The grasslands of the Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm), to the east of Bolzano, are Europe’s largest Alpine plateau, extending over sixty square kilometres above the rest of the valley bordered by Sciliar (Schlern), a flat-topped, sheer mountain which splits off at one end into two peaks. The lush summer pastures 2000m above sea level are superb for mountain biking and hiking, especially now that the area, protected by the Parco Naturale dello Sciliar, is closed to road traffic (except for guests of hotels on the Alpe) between 9am and 5pm.

If you are travelling by bus to Siusi (Seis) from Bolzano you can stash mountain bikes in the luggage compartment of the bus. The service passes through FIÈ AM SCILIAR (Völs am Schlern), famous for inventing the curative “hay bath”.

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