The Sexten Valley
Valley of the climbers
Between the Sextener Dolomites and the Carnian Alps is the Sexten Valley. The principal town Sexten is known mainly because of its tradition of mountain guides and the mountain guide family Innerhofer in particular. The Innerhofer family were already leading climbers in time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire up to the peaks of the mountains Zwölferkogel and the Three Peaks. Even today, Sexten is still a centre of mountaineering and many mountain-climbing enthusiasts start here and proceed through the Sexten Dolomites. The Sexten Rotwand, the Kreuzberg Pass or the helmet in the Carnian Alps offer excellent sports facilities for climbers, hikers and skiers.
A little further south of Sexten the Fischleintal alley heads deep into the Dolomites. It is especially famous for its magnificent view of the sundial of Sexten. Sundial, because the position of the sun over the three peaks, the Elferkofel, Zwölferkofel and Einserkofel, shows the inhabitants of Sexten the time fairly accurately.
Sextener Dolomites nature reserve
The Sexten Dolomites nature reserve includes one of the most beautiful regions in the Dolomites: Sexten Rotwand, Sexten Sundial with Elferkofel, Zwölferkofel and Einserkofel, Dreischusterspitze, the Three Peaks and the Haunold mountain range. These are all part of a magnificent, sometimes extremely jagged, Dolomite scenery. From the Fischleinboden the park is accessible by trails and also has some huts for a short stop inside. In the north-western section of the reserve you will rarely meet other people. The park is also home to many rare Dolomites plants, which were able to survive partly thanks to the desolate landscape. The natural reserve house in the Grand Hotel in Toblach provides information about the park and its importance.