There are plenty of hiking options from Kastelruth, most of the trails nearby are well marked and generally have a very gradual elevation gain. Though there are more challenging trails as you get closer to Schlern itself, most of the trails and probably more towards the easy side of things. If you are hiking by yourself please let someone know...more
The town itself isn't very large. There are only about 6,400 people in the group of villages that come under the municipality. You will notice that there is a large number of of pensions, hotels etc. In Late summer the town hosts often good numbers of visitors from all parts of Germany, Austria and Italy. There were no neon lights, no busy streets....more
Market - every ThursdayCountry market - every Friday (except in winter)Corpus Domini (the catholic procession of Castelrotto, the most striking in the Alps) Holy procession St. Peter and Paul - Castelrotto patron saint celebration - late JuneGreat village fair - AugustHarvest festival procession - Octobermore
This is one of the nicest mountain huts I have been too. The food is great! Most of it really ''hut-made'' and traditional. The hut is on 2300 meters above sea level. And it is a nice hike to it and of course offers a lot of further hiking/climbing possibilities. So an over night stay might be recommended. It has a little play ground for kids. My...more
Though I was staying in Castelrotto, you will pass thru Bolzano to get there. I took a day and made the bus ride into Bolzano to look around. There's plenty to see here, it is a much bigger town. Lots of bicycles here, and a nice walk along the river with pretty views of Castle Mareccio surrounded by vineyards. The Archeological Museum has the...more
This cable car takes you to a good start for various hikes up on Seiser Alm. At the end of it is Williams-Hütte (www.williamshuette.it) . One way ticket was 8 Euro. We hiked from there up to the Plattkofelhütte (about one hour with baby) which is steep but nice. And from there all the way over to the bottom of the Rosszähne and down to Tirler and...more
Puflatschstreet 1, Castelrotto, 39040, Italy
Good for: Families
I had read only good things about this hotel and the town-neither were exaggeration. Reservations...more
St. Michael 3/2, Castelrotto, 39040, Italy
Good for: Families
Typical dishis of the South Tyrol tradition. Not expensive and a great balance between the cost and the right ammount of food.
Fantastik meta and chips!Also great onion soups!
Only bad thing?!you can't reserve your table...if you wan't you'll wait or you can go away.
The restaurant closes at 24.00.
The whole of the Alpi DI Suisi is connected by wonderful bus routes. AT the main bus station in Castelrotto, you will find schedules for all the towns that are on the routes, with great LED signs at the stops that count down in minutes how long until the bus arrives. You can travel all over this region for a reasonable price on modern comfortable...more
13 Reviews and Opinions
I live in the suburbs of a large city where the pace of life is always fast. Coming to Castelrotto was a lovely experience for me. Part of it was the typical small town thing- the pace of life is much slower, there is no hurry at all.One of the things we have in the city is a large degree of anonymity. Here everyone will notice you. The large...more
The main occupation in Kastelruth/Castelrotto has been agriculture and small farming. Here you will not see stoplights or traffic jams. It is quiet and pastoral. None of the farms are very large, there are just small operations. But don't think that people don't take it seriously. Walk close to some cattle and you will find a little fence, it...more
I highly recommend buying some kind of a map or a hiking book. The maps you get for free can be very confusing as the scales seem a bit weird sometimes. Sometimes it looks far apart but in reality its a five minute walk or vice versa.
There is a little newspaper agent with a good choice of maps/books in the centre of the village.
A short walk around the town's hill on a paved lane with outstanding views down to the surrounding countryside. 7 little chapels along the way. Start just from the right of the tourist info building (under the arch) then follow signs to Calvario. Only takes about 20 minutes, well worth it.
Just outside of Castelrotto there are 3 ski runs, I was there in late fall so the locals were looking forward to ski season and the lots of visitors that would bring.
There are 3 ski lifts capable of taking 2500 persons an hour. (wow!) locals told me that snow varied, some years were very heavy, but they can augment the natural snow for the ski slopes as needed. From what i read these are gentle slopes, they seemed to be working hard on cleaning everything up nicely and preparing for winter when i was there
Going up to Compatsch at 6135 feet at the entrance to the meadow. I took the bus up and spent the day hiking on the glorious paths. There are miles and miles of trails as well as restaurants, mountain hotels and chair lifts. The views are better from each turn you take. This is definately not a place you can put your camera away. The Seiseralm Bergbahn cable car back down from Compatsch to the town of Siusi/Seis was very breathtaking. It takes about 15 minutes or so and travels about 2.5 miles I believe.
Fondest memory: The sound of the cow bells on the cows grazing in the beautiful meadows with the dramatic Dolomite mountains for a backdrop! Not another sound to be heard.