomites is probably Tre Cime (or Tre Zimmen in German), which means the three peaks.

Located in on the border between the beautiful South Tyrol and Veneto, Tre Cime is a top attraction in the Dolomites. The highest of the three peaks reaches a height of 2999 meters.

Another point of interest worth knowing of is Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites, reaching a height of 3343 meters.

There is a ski resort located on the mountain, with a lift going to the top of Marmolada.

There is also a restaurant on the top, and a museum, which is the highest in Europe.

From the top of Marmolada, there’s a ski slope, which goes down to the bottom of the valley.

At Cortina d’Ampezzo and San Martino di Castrozza, you can take a lift to the top of the mountain in summer. The viewpoints on the top of the mountains offers a spectacular view over the Dolomites.

In the East you will find the Friuli Dolomites, which is a more wild and unpopulated area of the Dolomites.

The mountains here are generally lower than those of South Tyrol and Veneto, with the highest peak reaching about 2700 meters.

This is a good place to visit if you’re looking for a more calm area, without a lot of tourists around you.

And finally, don’t forget to visit the area around Toblach in South Tyrol, close to Tre Cime.

This is one of the most beautiful areas in the Dolomites, and you can find various different places to visit, including several lakes.

A Ski Paradise

The Dolomites rates among the best ski places in the world, and that’s not without reason!

The world’s largest ski area can be found here, and many famous ski resorts is located here.

One of the most famous is Cortina d’Ampezzo, which holds the Alpine World Cup final this year, and will hold the winter Olympics in 2026.

The Dolomites has many hours more sunshine compared to the Northern parts of the Alps, and many recognize the Dolomites to be among the best ski areas in the world.

Villages to visit

There are a countless number of beautiful villages to visit in the Dolomites.

Although it’s not possible to name everyone here in this article, I will mention a few that’s worth a visit on your trip to the Dolomites: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Brixen, Toblach, Bruneck, Klausen, San Martino di Castrozza, Urtijëi and Bolzen.

And if you’re visiting the Northern parts of the Dolomites in South Tyrol, it takes just above an hour to drive to Innsbruck in Austria.

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Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen is a Swedish photographer, who's particularly fond of travelling and photographing nature sceneries in Europe. Travel editor at Times of Sweden. Paul has also authored several travel books about Norway, Sweden and Ireland.

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