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The Adolf Munkel Weg is a point-to-point hiking trail that runs along the Odle/Geisler mountain group in Val di Funes. This hike is on the longer side (13 km) and since it is point-to-point, you will have to use public transportation or do some extra hiking to get back to the starting point.

We shortened the hike, turning it into a loop. The starting and ending point was from the same parking lot, we had awesome views of the Odle/Geisler mountains from Geisler Alm, plus we got to visit a few rifugios along the way.

Since we shortened the hike, we did not go to Brogles Alm, another mountain hut located farther up in the mountains. I bet the views are great from there. If you don’t mind a longer hike, later in this guide, I’ll let you know how to add on Brogles Alm.

The Adolf Munkel Weg

The Adolf Munkel Weg starts at the Zans parking lot in Val di Funes. Take trail #6 until you reach the bridge and then take the Adolf Munkel Trail, trail #35. Once you reach Brogles Alm, take trail #28 to Ranui and then complete the loop back to your car. This source lists the distance as 13 km and it will take four and a half hours.

The loop that we did is shorter, since it does not go all of the way to Brogles Alm. This loop is a good option for those who want to explore this area without doing a long hike. It’s a good idea to save some energy, because there is a nearby hike/walk through Val di Funes that is worth adding on after hiking the Adolf Munkel Trail.

Adolf Munkel Weg + Geisler Alm Hiking Stats

Distance: 9.2 km (5.7 miles) loop
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Total Ascent: 440 m (1,445 feet)
Lowest Elevation: 1,670 m (5,480 feet)
Highest Elevation: 2,055 m (6,740 feet)
Time: 2 to 3 hours + additional time at the rifugios
Our Time: 2 hours of hiking + 2 hours at the rifugios for a total of 4 hours
Starting Point: Zanser Alm in Val di Funes
Ending Point: Zanser Alm in Val di Funes
Toilets: At the trailhead and at the rifugios along the trail.
Best time of day: Morning or evening for lower crowds. Afternoon for better lighting to photograph the Odle/Geisler mountains.

Adolf Munkel Weg elevation profile

Adolf Munkel Weg to Geisler Alm elevation profile

 Adolf Munkel Weg Hiking Map

This trail map was generated from my Garmin Fenix watch. The red color is the highest elevation and the blue color is the lowest elevation. I labeled the different number trails. The gray line is an optional shortcut but taking trail #36 is the more scenic way to do this loop.


Adolf Munkel Weg Geisler Alm Map

This Google Earth map shows the location of the trail with respect to the Odle/Geisler group. You can also see how much of the trail is in the woods.


Please practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace: plan ahead, stay on the trail, pack out what you bring to the hiking trail, properly dispose of waste, leave areas as you found them, minimize campfire impacts, be considerate of other hikers, and do not approach or feed wildlife.


Parking for the Adolf Munkel Weg & Geisler Alm

The parking lot is located in Zanser Alm in Val di Funes/Villnoss Valley. On Google Maps, this parking lot has several names: Parkplatz Zanser Alm and Parcheggio Malga Zannes. There is a small fee to park here. It’s a large lot and there were still available spaces when we finished up the hike midday.

Here are driving times from nearby destinations:

  • Selva di Val Gardena: 48 km, 1 hour
  • Ortisei: 40 km, 55 minutes
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo: 85 km, 2 hours

How to Hike the Adolf Munkel Weg to Geisler Alm

Step-By-Step Trail Guide

On this loop, there are a LOT of trail junctions. We let you know where these are and which numbered trails to follow along the loop. The entire hike is well marked so as long as you know the numbered trails you need, you shouldn’t have any problems following this loop.

To hike the Adolf Munkel Weg + Geisler Alm loop, here are the trail numbers: Zanser Alm parking/trailhead → trail #6 → trail #35 → trail #36 → Malga Casnago/Gschnagenhardt → Geisler Alm/Rifugio delle Odle → trail #36 → Zanser Alm parking lot.

Trailhead to Adolf Munkel Weg

The trail starts at the Zanser Alm parking lot. Walk towards the restaurant near the parking lot entrance. The trailhead is located to the right of the restaurant.

From here, you will take trail #6 to Geisler Alm/Rifugio delle Odle. The trail starts off as a paved road and then changes to a gravel road.

Adolf Munkel Weg Trailhead

The trailhead

Almost right away you get your first good view of the mountains as you hike past the Zanser Alm hut.

Zanser Alm Adolf Munkel Weg Hike

Zanser Alm

For most of the hike along trail #6, you will be hiking uphill on the gravel road in the woods. There is not much of a view and this is the most uninteresting part of the hike.

Trail 6 Dolomites

Hiking the Adolf Munkel Weg

Trail #6 ends once it reaches the trail junction with the Adolf Munkel Weg, about 1.8 km (1.1 miles) into the hike. At this point, you will now follow trail #35, which is the Adolf Munkel Weg trail. From this point, it will take you one hour to hike to Geisler Alm and 2 hours to hike to Brogles Alm.

Cross the stone bridge and turn left to continue on trail #35, the Adolf Munkel Weg.

Bridge to Adolf Munkel Weg

Cross this stone bridge and then take the trail to the left.


Start of the Adolf Munkel Weg

The start of the Adolf Munkel Weg. Walk through the turnstile and take the trail to the right.

Now the hike gets a little more interesting. You are still in the trees, but you hike over twisted, gnarly tree routes, through dense clumps of evergreens, and occasionally have a view of the mountains.

The Adolf Munkel Weg follows along the Odle/Geisler mountain group. There are some ups and downs here, but the occasional views of the mountains and out over Val di Funes makes it worth the effort here.

A Walk in the Woods

Adolf Munkel Weg Trail

Adolf Munkel Weg View

A view of the Odle/Geisler group from the trail.


Adolf Munkel Weg

Adolf Munkel Weg

Trail #36 to Gschnagenhardt Alm (Malga Casnago)

At about 4 km (2.6 miles) you reach a fork in the trail. At this point, you have a choice to make. If you go left, you will take trails #35 and #36 to Gschnagenhardt Alm (Malga Casnago) and have the option to continue to Brogles Alm. If you go right, you will hike trail #36A which is a more direct route to Geisler Alm (but it only saves about 0.1 to 0.2 km).

We spoke to another hiker at this point and he recommended that we go left, on trail #36, since it is more scenic. So, we took his advice and I’m glad we did.

Adolf Munkel Weg Trail Sign

At this trail junction, stay to the left to take the more scenic route to Gschnagenhardt/Malga Casnago.

Trail #36 heads uphill and leads to nice viewpoint of the Odle/Geisler mountains.

Viewpoint Adolf Munkel Weg

A view of the Odle/Geisler group.

And then just 0.4 km later (0.25 miles) you will reach yet another trail junction. To do the loop as we did it, turn right to take trail #36 to Geisler Alm and Gschnagenhardt Alm. If you take the trail to the left, it is a one hour hike on trail #35 to get to Brogles Alm.

Last Hill Climb

Tim is hiking up the final climb of the day.

Once you climb the long series of staircases, most of your ascent is done for the hike. And the views are about to get very good. You enter a wide meadow. In front of you is the charming Gschnagenhardt Alm hut (also called Malga Casnago) and behind you are photogenic, jagged peaks of the Odle/Geisler mountain group.

Casnago Meadow

Geisler Alm Trail Sign

The view from Malga Casnago of the Odle/Geisler group and trail #36.

Gschnagenhardt Alm/Malga Casnago

The four of us loved it here. We got here at 10:30 am and hung out here for about an hour and a half. The kitchen opens at 11:30 am, so to pass the time, we took photos in the lounge chairs, enjoyed the view, and shared a few beers.

The food here is very good. Tim had fried eggs with bacon and sausage and Tyler, Kara, and I had gulasch with potatoes. Sitting at their outdoor terrace with the mountain views was the highlight of this hike for us.

If you still like the idea of adding on Brogles Alm, you can do that from here. Take trail #34 and it is a one-hour hike to Brogles Alm.

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Malga Casnago Gschnagenhardt

Malga Casnago Lunch

Malga Casnago Photo

Gschnagenhardt View


Malga Casnago

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Rifugio delle Odle – Geisler Alm

Geisler Alm is a downhill, 5-minute walk (0.2 km/0.1 mile) from the Gschnagenhardt hut. This mountain hut also has a restaurant, as well as a playground. On the hillside are various chairs and lounge chairs, which make interesting photo spots and a great place to sit back and enjoy the view.

Path to Geisler Alm

The trail between Malga Casnago and Geisler Alm


Geisler Alm Rifugio delle Odle

Geisler Alm/Rifugio delle Odle

 Geisler Alm Sculptures


Geisler Alm Dolomites

We liked Gschnagenhardt Alm (Malga Casnago) more than Geisler Alm, since Gschnagenhardt Alm was less crowded and it had unobstructed views of the mountains. However, we did not eat at Geisler Alm, so I cannot comment on the food.

Geisler Alm to Zanser Alm

To complete the loop, take trail #36 towards Zans/Zannes. It is just over an hour of walking from this point.

From Geisler Alm, it’s a downhill walk that can be steep at times. Once again, you are in the trees, so you don’t get much of a view. About halfway back to the parking lot you will pass the hut at Dusler Alm, so you could stop for food or drink here if you need it.

Trail through the Woods

Dusler Alm

Dusler Alm

Once back in the parking lot, you have completed the loop.

Variations of This Hike

Hiking Directly to Geisler Alm

If you hike directly from the parking lot to Geisler Alm and back, the hiking distance is 7.5 km (4.7miles) that will take approximately two and a half hours. Take trail #36 from the far end of the parking lot (the western end) to Geisler Alm. This skips the walk on the Adolf Munkel Weg.

Distance: 7.5 km (4.7 miles) out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Total Ascent: 400 m (1,310 feet)
Lowest Elevation: 1,670 m (5,480 feet)
Highest Elevation: 2,000 m (6,560 feet)
Time: 2.5 hours plus time at both rifugios

Adding on Brogles Alm

Brogles Alm can be added on after visiting Gschnagenhardt Alm (Casnago Alm) and Geisler Alm. It will be an hour walk to get to Brogles Alm from here. If you walk back to the parking lot via Geisler Alm (hiking out and back to Brogles hut), it will take about 2.5 hours to hike from Brogles hut to the Zanser Alm parking lot.

Geisler Alm Hike

The view from Geisler Alm

Our Thoughts on this Hike

Even though this is a very good hike, it was one of our least favorite hikes in the Dolomites. There are so many outstanding hikes in the Dolomites that this one falls near the bottom of our best hikes in the Dolomites list.

Yes, the views of the mountains from Geisler Alm are spectacular. But you will spend a lot of time in the woods to get here.

Most of the hike is on trails through a forest. It’s a lovely walk through the woods, but most likely you came to the Dolomites to see the mountains, and you only get that briefly on this trail. This hike lacks those big views for most of its distance.

It’s not until you reach Gschnagenhardt (Malga Casnago) and Geisler Alm that you get to see the panoramic views of the Geisler/Odle mountain group. And on the return hike, it is more hiking through the woods.

With that being said, we loved visiting both Gschnagenhardt and the Geisler Alm/Rifugio delle Odle huts. The food and the views from Gschnagenhardt were amazing and in the morning, this area was still relatively quiet.

And Geisler Alm, with its lounge chairs, playground, and restaurant, is a great place to spend an hour or two.

I’m glad we did this hike, but we had a total of 12 days in the Dolomites, spaced out over two separate trips. For those with limited time in the Dolomites, I think there are better hikes to do, such as Tre Cime di Lavaredo (one of the most popular hikes in the Dolomites), the Cinque Torri + Rifugio Nuvolau combo (relatively short and easy and there is never a boring moment on this hike), or the Puez-Odle Altopiano (a longer, more challenging hike with some incredible views of the Dolomites). For a longer list of hikes, read our article Best Hikes in the Dolomites.

If I did it again, I would either hike directly to Geisler Alm and Gschnagenhardt, to have lunch with a view. Or I would go farther, adding on Brogles Alm, for a different viewpoint of the Geisler mountain group.

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What to Bring on the Hike

Hiking shoes. I recommend wearing hiking shoes for this hike. The trail is rough and uneven in a lot of places and hiking shoes will give you added traction which will be very helpful on this hike.

Water. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water per person. You can refill you water bottle or hydration pack at the rifugios along the trail.

Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Most of the trail is shaded, but you will be exposed to the sun for an hour or two (or longer, depending on how much time you spend at the rifugios).

Cash or a credit card to purchase food at the rifugios.

If you are new to hiking or are curious about what you should bring on a hike, check out our Hiking Gear Guide. Find out what we carry in our day packs and what we wear on the trails.

Santa Maddalena Viewpoints

Before leaving Val di Funes, you have the option to add on the viewpoints of Santa Maddalena.

Church of St. John

There is a viewpoint of the Church of St. John that you can get to with a very short walk. In the town of Santa Magdalena (St. Maddalena), park in the small parking lot on Via Zanser (Via Geisler), GPS coordinates: 46°38’12.3″N 11°43’19.6″E. From here, walk 1 minute on San Giovanni (St. Johann) to the viewpoint. It is a small, elevated platform with a fence around it. Here’s the view.

Church of St John Val di Funes

Church of St. John

The Santa Maddalena Panorama Trail

For those who want to explore farther, you can walk the Santa Maddalena Panorama Trail, a 10 km/6 mile loop that has several stunning viewpoints of the area.

A lot of the walk is along paved roads. As a visitor, you are not permitted to drive the roads since they are only open to residents of the area.

You just spent a few hours hiking, so another long walk is probably not something you’re goint to be too excited about doing right now.

The good thing is that you can shorten the hike and walk directly to the viewpoint.

If you just want to get to the viewpoint in the photo below, it is a 1.5 km/0.9 mile walk one-way to the Santa Maddalena viewpoint. Park at the Parkplatz Naturparkhaus lot in town. There were plenty of parking spaces here midday in July when we were here. The entire walk will take about an hour. You also have the option to add on a visit to the Santa Maddalena church during the walk.

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Santa Maddalena viewpoint


Santa Maddalena Panorama Trail

Santa Maddalena Church

Cemetery at Santa Maddalena church

What We Did

In the morning, we hiked the Adolf Munkel Weg to Geisler Alm as outlined above.

Before leaving Val di Funes, we visited the viewpoints of Santa Maddalena and the Church of St. John.

In the afternoon, we spent about an hour in Seceda to see the famous Seceda viewpoint. We didn’t have much time or energy to do a big hike, which is fine, because you can get some great views from Seceda without doing much walking.

The combination of the Adolf Munkel Weg, the Val di Funes viewpoints, and the visit to Seceda makes for a beautiful (but busy) day in the Dolomites.

If you have any questions about hiking the Adolf Munkel Weg or hiking to Geisler Alm, or if you would like to share your experience, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to Italy

HIKES IN THE DOLOMITES: For more great hikes in the Dolomites, check out our hiking guides for Lago di Sorapis, the Croda da Lago Circuit, and the trail from Lagazuoi to Falzarego Pass, Piz Boè, and the Cadini di Misurina viewpoint.

DOLOMITES: We cover important things to know before you go and travel tips in our article How to Plan a Trip to the Dolomites. For ideas on what to do, read our article Best Things to Do in the Dolomites. Check out our Dolomites Hotel Guide for recommendations on where to stay. And for links to all of our articles, take a look at our Dolomites Travel Guide.

VERONA: Verona is a beautiful city in northern Italy. Learn how to spend one perfect day in Verona.

LAKE GARDA: Get started with our article Best Things to Do in Lake Garda. Learn how to plan your time with our Lake Garda Itinerary. We also have information about things to do in Sirmione and Riva del Garda.

VENICE: For Venice, read our 2 day Venice itinerary for the best way to spend 2 days in Venice. Learn about the best hotels in Venice for all budgets in our Venice Hotel Guide.

MILAN & LAKE COMO: Learn how to visit Milan on a day trip or while traveling between the Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice. Lake Como and Bellagio are two more beautiful places in Italy that are great day trip destinations.

ITALY ITINERARIES: If you are just beginning to plan your Italy itinerary, take a look at our 10 Days in Italy Itinerary for five different ways to spend 10 days in Italy. In our Northern Italy Itinerary, visit Venice, the Dolomites, Verona, Milan, and Lake Como.


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  1. Avatar for Tammy Barthel
    Tammy Barthel

    Hi! Do you think that a 60-year-old couple that is novice hikers could manage Adolf Munkel’s trail? I can walk around t-4 the neighbourhood (no elevation) 3 to 5 miles about 3 days a week. Do I need to step up my game for this hike? Haha. Thanks in advance.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Tammy. Yes, I think you can do this hike. Your mileage is good. If there is a place nearby where you can get in a few hilly walks that would be helpful. If you live someplace where it is flat everywhere but have access to a gym, you could walk on a treadmill at an incline or get on the Stairmaster a few times. Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Latha V
    Latha V

    HI Julie, i have quick question, my boys are not into hiking, so instead of “Adolf Munkel Wed to Geisler arm hike. So i found that there is Resciesa Funicular from Ortisei and from top follow 35 to Brogles then continue to Oldes mountains to Refugio Zannes.. Will that gives me same views that you posted in this hike trail at the Refugios?. Trying to avoid boring hike which has not much views until we reach refugio. But i want to know whether walking from 35 to will reach those chairs you got pics posted in this post. Same view as from Geisler arm.. any idea.. how long is the walk hike /miles and elevation to do it from Oriteisi Funnicular. Thanks for all your help. Can you please suggest if we can do these same views with out much hiking.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      I am not familiar with that cable car or hiking route. Looking on a map, it looks like a long walk to get from the funicular to Geisler Alm. The quickest way to hike to Geisler Alm is on the hiking trail we list in this post. The other hike looks nice, if you did the trails around the funicular, but it could be a very long hike to get out and back from the funicular to Geisler Alm. Cheers, Julie

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        Latha V

        Thanks Julie. Depending on boys energy and weather we will decide which one to choose. If we go Funicular , then we will do trails around the funicular instead of going to Geisler Alm.

  3. Avatar for Latha V
    Latha V

    Julie, I read about the St John church, love the view, is this further away from Val di funes.. if boys have energy and enthu we will visit this. Thanks for the details.

    1. Avatar for Latha V
      Latha V

      Julie, some people on “Alltrails” are saying we should go counter clockwise so we can see the views better? isthat correct? How do you recommed this hike clock wise or anti clockwise from parking lot?

      1. Avatar for Julie Post

        I recall the views being great the direction that we did this hike. We may have had to turn around occasionally, but it wasn’t often. Cheers, Julie

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    Latha V

    HI Julie,

    On our Day 3:
    we are planning to leave from Verona and drive directly to Val di funes, do this hike Adolf weg Geisler alm hike. Let us say if we start around 9am from Verona after break fast and go here by noon i hope? Do you recommend eating light lunch and start the hike or do you recommed going to Selva and check in the hotel and eat lunch go to Val di Funes at 2pm and spend until sunset ? Please suggest what do you recommed? If we stay sunset in last week of July then is it ok to drive to and eat dinner ordo u recommed eating dinner in one of Rifugeo? Is parking ok there ?


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Latha. Both plans will work fine, as far as I am aware. If it were me, I would go directly to Val di Funes, do the hike, and eat a late lunch at one of the rifugios along the trail. Then, in the late afternoon, check into my hotel. We really liked both of the rifugios along this hike so it is worth eating at one of them. Cheers, Julie

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  5. Avatar for Peter

    We are heading to the Dolomites next week, and of course, using the Earthtrekkers itinerary! THANK YOU.
    One question we have is on the Adolf Munkel Weg hike. Your final comments seem like if we have limited time there would be other better hikes to do. We are already doing Secada (plus the extended hike from the ridge), Puez Odle Altopiano, while in Val Gardena. So the question I have is would you recommend Alpe di Suisi over Adolf Munkel Weg, or another? Appreciate your insight.


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Peter. That’s a great question. Choosing between the Adolf Munkel Weg and Alpe di Siusi, I recommend Adolf Munkel Weg. We LOVED the early lunch at Malga Casnago with views of the peaks, plus the hike is fun. And you can add on the quick walk to the Church of St. John and do the walk to the Santa Maddalena viewpoint in Val di Funes. Plus, it is a shorter drive to get to this area than Alpe di Siusi. However, both are great, but my personal preference is for the Adolf Munkel Weg with lunch at Malga Casnago or Rifugio delle Odle. To walk to a mountain hut and dine with a view is an essential experience in the Dolomites and this is a great place to do it. Have a great time in the Dolomites! Cheers, Julie

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    Catherine B


    We very much appreciate your thorough guide to the Dolomites…so very helpful!!

    In September, we have only two days in Selva di Val Gardena. The first day we want to hike Puez-Odle Altopiano. On the second day, we would like to hike the Adolf Munkel Weg loop, visit Seceda and then drive to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Do you think that is too much for one day? Would we be better off sticking to your Day 7 agenda? (We will have an additional four days in Cortina. )

    Many thanks!!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      I think you could do all of that in a day. You would be done at Seceda at 5 pm and it is an hour and a half drive to Cortina, so you would get there at 6:30 pm. Just make sure you get to Ortisei in time to ride the cable car to and from Seceda before it ends for the day (double check the cable car times before you go). Have a great time in the Dolomites! Cheers, Julie

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