Suedtirol.voyage offers a perfect overview on the many opportunities which are offered in South Tyrol. The platform portrays the most important areas of the region and thus allows a general inside into the various activities and cultural offers of each area. The Dolomites, Plan the Corones and Val Pusteria, Alta Badia, Val Gardena, L’Alpe di Siusi, Valle Isarco and Bressanone, Merano and environs, Bolzano and environs as well as Val Venosta form the starting points of our discovery journey through South Tyrol.
A variety of activities can be practiced in the region. Our platform however tries to focus on the most important ones. Hiking and climbing, mountain biking and cycling, paragliding, rafting, golf and horse back riding in summer, as well as skiing, cross-country skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing and snowboarding in winter. In addition suedtirol.voyage also shows the most beautiful cities and villages of the region as well as the best activities for families, couples and singles.
"Enrosadira" is what the Ladins call the fantastic „alpenglow“ when the sun sends its last rays of daylight towards the earth . The Dolomites shine then in a mystical, reddish glow. Yet these beautiful mountains were called and are still called the "pale mountains".
Dwarves once spun the Dolomites with threads of moonlight to bind a moon princess on earth to her prince. The legends of the past about Dolasilla , Laurin and the Schlern witches are attempts of the Ladin people to put the incredible beauty of these mountains and landscapes into words. The name of the Dolomites derives from the prevailing rock, the dolomite, which on the other hand was given his name in honour of the French geologist Déodat de Dolomieu.
More than 200 million years old, born in the era oft he dinosaurs, the Dolomites outgrew the primordial ocean. Where once some fish romped between corals, today the „most beautiful mountains of the world“ (extreme mountaineer Reinold Messner), respectively the „worlds most beautiful building“ (star architect Le Corbusier) can be found. The most famous ones are the Marmolada (3,343 m), the Geisler group with the Furchetta and the Sais Rigais (3,205 m), the Sassolungo (3,181 m), the Sella group with the Piz Boè (3,151 m), the Rosengarten with the Kesselkogel (3,004 m), the Three Peaks with the Grand Peak (2,999 m) and the Schlern (2,563 m). Since 2009 the Dolomites have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Dolomites are very extensive and include the northern, southern and eastern Dolomites. On suedtirol.voyage the Dolomite region has been divided into the following sections: Northern Dolomites (including the Sesto Dolomites), Alta Badia, Val Gardena and the Alpe di Siusi region.
The region includes the territories of the Eastern Val Pusteria from Niederdorf to Kreuzbergpass or Winnebach as well as the surrounding valleys. At Dobbiaco, the Landro Valley leads along the Rienz river into the Sesto Dolomites, at Sesto the so called Fischleintal starts. The easternmost point and border to the region Belluno is reached with the Kreuzbergpass. Most important towns of the area are Dobbiaco, San Candido and Sesto.
Bordered in the north by the Alps and the Valle Aurina, in the south adjoining with the Dolomites, can be found Val Pusteria. From there many, still very original valleys of South Tyrol, which mostly lead into the Dolomites, can be reached. At San Lorenzo the Ladin Val Badia branches off, leading to the famous mountains Sella and Heiligkreuzkofel as well as to Fanes and Sennes. Following Val Pusteria further Brunico, the only city oft he valley, is reached.
Brunico was established in the 13th century and was first mentioned in official documents in 1256. The name of the settlement derives from the Bressanone „Fürstbischof“ Bruno von Kirchberg. Already in the middle ages Brunico was known as a trading center. On the „Ballplatz“ goods were temporarily stored on their way from Germany to Venice. Today Brunico is mainly influenced by the industry and the services sector. Moreover the city is surrounded by important tourist centers and with Plan de Corones by one of the most important ski centers in the region. Tourists appreciate especially the medieval center and the many boutiques, in which both local and italian-style products can be bought.
Following the valley further, at Rasun reveals itself the Anterselva, which is known in particular for its cross-country and biathlon center. Between Monguelfo and Villabassa the Valle di Braies opens towards the Dolomiti di Braies, with one of the best known South Tyrolean mountain lakes, the Lake Braies (1,489 m). Also at Welsberg one of the most natural valleys oft he region starts its way, the so called Valle di Casies. Further east we finally reach Dobbiaco, San Candido and Sesto.
The region includes the areas of the valley between Fortezza and Niederdorf as well as the surrounding valleys: The Val di Fundres, Valle di Tures e Aurina, Val di Braies, Valle di Casies, the Anterselva and the area around the Gitschberg.
The Alta Badia region (Ladin and Italian for "Hochabtei" = "High Abbey") is one of the tourism associations in Südtirol and comprises the Ladin communities Corvara, Abtei and Wengen. The Alta Badia valley (located in the Dolomites) extends to about 20 km in the south-eastern part of Südtirol, between the Val Pusteria and the Val Gardena. It includes famous towns like Corvara, Badia and La Villa with its ski resorts. For instance, very famous is the Alpine Ski World Cup on the "Gran Risa" in Abtei.
In Alta Badia, Alpine tradition lived by one of the oldest people in the Alpine region, the Ladins, meets modern tourist infrastructure. The unique mountain scenery charms and invites to a variety of summer and winter activities.
The region covers the valleys and areas of Alta Badia.
Val Gardena is one of the most popular and prominent winter sports regions in the world and leads as a side valley of the Val Isarco at Ponte Gardena to go up to the Sella mountains. Just like the Ladin Alta Badia, Val Gardena is inhabited by the Ladins. Therefore, in this region next to Italian and German also Ladin is spoken as an official language.
Val Gardena comprises the municipalities of Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva with about 10,000 inhabitants and is surrounded by a variety of mountains. How insiders say "of the most picturesque of the world: the Geisler, the Puez, the Sella Group and the Sassolungo enclose Val Gardena and embed it, and is an ideal starting point for (long) walks, for climbers and mountaineers. But also for mountain bikers there are great opportunities. In winter, the ski resort Val Gardena, with its world-renowned Sella Ronda guarantees breathtaking moments. Also known from the ski circuit, the downhill track Saslong is located here. Featuring breathtaking scenery, the traditional woodcarving can also be admired in Val Gardena. Today, some exhibits are now worldwide in prominent places.
The region includes the areas of Val Gardena and the Funes valley.
The Alpe Di Siusi is the largest mountain plateau in Europe and, according to photographers, it provides the best light in the world to take pictures. The Seiser Alm in the Dolomites is about 20km northeast of Bolzano above the famous tourist resorts of Castelrotto and Siusi.
With a size of 56 square kilometers the Alpe Di Siusi is one of the largest closed high plateaus in the Alps. It is framed by stunning Dolomites mountains: the Sciliar, the Cima di Terrarossa, the Denti di Terrarossa and the majestic Sassolungo. As a declared Natural Park Schlern-Rosengarten, the region offers quiet moments. Various walks and excursions can be carried out on the Seiser Alm. The area is heavily developed and can be reached by cable car or by bus service from the municipalities Castelrotto and Fiè allo Sciliar. Hotel guests go naturally with their car with a special permit.
The region includes the areas between Castelrotto and Fiè allo Sciliar, and the Val d'Ega and the area around Nova Ponente and Nova Levante around the Latemar.
The Valle Isarco extends from Brennero to Fortezza as Wipptal and then as Eisacktal to Bolzano and embraces the second largest river of South Tyrol, the Eisack. In the Middle Ages the towns of Valle Isarco were retreat of important and influential merchants and politicians who crossed on their way from South to North the valley.
The main cities are Vipiteno, Bressanone e Chiusa. Bressanone is one of the oldest towns in the Tyrol, and with approximately 20,000 inhabitants South Tyrol's third largest city.
The region includes the areas between Brennero and Bolzano and the surrounding valleys: Aferer valley, Schalderer valley, Lüsen valley, Jaufen valley, Rdinaun valley, Pfitscher valley and Racines.
The region around the district capital Merano offers amazing contrasts: on the one-hand palms and the most northern olive grove of the world (to admire in the gardens of “Schloss Trautmannsdorff”) and on the other the impressive mountains of the texel group. K&K monarchy architecture in the old town of Merano as well as contemporary modern design in form of the newly built Therme di Merano, which has been constructed at the beginning of the new century. Secluded side valleys like the “Val Passirio” and the “Val D’Ultimo” are in contrast to the fashionable town of Merano with its nearly 40.000 residents.
It is possible to explore the Merano region in many ways. Be it in the mountains for example on the “Meraner Höhenweg” (a long distance trail around the texel group) as well as on the kilometre-long “Waalwege” (easy walking paths) through forests and meadows which are accompanied by small irrigation cannels giving water to the numerous apple plantations.
The region includes the areas between Naturns and Bolzano as well as the surrounding valleys: Val D’Ultimo, Val Passirio, the area around the Passo Palade and the western Tschöggelberg with Verano and Meltina. Major tourist destinations such as Dorf Tirolo, Avelengo and Schenna are also situated in this region.
Bolzano is the capital of South Tyrol and is home to both the South Tyrolean Parliament as well as the Free University of Bolzano. Bolzano is located in a valley and is surrounded on three sides by high mountain ranges. In Bolzano 3 valleys, the Valle D’Isarco, the Valle D’Adige and the Val Sarentino meet and this perfectly illustrates the important commercial function which the city is holding since the Middle Age. In Bolzano there can also be admired the oldest glacier mummy, and with him one of the oldest criminal cases of the world.
Bolzano is a melting pot of cultures and shows how Italian and Austro-German culture can merge. There is nothing more beautiful to do, than to sit on a sunny spring day on the Piazza Walther, one of the central squares of the town, and watch and listen to the hustle and bustle. The Caffé Macchiato on the one hand and the Knödel on the other demonstrate perfectly how well opposites can harmonize.
The region includes the areas between Bolzano and the Salurner Klause, as well as the surrounding valleys. The South Tyrolean south around Montana, Aldino and Truden as well as the villages along the South Tyrolean wine road such as St. Michaele, Caldaro, Tramin and Magreid. In addition, also the Valle Sarentino as well as Renon are part of the South Tyrolean south.
Probably the most famous symbols of this holiday region are the majestic Ortler, with its 3.905 metres the highest mountain in South Tyrol as well as the church tower in the Reschen lake.
The sunny valley teems from the opposite between cultural and natural landscapes. The broad valley covers kilometres of apple plantations as well as wineyards. In the higher areas apricots, berries and vegetables are grown and the Val Venosta is thus the granary of South Tyrol. Romantic castles and churches adorn the landscape. Also the Val Venosta offers an extensive number of Waalwege which are to be explored. Many rugged and quaint side valleys, such as Val Senales, The Langtauferertal and the Martell valley are in contrast to the sophisticated small towns of the Val Venosta, for example Silandro with the highest church tower in South Tyrol as well as Naturno.
The region includes the areas between Naturno and the Reschenpass as well as the surrounding valleys: the Val Senales, the Martell valley, the Vallelunga, the Rojen valley, the Trafoy valley and the Münster valley. In addition the region includes the major towns of Naturno, Silandro, Laas, Prad am Schlern and Glurns, the smallest city in South Tyrol.