The Alpe Di Siusi – also known as Seiser Alm – is one of the most known mountain plateaus in the Dolomites, Europe. We listed how to get there and when to visit it.
About Alpe Di Siusi
The Alpe Di Siusi – also known as Seiser Alm – is an alpine meadowland located in the Dolomites, most known for its idyllic views of cabins spread over its green fields, with the peaks of the Langkofel mountain group in the background.
The area – which might be one of the most instagrammable places in the Dolomites – contains over 900 miles of hiking trails, and is a major tourist attraction most notably for skiing and hiking.
Visiting Alpe Di Siusi in 2021
Keep in mind; Alpe di Siusi is a protected natural area and is part of the Sciliar-Catinaccio Natural Park. As a result, there are certain restrictions in place to help preserve the natural beauty of the area. One of these restrictions is that cars are not allowed on the plateau from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM during the summer months (June to September).
During these hours, visitors can park their cars in designated parking areas at the base of the cable car and take the cable car up to the plateau. This helps to reduce traffic and pollution on the plateau and makes the area more pleasant for visitors.
How to reach Alpe Di Siusi
Reaching the perfect spot in Alpe Di Siusi can be challenging, which Dario’s own experience confirms: “I was already traveling through the Dolomites when I noticed the weather forecast and realized the next day would be perfect for these foggy conditions. This was when I decided to drive to the Seiser Alm Urthaler Hotel, and after a short night’s sleep, I started my hike to the Adler Lodge Alpe.
Fortunately, I had help from some locals who gave me instructions to find this mythical place. Otherwise, I would have been completely lost!
After hiking for about an hour, I arrived at this location around 5 AM, and honestly? I was surprised to see that there was already a group of photographers pointing their cameras at the landscape, waiting for the sun to rise.
I couldn’t find the exact spot I wanted, and I also struggled a bit to find a good angle, but when the sun finally started to rise, I realized I was witnessing the best weather conditions I’ve ever had in my life. However: this only lasted for 15 minutes, after which the weather became sunny but cloudy at the same time.
Back at the hotel, I realized I had missed my shot, but – because I loved the view so much – I decided to come back for another try. I kept an eye on the forecast and on the last day of my trip, I gave it another try. This time I was more prepared and managed to shoot this iconic shot.”
About the shot
Alpe di Siusi is known for its stunning views and natural beauty, and it is a popular destination for photography. The plateau is home to a variety of plant and animal species, and the surrounding mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for photos. There are also a number of hiking and mountain biking trails in the area, which offer the opportunity to explore the landscape and take in the views.
- Drone: DJI Mavic Air 2 (review)
- Camera body: Sony A7III (review)
- Sony 16 mm – 35mm
- Sony 50 mm
- Sony 100 mm – 400mm
- Shutter speed: 1/1.000
- Aperture: f/2.8
About Dario Viegas
Dario Viegas is a Portuguese-born photographer who graduated in Communication and multimedia design and is known to travel the world to increase and develop his skills and taste for art.