Let's discover the peculiarity of Bolzano, where Otzi is at home.- This is the gate to the Dolomites, the city of a good glass of wine.- The city of contrasts. Language, cuisine, architecture, art, and history it's all done the dual way.- Here is where the north meets the south, where the German world touch the Latin world.- Since the middle age, Bolzano is that kind of bridge used by Emperor, Crusaders, Pelgrims to reach the Mediterraneum.- Crossing the Alps this bridge will grant you a sunny paradise.
The magnificent Renaissance city of Trento, capital of Trentino, which is the neighbouring province of South Tyrol, has many highlights: Romanesque cathedral, the magnificent Via Belenzani and Via Manci with the frescoed façades of the Renaissance palaces, the 2000-year-old underground city of Roman Trento and the mighty castle of the prince-bishops "Castel del Buonconsiglio".
Lake Garda, a piece of the Mediterranean in the Alps.
A day trip to Lake Garda is a popular excursion for vacationers in South Tyrol. The white rocky cliffs, the blue lake, cypresses, palm trees and silvery olive trees, blooming oleander and bougainvillea, colourful and lively villages quickly create a Mediterranean atmosphere.
The wide, "green" Pustertal lies on the southern side of the Alps, nestled between the mountain giants on the main Alpine ridge and the imposing Dolomites to the south. In the centre, in a wide basin, lies the bustling main town of Bruneck, with its historic town gates, walls and castle, stately bourgeois and aristocratic houses and a lively pedestrian zone.
Where the otherwise narrow Eisack Valley widens out a little lies Brixen, the episcopal town with its imposing twin towers, winding alleyways, and its surrounding vineyards and orchards. A little further south is Klausen, dominated by the imposing Säben monastery, with its concentration of art and culture, and to the north is the small town of Sterzing, once made rich by the nearby silver mines. Located above are forests, lush green alpine pastures and high mountains. Several valleys lead into the nearby Dolomite region.
Enjoy the gentle landscape of the vineyards, the hospitality and wine culture of the southernmost region of South Tyrol along the Wine Road. Many sunny days, a mild, sub-Mediterranean climate, the largest vine-growing area in the country and at the same time the home of important wines, plus cheerful, open-minded people - as in all wine regions - that is the south of South Tyrol!
Merano, the second largest city in South Tyrol, is undisputedly the country's most famous tourist resort. Protected from the cold north by high, steep mountains, Merano opens up like an amphitheatre to the light and warmth of the south. Merano has shaken off its reputation as a fading spa town: with new attractions and young life for curious, adventurous holidaymakers. The classic city tour takes you through the historic old town with the most important sights such as St. Nicholas Parish Church, the Art Nouveau Kurhaus and the town theatre, the Laubengasse and the promenades.
Spectacular mountains, the special world of the Ladins, a linguistic minority, a landscape characterised by rural life and work, picturesque villages and a touch of Italian flair - this is the Dolomites, the epitome of mountain tourism. The Dolomite valleys and mountains can be reached in less than an hour from Bolzano and, depending on the route chosen, the journey takes you over several passes into neighbouring Trentino and as far as Cortina. Cable cars provide access to the bizarre rocky landscapes and allow city dwellers and flatlanders to enjoy the thrill of the heights.
Do you love contrasts, the mix of nature and culture? Then the Venosta Valley, in the westernmost part of South Tyrol, in the border triangle on the border with Austria, Switzerland and neighbouring Lombardy, is the place for you! The vegetation here ranges from vineyards and orchards in the valley to alpine pastures, barren high pastures and high alpine glaciers. Lake Reschensee will amaze you with its "sunken" church tower. Mountain giants such as King Ortler (3905 m) border the valley, will impress you with its rugged charm.
Once again this year, the Association of Tourist Guides and Tour Leaders of South Tyrol is offering free guided tours in South Tyrol.