The Dolomites……a UNESCO World Heritage Area
With Bressanone as your starting point, discover the Dolomites
The Dolomites… a UNESCO World Heritage Area
In the summer of 2009 the Dolomites were declared a World Heritage Area by the UNESCO. This protected area of about 135,000 hectares contains a remarkable concentration of spectacular mountain ranges. Nine of these Dolomite ranges lie within the Heritage Area, six of them are in South Tyrol: the nature reserve Sextner Dolomiten
, Fanes-Sennes-Prags, Puez-Geisler and Schlern-Rosengarten with Latemar and Bletternbach Gorge
The evolutionary history of the Dolomites is quite unique in the Alps: 250 years ago they were formed as an enormous coral reef
in the Tethys Sea. Today the jagged towers of rock of the so-called “Pale Mountains
”stand in contrast to deep valleys and gentle hills.