The Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature parks in Val Badia
Territories of sublime beauty and a World Natural Heritage site
Val Badia has the honour of hosting 2 of the 9 Dolomite sites which were declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 2009. On the eastern face there's the park which according to the famous Ladin legends was home to the Kingdom of Fanes and the warrior Dolasilla. The Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature parks extends over an area of 25.260 hectares and is therefore the largest nature park in South Tyrol. Inside it has got some of the most beautiful natural jewels in the Dolomites such as the Fanes Alm with Lè Vërt, the Sennes and Fodara huts, the characteristic slabs of Sas dla Porta with a magnificent view of Lago di Braies lake, the climbs along Val di Fanes and the imposing peaks such as Sas dla Crusc and Conturines.
On the eastern side of Val Badia then, there's the Puez-Geisler nature park, which in comparison to the Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature park is more dark and rugged with its prevalence of rocks and running streams which together only add to the extraordinary geological value which makes this area particularly fascinating. Sasso Putia, Sassongher, Cima Puez peak, valle di Antersasc valley and the famous Geisler are just some of the spectacles that you can see in this protected area.
Both parks are easily reachable from San Vigilio di Marebbe. You can access the Fanes-Sennes-Prags nature park from Lè dla Crëda or from Pederü, also reachable by bus. And the Puez-Geisler park is about 20 km away from the village.