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One night in Bressanone or Somewhere else?

Hello,

I will be in Innsbruck in the coming May. I'm planning to make a trip to Lake Braise in Dolomite from Innsbruck on my first day. On the next day I want to visit Santa Maddalena village and then Ortisei for Alpe di Siusi and Seceda. I'm not sure where to spend one night to visit the Santa Maddalena village and then head to Ortisei. I found that, Bressanone is the closest place to get into the Santa Maddalena village. I found that there is a campsite called "Camping Löwenhof". Not sure where exactly it is located.

Could anyone please guide me how far this campsite is from Brixen Train/Bus station? Or is there any other campsite in Brixen? Or where should I stay at night to cover the village and then head to Ortisei? Please let me know.

Thank you

Posted by
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It looks that you will not have a car; it will be basically impossible to visit what you mention with just one night in the area. And even with a car, it would be a race!
I would skip Lake Braies, which is a bit too remote, as well as S. Magdalena which is mostly a viewpoint, and head straight to Ortisei.

Posted by
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

Yes, you're right. I will be travelling without any car. Actually, I'm planning3 days for Dolomite.

Day 1 will be Innsbruck to Lake Braise via Dobbiaco/Toblach and then head back to Bolzano/Brixen for the night stay

Day 2 - From Bolzano/Brixen to Santa Maddalena village and head back to direct Ortisei for a night stay

Day 3 Alpe di Siusi and Seceda and head back to Innsbruck

This is my 3 days itinerary. I'm not sure where exactly should I spend my first night.

Posted by
3628 posts

If you really want to visit Santa Maddalena, I would perhaps stay there the first night, then move to Ortisei the second night.
But I think you would do best to spend both nights in Ortisei, and focus on that area.
Lake Braies would definitely waste your limited time.

Posted by
7 posts

Thanks a lot.

I'm gonna discard the Lake Braise. I would rather head to Ortisei directly from Innsbruck. Better to do a few hours tour to Santa Maddalena village from Ortisei and spend rest of the time in Ortisei area including Selva Val Gardena. I hope that makes sense now.

I hope it sounds good now for a very short trip.

Thank you

Posted by
20849 posts

I'd agree with staying up in the mountains if you can, but in case you end up wanting/needing a night down in the valley: Bressanone/Brixen and Bolzano/Bozen both have lovely historic centers. Bolzano has more sights, including the impressive museum housing Otzi, the Iceman. At the time of my 2015 visit, lodgings in Bressanone often provided a free Brixen Card that covered most transportation in the area (buses and trains; maybe some of the lifts--not sure about that) and perhaps also some sights. Lodgings in Bolzano didn't seem to be doing that; there was a card, but you had to pay for it.

I was going to suggest that you use Google Maps to figure out how far your campground is from the station in Bressanone, but Google doesn't seem to recognize the name of the campground. The campground's website is cagey about the location, from which I gather it is not very close to the center of town. There's a reference to taking Bus 1 or Bus 2 to reach the campground, so it appears public transportation is available.

Posted by
836 posts

Santa Maddalena is hard to reach, even with a car. Besides, it really is just a view point. You would spend hours reaching there, snap a few photos, and leave.

Also, May could be a tricky time to visit the Dolomites, if you want to reach further up in the mountains. Many cable cars don't start operations till mid June.

Posted by
1740 posts

Yes, when we were in Ortisei in early June 2019, the Seceda lift was not going to start running until June 15.