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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
    Ice caves
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The unusual phenomenon of the ice caves between the two villages of Kaltern (Oberplanitzing/Pianizza di Sopra) and Eppan/Appiano can be explained with a simple physical principle: air streams down through cracks in the porphyry stone, creating a system of windpipes that becomes cooler as it descends. This heavier, cold air mass collects in a 5 meter high pool in the depression. This climate is ideal for plants that would normally thrive in higher alpine regions. We do recommend to make this excursion during warm summer months.

    Forts & Castles
    Selva Castle Ruins
    Dolomites Region Val Gardena

    A steep path starts near the "Carabinieri" training centre in Vallunga and heads up to the castle ruins. Built at the beginning of the 13th century, it collapsed in 1525 and has never been rebuilt. It has been owned by the Wolkenstein family since the 14th century. Oswald von Wolkenstein, a famous minstrel and poet born in South Tyrol between 1376 and 1387, died in Merano 1445, probably spent his summers in the castle.

    Guides, schools
    Catores Alpine school Ortisei
    Dolomites Region Val Gardena

    The legendary Catores of Val Gardena: 16 mountain guides

    The Alpine School which has a long tradition. We, the guides of the Alpine School Catores, are very lucky to accompany our guests in what we consider the most beautiful mountains in the world. I hope that we can also share with you an unforgettable experience in this idyllic mountain landscape.

    Culture & Attractions
    Panoramic view Leuchtenburg/Castelchiaro
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The Leuchtenburg/Castelchiaro ruin dominates the hill above Lake Kaltern and shapes the landscape all around this wonderful village. The panoramic view from there is stunning and involves Kaltern itself, Tramin/Termeno, the South Tyrolean Unterland/Bassa Atesina and the nearby mountain peaks.

    Culture & Attractions
    Panoramic view Kanzel
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    This fantastic vantage point above Neumarkt offers a spectacular view over Neumarkt, Montan and the entire Unterland region as far as Bolzano/Bozen, Lake Kaltern and the entire Mendola group as far as the Corno di Tres above Fenn. To the north, the peaks of the Ifinger and Hirzer mountains can be seen, as well as the Sarner Scharte and the Texelgruppe above Meran/o.
    Forts & Castles
    Ruins of Festenstein Castle
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road
    The castle ruins of "Castelforte/Festenstein" can be described as Andriano's symbol. It reigns over Andriano from the lofty, rocky outcrop of the Gola del Rio Gaido, and can only be reached via a steep mountain climb. Its location was certainly a pondered choice by the stonemason to ensure the weapons of the enemies would never reach the castle. At the same time, the spectacular location of the castle offers a 360° view across the lower Valle dell'Adige. "Festenstein" was first mentioned in written documents in the mid-13th century. We assume that the castle was built at the time or greatly expanded. Regardless, it had already been built by the time the Counts of Appiano oversaw the valley, they probably assigned one of their vassals to administer the castle.
    Managing such a castle would have been tedious work  and included collecting taxes from farms, the constant worry about providing the castle with water, food, and firewood, improvement works and endless suveillance shifts. All these tasks, considering the virtually inaccessible location of the castle, would have been pure torture. Sometime between the 13th and 14th century the castle was damaged, probably during the ongoing skirmishes of the time, because in 1383 it became property of the Lords of Villandro, who were tasked with restoring the decrepit ruins to their former glory. This shows how the castle still had a role to play at the end of the 14th century.

    In the following period, the castle changed hands various times. In the 15th century it belonged to the Sparrenberger, members of the gentry, followed by the Lords Lanser of Appiano between 1654 and 1818.

    In 2008,  Count Meinhard Khuen von Belasi purchased the castle ruins and commissioned, together with the South Tyrolean Office for Cultural Heritage, various restoration measures to secure the state of the walls and protect the castle from further deterioration.

    After years of restoration work, Castelforte is now open to visitors. On various dates, the Andriano Tourist Association enables a special opening of the castle.
    Special Opening of the Ruins Festenstein 2023:

    Sunday, 02.04.2023
    Sunday, 16.04.2023
    Friday,21.04.2023 cancelled
    Sunday, 30.04.2023
    Friday,12.05.2023 cancelled
    Monday, 29.05.2023
    Friday, 02.06.2023
    Saturday, 10.06.2023
    Sunday, 11.06.2023
    Sunday, 03.09.2023
    Sunday, 01.10.2023
    Sunday, 15.10.2023

    Opening times:  10:00 – 15:00

    Cancelled in bad weather!

    Places to See
    The "Vorbichl"
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The so-called "Vorbichl" extends for about 2 km on the eastern edge of the "Tisner Mittelgebirge" and forms with its steeply sloping rock wall a natural barrier to the back settlement area against the Adige Valley.

    Culture & Attractions
    Viewpoint Doss
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The viewpoint “Doss” in the Schlossweg offers beautiful views of the Merano basin, the Etsch valley, the Vinschgau and the nearby mountains. From the viewpoint guests can admire also a beautiful view of Tyrol Castle, Brunnenburg Castle and St. Peter's Parish Church.

    Places to See
    Castle ruin of Montechiaro
    Vinschgau/Val Venosta

    The ruins of Lichtenberg Castle are perched high above the town of Montechiaro/Lichtenberg near Prato/Prad at the Passo dello Stelvio/ Stilfserjoch Pass. The castle has a rich history of Minnesang, a courtly tradition of lyric and song that was popular in the Middle Ages.

    The Count of Tyrol held the enlarged castle up until 1513; the Counts of Khuen-Belasi subsequently took it over, and still own it today. The castle’s tradition of minstrelsy is still visible in the fragments and traces of once-sumptuous fresco decoration leftover from the heyday of the courts. Most of the fresco cycle was removed in 1912, and was transferred to the Ferdinandeum Museum in Innsbruck.

    Culture & Attractions
    Panoramic view Golderskofel
    Meran/Merano and environs

    This dreamlike overlook is part of the famous "Sagenweg" - legend trail and is located at an altitude of 960m, leading towards the hamlet of Tabland/Tablà. A number of cupule engravings and crosses can be seen on this rock (different sized cup-shaped engravings, hand carved by man). North of here, adjacent to the Golderskofel, is a summit covered with mixed forest and brushwood, around which the attentive observer will be able to spot meager settlement walls. These are the faint remains of a small prehistoric settlement dating to the Neolithic period.

    Places to See
    Church St. Katharina (Hocheppan)
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The castle chapel of Hocheppan with its roman frescos is one of the most important roman art monuments in South Tyrol. The centuries old frescos had been painted over and were only entirely laid open in 1926. Besides religious themes, the hunting scene on the exterior wall can be seen as one of the rarest profane depictions in Tyrol dating from this time period. The wall paintings originate from the first decade of the 13th century and show famous illustrations like the foolish virgins, the dumpling eater - the first proof for Tyrolean dumplings - and the picture of 'Maria Heimsuchung' which is well known far beyond the border of South Tyrol.

    Culture & Attractions
    Concordia 2000
    Dolomites Region Kronplatz/Plan de Corones

    Cast in classy bronze, the panorama relief around the bell is made up of 24 segments stretching as far as 36 m. At the front, you can see the most important peaks visible from Mount Kronplatz and their height as well as the direction in which some key European cities lie.

    Culture & Attractions
    Panoramic view Mendelpass
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The viewpoint at the mountain station of the Mendel cable car, offers a breathtaking view on Kaltern and the Dolomiti mountain peaks of Rosengarten/Catinaccio and Latemar.

    Places to See
    The Fischleintal/ Val Fiscalina
    Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    The Carnic mountain ridge appears almost insignificant compared to the stately Dolomite rock towers on the opposite side of the Sesto valley. But this impression is deceiving! From Sesto, you can not only reach the Tre Cime Dolomiti, a popular and panoramic hiking and skiing area, but also the western foothills of a mountain range that stretches for over 100 km, almost to Villach in Carinthia. Interesting detail: The Carnic Alps were formed long before the Dolomites. Numerous fossil finds indicate a turbulent, geological past. However, the mountain range also has great historical importance, as it forms part of the Italian-Austrian border. Those who want to experience a border passing on high tracks can walk from the Monte Elmo peak (2,434 m) past the Helmhaus and along the ridge - with their left foot in Austria and the right one in Italy. This is also the starting point of the popular Carnic high route, also called the "peace route", which leads in eight to eleven days of walking to Arnoldstein in Carinthia.

    From 26.06. to 02.10.2022, the Fischleintal valley can be reached with the Sesto-Fischleintal bus route 440, on foot, by bicycle or - if a valid transit permit is presented - by car. No reservations are required for the Sesto-Fischleintal shuttle bus. For visitors coming from outside Sesto, it is recommended to take the public bus route 446 from Dobbiaco - San Candido. You can change to the shuttle bus to the Fischleintal valley at the valley station of the Helm cable car in Sesto.

    Reservations for a valid transit permit or a parking space in the Fischleintal valley can be made at

    Places to See
    Bolzano's promenades
    Bolzano/Bozen and environs

    Like every city Bolzano too faces the fast pace of urban life. However, with just a few steps you can leave your stress behind and immerse yourself in the peaceful tranquillity of famous walks.

    Guncina and S.Osvaldo, for example, completed at the end of 1800, are well renowned routes gently climbing through Mediterranean vegetation up to the top of the surrounding hills and offering stunning views over the city.
    Lungotalvera Bolzano and Lungotalvera San Quirino are immersed in the lush Petrarca Park and meadows along the Talvera river. These walks are right adjacent to the city centre and provide an opportunity to practice various sports and recreational activities.

    Download the paths: Promenades in Bolzano

    Wooden Sculpture Park Luttach/Lutago
    Ahrntal/Valle Aurina, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina
    In the free accessible sculpture park in Luttach/Lutago you can find many sculptures from different artists. The sculptures are the results of the annual Wooden Sculptors'  Symposium in Ahrntal valley. Come by and marvel at the impressive insight into artistic creation.

    The sculpture park is located in the direct vicinity of the water park in Luttach/Lutago (Near the fire station). Parking-Zone is available.
    Culture & Attractions
    The Stone City
    Dolomites Region Val Gardena
    The Stone City is located on Passo Sella under the famous Sassolungo, it is a "city" with a lot of stones of different sizes which you can climb or walk around. Along the path you have an amazing view of the city and its surroundings.
    Culture & Attractions
    Beimstein Knott
    Meran/Merano and environs

    The Beimstein Knott knoll is particularly impressive for its stunning view overlooking the village of Vöran/Verano.
    The new “Attimo” installation on the red rock here is comprised of five chairlift seats placed in a row, representing an imaginary chairlift.
    The artists: architects Verena and David Messner

    This "Knott" is one of the three "tuff knolls" (Rotstein, Beimstein and Unterstein Knott), they are of volcanic origin and are unparalleled in South Tyrol.

    The Beimstein Knott is part of the new circular hike Knottnkino³.

    Culture & Attractions
    View of the Three Peaks
    Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    The View of the Three Peaks is located in the Landro Valley. From there you have an amazing view to the Three Peaks. The Dolomite, with the Three Peaks, takes part ot the UNESCO World Heritage. The platform also serves as a starting point for hikes in summer. Around the platform there are several information boards that explain the special features and characteristics of the Three Peaks region.

    Culture & Attractions
    The flower heart in Schenna
    Schenna/Scena, Meran/Merano and environs
    The large flower heart in the village centre remains one of Schenna’s most popular photo attractions. The location offers a fantastic view to the church on the hill and across the Etschtal Valley.
    Decorated with fresh seasonal flowers the Schenna flower heart is an authentic crowd-puller throughout the year. Around Christmastime, the heart is illuminated and decorated with lights and pine branches, resembling a Christmas tree.
    Culture & Attractions
    Three Peaks
    Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    The Three Peaks are the landmark of the Dolomites and the nature highlight of the Holiday Region 3 Peaks in the Dolomites. The Three Peaks are situated in the Three Peaks nature park and in 2009 they were declared UNESCO World Heritage, as were all other peaks of the Dolomites.

    The three battlement-like peaks consist mainly of dolomite:

    • The Cima Grande measures a proud 2,999 metres
    • The Cima Occidentale 2,973 metres
    • And the Cima Piccola 2,857 metres

    Among climbers the Three Peaks are one of the most popular destinations in the Alps, offering numerous climbing routes of various levels of difficulty.
    Alpine climbers began to conquer these most important peaks in the Dolomites from 1860. Paul Grohmann from Vienna was the first climber of many of the summits of the eastern Dolomites. In 1869 Grohmann started from Landro and, together with Franz Innerkofler and Peter Salcher, conquered the Cima Grande di Lavaredo. With the construction of the Val Pusteria railway line in 1871 the number of alpine climbers increased steadily. 

    Churches & Monasteries
    Parish church of St. Sebastian at Luttach/Lutago
    Ahrntal/Valle Aurina, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina

    The Parish church of St. Sebastian is situated on a hill in Luttach/Lutago with a beautiful panoramic view. The chapel was constructed in the 13th century and then enlarged and on 21 September 1496 consecrated by Bishop Konrad Reichard. A external restoration has been taken in 1995.

    Leisure & Experience
    Tennis Center Ortisei
    Dolomites Region Val Gardena

    Tennis - Fitness-Center - Funcourt-Beachvolley - small footballcourt - Climbing wall.
    NEW: Padel court

    Culture & Attractions
    Panoramic view peak Penegal
    The South Tyrolean Wine Road

    The panoramic view at the mount Penegal, on 1,737 m offers a stunning view towards the near Dolomites, the Brenta Dolomites as well as the Etschtal/Val d’Adige (South Tyrol) and the Val di Non (Trentino). Absolutely not to be missed especially in case of optimal weather conditions.

    Lakes, cascades
    Waterfall Frankbach
    Ahrntal/Valle Aurina, Ahrntal/Valle Aurina

    Marvel the impressive spectacle of the Frankbach waterfall above St. Johann/San Giovanni. Feel the cooling freshness on your skin, breathe in the pleasant fresh air and admire the colorful light reflections when the sun shines.

    Places to See
    The Sesto sundial
    Dolomites Region 3 Zinnen

    It is one of the most striking skylines created by nature – the unique Sesto Sun Dial mountains. The Dolomite peaks number Nine, Ten (Croda Rossa di Sesto), Eleven, Twelve and One tower high above Sesto and jointly form the imposing stone clockwork. The position of the sun above these peaks can be used to determine the time on clear winter days. And: The Sesto Sun Dial also offers continuous new incentive and stimulation to challenge new records and to go beyond one’s personal limits – or even beyond the limits of the imaginable. The people of Sesto are really creative in this context! Greti Rogger, the innkeeper at the Pian di Cengia hut, and her son Daniel have managed to climb all five peaks of the Sun Dial on a single day. It is hard to imagine a more intense race against time! Insider hint: The best place and time to watch the sun above the Sesto Sun Dial is the main road between Moso and the Congress Hall “Haus Sexten” – in winter! This is when the sun dial will match the time of day rather well.

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