Meransen affords a wonderful view onto the Dolomites of South Tyrol. From 2009, these have been part of a Unesco World Natural Heritage Site on account of their breathtaking beauty as well as the uniqueness of their landscape, geological and botanical features.

The unique Alpenglow

The “monti pallidi” – pale mountains – which the Dolomites are often named on account of the pale Dolomite rock, provide a real show at sunset: the famous Alpenglow, the “Enrosadira”. This is when the rocks change colour with the setting sun, acquiring increasingly intense shades through to a glowing red and violet.


The mountains

The highest mountain of the Dolomites is the Marmolata, at 3,342 m. Other well-known massifs include the Three Peaks in the Sexten Dolomiten, the Sella, the Rosengarten, the Schlern, the Geisler range and the Langkofel range.

Ladin culture

Deep in the valleys of the Dolomites, cut off from the outside world by three mountain passes, the Ladin tribe lives on to this day. The Ladin language is a mixture of Rhaeto-Romanic and Latin vulgate and is still actively spoken by around 18,000 people today. The Ladins inhabit the four valleys radiating from the Sella: Gröden, Fassa, Buchenstein and Gadertal.