This 4 hours long hiking tour with an altitude difference of 1,100 metres leads us from the village of Castelrotto to Mount Bullaccia on the Alpe di Siusi.
Image gallery: Hiking tour from Castelrotto to the Panche delle Streghe
From the centre of Castelrotto, we follow trails no. 6 and 4A through some beautiful meadows until we reach the alpine pasture of Marinzen, from where we continue on trail no. 9 to Schafstall mountain hut (1,470 metres asl) and afterwards steeply upwards through the forest until we reach Rifugio Arnika, which lies at 2,000 metres asl on Mount Bullaccia. After a short rest we continue our tour along the northern boarder of this beautiful high plateau full of alpine meadows towards the famous Panche delle Streghe (literally: witches benches).
The witches benches are very particular stone formation that have the form of seats with armrests and backrests. According to a legend, in the Middle Ages the witches of the Alpe di Siusi region danced and celebrated here hilariously.
Today, this place is a very popular view point, where hikers can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Val Gardena, the Puez-Olde mountain group, a part of the Sella mountain range and the Dolomites of the Alpe di Siusi area: Mount Sasso Lungo, Mount Sasso Piatto and Mount Sciliar. On very clear days you can even see the east-central Alps, Mount Ortles, the Stubai, Ötztal and of course the Sarentino Alps.
Starting point: Castelrotto
Trail route: Castelrotto - Marinzen - Panche delle Streghe
Trail numbers: 6, 4A, 11A, 9, 8, 24
Length: 9.5 km (one way)
Walking time: approx. 4 hours (one way)
Altitude difference: approx. 1,180 metres
Altitudes: 1,095 - 2,162 metres asl
More information: tourist board Castelrotto, tel.: +39 0471 706333, firstname.lastname@example.org