Dolomites Prealpes

At the southern gateway to the Dolomites World Heritage Site and the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, where the Via Claudia Augusta leads from the gentle rolling foothills of the Alps via the Valbelluna past the Grappa massif to the southern Alps with its proud Dolomite peaks, lies the region of "Dolomiti Prealpi". It is one of the most unspoilt areas along the southern Via Claudia Augusta, where it is possible to spend your holidays relating to the local population, participating in their life and traditional and daily activities. The region has a history of thousands of years, a lot of culture, tradition and a rich cuisine, which like the people are influenced by the mountains but also by Venice.

3 maps show what the region looked like at different times in history, and one map shows how and where you can experience the Via Claudia Augusta, the history and other special features of the region. "4 maps through the millennia" are available successively for all regions along the Via Claudia Augusta.


Übersichtskarte Teilabschnitt 34a

Holidays / excursions to the ...
gateway of the Dolomites

The picturesque Valbelluna valley, historic towns and rural villages, Lake Corlo in Arsie, the gentle foothills of the Alps and the mountains of the Dolomites and the Grappa massif invitano a scoprire il territorio, a conoscere la gente, ad ammirare il paesaggio, a muoversi nella natura, a praticare sport e fare avventure. The historical towns of Feltre and Mel, the surrounding villages in the mountains and valleys, castles, churches and numerous typical Venetian country villas tell 1000s of years of history. The area is particularly charming for its traditional festivals, such as the famous Palio of Feltre and the Handicraft Fair of Feltre, the Honey Festival of Limana Dop, the Apple Festival of Mel, the Lamon Bean Festival Dop IGP or the traditional festival "Fiera delle Anime" of Arsie. The area also boasts a particularly rich cuisine, centred on local specialities that are well cared for and protected, such as the Feltrino walnut, the Feltrino chestnut and marone, the Santa Bellunese pumpkin, corn Sponico, Piave cheese, the Prussian apple or the Dolomite honey. The Valbelluna is a wonderful place to cycle. Hikers will find the surrounding pre-Alps and mountains to their heart's content. In the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park you can experience nature in all its facets. From the Praderadego and the Grappa massif you can see as far as the lagoon of Venice on a clear day. Not only the peaks attract adventurers but also canyoning, rafting and various possibilities for mountain bikers in the "Dolomiti Prealpi" area.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, ...

Mountainbike Tour
Familie fährt Fahrrad im Sommer

... and some winter impressions

Walker im Schnee
Winter hiking in snowshoes.

Even in the winter time the varied landscape of the Dolomiti Prealpi region is full of charms. With or without snow, the area offers many opportunities to breathe fresh air and to gather impressions and pictures of the charming landscape, which in winter is again completely different from the warm season - the picturesque Valbelluna valley, the vast riverbed of the Piave, Lake Corlo in Arsie, the gentle foothills of the Alps and the proud mountains of the Grappa massif and last but not least the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. If this varied landscape is completely or partially covered in white, you will get completely new impressions. The region offers guided snowshoe hikes that open up areas and impressions that would otherwise be difficult to achieve. The well-known ski areas of the Dolomites are in the immediate vicinity and allow you to combine holidays in a beautiful natural and cultural region with days of skiing. Living with the local people, experiencing their traditions and enjoying with them all the specialities that the area has to offer makes a holiday stay special and unforgettable. The historical town of Feltre is also an attractive little shopping town, which is especially dressed up for its customers during the Christmas season. Depending on the amount of snow, you can also go skiing, ski mountaineering on the Monte Avena or go cross-country skiing in Pra`del Moro (Feltre).

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 11 Reuttener Becken, Ehrenberg

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Historische Karten mit Ausgabe in ISSUU
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 11 Reuttener Becken, Ehrenberg

Text of the historical map of ...
100 AD

Gateway to the Alps

The Roman road entered the Alps as if through a gateway. As the Lech often occupied the entire valley, it already had to overcome two elevations up to the Reutte valley basin – between Stiglberg and Kratzer and at the Kniepass. The route of the Roman road remained in use until 1784 and the modern road still crosses the Kniepass today. Before climbing to Ehrenberg, the Via Claudia Augusta passed through the municipality of Breitenwang, where a road station (mansio) and the fifirst small settlement in the valley basin are thought to have been located. Reutte developed at a later stage – on the salt road. Breitenwang still remains the district’s ecclesiastic centre today.


Reutte flourishes

With its extensive floodplains, the Lech also shaped the valley basin back in 1504 that depended significantly for its livelihood on the salt road between Hall in Tirol and the Lake Constance area. A bridge was built in 1464 between Lechaschau and Reutte that replaced the Lech ford near Höfen. With its salt depot and numerous roadside inns, Reutte grew into the centre of the Ausserfern district and in 1489 it was granted market rights by Sigesmund “the Rich”. Ehrenberg Castle throned above the valley. A wall blocked the gorge and all traffic had to pass through the customs station gate. There was an ironworks near Pflach. Vils, not yet part of Tyrol, was a town since 1327 and enclosed by a wall with two gates in the north and south.


strongly fortified

Numerous fortifications in the border area between Bavaria and Tyrol shaped the area around 1780. In addition to the dam at Ehrenberg that had grown around two further fortresses, there were several outer fortresses. The market town of Reutte at their feet already had around 1,000 inhabitants and several new roads were completed. The road from Reutte via Vils to Kempten now passed by the walled city to the south, while that from Füssen to Pinswang went around the Stiglberg. The Ulrichs-brücke bridge was not constructed until 1914. Shortly after the turn of the century, the existing Bavarian local railway was also extended to join the Ausserfern railway that initially went to Reutte. The river was largely unregulated even around Reutte.

This map shows the historical course of the Via Claudia Augusta in Roman times.

In this map we show you how to cycle the Via Claudia Augusta from the north and from the south of the region.

In this map we show you how to hike the Via Claudia Augusta from north and from south of the region.

In this map we show you how to reach the Via Claudia Augusta from the region to the north and south by car, camper, bus, ... 

For information on holidays in the region, please contact

Tourist info of the
Consorzio Turistico Dolomiti Prealpi
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 32032 Feltre
0039 329 27 29 005

An overview of the regions along the Via Claudia Augusta can be found in

0043 664 27 63 555

In this map, we show you the hosts of the region and the camping possibilities along the Via Claudia Augusta.

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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 34a Vor den Dolomiten
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Übersichtskarte rechts Teilabschnitt 35a Feltre Pedavena Cesiomaggiore Santa Giustina
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