This 4 hours long hiking tour with an altitude difference of 1,100 m leads us from the village of Castelrotto to Mount Bullaccia on the Alpe di Siusi.
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 m a.s.l.) and afterwards steeply upwards through the forest until we reach Rifugio Arnika, which lies at 2,000 m a.s.l. on Mt. 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.
If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!
Starting point: Castelrotto
Signposts: 6, 4A, 11A, 9, 8, 24
Trail length: 9.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 4 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 1,180 m
Altitude level: between 1,095 and 2,162 m a.s.l.