The comfortable trail leads along the former Val Gardena Railway - called “Ferata de Gherdëina” - from Santa Cristina to Ortisei.
Image gallery: Walk on the Val Gardena Railway Trail
The Val Gardena Railway was constructed long time ago, when the region was part of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. In its 44 years in which it was operating, it strongly influenced the valley. The railway was running for 44 years, from 1916 to 1960, and was completed in record time. In fact, construction was started in September 1915, and in February 1916 the railway was officially inaugurated. 6,000 Russian soldiers who were prisoners during WWI did this great work.
Today, the Val Gardena Railway Trail is a nice path, which starts near Cisles Road in Santa Cristina and leads you to Ortisei after a 3.5 km walk. On this comfortable way with panoramic view, you will find several information boards with historical pictures, which explain the history of the Val Gardena Railway.
This path was created in order to not forget one of the most important chapters of Val Gardena’s history and to tell its fascinating railway story.
Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!
Starting point: Santa Cristina
Distance: 3.5 km
Walking time: approx. 1 hour (each direction)
Altitude difference: 100 m
Altitude level: between 1,428 and 1,236 m asl
Suitable for families? Yes, the path is also suitabile for prams.