Dolomites or Innsbruck/Hall area

I am leaving Venice on a Sunday morningthis summer and driving to Fussen to check in on a Tuesday. I have never been to Europe before. I am looking for suggestions whether to spend the 2 nights in Castelrotto/Alpe di Siusi area or move onto to Innsbruck/Hall, Austria area. We do like to hike/bike and see beautiful scenary. Of course one night in each is a possibility but I don't want to feel like I am just running from one resort area to another. Thanks for your help.
John

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9130 posts

If hiking is your goal, I would stay 2 or more nights at one of the ski resorts between Bolzano and Innsbruck. Perhaps Stubaital in Austria. The hiking would be more readily accessible, which is important because you don't have that much time. Innsbruck and Hall are not really in the mountains, but in a valley. I haven't visited Kastelruth, so I can't comment.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Alpe di Siusi is stunningly beautiful and offers excellent hiking, as well as biking. Stay up there, not in Castelrotto, and you will have a full day for the scenic hike up to Bolzano Hütte.

Posted by Paul
NYC area
1434 posts

Hi John, We love both area's, so it's a tough choice. I'd go with the Dolomites. I would suggest staying somewhere other than Castelrotto though. It is not "in" the Dolomites. I'd suggest the drive from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo and then west through the Alta Badia. Either spend the 2 nights here (Alta Badia) or in the next valley over, the Val Gardena, which is closer to the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm. The spectacular Gardena Pass separates the Alta Badia from the Val Gardena. http://http://www.worldisround.com/articles/355539/index.html http://www.worldisround.com/articles/324504/index.html http://www.worldisround.com/articles/351565/index.html We can recommend both the Ciasa Montanara in La Villa, Alta Badia and the Garni Ariston in St. Christina, Val Gardena. www.montanara.it www.garniariston.com Paul

Posted by John
Carlsbad, CA, USA
18 posts

Thanks Tom, Lola and Paul for your advice. I have seen Tom's advice on several other posts and appreciate your helpfulness. We booked a room at Ciasa Montarara and look forward to an active two days in a beautiful are. Thanks again.