Bizarre, massive, impressive…this is what the observer thinks of the Dolomites. The mountains were formed more than 200 million years ago and they are part of the UNESCO world heritage.

The Dolomites are referred to as the “monti pallidi”, pale mountains, because of the dolomite rock they consist of. They offer a natural spectacle: at sunset they shine like a reddish light. The mountains consist mainly of a whitish-grey sedimentary rock that clearly shows typical layers. In between you can see layers of fossilized coral reefs. This rock was named dolomite after the French geologist Déodat de Dolomieu who explored it.

The Sextener Dolomites are the north-easternmost part of the Dolomites and form the national park of the same name.

The most important mountain ranges in the Sexten Dolomites:
  • The Drei Zinnen (the Three Peaks of Lavaredo) are a striking massif in the Sexten Dolomites and the epitome of South Tyrol. They consist of the Große Zinne (high peak; 2,999 m), the Kleine Zinne (low peak; 2,857 m) and the Westliche Zinne (western peak; 2,973 m). The massif includes more, less striking mountains such as the Punta di Frida (2,792 m) and the Kleine Zinne, the so-called Preuss Riss (2,700 m).
  • The Haunold range - Rocca dei Baranci - reaches 2,966 m. Its jagged rocks are a symbol of Innichen and Toblach. The Haunold summit is exactly south of Innichen. That's why it was also called Zwölfer (twelve) in the past – it must, however, not be confused with the mountain of the Sexten sundial bearing the same name. On the Haunold summit you have a magnificent view of dozens of three-thousand-metre mountains and the Three Peaks of Lavaredo that are at a distance of only a few kilometres.
  • The Sexten mountain sundial is supposed to be the world's biggest clock. It consists of five mountain peaks, the Neuner (meaning nine), the Zehner (ten, also called Sextener Rotwand), the Elfer (eleven), the Zwölfer (twelve) and the Einser (one). They got their names from the position of the sun at the time it is exactly above the respective peak.
  • The Dreischusterspitze is the highest summit of the Sexten Dolomites with a height of 3,152 m. The mountain, nicknamed the cobbler, rises majestically between the valleys of Fischleintal and Innerfeldtal.
Visit the Sextener Dolomites in the hiker's paradise of South Tyrol! Book your room at the Helm Hotel in Innichen now! We look forward to meeting you and to showing you the beauty of the surrounding area!

The Helm Hotel is your hotel in Innichen – Pustertal!
You will have a relaxing holiday in the Dolomites... our hotel is the starting point for hikes and walks and in winter you can explore the many ski runs on the Helm ski resort! You will have comfortable rooms, enjoy delicious meals, a SPA area with a view of the Dolomites and personal treatment by the Patzleiner family!