One night in the Dolomites

Old May 24th, 2017, 11:59 AM
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One night in the Dolomites

Hello! My fiance and I will be taking our honeymoon in Germany and Italy in September. Flying into Munich and spending a few days there. Then heading down through Italy via train/bus and eventually making our way to the Almafi Coast. We are looking for recommendations on where to spend one night in the Dolomites. We will be traveling via train and aren't interested in renting a car. Would love a quaint town and breathtaking views. Thanks in advance for your tips and recommendations!
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Old May 24th, 2017, 12:51 PM
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The most breathtaking views in the Dolomites are, for the most part, up in the mountain and not down in the valleys where the trains run. You might wonder what all the talk about the Dolomites is if your only views are from a train.

Two nice cities along the train line are Bressanone/Brixen and Bolzano/Bozen. I like the look and feel of Bressanone more, but Bolzano has the great archeology museum dedicated primarily to the Ice Man exhibit. There is also a cable car ride out of Bolzano that will give you some distant views of the mountains. There's a ski lift near Bressanone, but I think it's too far out of town without a car.

There is bus service from Bressanone and Bolzano to the smaller mountain towns, but if you only have one night it's not likely you'll find that the train and bus timetables work together in your favor and/or give you enough daylight hours to enjoy the views.

You'll note the bus timetables (lines 350, 351, 170) list both names for every town, the German name and the Italian name. This area was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire up until 100 years ago.

http://www.valgardena.it/en/val-gard.../bus-schedule/
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If you visit the castle in Trento you will have absolutely lovely mountain views on a clear day, although you cannot see the Dolomiti from there. Trento is a very charming town, and the central piazza & the castle are walkable from fthe train station.

http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Buonconsiglio_Castle
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OK, here's another idea, but do check the details to be sure it "works" for your travel day. This would give you a night in Cortina, nice scenery between Dobbiaco and Cortina and some great views of the spectacular mountains around Cortina.

Train from Munich to Dobbiaco (one change at Fortezza). If you left Munich at 7:30a, you'd arrive Dobbiaco at just after noon. There is a bus from Dobbiaco train station to Cortina at 2:10p (just enough time for lunch!), arriving Cortina at about 3:00p. The next day, take the ATVO bus to Mestre and continue by train to your next destination.

http://www.cortina-tourism.com/en/ho...d-ampezzo.html

http://www.sii.bz.it/

http://www.atvo.it/allegati/linee/li...2.20175898.pdf
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Some views from Cortina.

http://c8.alamy.com/comp/BP8YWW/view...aly-BP8YWW.jpg

https://twotonedtravelers.files.word...1/dsc_0633.jpg

https://bikealps.files.wordpress.com...pg?w=640&h=426
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Taking the above bus route you should get some glorious views of the Dolomiti range. However, I would be very concerned about motion sickness, both getting to Cortina, and then traveling onward to Venice. It you never suffer from car sickness or motion sickness, then no worries. But if you or your partner do, the mountain roads of the Dolomiti are generaly quite twisty. so you might want to track down more information. It's possible if you do a google search on the topic or ask on skiing forums that people who've taken this bus or other buses in the Dolomiti range can advise.
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I haven't driven the road from Dobbiaco to Cortina, but in looking at a map it's not a road with lots of sharp turns.

I have driven the road south from Cortina toward Belluno a couple of times. The first hour from Cortina has lots of turns, but it's fairly 'straight' driving the rest of the way south.

Neither of these roads are similar to those that traverse the mountain passes which are very twisty and full of hairpin turns. Those mountain roads are where you'd see the most dramatic scenery of the Dolomites.
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