Is your next holiday going to South Tyrol? Wonderful, because hardly any other region is so diverse. Between palm trees and glaciers, numerous natural wonders and cultural highlights await you. To put together your bucket list for your holiday in South Tyrol, here are the seven top sights in the region.
One of the first points of contact in South Tyrol is the provincial capital of Bolzano. Stroll through the pretty old town and stroll through the food market. Bolzano is the city of markets. There is always a flea market, farmers market, craft market or the famous Advent market somewhere. The Cathedral of Bolzano, consecrated in 1180, with its colorful glazed tiles is unmistakable. The way there leads past the Bozener arcades. According to the bishops’ decree, merchants in the Middle Ages were allowed to have 3.60 meters of floor space, which prompted them to build long, high houses. The typical architectural style is historically important and inspires architecture fans as well as anyone who wants to shop extensively. You can then choose between an Aperol Spritz at Cobo’s Fischbänke wine bar or a visit to the Archaeological Museum, which is all about the world-famous glacier man Ötzi.
2. The Earth Pyramids on Ritten
At the gates of Bozen is the house mountain Renon with its spectacular earth pyramids. You can reach them via the circular walk from Oberbozen to Maria Himmelfahrt or with the Renon railway. The narrow gauge railway runs regularly, with the plan you can orient yourself Put together your tour individually. The route takes 40 minutes on foot. The earth pyramids are made of clay and have a hat-like stone at the top. The erosion causes pyramids to be repeatedly removed and new ones created. Along the edge of the meadow you walk uphill again to Oberbozen. If you’re in the mood for even more earth pyramids, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Finsterbachgraben, which lies between Mitelberg and Lengmoos, in Unterinn on Gasterer Graben, and if you’re looking for a very adventurous route, you can head to Gasserlahn, which is difficult to access.
Meran is often called the “Pearl of Tyrol”. The city is surrounded by the mountains of the Texel Group, which ensures a Mediterranean climate. Several palm trees, orchards and vineyards around the city bear witness to this. Merano was already the favorite travel destination of the rich and powerful in the 19th century – Empress Sissi also vacationed here with her husband. You can easily discover Merano on a day trip. These items should be on your list:
- Stroll through the Laubengasse
- Princely castle from the 15th century with museum
- Parish Church of St. Nicholas with Gothic Frescoes and Winged Altar
- Post bridge with Art Nouveau decorations
- a ride on the chairlift to the Küchelberg
- Sissi-Weweg along the Passer to Trautmannsdorf Castle with its beautiful gardens
A visit to the thermal baths in Merano is ideal for relaxing. However, since you are spending a more active holiday in South Tyrol, it is an excellent idea to keep coming back to yourself in a wellness hotel You can take your own personal break.
4. Three Peaks
The Three Peaks with their distinctive formation are a symbol of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dolomites. The 2,999-meter-high Große Zinne was first climbed in 1869. You can reach the mountain range from Toblach in Alta Pusteria. The most beautiful, but also very tiring walking tour starts in the Fischleintal and leads over the Altensteintal to the Dreizinhütte. There you walk over the Paternsattel to the small Zinnenseen and return to your starting point over the Lange Alpe. For the ultimate experience, go on a trek through the Dolomites. For this spectacular tour you need to plan a week.
5. Pragser Wildsee
The Pragser Wildsee is also located in Alta Pusteria at an altitude of 1494 meters. The Seekofel massif rises above the turquoise-green water. Since the lake became the film set for the series “The Mountain Police – Very Close to Heaven”, the crowds in the summer months are correspondingly high. If the parking lot is occupied, the entire access road is blocked. If you are out in the low season, you can enjoy quiet moments to yourself. If you do not come with your own car, you can also reach the lake by public transport. Particularly recommended: a mountain bike tour to the lake along the Pustertal cycle path. Tips for spending your day at the lake can be found in this article about Lake Braies.
6. Seiser Almo
Whether summer or winter – there is no way around Europe’s largest high alpine meadow. In the summer you can go hiking and mountain biking to your heart’s content. In winter, the slopes are very popular with skiers and snowboarders. A detour to the Gostner Schwaige should not be missed during your trip to the Alpe di Siusi. The landlord Franz Mulser serves regional specialties at a star level here – the apple pancake with spruce honey and wild flowers is a must try.
7. Messner Mountain Museum
You will marvel at the treasures that the world-famous mountaineer has brought with him from his Himalayan expeditions at 2,275 meters in the Puster Valley. The architecture of the MMM Corones Museum fits perfectly into the mountains around the Juval. At the foot of the Juval you can taste the delicious wines in the Unterortl winery or try specialties from the region in the Vinschgau farm shop and of course take them home.
Do not miss!