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The Ritten

Diverse, unique, mysterious

The Ritten is a sunny high plateau north of Bozen in South Tyrol, known for its excellent hiking trails and beautiful views over the surrounding mountain ranges.

Our family-run 4-star Hotel Bemelmans-Post is located in the centre of Klobenstein, the main settlement in the Ritten district. It is nevertheless surrounded by nature and offers beautiful panoramic views of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ritten has an average altitude of 1,000 metres, with Klobenstein located at approximately 1,100 metres above sea level. The area enjoys many hours of sunshine and a unique natural environment. In spring, summer and autumn the Ritten is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, Nordic walking, mountain biking and cycling, horseback riding or swimming (for example in the Wolfsgruben Lake).

There is an extensive (more than 350 km) network of marked trails offering suitable walks for every level of fitness, whatever the weather. Many of these walks begin directly from the Hotel Bemelmans-Post.

A popular destination is the Rittner Horn, 2,260 metres in height. It is famed for its 360-degree mountain panorama: the Dolomites, the Brenta and Adamello group, the Ortler, the Ötztal Alps, the Sarntal Alps, the Zillertal and Stubai Alps – and on a clear day you can even see the Grossglockner.
In winter you can explore the Rittner Horn ski area, small yet offering a range of ski slopes, cross-country ski trails, a toboggan run and winter walks; or you can enjoy a hike or a snowshoe excursion, or go ice-skating on the ice rink at Klobenstein (one of the fastest open-air ice rinks in the world) or on the Wolfsgruben Lake.

Among the most famous landmarks on the Ritten are the earth pyramids, columns rising to 30 metres in height, each with a stone on top. This exceptional natural phenomenon on the Ritten plateau appears in several places: in Oberbozen, Unterinn and at the Finsterbachgraben between Lengmoos and Mittelberg. A walk to the latter from the Bemelmans-Post takes around half an hour.

Another highlight is the “Rittner Bahndl”, South Tyrol’s last narrow-gauge railway. It began running in 1907 to link Bozen and Klobenstein and today runs between Klobenstein, Oberbozen and Maria Himmelfahrt. In Oberbozen you can change onto the Ritten cable car that in just a few minutes takes passengers down to Bozen, the capital of South Tyrol.

Both railway and cable car run regularly from early morning until late at night, providing excellent connections from the Ritten to Bozen. The city is a well-known and popular tourist destination thanks to its special atmosphere, a unique blend of South Tyrolean tradition, Mediterranean influences and international inputs.

You can of course easily reach Bozen by car: the panoramic road from Klobenstein down to the valley is some 16 km long and arrives at the entrance to the city of Bozen.

Highlights on the Ritten