Seiser Alm – the highest pasture in Europe
The area of Seiser Alm extends over about 56 square kilometres, at an altitude between 1680 and 2350 m. In fact, the picturesque Seiser Alm in the South Tyrolean Dolomites is Europe’s largest high-alpine pasture.
The high plateau of Seiser Alm offers a picturesque landscape, a varied flora and fauna as well as a vast range of leisure activities in summer and in winter. One part of the sunny Seiser Alm is located inside Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park.
Holidays on Seiser Alm
In order to protect the natural beauty, the access to Seiser Alm is closed for private cars between 9 am and 5 pm. Hikers, mountain bikers, winter sports fans and nature lovers can reach Compatsch on Seiser Alm quickly and sustainably with a cableway from Seis. If you have found accommodation in the neighbouring villages of Kastelruth or Völs, you can get to the starting point easily by bus.
Compatsch, with several hotels, is the largest settlement on Seiser Alm. If you prefer more quiet places, Seiser Alm offers still a lot of idyllic spots. In summer, the mountain landscape invites you to go walking, hiking and mountaineering. In winter, Seiser Alm offers beautiful ski runs, a snow park, cross-country ski runs and toboggan runs.
Dreamlike panorama of the Dolomites
Seiser Alm is delimited by the impressive Mt. Schlern, Mt. Roterspitze and Rosszähne in the southwest. In the southeast, the pasture goes to Langkofel Group. In the north, there are Puflatsch and Pizberg, behind them there is the valley of Gröden. A magnificent view of Schlern area to Eisacktal Valley can be enjoyed in the west.
History & legends
Many myths and legends are told still today in the Seiser Alm area. For instance, Mt. Schlern is meant to be the meeting point of the Schlern witches, conjuring up storms and being responsible for magic mischief.
Findings of arrowheads suggest that Seiser Alm was a popular hunting territory in the Stone Age. Already in the Bronze Age, the area was used a pasture in summer. Still today, the farmers from the environs, bring their cows, horses and sheep to the pasture. In occasion of the transhumance in autumn, there is a big festival you should absolutely see once.