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Refuge Kugy

In the heart of the village of Valbruna

About this place

The Julius Kugy Alpine House hut is conveniently located in the center of Valbruna and offers the possibility of dining or stopping to sleep within walking distance of the services offered by the Val Saisera area. Thus, in addition to walks in the village, one can easily reach cross-country trails or slopes, take part in local events, or go to the nearby children’s snow park.

Why visit it


In the center of Valbruna

The location of the shelter is one of its strengths. The shelter is accessible to all because it is accessible by car and is located at a key point in the life of the town.


as in the family

Barbara and Valter welcome their guests with courtesy and friendliness, making them feel at home. The environment is warm and cozy, and the owner “pampers” customers with delicious eats.


Itineraries and activities

The mountain resort, also renowned for skiing, offers countless activities for mountain lovers and plenty of hiking trails.


Val Saisera is a beautiful mountain valley, surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps and guarded by the massifs of Jôf Fuart and Jôf di Montasio. The area is well known to backcountry skiers and snowshoers because it has special climatic characteristics, being very cold and with lots of precipitation. This ensures that there is no shortage of snow in this valley.



The Kugy’s cuisine offers homemade specialties presented in a gourmet guise. In fact, Friulian or Austrian dishes are revisited in a refined key and enriched with spices and gravies. The result is a refined and tasty cuisine. A must-try is the herb dumpling roll.


The Kugy shelter has 26 beds divided into double, twin, 4-bed and 6-bed rooms, or dormitories.


The lodge has an outdoor garden, where you can have lunch in warm weather; offers free WiFi; has a bicycle shelter.
The Kugy is part of the Girarifugi circuit.

Opening period

Since it is a shelter located in the village, the Kugy is open year-round except for short periods in spring and fall. Visitors have the opportunity to admire the Saisera Valley in fine weather and in winter with snow.

Activities and things to do

The Malborghetto-Valbruna locality is very rich in terms of nature, snow activities, and cultural and culinary events in the area. Here, only a few of the many experiences are reported:

  • Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, SnowPark, Saisera Wild Track, Advent Pur, village walks
  • Biking, nature walks or hikes, Great War theme park, Resonance Tree Trail, relaxation
  • Tarvisio ski resort and tour of the town: the resort has many cross-country and downhill ski trails; the town is delightful.
  • Mount Lussari cable car: Mount Lussari, with its stunning views of the Julian and Carnic Alps, can be easily reached by cable car or by taking the scenic Pilgrim’s Path.
  • Other refuges: trails to the Pellarini refuge and the Grego refuge start from Val Saisera.
  • Alpe Adria Ciclovia: Valbruna is a stopover place on the Salzburg to Grado Ciclovia.

Getting there and parking

The Kugy Shelter is located among the houses at the beginning of the village of Valbruna.

  • Shelter parking: located in the garden in front of the entrance. Usable only in summer.
  • Parking in the Village: free parking in the village is possible, but not easy. Places are few, often occupied and pitches very small.
  • Parking outside the village: a 15-minute walk from the village, you can leave your car in the large parking lot at the Snowpark, at a cost of 5 euros for 24 hours.


Yes. The shelter is small and it is very likely not to find a place.

Certainly. Valbruna and its surroundings have many family-friendly amenities such as the Resonance Tree Trail, Advent Pur, Kinderalm Snowpark, Animalborghetto, and others.

The beautiful town of Tarvisio, its countless amenities and beautiful natural environment are about 15 minutes away.

Contact Refuge Kugy

Through this section you can contact the shelter directly. Use it to inquire about services, rates, meal & overnight reservations, weather and trail status information, and trails. Remember that with this form you will contact the activity managers directly. Explorer FVG is only an intermediary and does not handle responses and is not responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.

Contact information:
Julius Kugy Alpine House Refuge
Via Emilio Comici, 11
33018 Malborghetto Valbruna (UD)

Manager: Perdan Barbara

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