This very interesting article will inform you perfectly about my home region – South Tyrol (Südtirol/AltoAdige)
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South Tyrol/Südtirol Vacation
South Tyrol or Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy is the trendy vacation destination hotspot for tourists. Maybe you have yet not heard about it but it’s a heaven in the Italian Alps, where the Italian and Austrian culture clashes. With almost 6.5 Millions yearly tourists (SMG Südtirol) the second most visited region of Italy, behind Veneto. The visitor numbers increase every year substantially and so does the awareness. The landscape is breathtaking and so different. In fact, it is decorated with wonderful mountains, mediterranean cities, cheesy lakes and rivers, famous apple fields and wine wreath, museums and mysterious castles and villages. Only to mention a few spectacular things to discover.
South Tyrol/Südtirol – Perfect Vacation Time?
It is true, in South Tyrol is always high season for vacation, in summer time the high temperatures in the cities, that are located in the mediterreanen valleys, welcomes you to take baths in the wonderful lakes or therm. The mild temperatures in the Southtyrol’s mountain attract thousands of mountain hikers. In fact, Southtyrol is a outdoor heaven for families, couples, sport addicted or wellness enjoyer. Other trending activities are Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountainbike Tours, Water Sports, Fishing, Running, Golf and Leisure. Find here more detailed information about it.
In winter the landscape changes color, from the green and flourish yellow to a white awesome landscape. In winter time starts the Skiing season for millions of ski tourists, enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Italian Alps. One of the most famous Ski Hotspots is Val Gardena with its Ski Worldcup Slope Sasslong. Furthermore, you find the very famous Ski Resort Kronplatz and the Alpe di Siusi Ski Resort, where this picture was shot by one of South Tyrolean best outdoor Photographers Alexander Meliss.
For winter outdoor freaks, South Tyrol offers beside of plenty of ski opportunities also Ski Tours, Snowshoe Hikes, Sledging, Winter hikes, Cross Country Skiing, Horse-Drawn Sleight Rides, Ice climbing, Ice Skating and Christmas Markets, the most famous ones in Bolzano and Merano. The best information about all the activities you can find here.
The capital of the region is Bolzano/Bozen, as you see every name is in Italian and German, with 100.000 habitants and its charming winter Christmas market. Besides, you can spot the “Bozner Lauben” or “Portici“, the antique disctrict. The second biggest city is Merano, known as the city of cure in the mild mediterranean climate, visited by many celebrities as Zidane, Maradona, Benzema, Steinmeier and Amancio Ortega. A South Tyrolean village is one of Europe’s most sunniest places with 315 sunny days per year written on a notable German Newspaper Sueddeutsche.
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Bilingual (German & Italian)
Something that only those who have visited Southtyrol know, yes it’s true, it’s Italy’s only region where German (with dialect) and Italian are official languages, due to the fact that Southtyrol was part of Austria until 1918 End of World War 1. The German language is until today spoken as primary language by 70% of Southtyrol’s residents, but all speak Italian too. Thats why Southtyrol is so special, this mix of Italian and Austrian culture can be discovered in every parts of the region, beginning with the cuisine, the names the physical aspects of the residents and the construction style of monuments. Südtirols/AltoAdiges schools are either mainly Italian with German as a subject or mainly German with Italian as a subject. The privilege of the residents is being able to speak both German and Italian, next to English and/or other languages.
South Tyrol/Südtirol Top Vacation Spots
Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm
The “Seiser Alm” is situated on an altitude of 1500m-2400m and it’s just spectacular. In winter time it is one of the most popular skiing places with a 360 view on the Dolomites. Whereas in the summer time ideal for hiking trips with a view. The picture above was taken in autumn as you can see the red colored trees and up the mountains the first snow.
The second biggest city of Southtyrol is Meran/Merano with approximately 40,000 habitants with a mediterranean climate and many sunny days a touristic hotspot. Merano is known as the city of cure with a giant therm and many wellness hotels, where every year celebrities find there calm here you can find another great shot of Meran Meran Pictures In the city grow palm trees and in the back you find the mountains, its worth experiencing that phenomena once. Not far from the city is located the ski location Meran 2000 easily accessible from the city.
Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The “Tre Cime di Lavaredo” are UNESCO World Heritage. The 2998m high mountain is a highlight in South Tyrol in the summertime, perfect for hiking or for sport climber there are 3 different routs to get their ultimate adrenaline kick. It is also the border to the neighbor region Friuli Venetia Giulia
Pragser Wildsee/ Lago di Braies
This stunning mountain lake is situated on a altitude of 1,494m near “Val Pusteria”/”Pustertal” and at his deepest point 36m deep. The Lago di Braies is one of the most visited lakes in South Tyrol and ideal for an around-walk in the afternoon. The ultimate attraction is renting a wooden boat and cruise on this fairytale lake for 12€/30min. Here you find more information about how to reach the lake.
The capital city of the region with 110,000 habitants, is a must-see in the South Tyrolean Region. The city is replete with plenty of museums, the most notable museum who attracts 500,000 tourists per year, is the Museum of Archeology with the 5,300 year old glacier mummy “Ötzi”. Furthermore, you will spot the antique quarter “Portici”/”Lauben” of Bolzano, built in the 12th century now home of many different stores. In the picture below, shot by David Montagna, you can see the centre square of Bolzano, named “Waltherplatz”/”Piazza Walther”, with the church “Dom“. In this square you get offered plenty of Caffeterias, Restaurants and Hotels to enjoy the heart of Bolzano and his stunning flair.
Kalterer See / Lago di Caldaro
This 12,000 year old lake is thanks to the mediterranean climate one of the warmest Alps lake, with a maximum temperature in summer of about 28C. The “Kalterer See” is 1,8km long and 0,9km wide. In fact, for many tourists and locals this marvellous bathing lake is the perfect place to escape the hot sun in summer. In addition, you can rent pedal boats and go windsurfing or just chill and enjoy the view. Let you inspire with picture below from Alexander Meliss .
Reschensee/Lago di Resia
This spectacular view is one of the famous phenomena in South Tyrol, the lake is reservoir with a length of about 6km in the community of Graun. The church you can spot in the picture, was build in the 14th century and has been surrounded by the lake now for more than 60 years. If you are a passionated nordic walker, runner or hiker don’t miss this opportunity! Because around the lake there is a 15km long trial ideal for outdoor sports. In the summer time tourists enjoy this lake for doing Kitesurfing, whereas in the winter time this place is ideal for Iceskating or Snow Kiting.
Karersee/Lago di Carezza
The “Karersee” is on a altitude of 1,520m and natural monument. For this unique view it attracts thousands of tourist every year. This shot of the lake was taken in summer time, since in winter the water is frozen. The lake is reachable from the capital city of the region but it is prohibited to take a bath, visitors can only enjoy the lake from outside.
Dolomits South Tyrol
How to reach South Tyrol/Südtirol?
South Tyrol has only a small airport located in Bozen/Bolzano with only few flights, nevertheless, the closets airports are Verona Valerio Catullo and the airport of Innsbruck, Austria. The leather one is 110km away from Bolzano, while the Verona Airport 150km. Other airports: Milano Bergamo (235km), Bologna Airport (250km) and Treviso Venezia (188km).
South Tyrol has a very good train connection, from other regions of Italy you can check here further details. However, once you have reached Southtyrol there are many possibilities to move, on this website you only insert your current city and your desired destination.
From the airports around South Tyrol Flixbus or Shuttle Services offers you many bus connections to Bolzano, Merano o Bressanone. Inside the region the bus network is on highest standards and moves you to all parts of South Tyrol.
What should I order to eat in South Tyrol ?
The cuisine is just fabelous, the past Austrian culture is now mixed with the Italian and that makes this region so exciting.
- Pasta (too many different delicious kinds)
- Knödel/canederli (traditional dumblings)
- Schluzer (traditional pasta dish)
- Speck with Schüttelbrot (bacon with bread, in the picture below)
- Marillenknödel (apricote dumblings in sumer time)
- Kastanienherzen (Chocolate hearts filled with chestnuts)
- Asparagus (in March/April)
- Gnocchi (a lot of variety)
to find more about South Tyrloean dishes read here.
What should I drink in South Tyrol?
Definitely, wine! Vini d’Italia is considered as the most important wine guide and South Tyrolean wines’ are always involed. The South Tyrolean wine culture is a old tradition and pleasures many tourists every year.
The best red wines regarding South-Tirol.com :
- Blauburgunder Schweizer 2013 – Franz Haas
- Blauburgunder Trattmann Mazon Riserva 2014 – Girlan
- Kalterersee Auslese Klassisch Pfarrhof 2016 – Kellerei Kaltern
- Lagrein Abtei Muri Riserva 2014 – Klosterkellerei Muri-Gries
- Lagrein Staves Riserva 2014 – Weingut Kornell
- Lagrein Taber Riserva 2015 – Bozen
- St. Magdalener Klassisch Antheos 2016 – Ansitz Weingries
- St. Magdalener Klassisch Rondell 2016 – Glögglhof, Franz Gojer
The best white wines regarding South-Tirol.com
- Chardonnay Lafóa 2015 – Kellerei Schreckbichl
- Gewürztraminer Auratus Crescendo 2016 – Ritterhof
- Gewürztraminer Brenntal Riserva 2015 – Kellerei Kurtatsch
- Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer 2015 – Tramin
- Müller Thurgau Feldmarschall von Fenner 2015 – Tiefenbrunner
- Pinot Grigio Giatl Riserva 2015 – Peter Zemmer
- Sauvignon Renaissance 2014 – Gumphof, Markus Prackwieser
- Terlan Sauvignon Quarz 2015 – Terlano
- Vinschgau Riesling 2015 – Weingut Falkenstein, Franz Pratzner
- Vinschgau Riesling Windbichel 2015 – Weingut Unterortl, Castel Juval
- Weißburgunder Sanct Valentin 2015 – Kellerei St. Michael/Eppan
- Weißburgunder Sirmian 2016 – Nals Magreid
- Weißbrugunder Tyrol 2015 – Kellerei Meran Burggräfler
- Eisacktaler Grüner Veltliner 2016 – Pacherhof, Andreas Huber
- Eisacktaler Riesling Kaiton 2016 – Kuenhof, Peter Pliger
- Eisacktaler Sylvaner 2016 – Köfererhof, Günther Kerschbaumer
- Eisacktaler Sylvaner 2015 – Garlider, Christian Kerschbaumer
- Eisacktaler Sylvaner Aristos 2016 – Eisacktaler Kellerei
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For all of these reasons, don’t hesitate and visit South Tyrol, the place were I come from =)