drei zinnen sexten
drei zinnen sexten

Three Peaks of Lavaredo

The Three Peaks of Lavaredo are considered to be the most striking rocks of the Dolomite mountains, famous all over the world

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also called Drei Zinnen in German, are a bizarre and striking alpenstock belonging to the Sesto Dolomites, the most north-eastern mountain group of the Dolomites. Due to the special shape, these three pinnacles are world-famous and are considered to be the symbol of the (Sesto) Dolomites. They consist of the Cima Grande in the middle (High Peak, 2,999 m a.s.l.), the Cima Piccola (Small Peak, 2,857 m a.s.l.) and the Cima Ovest (West Peak, 2,973 m a.s.l.). The famous north face of this alpenstock belongs to the municipal territory of Dobbiaco in South Tyrol, whereas the southern part of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo belongs to the Province of Belluno. In other words, the borderline between the two provinces passes above these summits.

The 1st ascent of Mt. Cima Grande took place in 1869 by Paul Grohmann, Franz Innerkofler and Peter Salcher. Soon after other alpinists climbed the Cima Ovest as well as the Cima Piccola. In the surroundings of the Three Peaks, there are numerous hiking paths. One of the most popular trails starts at the Auronzo Mountain Hut and terminates at the Antonio Locatelli Mountain Hut (2,405 m a.s.l.), taking you past the Lavaredo Saddle and Mt. Paterno. Unforgettable: the Three Peaks of Lavaredo after sunset, when the "Alpine glow" makes the alpenstock appear in a reddish light!

Note: Every year from June to October, a shuttle bus operates between Dobbiaco and the Auronzo Mountain Hut (bus line 444) - as an alternative to the toll road. During the whole period, the shuttle bus must be booked and paid online in advance. For cars: When the car park at the Auronzo Mountain Hut is full (can't be booked in advance), the road may be closed to cars.

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