One of the traditional Dolomite tours leads through three valleys: the Eggen Valley, the Fassa Valley and the Fiemme Valley – and thus also across the language border. But first we leave the Ritten towards Bolzano. The Rittner road is already the first challenge, the first kick on a route that has a lot more to offer.
When we reach the bottom of the valley, we don’t turn towards the city centre, but to the north and have to be careful: soon after leaving the city, the Via Val d’Ega (SS 241) leaves a roundabout to the east and flows immediately into a series of tunnels, with which the once most spectacular (but also most rocky) sections of the Via Val d’Ega are bypassed. You can catch a glimpse of it at the tunnel exits.
Through the Ega Valley we go to Birchabruck, where the road forks. The right turn at the fork for Lavazèjoch, we will save for another time and we turn left following the SS 241. At the Karersee you should definitely make a stop, because the lake and the Latemar reflected in it are among the most beautiful and most popular photographed scenes of the Dolomites.
We continue on to the Karer Pass and from there down into the Fassa Valley. In Vigo di Fassa we turn right and take the SS 48 to reach Fiemme Valley, which we follow until Castello di Fiemme. The SS 48 makes a right turn here and leads via San Lugano down into the Adige Valley, or more precisely into the South Tyrolean lowlands. For the way back we take the Brenner motorway (A 22) at Auer, which we follow until Bolzano. And from the state capital, another 1000 metres of altitude have to be climbed to Ritten.
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