Ortisei/St.Ulrich – the traditional village in Val Gardena/Gröden
Surrounded by the mountains of Val Gardena, the picturesque center of Ortisei (in German called "St. Ulrich") is the ideal place for strolling and sauntering. Arts and culture are at home here: many carving artists and wood carvers, famous in the valley and world-wide, work and live here. Also the pioneer of mountain films and actor Luis Trenker, the pop music icon Giorgio Moroder and the winter sport legends Isolde and Carolina Kostner all come from Ortisei.
Ortisei is the main village of Val Gardena, a 25km long tributary valley of the Val Isarco, and lies in the northwest of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. In Val Gardena there exist three languages. The place-name signs are kept in German, Italian and Ladin. However, most of the about 10,000 inhabitants of Val Gardena speak Ladin, the „third“ official language in South Tyrol, which has survived since Roman times as a neo-Latin dialect.
Ortisei is famous for its wood carving. This tradition is still very much alive and you can marvel at fantastic pieces of art in Val Gardena. Many people know the South Tyrolean valley with its local mountain, the Sassolungo, from the films of Luis Trenker, the legend of mountain films from the dolomites.