Twice as fascinating
The gateway to the Dolomites
The UNESCO World Heritage Dolomite site begins right at the outskirts of Brixen. At the end of the Lüsen valley, directly at the foot of the Peitler Kofel or the Würzjoch, you can walk into a fascinating world of lonely limestone towers. From the Plose mountain, you can see across to the astonishing Dolomite mountains. By the way, the Eisach Valley Dolomites can be reached by public transport quite easily. UNESCO World Heritage
On June 26th 2009 the Dolomites have been inscribed in the World Heritage List because of their exceptional beauty and unique landscape and scientific importance from the geological and geomorphological point of view.
UNESCO has so far approved 689 cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed properties in 148 countries in the world. Dolomites "The nine components of The Dolomites World Heritage property protect a series of highly distinctive mountain landscape that are of exceptional natural beauty. Their dramatic vertical and pale coloured peaks in a variety of distinctive sculptural forms is extraordinary in a global context. This property also contains an internationally important combination of Earth science values. The quantity and concentration of highly varied limestone formations is extraordinary in a global context, ghilst the superbly exposes geology provides an insight into the recovery of marine life int he Triassic period, after the greatest extinction event recorded in the history of life on Earth. The sublime, monumental and colourful landscapes of the Dolomites have also long attracted hosts of travellers and a history of scientific and artistic interpretations of its values."
Declaration of outstandig universal value,
World Heritage Commitee
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