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Moving building culture

Where the old becomes new and the new becomes innovation

Only here does the architectural past merge so sensitively with futuristic styles. Only here do design and utility play an equally important role. Only here do numerous monasteries, castles and farms bear such impressive witness to a moving history. South Tyrolean architecture preserves its valuable cultural heritage and, at the same time, is open to contemporary interpretations. The focus for planning is on the needs of the people, the use of local materials and the gentle integration into the surrounding landscape. Get to know South Tyrolean building culture in wineries, in venerable examples, in contemporary buildings or in restaurants and accommodation with an extraordinary architectural ambience.

Impressions of South Tyrolean architecture

The cultural imprint and characteristics of the locals determine what has been and is being built in the region: from churches and monasteries to restaurants and wineries.

Where architecture takes centre stage

Away from conventional standard architecture, there are places in South Tyrol where the stay itself becomes an experience. And a building becomes a backdrop for travel.

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What makes South Tyrolean architecture so unique

Peasants, nobility and fascists: architecture shaped by utility and representation

South Tyrol's past leaves its mark everywhere. It is clearly visible in the buildings that have been constructed over the course of time for different purposes. In peasant settlements, the Viles, which functioned like a self-sufficient village. In the fascist architecture in Bolzano/Bozen, which forcibly changed the townscape in the 1930s in the course of Italianisation. Grand clientele in Meran/Merano when art nouveau was prominent. What is being built today looks back on the architectural heritage. What has remained is an extraordinary sense of integration into the landscape. The sense of purpose. And the love of local and high-quality materials.

Sleep inside old walls

‘Historic South Tyrol’ is a group of accommodation that consciously preserves old buildings, maintains them with care, and keeps alive the heritage of hospitality.

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LUMEN – Mountain Photography Exhibition

The Hall of Mirrors is probably the highlight of the museum, which illuminates the history of mountain photography from the beginning to the present: interdisciplinary and enlightening.


Discover architecture on foot

On the mountain, in the city centre, on the hill or in the middle of a vineyard. Combine your visit with a hike through the surrounding area. Here are our suggestions.

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More cultural offerings in South Tyrol

Our turbulent history has shaped us and our culture. Discover for yourself our keen interest in preserving our cultural heritage by visiting old buildings, historical town centres and enlightening museums.