Grab a hiking map and your camera and set off on a tour of discovery!
St. Vigil and the surrounding area are a veritable treasure trove of sights, castles, museums, and fantastic views. Click through our sightseeing suggestions around the Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort and plan your next adventure.
Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage
Distance: 0 kilometres
The Dolomites stretch across several Italian provinces and look back on millions of years of history. Consisting mainly of dolomite rock, some of the Dolomite peaks have been UNESCO World Heritage sites since 2009. A special highlight is the interplay of colour at dawn and dusk, also called the “Enrosadira” in Ladin. As the name suggests, the Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort is located right in the middle of the Dolomites.
Plan de Corones/Kronplatz
Distance: 0 kilometres
South Tyrol’s number-one ski mountain offers a total of 119 kilometres of slopes and 32 ultra-modern lifts. In winter, it is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders, and in summer for hiking fans and mountain bikers. The mountain cable car to Plan de Corones/Kronplatz is also open in summer. In addition, a free daily bike shuttle runs from St. Vigil to the Furkelpass, which is where freeriders and bikers can take the lift. At the top, at 2,275 metres above sea level, you will find one of the six Messner Mountain Museums, the MMM Corones, dedicated to alpinism, and the LUMEN art museum.
Adrenaline X-Treme Adventures Zipline (St. Vigil)
Distance: 300 metres
It is the longest zipline in Europe and the steepest zipline in the world. Well-secured, you whizz down the three-kilometre route, around 100 metres above the ground, at up to 80 km/h to the valley station. Enjoy an amazing view the entire way down. The zipline is located directly between the mountain station “Piz de Plaies” and the valley station of the Cianross cable car, right next to our resort. Ready for some real thrills and adrenaline spikes?
Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park Visitor Centre
Distance: 1 kilometre
The Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park Visitor Centre offers you interactive media, videos, and panels that let you in on the secrets of this protected area. As you follow the spiral path through the various exhibition areas, you will learn, for example, about the cave bear “Conturines”, discovered in 1987, the formation of the Dolomites, and much more.
Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park
Distance: 3 kilometres
The Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park extends across the South Tyrolean municipalities of Abtei, Prags, Toblach, Wengen, Enneberg, and Olang. Rugged peaks and rock faces surround gentle, extensive Alpine meadows and plateaus, where out-of-this-world hiking and mountain tours await you. The area has been a nature park since 1980 and a Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage site since 2009.
Concordia 2000 Peace Bell at the summit of Plan de Corones/Kronplatz
Distance: 10-12 kilometres (lifts)
On the summit of Plan de Corones/Kronplatz, you will see the Concordia 2000, a peace bell that was installed on the summit’s viewing platform by the municipalities of Bruneck, Olang, and St. Vigil in Enneberg on the 25th anniversary of the ski area in 2003. The Concordia rings daily at noon. You can also hear its sound when the death penalty is abolished in a country, when a convict has been pardoned, or when a war has ended.
Ladin Museum Ciastel de Tor (St. Martin in Thurn)
Distance: 11 kilometres
The Ladin Museum Ciastel de Tor, located at Thurn Castle, deals with the history, culture, legends, and crafts of the Ladins living in the Dolomites. One focus of this museum is the Ladin language, of which the Ladins are particularly proud. The awareness of having their own language is a very important part of the Ladins’ identity.
The Barbara Chapel (Wengen)
Distance: 15 kilometres
St. Barbara is known to be the patron saint of miners; for this reason, it is assumed that the chapel was built by miners working in the nearby Valparola valley in the province of Belluno. The murals inside and the painting on the outside wall are particularly worth a visit. A one-kilometre-long contemplation path leads to the Barbara Chapel and includes five stations that invite you to stop and reflect.
“Mill valley” in Campill (St. Martin in Thurn)
Distance: 16 kilometres
The eight mills of Campill have been completely restored and are again in use by the farmers of the village. This unique cultural heritage site is a source of great pride throughout the valley and beyond because of its living testimony to the time-honoured farming tradition. In the past, the mills, which are still driven by water power today, were indispensable for the farmers because they allowed the local people to produce their daily bread. What’s more, Campill has recently been named one of the mountaineering villages!
Distance: 17 kilometres
The Fanes Hut was built in 1928 and is located above St. Vigil. In the hut, you can travel back in time through photos, stories, and objects to learn about the Ladin origins of the village. Enjoy a magnificent view of the Dolomites, warm hospitality, and delicious traditional dishes.
Distance: 17 kilometres
Europe’s highest microbrewery with craft beer is located here. At 2,050 metres above sea level, it has been serving bubbly wheat beer and naturally cloudy pale ale, brewed according to the German Purity Law with the crystal-clear mountain water of the Dolomites, since January 2019.
Puez-Odle Nature Park
Distance: 18 kilometres
The Puez-Odle Nature Park comprises the municipalities of Villnöss, St. Ulrich, St. Christina, Wolkenstein, Corvara, Abtei, and St. Martin in Thurn. It was founded in 1978 and expanded in 1999. The mountains of the Puez-Odle Nature Park are particularly treasured as they provide information about rock types, depositional layers, and weathering.
Pilgrimage Church of the Holy Cross (Badia)
Distance: 24 kilometres
This chapel is a popular hiking destination in winter as well as in summer and is located at 2,045m above sea level directly below the Cavallo/Heiligkreuzkofel, an impressive mountain massif of the Fanes group in the Dolomites. Right next to the church is a hospice that originally served to accommodate pilgrims. Today there is a place to stop for refreshments, where visitors can enjoy South Tyrolean specialities, among other things.
Museum Ladin Ursus ladinicus (St. Kassian)
Distance: 26 kilometres
In this museum, which opened in 2011, visitors can learn all about the origins of the Dolomites, as well as about the Ladin cave bear (Ursus ladinicus), which shared its habitat in the Austrian Alps with the Ramesh bear (Ursus spelaeus eremus) and the Gamssulzen bear (Ursus ingressus) around 40,000 years ago. The museum is a branch of the Museum Ladin, located in St. Martin in Thurn.