Hike from Villabassa to the Putzalm mountain hut

This easy hike leads us to the little mountain hut at 1,790 m asl., beneath the Braies Dolomites.

Starting point of our walking tour is the centre of Villabassa (1,150 m asl.). Here we follow the signpost no. 15 resp. the Alta Via of the Dolomites 3 towards south. A cart road proceeds through the meadows of the Val Pusteria valley until the forest, where the junction to the Putzalm hut can be found immediately after the bridge across the Graubach stream. We walk uphill, soon the asphalt road becomes a gravelled road and the path proceeds through the Grautal valley slowly uphill.

The itself easy route along the forest path, has some quite steep spots which make us sweat. After approximately 5 km we reach the meadows of the Putzalm alpine pasture. At the little Putzalm mountain hut traditional Tyrolean delicacies can be enjoyed.

Instead of choosing the same route for our way back, we follow the signpost no. 15 until the Buchsenriedl saddle (1,810 m asl.) and descend from there Braies Vecchia. By bus we come back to Villabassa again.

Author: AT

If you want to do this walking tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Villabassa (village centre)
Route: Villabassa - Alta Via of the Dolomites 3 - Grautal valley - Putzalm mountain hut - Buchsenriedl saddle - Braies Vecchia
Markers: 15, AV 3
Distance: approx. 7.5 km
Walking time: approx. 2 hours (to the Putzalm hut), 3 hours (to Braies Vecchia)
Altitude difference: 670 m (ascent), 460 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 1,150 and 1,810 m asl
Experienced in: August 2017
Further information: Villabassa tourist board, phone: +39 0474 745136

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