Exploring the mountains:
Hiking and mountaineering are at the heart of the Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort because as real mountain people, we hold the mountains dear to our hearts and love to guide our guests to the most beautiful places in the region. Our hotel is located in the largest UNESCO World Heritage area in South Tyrol. So it’s the perfect place to get your hiking boots on and set off towards the summit. With every step, you get a little closer to absolute freedom. The weight of the world falls away when you reach the first Alpine pastures and see the birds circling almost weightlessly overhead. For ambitious mountaineers, every hike on the high plateaus in the nature park provides a view of the famous Three Peaks, which you can hike around or climb on a single-day tour. As a member of the best hiking hotels in the Alps, we promise absolute expertise and competence in all aspects of hiking.
Insights and outlooks
What makes us a "Wanderhotel"?
The Excelsior is situated directly in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, in one of the most popular hiking regions in Europe with an extensive and well-marked hiking trail network. Whether you are a new or experienced hiker, your hiking experience amidst the Alpine nature starts from our doorstep!
Our hotel has been run by the Call family with passion and loving attention to detail for several generations. It is filled with a warm atmosphere that’s appreciated by both guests and employees. That’s why you come as a guest and leave as a friend. We’re real mountain people and love the mountains – and that love rubs off on our guests.
Our experience and hiking tips
Our equipment service
You are welcome to borrow hiking equipment at the resort, such as rucksacks and retractable poles, as well as hiking maps. We will also provide you with a snack for your hike as well as hiking information. We will be happy to take you to the starting point of your hike with the hotel shuttle or pick you up again at your destination. You can store, wash, and clean your equipment in the dedicated deposit.
Unique and authentic experiences
Not only are we one of the best Wanderhotels in the Alps, but thanks to our expertise and competence, we have also been awarded the Aktiv Hotel Award twice in the mountain sports category.
Our weekly programme includes guided hikes six days a week, whether with the host family Call themselves or with our certified hiking guides Otto and Paolo.
Dolomites Life Hiking Plus
- Guided hikes to the most beautiful spots in the Dolomites with the Call family and our hiking guides Otto and Paolo are organised six times a week
- Hiking rucksacks, retractable hiking poles, and rain gear for hire
- Hiking maps of the region, personalised recommendations
- Information provided on open huts, lifts, and bus and train connections
- Discussion of the tours
- Excelsior hiking bus: free hiking transfers within the municipality
- Holidaypass: free shuttle bus to the nature park and the Furkelpass as well as free use of all public transport throughout South Tyrol
Our hiking concierge
Where to go? Which route? Is the weather nice enough?
Our hiking concierge Werner Call will reveal all this and more. He is available daily from 6:00 pm to answer any questions all of our guests may have.
„I know the alpine pastures, forests and peaks of the Nature Parks like the back of my hand and it is always a great pleasure and honour for me to assist my guests find the most beautiful hikes and mountain tours. Of course, I also reveal them where they can enjoy the best Kaiserschmarrn and where the most delicious beer of the highest microbrewery in Europe is brewed.“
Our hiking guides
Our certified hiking guides Otto and Paolo have one thing in common: they love being in nature and hiking. Hiking guide Otto is the expert of Ladin tradition and culture, he knows the flora and fauna of the Dolomites like the back of his hand and always has an answer ready for our guests' questions. Paolo is a sports enthusiast and a true all-rounder. He guides our guests to the most beautiful places in the Dolomites, leads the guided climbing experiences on our #dolomiteswall and completes your #myexcelsior day with relaxing sauna infusions.
Our hiking tips
Legend Trail right in St. Vigil
For families, there are various options to explore the mountains and their history. If you want to try your hand at a short loop, the Legend Trail right in St. Vigil is the place for you. The path runs along the stream for three kilometres and is lined with eleven display boards that tell exciting stories about famous characters from Fanes legends and Princess Dolasilla.
Water is also a main feature when you hike with your children from the Pederü Alpine guesthouse to the Fanes hut with its lakes. This tour is longer and more demanding but still manageable, even with children. The relatively easy high-altitude trail leads up the mountain with a constant incline. The Fanes hut or Lavarella hut at 2,042 metres above sea level is your destination – although your children will probably be drawn to the Lé Vert/Grünsee lake a little further south. Those who still have strength in their calves may want to go a little further to Limo lake, which is situated picturesquely at 2,159 metres above sea level.
The route from the Pederü Alpine guesthouse up to the Sennes hut is suitable for everyone. A good 600 metres in altitude are covered over a total of 4.7 kilometres. You will be rewarded with a unique panorama at 2,126 metres above sea level.
Piz da Peres
Anyone setting out from the Furkelpass to the summit of Piz da Peres (2,507 metres above sea level) should be an experienced hiker. This is a wonderfully varied hike through the forest, over meadows, hills, and dales and requires some surefootedness. You start at the reservoir on the Furkelpass, taking trail number 3 towards Piz da Peres. The path is steep and quite narrow in parts; it leads past the foot of the northern slopes of the mountain. The trail heads towards the Forcella Tre Dita/Dreifingerscharte between Piz da Peres and Punta Tre Dita/Dreifingerspitze (2,479 metres above sea level), where it continues upwards in many hairpin bends. From the Forcella Tre Dita/Dreifingerscharte, the trail leads across meadows to the summit cross of the Piz da Peres, which lies exactly opposite the Plan de Corones/Kronplatz.