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The majestic Dolomites were only recently inducted into the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The Seiser Alm / Alpe di Siusi – Europe's largest high-altitude plateau – is situated in steep limestone reefs from which the Dolomites arose. In the Dolomites, hikers, mountain climbers, and also skiers have ample opportunity to enjoy the region's spectacular natural beauty. Well-maintained and marked hiking trails, secure climbing routes, and modern ski resort areas (Dolomiti Superski, with more than 1,200 km of slopes) make the Dolomites a popular holiday destination in both the summer and the winter.
The Dolomites - UNESCO World Natural Heritage
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Kastelruth/Castelrotto is situated at an altitude of 1,060 meters above sea-level, and transitions smoothly to the high-altitude plateau of the Schlern/Sciliar area. The entire village, including its historic center, is nestled like a crescent around the Kalvarienberg (Monte Calvario).
It was once (several centuries ago) the center of the Roman settlement of "Castellum Ruptum." The name is Latin for "ruptured castle" – the ruins still form the center of the popular Kalvarienberg fairgrounds (site of the famous "Oswald von Wolkenstein Ride"). A few years ago, it was determined that the Romans were not the first settlers in Kastelruth/Castelrotto, but rather were predated by the Celts. It is believed that this was due to the so-called "energies" which prevail here. The entire area is believed to emanate a certain form of energy. This may explain why sorcery and magic play such an important role in the region's mythology and legends.
The community of Kastelruth/Castelrotto includes 12 districts, including three (the Ladin districts) located in the neighboring Gröden/Gardena Valley. Our town gave its name to a very popular music group. With their folk music, the talented "Kastelruther Spatzen" have helped to spread the fame of our region, its natural beauty, and our local culture.
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