"Up in the Mountains" Castelrotto by GentleSpirit

Castelrotto Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 47 photos

The town of Castelrotto/Kastelruth

I chose the town of Castelrotto/Kastelruth as my one off the beaten path stop on my first tour of Italy. Its magnificent scenery and country setting were a great antidote to the hurry of city life. While the rest of my time in Italy can best be described as constant motion, seeing museums and jam packed with action, my time in the Dolomites was restful, calming and just all around wonderful.

Castelrotto is located 28 km above the provincial capital of Bolzano/Bozen. I arrived on the bus from the station in Bolzano, which took maybe a half an hour. It leaves you at the parking lot, you do have to scale a pretty steep set of stairs to get to the hotel, which will be a most unpleasant task if you are schlepping too much luggage:)

The town

Castelrotto itself is small in population, though fairly extensive in area. It covers some 117km sq and incorporates a number of nearby villages. Unlike Bolzano, which no longer has a German-speaking majority, up here in the towns and villages of the Dolomites its entirely different. Upwards of 80% speak German as their mother tongue, and a still substantial number that speak a local dialect called Ladin.

The entire area above Bolzano is very popular, particularly with Germans. After all its not far to Bavaria or Austria from here. You would be well advised to learn at least a few words of German, I didn't hear much English spoken.

Beautiful outdoors

Located close to the Schlern Mountain, Castelrotto is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors. There are lots of hiking trails for all skill levels. In winter there are lots of opportunities for skiing and winter sports throughout the area. Remember that this area is home to many of Italy's winter athletes.

This has been a farming/agricultural area for a long time. When you start walking out of the town proper within minutes you will see cattle, with their traditional heavy bells clanking as they walk.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:wonderful small village up in the moutains, hiking, fresh air
  • Cons:car acess
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful, relaxing stay. Cant wait to go back
  • Intro Updated Oct 10, 2012
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  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Very cool part of Italy not usually shown,..

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Enjoyed your page Val. These small towns/ villages are the real Italy. We enjoyed a 2 night stay at Lake Brassiano during 2005 visit. Totally different to the tourist track coach tour take.

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      Mar 19, 2013 at 4:57 AM

      this area is fascinating. in the next valley over they speak ladin as a main language.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    What a wonderful and beautiful place you found Val! I would have expected Heidi to step onto one of the paths you took! Nice page, thanks for the tour!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Lovely page Val! Places like this are hard to leave!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    Now, if you ask me, this is the real Italy, with real, genuine people. The mountains are simply beautiful.

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    What a beautiful place! It does look very Austrian - that onion-domed church especially. I can understand why the Germans like to take their holiday there.


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