Selva – Wolkenstein
Tourism stronghold in Val Gardena
Selva (Italian: Selva Valgardena, German: Wolkenstein) was a small, sleepy hamlet until a few decades ago – today it is the tourist centre of Val Gardena. Numerous expensive hotels and apartments line the streets – there is no off season. Selva is often fully booked especially during winter. The surrounding mountains are a paradise for winter and summer sports enthusiasts. There are three modern lifts that lead right out of town and to the mountains Sassolungo, Sella and Puez. Skiing, ice skating, sledding, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking and paragliding – the sky is the limit for sports enthusiasts.
Surroundings of Selva
In the surroundings of Selva there is little of interest, save for lots of wonderful natural scenery. The ruins of the Selva Castle, the home of the former ruling Wolkenstein family, impresses more on account of its location than because of its remains – nevertheless it is still worth a visit. It is worth mentioning the two mountain passes Passo Gardena and Passo Sella, which are around Selva and next to the mountains Sassolungo and Puez, with their many sports facilities. They connect the Val Gardena with the Val Badia (Alta Badia) and the Fassa Valley in Trentino. In addition, the two mountain passes offer fantastic views and hiking opportunities. The Ciampinoi, which can be reached from Selva with an orbit cable car, offers a breathtaking view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. From here you can start going around Sassolungo.