The Dolomites, heart of the Alps!
Discover the UNESCO Natural World Heritage of the Dolomites, a unique balance of green alpine pastures and majestic white-capped rocks.
The Dolomites are the crown of the Alps. This is where absolute opposites meet: rocky, grey mountain peaks pair with lush green alpine meadows. Since 2009 the Dolomites are part of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage, the world's highest recognition for a natural site.
The Dolomites are also known as “Pale Mountains” for their unique mountain formations and bright limestone rock. The Dolomite rock has first been studied by the French geologist Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801) and were then namd after him.
Declaration of outstanding universal value, World Heritage Committee Seville 26.06.2009:
«The nine components of the Dolomites World Heritage property protect a series of highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are exceptional natural beauty. Their dramatic vertical and pale coloured peaks in a variety of distinctive sculptural forms are extraordinary in a global context. This property also contains an internationally important combination of Earth science values. The quantity and concentration of highly varies limestone formations is extraordinary in a global context, whilst the superbly exposed geology provides an insight into the recovery of marine life in the Triassic period, after the greatest extinction event recorder in the history of life on Earth. The sublime, monumental and colourful landscapes of the Dolomites have also long attracted hosts of travellers and history of scientific and artistic interpretations of its values»