The nature park with South Tyrol’s emblem, the Sciliar, is situated in the western South Tyrolean Dolomites.
Image gallery: Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park
Together with the Alpe di Siusi, Europe’s biggest Alpine pasture covering an area of 56 sqkm, the 7,291 hectare large Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park is a coherent area in respect of natural conditions and landscape. The Sciliar massif gave the nature park its name - with its two peaks Cima Santner and Cima Euringer it is considered to be the emblem of South Tyrol. The nature park comprises the three municipalities of Castelrotto, Fié allo Sciliar and Tires al Catinaccio. In 2003 the protected area has been enlarged, also the Catinaccio massif is now included in the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park.
The Sciliar is surrounded by mixed forests, while the pond of Fiè in the nature park is situated in the middle of a pine forest. The area of the lake - a popular summer destination - is 1 hectare, at least half of which has proven to be an especially valuable biotope. Look forward to a unique flora and fauna at the heart of an untouched natural scenery. The Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park is home to such animals as the red crossbill, the willow tit and the golden eagle as well as the Alpine chough and the chamois. Furthermore it boasts a rich number of flowers and plants such as the Crocus, the alpenrose, the Primula and the Armeria.
In the building of the former sawmill “Steger Säge”, the visitor centre of the nature park is located. Furthermore there are two interesting theme paths in the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park: the 9.5 km long “Geologists’ Trail” takes you from Bagni di Razzes to the Prossliner mountain pasture. The circular trail shows the fascinating world of geology. The nature trail “Oswald von Wolkenstein” with its 15 stations, however, can be found in the Castelvecchio forest near Siusi and is especially popular among families.
Founded in: 1974
Surface: 7,291 hectares
Altitude difference: 2,156 m
Area: western South Tyrolean Dolomites, Alpe di Siusi
Visitor centre: in Bagni di Lavina Bianca near Tires