We go into hibernation! Look forward to welcome you from may 20th 2023
Welcome to the Fodara Vedla Refuge
EXPERIENCES AT 2.000 METERS
There are these moments in life when we search for an untouched and unspoiled place, far away from everyday life and stress. For us, this place is the enchanting mountain world of the Dolomites, where the mighty peaks, the lush green alpine pastures, and the rich fauna and flora fascinate hikers from all over the world. And with good reason, since the Dolomites are among the most beautiful mountains in South Tyrol and the world.
Explore the richness of the Dolomites, their magic and their rough beauty during a stay in our mountain refuge and enjoy the warm hospitality of our traditional family-runaccommodation.
Welcome to our home!
The History of the Fodara Vedla Refuge
The Fodara Vedla hut looks back on a long and eventful past. It all began during the First World War when the Austro-Hungarian army - which held a position in this area at that time - set up a troop camp on the Fodara plateau.
1923: After the war our great-grandfather Hans Mutschlechner, at that time master baker in San Vigilio di Marebbe, acquired the empty military barrack. One year later the hut became habitable and from then on the whole family spent the hot summer months in this beautiful place.
1935: When the Dolomites became a popular destination for tourists and hikers, the refuge was turned into a guesthouse with several rooms. In addition to the overnight service, hikers and mountaineers could also eat and drink here.
1947: After a few years break during the Second World War, the Fodara Vedla refuge flourished again. Since the sons had returned unharmed from the war, near the refuge it was built a small chapel in honour of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, as a sign of thanks. In the following years, thanks to our grandparents Ida and Albert with their 5 children, the Fodara Vedla refuge became more and more popular.
1980 - 1983: Arthur, Ida's and Albert's first son, and his beloved Frieda renewed the refuge by building 12 rooms with shower, hot water and electricity. At that time a real luxury at an altitude of 2.000 meters! While Frieda cooked with passion and pampered her guests with traditional South Tyrolean dishes, the lively Arthur took care of their well-being while carrying out all the work activities in the mountain hut. Together with their four daughters, the couple filled the Fodara Vedla refuge with warmth, joy and authenticity. A few years later, the 4-woman family got male support from David, Lorena's husband, who became the new chef and took care of the culinary well-being of the guests.
2014: In order to improve the working procedures inside the mountain hut, some small restructuring works were made and an underground power line was installed.
Together with their parents Frieda and Arthur, today Lorena and David run the Fodara Vedla refuge, grateful to be able to keep on expressing their hospitality and tradition in an innovative and creative way and happy that their children are still allowed to feel like children in this little, idyllic world corner.
When in contact with nature, humans express an intense joy of living...
...and mountain people are an excellent example for it.
When in contact with nature, humans express an intense joy of living...
Over the years many people have worked together to make the Fodara Vedla refuge what it is today: a warm place, full of joy and friendship, filled with a special feeling of freedom that only the mountain is able to give.
Here on top of the mountain, surrounded by pine trees and alpine meadows, the traditional hospitality has been preserved over the years. The surroundings full of history and the countless natural wonders create a unique and enchanting atmosphere, which invites you to enjoy exciting hiking tours.
In our comfortable wooden Stuben we will spoil you with traditional specialities from the local mountain cuisine. If you need to relax a little, you can enjoy the peacefulness of our comfortable rooms - all equipped with bathroom and some with balcony - and refuel new energy for your excursions in the Dolomites. In this unspoilt and soothing place, your holiday will become an experience you will never forget.
Mama & good soul of the house.
With kindness and care every morning Frieda cheers up the guests with a special good morning. She has always been our beacon in the storm.
Our homemade specialities
One of the most beautiful moments here on the top of the mountain is definitely the morning. When nature awakens and the first rays of sunshine bathe the alpine meadows in a soft light, we celebrate the new day with a delicious mountain breakfast.
A good, energizing "Haferlkaffee", homemade jam, fresh bread and a soft slice of cake from our local baker, fresh South Tyrolean milk, yoghurt, muesli, cold cuts, cheese and eggs. Every morning we serve our mountain breakfast from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m..
In the evening we don't have a fixed menu, but we offer our guests what South Tyrol's nature provides: with our own hunting and with fresh, regional and seasonal herbs and vegetables from Caterina and Pire's (David's parents) garden as well as with further natural products of the region we delight the palate of our guests.
Every evening from 7 p.m. we tickle your senses with a delicious and romantic dinner in the middle of the enchanting landscape of the Dolomites.
Of course, we accompany the hut delicacies with fine wines from our South Tyrolean wine assortment.
Our refuge is perfectly suited for bigger events, such as corporate dinners, company meetings or family celebrations. We will be happy to suggest you a suitable menu. Just contact us!
Getting married in the Dolomites, surrounded by a marvellous scenery? We make it possible! Our small chapel dedicated to Saint Antony is located only 50 meters away from our hut and offers a romantic setting for a unforgettable wedding at the Fodara Vedla refuge.
"A friendly 'Grüß Gott!' to all the people you meet for the first time, but who look so familiar. A warm 'Thank you' at every step, which leads you to new views and fills you with new joy - a collection of precious, enduring memories that you will take home with you." (Mutschlechner Arthur)
Nestled in the empire of eagles, ibexes, chamois and marmots, the Fodara Vedla refuge is an ideal destination for those who love hiking in nature,
mountain biking and enjoying exciting activities outdoors.
Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park
The Fanes-Senes-Braies nature park covers an area of 25.000 ha, from Alta Pusteria to Alta Badia.
Since 2009 it is a part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage, and with good reason. In fact, here you can find many unique and precious natural treasures: from water treasures such as the crystal-clear Braies Lake with its majestic Dolomites and the emerald green Lake Fosses to mountain treasures such as the majestic Senes Highlands and the impressive Fanes Group.
Our passion for stunning images...
Alpine joy - Balsam for the soul... Walk barefoot across the meadow and feel the fresh grass. Immerse your feet in the ice-cold stream. Close your eyes and listen to the chirping of birds, breathe in the fresh mountain air, smell the freshly picked meadow flowers, rest on the deckchair and enjoy the sun kissing your skin.
Seek refreshment in the rain - just dream and recharge your batteries where nature is still intact...
Sunrise on the Sas dla Para, our local mountain, followed by a delicious mountain breakfast – Golden sunset in a peaceful and quiet atmosphere.
Nights in the Dolomites – a fantastic starry sky and the spectacle of colours surrounding the mountains – from the sunset, with the first stars, to the deep night, with its brightly lit stars, until dawn, the first light of the day.
Sleeping in the Dolomites
The Fodara Vedla hut is suitable both - for an overnight stay in a mountain hut and for an extended holiday in the Dolomites.
Our lovingly furnished rooms with private shower/WC offer a soothing place for peace and relaxation. There is no TV, but the view on the mountains is so much better!
For backpackers, we also offer new modern multi-bed rooms with shower and toilet in the corridor (sleeping bag required).
The prices are intended per person and day and include a rich breakfast buffet as well as a delicious dinner with local specialities.
Furthermore, the following services are included: bed linen and towels in the room with shower, bike depot, personal hiking program to the most beautiful viewpoints in the surroundings, fresh mountain air and a breathtaking view over the legendary Dolomites. Jeep transfer on request.
Reduced prices for children who stay in their parents' room
Trip cancellation insurance Hotel Cancellation Plus
Occasionally, something can happen before the start of a trip. With our cancellation insurance you are financially protected. Secure yourself and take out this trip cancellation insurance Hotel Cancellation Plus right now.
from san Vigilio - from Cortina d´Ampezzo - From Lake Braies
From San Vigilio you can reach the Pederü hut by car or by bus. Travel time: approx. 20 minutes for 12 km. From the hut (1,545m a. s. l.) you reach the mountain hut by foot within about 1 hour and 15 minutes along the 3km long path number 7.
From Cortina d'Ampezzo you may use any means of transportation to the refuge Ra Stua (1700m a. s. l.). From there you walk for 5km along path number 9 and you will reach Fodara Vedla within 1.5 hours.
From Lake Braies in Val Pusteria (1,600m) you can reach the Fodara Vedla refuge within approximately 5 hours along path number 23 or at the High Dolomites Route number 1.
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