Why South Tyrol

10 great reasons to visit South Tyrol

Whether for hiking, skiing or simply for enjoyment: South Tyrol is always worth a trip.

Need more encouragement? Here are 10 great reasons why you should holiday or plan an event in South Tyrol.

culture that blends the best of both worlds:

  • three official languages: 69% German, 26% Italian and 5% Ladin
  • Mediterranean ease while “picking grapes” in the vineyards from 200 to 1,000 m above sea level.
  • the preservation of Alpine-rural traditions
  • a statute of autonomy in force since 1948
  • a feel for fusing Alpine and Mediterranean cuisine, between dumplings and spaghetti
  • Dolce Vita feeling with a cosy cup of coffee

could the contrast be more impressive? Check out the:

  • the legendary Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage since 2009
  • the 3,905 m high Ortler, which overshadows all other mountains in the Eastern Alps
  • seven nature parks and one national park
  • 17,000 km of hiking trails and 960 km of ski slopes
  • Europe's largest high-Alpine pasture - the Seiser Alm is the size of 8,000 football pitches

South Tyrol has something great to experience at any time of year:

  • Cycling in spring on over 478 km of cycle paths
  • Törggelen in autumn in one of the local Buschenschank farmhouse inns
  • Mountaineering in summer! More than 350 peaks are over 3,000 m above sea level
  • Skiing in winter with 1702 ski instructors at approx. 30 ski resorts

can be experiences in local products, services and companies:

  • Quality products from South Tyrol:
    - 98% of South Tyrolean wines bear the DOC seal of quality
    - every tenth apple in Europe comes from South Tyrol
    - not to mention products such as Speck smoked ham, bread or dairy products
  • In rural craftsmanship, such as wood carving
  • During a ride with the cable cars & lifts – so efficient that all South Tyroleans could be transported uphill in 1 hour!

and numerous culinary events and opportunities to enjoy:

  • 27 Michelin stars for 20 local restaurants (2018)
  • seasonal and regional ingredients and dishes in our 34 South Tyrolean inns
  • an evening joy ride with the Rittner Bahn railway’s historic art nouveau train carriage
  • an enjoyable "Brettljause" meat & cheese spread in one of 90 rustic mountain refuges
  • more than 21 Gourmet Ambassadors ready to lead through South Tyrol's product world

all within an hour! It’s all possible in South Tyrol! You could, for example:

  • visit the place where "Ötzi” the iceman was discovered in the Schnalstal valley and later go wind surfing on the Kalterer See lake
  • stroll through the city in the mornings and relax in the natural bathing lake in the afternoons
  • cycle through the valley for three hours and then try a relaxing hay bath
  • after trying a dumpling ‘tris’ (trio) on the mountain, enjoy a South Tyrolean aperitif before dinner
  • or discover many more experiences across 7,400 km² area in South Tyrol

via the use of renewable energies and the conscious appreciation of the environment:

  • South Tyrol started the first construction brand in Italy with the ClimateHouse certificate
  • 40 percent of South Tyrol's surface area is protected natural environment
  • environmentally friendly agricultural cultivation methods that are close to nature
  • numerous events with "Green Event" certification
  • an excellent network of public transport. The trains in South Tyrol depart every half-hour

and many other exciting experiences for holidaymakers interested in culture:

  • Glorenza/Glurns, the smallest town in the Alpine region with an intact city wall (approx. 880 inhabitants)
  • the five Messner Mountain Museums
  • the South Tyrol Jazz Festival, when the whole province is transformed into a stage
  • a visit to the oldest and largest grapevine in front of Katzenzungen Castle
  • over 800 forts, castles and ruins, some of which are now hotels, museums or restaurants

like practices of "Klöckeln," "Maschgra," or:

  • the Egetmann wedding and the traditional Zussl carnival race
  • on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, the traditional Sacred Heart Fires will be lit in South Tyrol
  • colourful Easter eggs become the playful weapon of choice for “Pecken" or "Guffen" egg breaking competitions
  • at traditional markets, the Stegner Market or the Christmas Markets
  • playing cards: whether young or old, at the weekend you can find many locals playing "Watten” card games in the bars

will be happy to share their way of life in South Tyrol and their favourite places
We love our homeland and we:

  • speak a different dialect from place to place. Can you hear the difference?
  • one out of four South Tyroleans is an active volunteer:
    • 12,858 volunteer firemen,
    • 9,350 musicians,
    • 2,550 volunteers at the White Cross,
    • 2,146 volunteer librarians,
    • 1,000 volunteer mountain rescuers.
  • caring for our cultural assets, such as the approximately 370 churches
  • upholding our traditions, while at the same time remaining open to the world
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