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Hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo: Circumnavigating the Three Peaks in the Dolomites

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are one of the most iconic and striking rock formations in the Dolomites, located in the South Tyrol region. These impressive peaks attract numerous hikers seeking to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites up close. A hike to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is an unforgettable experience that delights both beginners and experienced hikers alike.

Drohnenperspektive der Drei Zinnen in den Dolomiten

The Dolomites are a paradise for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. The trails in the region offer countless opportunities to explore the spectacular landscape. A tour to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is an absolute must for anyone who wants to fully enjoy the beauty of the Dolomites.

We'll show you the best way to get to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, where you can enjoy the best views, and where you can relax and refuel after your hike!


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1. Getting There and Parking: Your Gateway to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Adventure!

Heading to the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo? Buckle up for an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking Dolomite landscape! Here's your ultimate guide to arrival and parking:

Route Options

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo is easily accessible from various locations. A popular route leads through Toblach. From there, take the SS51 towards Cortina d'Ampezzo. After about 30 kilometers, you'll reach Fischleintal, the starting point for hikes to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Another option is driving from Innichen through the Höhlensteintal, offering spectacular views and perfect for nature enthusiasts.

Parking Facilities

For visitors arriving by car, parking is available at Fischleintal. There's a paid parking lot, well signposted for your convenience. Arriving early is advisable to secure a spot as spaces are limited. Alternatively, hop on the free shuttle bus that regularly runs between Toblach and Fischleintal.

You can also drive directly to the parking lot at the Auronzo Hut:

Please note: The access road is a toll road, costing €30 for cars and €45 for motorhomes. Remember that toll payment can be made either in cash or by debit card. After paying, you can park your car for free in the public parking lot in front of the Auronzo Hut and start your hike from there.

Frau neben VW Bus auf Parkplatz Auronzo Hütte Dolomiten

2. The Circular Hike around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo: A Journey Through Dolomite Majesty

Embark on an unparalleled adventure with a circular hike around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, captivating hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. The majestic Dolomites provide a breathtaking backdrop for this unique tour, offering not only grand vistas but also an immersive experience of the diverse alpine landscape.

Route Description: Circular Hike Around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Starting from the large parking lot at Rifugio Auronzo (Auronzo Hut), a flat path leads beneath the south walls of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, passing by the Cappella degli Alpini, to Rifugio Lavaredo (2,344 m).

Here, you'll enjoy views across the Ansiei Valley to the solitary Marmarole Group, while the peaks of the Cadini di Misurina Group stand proudly in the south.

Continuing on to Paternsattel (2,454 m), you'll be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

The path then descends slightly before ascending again towards the Drei-Zinnen-Hütte (Three Peaks Hut) at 2,405 meters, offering views of the west wall of Paternkofel (2,744 m). Near the refuge, you'll spot the daring rock sculpture known as the "Frankfurter Würstl." As you reach Toblinger Riedl, you'll catch a glimpse of the famous "Sextner Sonnenuhr" (Sexten Sundial) peaks: Rotwand, Elfer, Zwölfer, and Einser.

The trail winds down to Rienzboden, then passes in front of the north walls of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, crossing the Lange Alm.

Passing by the ponds near Col Forcellina (2,232 m), you'll ascend to a grassy ridge, offering one last magnificent view of the stone monument. From there, head over to Col de Mezo (2,324 m), with views of Cadini, Sorapìs, and Cristallo, before returning to Rifugio Auronzo.

3. Refueling at the Drei Zinnen Hut: A Culinary Delight

After a rewarding hike, it's time to replenish your energy with a well-deserved meal. Nestled at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the Drei Zinnen Hut offers not only a stunning view of the Dolomites' iconic landmark but also a taste of South Tyrolean cuisine.

Drei Zinnen Hütte im Hintergrund Drei Zinnen Gebirge

4. A Hiker's Haven: Overnight Stays near the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Planning a hiking getaway to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo? Here are some lodging options in the area to make your stay unforgettable:

  • Dreizinnenhütte (Tre Cime Hut): Located in close proximity to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the Dreizinnenhütte not only offers breathtaking views but also accommodation options. This hut is a popular base for climbers and hikers alike. It's advisable to book in advance as the hut can get quite busy.

  • Rifugio Auronzo: Situated right at the parking lot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the Auronzo Hut offers some overnight accommodations.

  • Lavaredo-Hütte (Lavaredo Hut): Located along the route to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the Lavaredo-Hütte provides hikers with comfortable lodging amidst the stunning mountain scenery. The hut features simple rooms and dining facilities.

  • Zsigmondy-Comici-Hütte: Situated between the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Paternsattel, this hut offers not only accommodations but also a cozy atmosphere and refreshments for weary hikers.

  • Berghotel Sexten: Offering comfortable lodging with a view of the beautiful muntain landscape, the Berghotel Sexten is equipped with modern amenities, making it a great choice for visitors seeking a bit more comfort.

  • Inns and Guesthouses in Toblach and Surroundings: In the surrounding villages like Toblach, there are numerous hotels, inns, and guesthouses offering a wide range of lodging options. These options are particularly suitable for visitors looking for a variety of accommodations in different price ranges.

  • Campsites: For nature enthusiasts who love adventure, there are also campsites in the region.

We recommend booking accommodations in advance, especially during the peak season or on weekends, as demand can be high. By booking early, you can ensure that you secure the accommodation of your choice.


Looking for More Destinations in the Dolomite Region? If you're eager to explore further in the Dolomites, why not check out these articles for inspiration:

These guides will provide you with valuable insights and recommendations to help you plan your next adventure in this breathtaking region!


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