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The Goiginger tunnel

During the First World War the Sasso di Stria was a stronghold of the Austro-Hungarian army from the very beginning of the mountain warfare. The Italian attack at the Sasso di Stria was one of the first military actions carried out in the Cadore and in the Ampezzo valley. 

In the course of the war, the Sasso di Stria was littered with caves and perforated by a tunnel: the Goiginger Tunnel, named after the Field Marshal Ludwig von Goiginger who ordered its construction. 

This tunnel can be visited with a short, not strenuous hike. With the appropriate equipment, it can be done also on rainy days. 

The tunnel crosses horizontally almost the whole east wall of the Sasso di Stria. The entrance is on the slope above the path at the foot of the Sasso di Stria. The entrance is a bit narrow, but then the tunnel can be visited in upright position to its full length, about 500 metres.

Some sections of the tunnel are pitch-dark and the darkness is occasionally interrupted by a series of identical windows opening onto the mountainside.

Inside the tunnel you can see the remains of a generator base and the supports of the electric line. 

Continuing from the tunnel exit towards the summit, you reach the saddle and the pre-summit of the Sasso di Stria, namely the Goiginger emplacement.
Here there are remnants of the Austrian barrage line with a trench system,  remains of buildings and huts, caves, warehouses and kitchens. 

Experienced hikers who want to cover a longer distance, can ascend the via ferrata Sottotenente Fusetti and admire one of the most beautiful views of the Dolomites from above. 

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

Departure point
Tre Sassi Fort

Arrival point
Falzarego pass, parking lot of the Lagazuoi cable car

Total duration
2 h

Total difference in altitude
↑ 200 m, ↓ 100 m

Altitude at starting point

Minimum altitude
2209

Return
Return downhill towards Falzarego pass along the path. 

Peak
Sasso di Stria

Orientation
east

Gear
helmet, a torch (ideally head torch)

Best time of year
spring, summer, fall