Bella Vista Mountain Refuge
Historical Refuge in the Senales Valley Glacial Area
Bella Vista Mountain Refuge (2,845 meters) is located at the end of Senales Valley and is surrounded by the ice of the Hochjochferner Glacier. Back in 1869, a mountain refuge came into being here in order to allow for crossing back and forth between the Venter and Senales valleys, even in bad weather conditions.
By 1890 there was a managed refuge here. It has been expanded and developed continuously since then – the only exception being closures during the two world wars. Construction of ski lifts on the Senales Valley glacier in the 1970s also placed the hut in the immediate vicinity of the ski area. Paul Grüner, owner of the Golden Rose Hotel, acquired the mountain refuge in 1999. After an extensive renovation in 2006, the Bella Vista (lit: “Beautiful View”) offers not only the charm of an authentic Alpine lodge and a great deal of comfort, but also some truly special features such as an igloo and the highest-elevation outdoor sauna in Europe.
The Bella Vista is a very special mountain refuge with many faces. The sun terrace affords stunning views of the glacier, making it quite popular amongst day hikers. It is also a way station along the E5 European long distance path. In addition, the refuge is a cozy lodging option for a ski holiday at the nearby glacier and an excellent base for wonderful hikes in summer and winter alike. Everyone is welcome here.
Opening times hut
The hut is open from 14/11/2014 for you!
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The name Bella Vista, which translates to “Beautiful View” in English, is no fluke. Located in the middle of the glacial area, the mountain refuge offers a breathtaking panorama of the Alps and relaxation for both mind and soul."
Paul Grüner, Bella Vista proprietor