Fanes Hut: a dream place in the Dolomites
Fanes Hut is located on the Dolomites above the town of San Vigilio di Marebbe. The hut was built in 1928 and it has a long history and tradition. Today, the hut welcomes alpinists and tourists in a modern and comfortable accommodation. By staying in our hut, you can feel an atmosphere in close contact with nature. Fanes Alps and the Dolomites surround our beautiful hut and awaits you for amazing views, walks and other activities.
Fanes Hut is open in summer and winter from the start of June to the middle of October and from 26 of December to the middle of April. We have approx. 70 beds. For our guests, a shuttle service by jeep in summer time and by snowcat in winter time is at disposal. Children can spend joyful moments at our playground and meet new little friends.
Activities organized at the Fanes Hut:
- lunches and dinners: upon prior booking, dinner with moonlight descent;
- wedding banquets: possibility of overnight stay and transport;
- conferences and meetings: the hut offers an interesting and authentic atmosphere for your business meetings. Upon request we can organize some equipment for your meeting.
If you think that our hut could be the right place for your activities contact us and together we will define the feasibility.
The history of the Fanes Hut is exemplary for the development of tourism in this area. Even before World War I, S. Vigilio di Marebbe had guesthouses and people visited the village. One could however not speak of tourism at the time. Due to the construction of roads during the World War I, the first cars could access the area and the flow of foreigners visiting our region increased rapidly.
During the 20ies, the village became more and more of a place to visit and the number of accommodations grew simultaneously. One of the biggest and most renowned hotels was, and still is, the Hotel Posta from the Mutschlechner family. During the same period skiing became more and more popular, and since there was a lack of ascent trajectories, skiers had to walk up the mountains in order to enjoy a great downhill run. The equipment of the time, which consisted of heavy hickory or ash wood, and the unsuitable boots and clothes made it very difficult to reach the point of departure. It became evident that appropriate break bases in the mountains would be greatly appreciated by skiers. With the construction of the Fanes Hut in 1928, the brothers Fritz, Rudi and Alfred Mutschlechner were pioneers who managed to close this gap in the market. From the very beginning the hut served as a branch of the Hotel Posta. Soon, however, it became popular amongst mountaineers and alpine skiers.
Alfred Mutschlechner ran the hut on his own until 1978, when he handed it over to his son Max - today's owner.During his 50 years at the hut, Alfred gave it his very own stamp. In 1938 the building became too small and the owner decided to add a spacious dining room with two upper floors, as well as the large sun terrace. At the time, in summer the hut was supplied by "La Mora", a horse and its sleigh. After World War II, Alfred, who was a passionate driver (he received his driving licence in 1929 during his military service in the Italian army), purchased a jeep from the American troops. This of course made it much easier to fill the hut's supply base.
As Alfred was always open to innovations, he was one of the first to equip the hut with an electric power supply driven by water. In order to be able to open the hut also in winter time, he purchased a combined wheel-chain vehicle from the German army, which was replaced by a snow cat at the beginning of the 60ies.
Alfred Mutschlechner was also a pioneer with regard to looking after his guests. Not only did he provide cosiness in the hut, he was also concerned about the safety of alpinists.
Together with others he transformed a small hut from World War I into the "Capanna Monte Castello", which was destroyed by arson in 1962 and was replaced by the "Bivacco della Pace" (Bivouac of Freedom) in 1974. A real curiosity was the bathing hut at 2.153 metres above sea level, a small hut at the shores of Limo Lake, where people were able to enjoy themselves with small boats.
The realization of the Fanes - Senes - Braies Natural Park finally brought many innovations, which did not facilitate the operation of the hut. The young owner of the hut however, accepted the signs of innovation and adapted every solution possible with respect to the protection of nature. He was the very first to use a vehicle with a catalytic converter for supplying his hut. Today, the motorized sleigh, the snowcat and the jeep are Euro class 4.
Wherever possible, necessary modifications to the hut are implemented with biological materials. A low-emission system is used for the heating and since 1996 - the year of the renovation, the hut meets the current safety requirements, it is equipped with a solar system and with all modern comforts.
Currently Fanes Hut can be considered as one of the best equipped and most efficient huts in the entire alpine chain.