The Dolomites – on Unesco’s World Heritage list

Since Friday, June 26th 2009, the Dolomites have become part of the renowned World Heritage List. The decision was taken during UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s yearly session in Seville, Spain.
The incomparable beauty of the Dolomites convinced UNESCO, as it also did the great poet Goethe, extreme climber Reinhold Messner and famous architect Le Corbusier. Pinnacles, ridges and rock walls glow deeply red in the evening sun, and change from orange to violet until the dark of night has set upon the mountains. The unique composition of the Dolomite rock allows this socalled “enrosadira” or “Alpenglow”, a sheer wonder of nature.

“The Dolomites have achieved the highest worldwide distinction for a natural site“, commented ex-Regional President Luis Durnwalder.

The World Heritage request for the Dolomites covers areas in 5 provinces. In South Tyrol, they comprise the “Bletterbach”, the Natural Parks Fanes-Sennes-Prags, Trudner Horn, Puez-Geisler, Schlern-Rosengarten, Latemar, and the Dolomites of Sesto with the Three Peaks. Most of these areas are very spectacular with their vertical walls, cliffs, extreme differences in altitude, significant geomorphology, large high-altitude areas and pastureland.

Until now, only the Aeolian Islands have received this distinction in Italy.


The Dolomites – the most beautiful mountain landscape in the world