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The sights in South Tyrol

Worthwhile excursions starting in South Tyrol's south



South Tyrol's south is an ideal starting point for discovering the rich culture and nature, the sights in South Tyrol as well as Italy's regions slightly more south. In no time at all you can be sipping a cappuccino on the Piazza Bra in Verona or enjoying an apple strudel in a mountain inn with a view over the Sciliar/Schlern. 

Sights in South Tyrol and other regions in Italy

On the subject of wine

A guided tour of a vineyard with the winemaker in person, a visit to the South Tyrolean Wine Museum or a circular wine tour of the picturesque wine villages Terlano/Terlan, Andriano/Andrian, Appiano/Eppan, Caldaro/Kaltern, Termeno/Tramin, Cortaccia/Kurtatsch, Magrè/Margreid, Cortina/Kurtinig, Salorno/Salurn, Egna/Neumarkt, Montagna/Montan and Ora/Auer are a must on any holiday in South Tyrol's south.  

Our tip: Hire the Weinegg cabriolet and drive along the South Tyrolean wine route in glorious weather. 

Renon/Ritten high plateau

The high plateau above Bolzano/Bozen with great views can be reached by the historical narrow gauge railway, which takes you to Collalbo/Klobenstein. It is quite clearly one of the sights in South Tyrol, as is the commandery of Longomoso/Lengmoos or the earth pyramids on the Renon/Ritten.

Sarn Valley

In one of South Tyrol's most natural valleys you can visit the Sarn dwarf pine baths, the chapel of St. Nicholas by Lago di Valdurna/Durnholzer See with series of frescoes or watch "Sarn skills" like wood carving and embroidery in a traditional business.

Circular tour of the Dolomites

The epitome of sights in South Tyrol are the Dolomites, the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. It is definitely worth a day trip, even for non-hikers. Either drive from Ora/Auer towards Cavalese, Canazei or from Bolzano/Bozen north out into the wildly romantic Val d'Ega/Eggental past the beautiful Catinaccio/Rosengarten. Drive past Lago di Carezza/Karersee and just before the Carezza/Karer pass at the base of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten towards the Carezza/Karer pass and Canazei. Now either turn left up to the Sella pass (2,180 m) and down into the Val Gardena/Grödnertal (1,500 m) or right up to the Pordoi pass (2,240 m), down to Arabba (1,600 m), up to Campolongo pass (1,875 m) and down to Corvara (1,550 m), up to the Gardena/Grödner pass (2,120 m) and down into Val Gardena/Grödnertal. From Val Gardena/Grödnertal you return to South Tyrol's south via Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck.

Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm

Europe's largest and probably most impressive Alpine pasture is definitely worth a day trip. Whether you're an enthusiastic mountaineer or out and about with your family, everyone will find the right route for them here. The vast Alpine pastures surrounded by the unique scenery of the Dolomites is one of the sights in South Tyrol. Travel via Bolzano/Bozen, Prato all'Isarco/Blumau, Fiè/Völs and Siusi/Seis. Then take the train up to the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm.

Trento/Trient

You can reach the magical town of Trento/Trient with its highlights of the Domplatz, Via Belenzani, Via Manci and Castello del Buonconsiglio with museum in just under an hour by motorway. 

Lake Garda

Spend a day at Lake Garda and discover romantic Italy. Either look for your favourite among the small typically Italian towns and spend your day there or take a guided circular tour with us where you travel by bus from Rovereto to Torbole and Riva, then continue by boat to Malcesine or Limone, in Malcesine there is a tour of the castle, journey home from Malcesine or Limone.

Verona

Visit the city of Romeo and Juliet to shop and sample the Dolce Vita. The highlights include the Arena, Juliet's house and tomb, the Piazza dei Signori and Piazza Erbe, the Castelvecchio with museum and many more sights. The legendary opera festival takes place in Verona in the summer. We will be happy to organise tickets and transfer for you!

Venice

This day trip takes you to the fantastic lagoon city which you reach by motorway and then ideally by boat. The sights include St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Basilica and Rialto bridge.

Geoparc Bletterbach gorge – South Tyrol's Grand Canyon

The up to 400 metres deep canyon, which extends over a distance of roughly eight kilometres, invites you to travel in time through the millions of years of the earth's history. The Bletterbach is one of the sights in South Tyrol as it once carried over 10 million tons of rocks and shipped them into the Val d'Adige/Etschtal – you can now browse through the intact layers of rock like a book. The rock formation indicates its origin, the climate and environmental conditions roughly 250 million years ago.
Traces of dinosaurs have also been found in the layers of the Gardena/Grödner sandstone. Well preserved imprints of plant sections and numerous traces of animals' eating and borrowing provide conclusions about the plant world and soil life back then. Fossils of shells, snails and cephalopods have also been found and can be seen at the Geoparc in Aldein/Dadein. 

Merano/Meran thermal springs

The wonderful Merano/Meran thermal springs is one of the many sights in South Tyrol. Here you can find a first-class spa on all levels in a unique building.

Christmas markets in South Tyrol

The Christmas markets, which open their doors at the end of November, are extremely idyllic sights in South Tyrol. They really put you in a Christmas mood with home-made mulled wine and baked goods, accompanied by gentle sounds and fragrances. The craftsmanship exhibited on the stands is also worth seeing, lovingly made jewellery, sculptures, slippers and knitwear are also for sale. 

We will be happy to organise guided tours and days trips in South Tyrol and to Verona, Venice or Lake Garda for you.