150 YEARS OF ALPINE HISTORY IN THE SESTO DOLOMITES
It was 150 years ago
, on 18 July 1869, early on Sunday morning, when three mountain climbers shook hands on the Punta Tre Scarperi
. The first ascent bar none and the starting signal for countless others. Just one month later the same party also conquered the Cima Grande
. This was the start of the great summit rush in the Sesto Dolomites: alpinists from all over the world came here seeking great adventures, opened up new climbing routes and ultimately gave the enterprising Sesto natives the idea of welcoming tourists to their village.
ALL YEAR Sexten/Sesto and its mountains – a great love story!
Sesto the village of the Three Peaks invites you on an exciting journey through its alpine history in 2019. Everywhere in the village there is something exciting to discover: testimonies of great conquests, mountaineers’ stories, routes you can touch, and much more. 04 JANUARY 2019 Opening of the anniversary year and of the Berg Film Festival
The makers of the Sesto Berg Film Festival
present real blockbusters, but also true classics, authentic short films and exciting documentaries all year round! 09 JUNE 2019 The Sesto Sundial
Grand opening of the “Mountain Time”
festival, early morning drink and snack with Sesto marching band and première of the “Bergsteigermarsch” mountaineer’s march by Klaus Tschurtschenthaler!
Mountain Time: The unique Sesto Mountain Sundial is probably one of the most striking skylines created by nature. The peaks – Nove (9), Dieci (10), Undici (11), Dodici (12) and Una (1) tower high above Sesto and together comprise the imposing craggy timepiece. You can tell the time from the location of the sun over the respective summits. 26 JUNE 2019 The walkable summit book The summit book is the written proof of heroic tales in the mountains.
Being the first person to conquer a summit, achieving the impossible. It must have been an intoxicating feeling of power and invincibility that tempted countless summit chasers to the Sesto Dolomites. Each spectacular first climb told of courage, great ambition, mental strength and technical ability. And perhaps a certain madness. Exactly these conquests have been documented in the books high up in the mountains since the late 19th century - Sesto now brings the summit books into the valley, stages them in a spectacular way and makes them visible for everyone to experience. On the opening, planned on 26 june, there will be present Sesto’s sister city Zermatt. 13 to 20 JULY 2019 Mountain week Sesto
Hiking in the Dolomites of Sesto on the tracks of great mountaineers. The mountain week inspires with a varied program of guided tours and hikes in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage, as well as various evening events. In cooperation with the Alpine School Sesto Three Peaks Alp and the Three Peaks Nature Park, themed lectures and guided mountain tours on magnificent panoramic trails are offered.
Two very special highlights should not be missed: the 3rd edition of Vertical Arena Sexten, on 20 July, and the PEAKnic with a view on 18 July.
18 JULY 2019 PEAKnic with a view
It was on 18 July 1869, early one Sunday morning, when three mountain climbers shook hands on the Punta dei Tre Scarperi. The first officially documented summit rendezvous between man and mountain in the Sesto Dolomites, and the starting signal for many more.
Exactly 150 years later, this remarkable milestone in Sesto’s history will be fittingly celebrated, with great live music and a gourmet picnic, in the “Stadile Winkl”, at the foot of the Punta dei Tre Scarperi. Be there, when the original route will be spectacularly illuminated. 20 JULY 2019 Sesto Vertical Arena III
4 alpinists from 3 different countries… Lecture evening followed by a podium discussion. On 20 june renowned mountaineers will present their passion. They will give an initial 20 minute-long keynote presentation of their current first ascents and projects. Subsequently these will be debated in a star-studded discussion. The lectures will be translated simultaneously. 21 AUGUST 2019 The Cima Grande
On 21.08.1869 the same rope team that overcame the Punta dei Tre Scarperi also conquered the Cima Grande, whereupon the climbers Grohmann, Innerkofler and Salcher became the very first to achieve this feat.
In their honour, a large mountain festival will be taking place around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the surrounding valleys. Special highlights include the time capsule installation at the A. Locatelli Hut and historic experiences in Val Fiscalina. In the evening there will be a film première of the documentary, “The Grosse Zinne” with Reinhold Messner in Dobbiaco ice stadium.
The historic Val Fiscalina – a journey back in time
Val Fiscalina in 1900: Starting point for rope teams searching for new routes in the mountains, meeting place for tourists and mountain guides, popular destination for day-trippers,… Let yourself be bewitched by the charm of days gone by, meet legends of alpine history and listen to their tales! 29 SEPTEMBER until 01 OCTOBER 2019 Dolomites UNESCO Forum & “Sextner Kamingespräche”
“10 Years of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site: What Now?”
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Dolomites’ inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites, EURAC Bolzano, IDM South Tyrol, the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation and Sesto tourist information association will be holding a two-day conference.
30 DECEMBER 2019 Silent fireworks and the conclusion of the anniversary year
An extraordinary New Year's Eve at Sesto. Also this year Sesto is going to celebrate the New Year in a totally unique way: in order to escape the hustle and bustle of the last day of the year, the celebrations will be brought forward. In addition to the traditional torchlight descent by the ski school Dolomites of Sesto, we surprise our guests with spectacular show effects and an incomparable high light: big but silent fireworks.
Three Peaks Dolomites is best discovered actively, through hikes and cycle tours. In winter the Three Peaks Country delights you with its panoramic ski pistes in the heart of the Dolomites and 200 km of perfectly prepared linked cross country ski tracks with guaranteed snow.
With the Gustav Mahler music weeks, the Alto Adige Festival, the Grand Hotel, the First World War open-air museum and many other museums the Three Peaks Dolomites offers plenty of culture.
The holiday villages of the region: Sesto (Sexten)
, San Candido (Innichen)
, Dobbiaco (Toblach)
, Villabassa (Niederdorf)
and Braies (Prags)