Rosengarten And Its Direct Surroundings
Rosengarten holds a special place in the hearts of many people around the globe, not only because of its beauty but also due to the wonderful pink hues that are dancing on the huge rock faces during twilight. Legend has it that King Laurin lived there and grew a huge garden of roses, so there really is something special about this place.
In this article, you will find out more about the summer offers that these mountains have in store for you. You will learn a lot of things such as the food you should order for lunch and the rifugios where you should stop on your hike.
The Rosengarten group is a massif in the Dolomites of Northern Italy, which is surrouned by Tieser Tal, Eggental and Fassa Valley. The highest peak is known as Kesselkogel and is 3002 meters tall. You can access the massiv from many towns. Among the most popular ones are Carezza, Nova Levante, Vigo di Fassa and San Cipriano.
This is a great holiday destination for all four seasons. As for as sports are concerned, skiing, hiking, golfing and other sports are popular among those that choose this area to spend their vacations and have a lot of fun at the same time.
The ski areas and hiking trails are well organized and there are trail markings everywhere so you don't need to worry about getting lost. You have a couple of high mountain rifugios to choose from to spend a night or have delicious lunch in.
WHAT IS A RIFUGIO?
Rifugio is a type of mountain house/hut/refuges. Rifugios that attract a lot of visitors are more like small hotels and great restaurants with comfortable rooms that you can rent to spend your nights in. Higher up in the more demanding slopes of the Dolomites, the primary purpose of rifugio is to provide shelter for alpinists and mountaineers in case of bad weather. No matter which one you choose to stay in, they all evoke feelings of safety, and nourishment.
WHAT TO DO?
For first time visitors, we suggest that you choose the summer season to enjoy the beautiful sights. If hiking and delicious food are your favorites, summer is the best time of the year.
Rosengarten is one of the best hiking destinations for beginners. If you are just starting out, we have a couple of suggestions for you. You can choose any of the suggestions depending on your skill set and fitness level.
Dedicated to Empress Elisabeth, this is a nice destination for hiker where you may want to go if you just want to enjoy your surroundings without spending a good deal of energy. It is a round 8km long trip and will take you about 3 and a half hours to complete. It starts and finishes in Nova Levante and the height that you will reach will be just 430 meters. It might feel a big deal if you are new to this, but I can assure you that it is just enough to make you feel like you've made an achievement. However, it won’t make you feel sore the next day. For directions and map, click here.
RODA DI VAÈL HIKE
This beautiful hike takes you to the center of the massif where you can enjoy beautiful views and have wonderful lunch as well.
You will start your day in Carezza, a popular winter ski resort town that turns into hikers’ paradise in summer. You can also visit Carezzalake just outside of the village. its amazing bluish-green color will mesmerize you!
You need to get a pass for Paolina ski lift, so you can start your hike a bit higher up. You can also hike up to the top station of the lift. However, keep in mind that it will take you around 1 or 1.5h to get to the top station. From there, you will follow the path no. 522 that will lead you to North. You will climb Vaiolon pass on the other side of the massif where you can stop at the RifugioRoda di Vaèl and eat your lunch. The whole hike will take you about 4 hours.
This rifugio is a good destination for families with small children. Instead of doing the whole lap, you will turn right at the top station of Paolina lift, walk for about 1h to the rifugio, have lunch, and go back the same way. For exact information about the lap hike, click here.
These high mountain routes are not very well known outside the Alpine region of Europe. Soldiers constructed the first routes during the First World War to cross high mountains as fast as possible. They installed metal ropes that were attached to the rock face for support while climbing up a steep mountain.
Nowadays, these mountains allow you to experience the exhilaration of climbing in addition to help you cover more distance than the traditional rock climbing. Special gear is needed, such as a belt and a special safety rope that tie you to the cable. You may also need a helmet and proper shoes with good sticky sole and ample ankle support.
All via ferratas routes are described on different websites, so you can decide on one based on your knowledge and experience.
VIA FERRATA SANTNER
This is a relatively short hike, only about 4 hours, but can be extended to see more of the Rosengarten group. It requires ferrata gear and a steady footing. Rock climbing experience is required to avoid any problems on the way. You will climb all the way to 2700m to experience the beautiful surroundings.
VIA FERRATA MASARÈ
This is another interesting via ferrata route that passes RifugioRoda di Vaèl. You will start at the top station of Paolinalift. You can get the necessary information by clicking here.
Wake up early in the morning so you have all day for hiking. Starting early is a good idea as weather gets worse in the afternoon. The highest peak you will visit is over 2700m tall, so get ready for some serious views!
These wonderful mountain huts are what most hikers look forward to. Some of the huts described below are popular weekend destination. The practice of going on an easy hike and then having lunch is quite common in Trentino and Alto Adige regions of Northern Italy. On these high mountains, you can eat delicious food and enjoy great views all around!
RIFUGIO RE ALBERTO
Situated at around 2600m, surrounded by majestic Vajolet towers, rifugio Re Alberto is truly a gem of the Rosengarten massif. It was first built in 1929 and is still in great shape. Many people keep coming back to this place for inspiration.
People who are managing this place are known for their hospitality. You can stay in shared rooms and meet other avid hikers, while the owners will serve you with incredible traditional dishes. Order a cheese and meat plate to understand the tradition of this area, and enjoy some traditional desserts. They taste even better at an altitude! If this is where you are going to spend the night, ask for some traditional mountain bitters at the end of the dinner. Besides, if you just need a refreshing drink during a hot day, ask for a radler.
RIFUGIO RODA DI VAÈL
This is my personal favorite. This place gets busy during summer weekends due to easy access so you may want to visit it on a weekday if possible. The staff is always nice and each member of the staff carries a big smile on their face.
And the food... oh the food! Order eggs, potato and speck if you need a serious portion of pick-me-up food. Get yourself some kaiserschmarrn - a traditional alpine dessert, often served with some apple or berry jam. Cheese and meat plates are always a good choice but I like their desserts. Eating desserts is a great way of giving a treat to your sweet tooth. After all, you deserve it at the end of a long hike.
THINGS TO SEE CLOSE BY
The above listed hikes, via ferratas and rifugios are highly recommend as I've been there before. There are many other rifugios to visit. And all of them hold the spectacular soul of Rosengarten massif in their hearts.
I highly recommend Carezzalake that I mentioned before. If you prefer rugged mountains that don’t attract a lot of hikers, explore Latemar. You can rent a bike to explore the mountain passes or head to the center of any small village. In a village, you can buy a coffee and dive right into the special culture that is a mixture of Italian, Tirolean and Ladin.