Drive to the car park in Brückele/Ponticello (25 km, 1,500 m altitude). Important: Access by private car on the Prato Piazza/Plätzwiese (1,950 m) is only allowed until 09:30 a.m.; the parking fee is ca. 8.00 euro. After 9:30 you can reach the Prato Piazza/Plätzwiese exclusively by public bus from Brückele/Ponticello.
From the Prato Piazza/Plätzwiese mountain inn, follow the trail no. 37 to the Dürrenstein hut at 2,040 m (refreshment available). From there continue on the forest path no. 34 up to Monte Strudel/Strudelkopf saddle, and then to the summit at 2,307 m. The ascent will win your heart with spectacular views to the Braies/Pragser Dolomites, and once you reach the summit you will be rewarded by the jaw-dropping mountains lying literally at your feet. The return trip follows the same route backwards.
- Easy summit climb
- Total hiking time: ca. 3.5 hours
- Ascent: 310 m
Alternative: For a more demanding high-mountain tour, start from the Prato Piazza/Plätzwiese and climb to the Picco di Vallandro/Dürrenstein at 2,806 m; it takes about 4.5 hours to overcome the ca. 800 m ascent.