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    Experience South Tyrol - it's unforgettable!

    Don't miss the diverse range of experiences of South Tyrol! Enjoy sporting activities, discover the rich culture and visit diverse events in Alpine and Mediterranean locations. Whether young or old, everyone will find something suitable. To help you decide, we present our suggestions for an unforgettable holiday in South Tyrol. Experience the diversity!

    Culture & Attractions
    New Nives Building
    Stilfs/Stelvio, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The new Nives construction is another building block towards a focal point for the tourist village of Solda/Sulden, which is unstructured from an urban planning point of view: this is true spatially, with its compact volumes, and in the surface with a new square design, and functional, with a variety of dining options. The seven different restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs alone offer a lively atmosphere with a sun terrace. Two hotel categories, the simple Base Camp and the Base Camp de Luxe, are available for overnight guests. These very different offerings for tourists are housed in a solid construction made of plastered masonry, natural stone and wood right on the edge of the slope behind the square. The interior design is adapted to the various functions and, with lots of wood, is robust yet elegant. The arrangement of the floor plans into freestanding buildings allows for beautiful views in all directions.

    Local traditional products
    Lonzahof farm
    Gsies/Valle di Casies
    Premium eggs from Lonzahof. Eggs from the Lonzahof  have been laid by free-range or organic chickens. This means that hens are free to roam during the day, have sufficient space available to them, and are nourished with animal feed that is free from hormones and antibiotics.

    Other products for sale: homemade egg pasta with wheat and wholemeal spelt flour.
    Churches & Monasteries
    Church of San Vigilio and Biagio
    Latsch/Laces, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The Vigilius/Blasiuskirche church in Morter is of pre-roman origin and it ranks among the oldest and most important religious buildings in the Venostaregion. Its "oriental" appearing architecture is particularly striking, while the consecration inscription reveals the year 1080. The church is one of the cultural centres of the “Stairway to Heaven” project.

    The key can be collected from the hotel at MARTIN's in Morter 
    +39 0473 742 049

    Culture & Attractions
    German-Speaking Primary School “Dr. Josef Rampold”
    Sterzing/Vipiteno, Sterzing/Vipiteno and environs

    The school is located in the immediate vicinity of the parish church and the Deutschordenshaus (House of the Teutonic Order), which were built outside of the old part of town in what used to be marshland. The groundwater table lies a mere 1 meter underneath the site’s surface. In order to prevent a dangerous rise in groundwater levels that could compromise the historic buildings while the school was being built, the new structure was constructed on top of a “raft” positioned 80 centimeters above the terrain. In due consideration of the historic neighboring buildings, the school was designed as an elongated, single-story structure that – while it is not meant to compete with its surroundings – has its own special character. In front of the façades, between the large cantilevered roof and the floor slabs encircling the building, the architects incorporated a “forest” of tree trunks that lets in enough natural light, but becomes more dense when viewed from an angle. As a result, the building can appear either more or less conspicuous, depending on the observer’s point of view and the amount of daylight available.

    Culture & Attractions
    Plaza of Neustift Abbey
    Vahrn/Varna, Brixen/Bressanone and environs

    The space in front of the Augustinian Monastery was used as a car park for a long time. Surrounded by buildings of historical value, the potential of the space was finally filled in with a new design. The complex is made of three parts: the entrance from outside, the square and the entrance to the abbey gate. The square was lowered by 1.5 meters in order to recreate the original proportions of the facades of the surrounding buildings. A steel plate for a fountain was installed in the middle of the space. Wooden steps arranged above the water cascade, surround the square, which can be used as seats for open-air events. In bad weather a large tarpaulin with steel supports and rope guy lines can be set up. All new aspects such as paving, parapets, steps etc. were made from granite to stay in keeping with the buildings of the abbey.

    Culture & Attractions
    Messner Mountain Museum "Ortles" Solda
    Stilfs/Stelvio, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The Messner Mountain Museum Ortles in Solda/Sulden is dedicated to ice and glaciers. The exhibition focuses on South Tyrol's most important mountain massif: the Ortler. In collaboration with architect Arnold Gapp, Reinhold Messner has created a unique museum, MMM Ortles is housed in a specially designed new building. The architect from Vinschgau managed to fit most of the museum into a small hill. Uniquely, the entrance was integrated into a natural stone wall and the folded walls of exposed concrete are modelled on ice crystals and ice caves. Inside, visitors can admire the world's largest collection of Ortler mountain paintings and ice tools from two centuries. The light is cast through a jagged band of windows onto the exhibits and will remind guests of a glacial crevasse. Ingeniously, the snow-covered peak of the Ortler mountain can be glimpsed at one point of the museum. The window acts as a picture frame so that the mountain is effectively "hung" in the exhibition.

    Culture & Attractions
    Place of discovery Ötzi
    Schnals/Senales, Meran/Merano and environs

    On September 19th, 1991 Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by the German mountaineering couple Erika and Helmut Simon on Tisenjoch/Giogo di Tisa mountain, above the Niederjochferner/Giogo basso mountain in 3,210 m a.s.l.

    Today a pyramid of stones identifies the find spot.

    Full-day tour, rechable from Vernago through the Tisental Valley to the Similaun refuge, to the place of discovery OR from Maso Corto to the Schnalstal Glacier and o the place of discovery. Return path through the Similaun refuge and the Tisental Valley. Duration: about 5 hours ascent and 3-4 hours descent.

    All year round on Tuesday the guided hike or ski tour "Ötzi Glacier Tour" brings interested guests to the place of discovery - more details and registration at the archeoParc Schnalstal Valley or online under

    Culture & Attractions
    Terlano Winery
    Terlan/Terlano, The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The old building of the Cantina Terlano is situated in the middle of the village. It managed to cautiously expand, mainly underground, as the plot of land it sits upon is quite small. Visible above ground are the large delivery yard and the terrace above it, with the transparent tasting room. The underlying outer wall of the new cellar rooms is clad in dry stone work made from the typical porphyritic rock found in the Terlano vineyards, and the remaining underground construction is planted over with vines in order to help the new sections of building blend into the landscape. The heart of the new cellar rooms is the barrel cellar, decorated in porphyritic rock panels, which create an almost sacred atmosphere. The original parts of the building were carefully restored and a landmark tower, clad in Corten steel, and lift were added.

    Lakes, cascades
    Vernagt reservoir - altitude training
    Schnals/Senales, Meran/Merano and environs

    Altitude training canoeing & kayaking on the Vernago lake

    The lake in the midst of the three thousand metre peaks is characterised by its unique turquoise-green colour, especially in summer, which is caused by the glacier cut in tzhe water. It is not for nothing that national teams have been training on the Vernago lake for years.

    A welcome guest for example is Antonio Rossi, three-time Olympic Champion and multiple Canoe World Champion.

    With its location at 1,700 metres above sea level and marked rowing routes of various lengths, the lake offers ideal conditions for optimal altitude training


    The reason for the perfonmance-enhancing effect of altitude training is easy to explain: The lack of oxygen at high altitudes forces the human organism to adapt. This affects primarily the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system and the blood.

    Culture & Attractions
    Muslhaufen House
    Lüsen/Luson, Brixen/Bressanone and environs

    This unusual house is situated amongst a quite standard new village architecture. It consists of two sections: one constructed from parts of a 300-year-old farmhouse in which the farmer's and architect's family have been living for centuries, and another new building that crouches under the large tree trunks. The idea to live under mounted tree trunks came to the architect when he was a child playing in the woods, and he subsequently made it a reality. The stacked, untreated tree trunks do not hide a dingy living space beneath, but rather glass walls and openings that create an artful play of light when inside. In addition many other materials were used, from rough concrete mixed with glass shards to the extremely shiny stainless steel kitchen. A highly imaginative design here from the architect.

    Culture & Attractions
    Saleghes Mountain Residence
    Sëlva/Selva, Dolomites Region Val Gardena

    The building complex, comprising the old hotel and the new residence apartments, is located at the entrance of the valley-side entrance to Selva/Wolkenstein, and is easily accessible both by car and by public transport. Based upon the modern mountain architecture of the 1920s, an elongated wing was designed on the constricted plot that adapts to the natural lay of the land and adjoins itself to the scale of the existing hotel to which it is attached. The reinforced-concrete support structure was built with materials that suit the surrounding landscape: dark impregnated larch wood in the outdoor area, bright spruce wood in the interiors, oak floors, quartzite, white stucco, black steel, leather and natural-colored materials. The ventilated horizontal wooden slats in front of the wooden-clad facade and balconies form as a "second skin”, so to speak, a sort of filter between the interior and exterior spaces.

    Local traditional products

    Organic cultivation of cereals, raspberries and potatoes. Sale of: Flour (wheat, rye, spelt) milled in the farm's own grain mill; fresh raspberries from around mid-July to the end of August; raspberry syrup and raspberry jam; potatoes. Reservation by phone

    Fruits and vegetables
    Fruit cooperative OVEG
    Laas/Lasa, Vinschgau/Val Venosta
    The fruit cooperative OVEG is located in Oris/Eyrs, a fraction of Lasa/Laas, at the foot of the Monte Sole mountain in Venosta valley.
    Werners Market Garden
    Natz-Schabs/Naz-Sciaves, Brixen/Bressanone and environs

    Unsere Stärken ist die Eigenproduktion von Heckenpflanzen, Obstgehölzen und Ziersträuchern die wir auf unseren Feldern und Containerflächen produzieren.
    Dadurch können wir robuste, gut winterharte Pflanzen anbieten. Die Abwicklung größerer Bestellmengen und kurzfristige Lieferzeiten sind für Sie als Kunde weitere Vorteile, die wir als produzierende Baumschule bieten.

    In einer Atmosphäre, die zum Verweilen einlädt, führen wir in unserem Freilandpflanzen - Bereich ein umfangreiches Angebot. Das Sortiment wird ständig aktualisiert und durch neue Sorten und Züchtungen ergänzt. Beim Pflanzen-Verkauf ist uns eine fachliche, individuelle Beratung für den Kunden sehr wichtig.

    Culture & Attractions
    Franzensfeste Fortress
    Franzensfeste/Fortezza, Brixen/Bressanone and environs

    This fortress, which is the largest in the Alps, was completed in 1838 but was never actually used for the purpose of war. It served as a munition storage place until it was taken over by South Tyrol to be used for cultural purposes. So far the lower and middle fortress have been rebuilt to house exhibitions. Cellar corridors were extended underground and connected by a vertical shaft to the uppermost, destroyed, powder magazine. A staircase was installed here, free standing like a sculpture, so that the view of the exterior was not impaired. A new building made of concrete extends the ruins which are covered with a steel roof. The rest of the additional buildings were built in patinated black steel, whose open galleries seems to sway over the surface of the reservoir.

    Culture & Attractions
    Tublà da Nives Culture Center
    Sëlva/Selva, Dolomites Region Val Gardena

    The old Nives barn, in the middle of a sprawling tourist village structure, was to be preserved as a reminder of the farming past and used for exhibiting purposes. Through the renovation, surfaces were created in the section made of stone and in the solid wood construction of the barn. The interior spaces below were plastered, and those above were paneled with larch. In order to enlarge the exhibition space the barn was connected through a short passageway to a new structure, forming an elegant architectural contrast. A visually light pavilion, the structural steelwork, was surrounded on all sides by a glass facade. As a result, the building allows insight into what is happening inside and develops a dialogue with passers-by, who are encouraged by its transparency to visit.

    archeoParc Schnalstal Valley
    Schnals/Senales, Meran/Merano and environs

    archeoParc Schnalstal Valley - Get in touch with the world of the Iceman. South Tyrol's first hands-on archaeology museum is distinguished by its unconventional architecture. In terms of construction, form and material, the low-energy museum building is a homage to the Neolithic originals that archaeology has unearthed, and covers an imaginary vista sweeping through Tisental up to Tisenjoch. Depicted along the way are topics ranging from the oldest human traces in the alpine region to the Iceman and his lifestyle and economic adaptation. Life-size house models based on the archaeological evidence convey an idea of how our forebears lived.

    Culture & Attractions
    Leifers Town Hall
    Laives/Leifers, Bolzano/Bozen and environs

    The town hall and neighboring extension of the church were conceived for a town building competition focused on restructuring the town center. The town hall is distinctly recognizable, with its tower and spacious square in front − identifiable features of the public building. The angular building has a north facing glass facade in front of which stands a row of pillars. These support the large overhang of the roof and are as high as the four-story building. The stone materials used for covering the facade were sourced locally from Europe's largest porphyritic stone deposit in Bolzano. Dark metal constructions for the window frames and exposed copper for the roof complete the selection of materials. Behind the main entrance the visitor is welcomed into a three-story high spacious atrium, which leads onto light rooms without a hint of claustrophobia.

    Local traditional products

    From Monday to Friday fresh bread is baked in the farm oven according to old tradition. Different types of bread: Breatl, Baguette, Vinschgerle, fruit, spelt, kamut, toast as well as Schüttelbrot.

    Baking mixes are also sold in 550 g and 1100 g: Breatl baking mix, Spelt bread baking mix, Baguette baking mix and Kamut bread baking mix. For home baking you will also need: water and an oven.

    Bread sale on advance order.

    Culture & Attractions
    Dantercepies Cable Car Station
    Sëlva/Selva, Dolomites Region Val Gardena

    A cable car always means an intrusion into the mountains. For the fragile high-mountain landscape above Selva/Wolkenstein, an architect was commissioned for a suitable design. For the 2.2-km cable car, which has the capacity to transport 3,000 people per hour, three structures were to be designed: the base, intermediate and summit stations. The equipment rooms were to be situated underground to the extent possible, allowing passengers to step into spacious, glazed entrance areas that are covered by protective, undulating concrete shells. The smooth lines of the base station integrates into the terrain with smooth lines. The steel structure of the open intermediate station has a glassy, transparent look, and passengers are greeted at the summit station by the welcoming gesture of a concrete shell above the glazed hall.

    Hiking guides
    Mario Larcher
    Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina

    Hiking guide: guided tours in the summer and in the winter; snow shoe hiking guided

    Culture & Attractions
    Balneum Indoor Swimming Pool
    Sterzing/Vipiteno, Sterzing/Vipiteno and environs

    This pool complex with its sweeping views connects nicely to the surrounding mountain landscape, creating an added attraction for visitors. At first glance the entrance façade looks closed as the result of the masonry curtain on the upper level, but the prominent glazed entrance area and long horizontal bands of windows on the ground floor also allow for a welcoming peek into the pool from outside. Apart from that, floor-to-ceiling glass facades girdle the structure, opening generously onto the outdoor swimming pool and the views. Through a recess in the roof, a shielded roof terrace for the sauna was created on the first floor, which also affords views into the distance. Light-flooded during the daytime, the wooden ceilings inside also lend the spaces a warm light and nice atmosphere when artificially lit at nighttime.

    Culture & Attractions
    Vinzenz zum feinen Wein
    Sterzing/Vipiteno, Sterzing/Vipiteno and environs

    This wine bar is located on the ground floor of the Wipptaler Hof bed-and-breakfast, directly at the entrance to Sterzing’s New Town, just behind the Zwölferturm Tower. Here a spatial trisection can be found: The wine bar occupies the largest space, just behind the front door. It is characterized by an enormous table made of solid copper oak and seemingly endless shelves of the same material, which are filled with countless bottles of wine from a wide array of different places. Opposite there is a black steel fireplace, surrounded by cozy booths. All of the furniture is made of copper oak. A smaller room follows, with an old Stube parlor paneled in pine; then there is the kitchen, into which the guest can see. Snacks are prepared here to accompany the wine, which can be enjoyed at the outdoor tables in summer. A somewhat different, modern version of a traditional Weinstube.

    Culture & Attractions
    The Timmelsjoch Experience
    Moos in Passeier/Moso in Passiria, Meran/Merano and environs

    Five outstanding architecture sculptures were designed for the adventurous Alpine Road, which leads through the Timmelsjoch Pass to Austria and is closed in winter. Each of the sculptures represents a theme related to this connecting road. The stations are made up of a chapel of sorts on the Austrian side of the pass with a wide promenade jutting out into “nothing,” a square house for the smugglers, the Pass Museum projecting out in a virtually neck-breaking effect, the two gigantic windows of the “telescope” looking over the mountain landscape, which are held by concrete of different shades, and finally the steel construction Granat, an echo of geological formations, which contains a showroom. These sculptures impressively demonstrate how architecture can add value to its surroundings.

    Culture & Attractions
    Grünen Baum Guest House
    Glurns/Glorenza, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The listed Grünen Baum Guest House lies directly on the main square of South Tyrol's smallest city. The ground-floor guest rooms are not part of the renovated hotel, which is housed on the upper floors and are the focus of this text. Here you will find the stylishly paneled rooms of the restaurant, which have preserved everything of value and consciously integrated new elements. Historical rooms are furnished in a modern style and new rooms contain some antique furniture. In the individually designed guest rooms, interaction with history is key, and is displayed through a focus on style and sensitive taste in decor. Bathtubs and showers sometimes stand alone in a room and convey an informal, friendly atmosphere in a very traditional way.

    Culture & Attractions
    Puni Whisky Distillery
    Glurns/Glorenza, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    In the industrial area of Glorenza/Glurns, the 13-meter-high cubed Puni Distillery stands out like a kasbah from an alien world − a symbolic landmark. It was the architect's ingenious idea to house all the technical equipment, as well as the sales area, and service rooms inside a brick cube, which was designed according to the system of the old, air-permeable brick walls of a rural barn. The stonework thus has a transparent effect, from the exterior and interior alike, and continues down into the basement, where the sparkling-clean fermenting vat and alembics can be found, a massive vault construction. A convincing uniformity in the choice of materials alludes to the clarity of this distillery’s products – the first to distill whisky in Italy. All the glass-and-steel details have been developed with as much as focus on quality as was the brick construction.

    Ski Rental
    Ski Deposit Rentasport Kronplatz
    Bruneck/Brunico, Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones

    Rentasport Plan de Corones – All in one place. 800 sqm ski depot, directly at the Valley station Kronplatz. Who does not know this? A wonderful ski day slowly leans toward to the end, the everyday life is still far away… and, nevertheless, comes the tought: Where to put the ski equipment? We offer an easy and unproblematic solution: Don’t be carry your skis around with you – store them in the F1 Ski depot.

    Culture & Attractions
    Lorenzen Town Hall
    St.Lorenzen/San Lorenzo di Sebato, Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones

    Although the clear architecture language of the new building in the middle of St. Lorenzen does not attempt to hide when it was built, it fits well into the historical image of the place as a building representing the modern. It was placed near the church plaza, and closes the space. This has created two independent square areas which are however still in communication one with the other. The sheer volume of the town hall, which also houses the public library, corresponds with the size of the surrounding buildings. The design reflects our times through the materials used and the structure of the facade. Variously sized windows are found in the concrete construction, varying according to the function of the room, which creates a refined and lively variation of the building's ratios.

    Angling & Fishing
    Vernagt reservoir
    Schnals/Senales, Meran/Merano and environs

    Fishing at the Vernago Lake

    The purchase of a day pass is subject to the presentation of an Italian national licence for fishing. These can be obtained from the Hotel Vernago at Vernago (T +39 0473 676 063) or at the shop „Go Fish“ in Castelbello (T +39 0473 624 464) for € 32.00 per person. (valid for 10 years)

    - Vernago Lake € 20.00 + € 5.00 caution or Schnalstal river (from Vernago lake to Certosa bridge) € 30.00 + € 5.00 caution
    available at the Hotel Edelweiss in Vernago, T +39 0473 669 633 and Hotel Vernago in Vernago, T +39 0473 676 063
    - From Lake Haider to Naturno: Go-Fish in Castelbello, T +39 0473 624 464 or Restaurant Langwies in Naturno, T +39 0473 667 526

    Directly available at lake Coldrano or Prato allo Stelvio
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