The emblem of South Tyrol, the 2,563 m high Sciliar, immediately grabs the attention with its bizarre shape.
The Sciliar massif is unique, especially due to its form and the distincitive pinnacles, which are the Punta Santner and the Punta Euringer. Due to this characteristic it is considered to be the symbol of South Tyrol. The first ascent of the Sciliar dates back to 1880 and Johann Santner, who dubbed the Santner Peak.
The limestone massif of the Sciliar is really legendary. Once upon a time the witches used to meet and dance on this mountain. According to the legends, the South Tyrolean figures of the Sciliar Witches (Schlernhexen, in German) are above all responsible for heavy storms.
The Sciliar massif borders on the largest high alpine pasture troughout Europe, the Alpe di Siusi. It is perfect for different leisure time activities like hiking and walking as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skiing in winter, always with a great view on the Sciliar. The homonymous skiing area is connected with the Val Gardena skiing area and part of the Dolomiti Superski carousel. A popular hike on the Sciliar starts at the Pond of Fiè (long and exhausting hike of medium difficulty, good physical condition necessary).