Stay 31 : Tourist village, a multicultural trip in Austria and Italy

Stay 31 : Tourist village, a multicultural trip in Austria and Italy.

Occidental Route

Stage 31/35 - 344 kms

0 km Bramberg am Wildkogel

113 kms Innsbruck

163 kms Cortina D'Ampezzo

68 kms Belluno

carte Bramberg am Wildkogel a Belluno

Bramberg am Wildkogel : A mining tourist village

It is a mining tourist village in the Pinzgau region in the Salzburg Province. Bramberg has a population of about 4000 and is located approximately 35 kilometres from the capital of the Zell am See district. Like many other places in the Pinzgau, formerly and traditionally Bramberg am Wildkogel had a mine, which is mainly historical. Between 1829 and 1863, it was a copper mining centre on an industrial scale.

Innsbruck : A city in the heart of the Alps

Innsbruck - Austria

Innsbruck - Austria - © Ettore -

Innsbruck lies in the “heart of the Alps”. The city is surrounded by high peaks namely the “Nordkette”, a part of the Karwendelgebirge in the north, and the “Patscherkofel” and “Serles” in the south. Its name originates from the Inn River and the ancient word “Bruck” which means “the bridge on the Inn River”. The most important view is the small golden roof, the city’s symbol located in the old town. Innsbruck is an ideal location to practice all kinds of sports in winter as well as in summer. The numerous ski resorts are located near the capital so as to attract the inhabitants and also the tourists. One can also go alpine hiking, skiing, sledging and ice skating in winter. In summer, Innsbruck and its surroundings are a paradise for hikers, mountaineers and mountain bike enthusiasts and golfers. Several cultural events are held throughout the year. 

Heiligwasser : pilgrimage church, very known for its healing waters 

This popular pilgrimage church lies 1240 metres above sea level. The place has always been visited by a large number of people who were attracted by the reputation of its “healing waters” which means “Heiligwasser” in German. The scenic Heiligwasser Alpine Inn is open from December to October. You will find cosy inns at the beginning of the sledge run on a natural trail. Today, the Heiligwasser Inn is a popular outing destination with a beautiful terrace offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the scenic surroundings.

Cortina d’Ampezzo : One of the cities welcoming Olympics games

Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy
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Cortina d’Ampezzo is an Italian commune in the southern Dolomitic Alps. Located in the heart of the Dolomites, in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter resort known for its ski-slopes scenery, accommodations, shops and its après-ski scene. The Winter Olympics games scheduled in 1944 in Cortina d’Ampezzo were cancelled because of the Second World War. It then hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956 as well as various events such as the World Cup and motion pictures. A large part of the 1963 classic The Pink Panther, the forerunner of the series, was shot in Cortina. One of the memorable James Bond stunt sequences, in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, the gunners on spike-wheeled motorcycles chasing Roger Moore on skis, was filmed on its slopes, as were several scenes in the movie Cliffhanger. It is also known for its jet set and the European aristocracy crowd.

Tre Cime National Park : Dolomites, Tyrol…

Tre Cime Park - Italy

Tre Cime Park - Italy - © giorgiogalano -

The Natural Park of the Sexten Dolomites in Toblach, Sesto San Candido and in the Val Pusteria, South Tryol, has a new name. Henceforth, it will be known as the Natural Park of Tre Cime or Drei Zinnen in German, the second official language. In future, the natural park will bear the name of three iconic peaks whose world-famous north faces are the most striking element in the protected area. The Tre Cime are the most renowned mountains, as much in the Dolomites of South Tyrol and also as the UNESCO world heritage site newly established in the Dolomites.

Belluno : To be absolutely visited, a city in the majestic landscape 

Belluno - Italy

Belluno - Italy - © picture10 -

Belluno is a town in the majestic landscape to the region of Northern Italy. It is Valbelluna’s largest populated area and one of the 15 municipalities in the Belluno Dolomites National Park. The ancient city of Belluno rises above a cliff spur near the confluence of the Torrente Ardo and the Piave River. To the north lies the imposing Schiara range of the Dolomites, with the famous Gusela del Vescovà and the Mounts Serva and Talvena rising above the city. To the south, the foothills of the Alps separate Belluno from the Venetian plain. Further to the south is the Nevegal, in the Castionese area, famous for its skiing resorts. Belluno’s average annual temperature is 9 °C and the average annual rainfall is 137 cm.

Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park

The Dolomites - Italy

The Dolomites - Italy - © Francesco Scatena -

The Belluno Dolomites National Park was established in 1993 and has two thousand metre-high mountains between the capital, Belluno and Feltre. The park’s great variety of landscapes and wonderful nature are worth the visit. Deep valleys, plains, meadows, grass-covered peaks are similar to those in the neighbouring Dolomites. Monte Schiara is the highest peak in the almost uninhabited nature reserve with an altitude of 2 563 metres. The Belluno Dolomites National Park itself can only be crossed by car only via two roads namely the SS 203 and the SP 2. Driving on the forest roads is strictly prohibited. Hikers will find a real paradise here. Many hiking trails, including the Dolomite mountain trail No. 1, lead through the national park. 

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