South Tyrol – A Land of Wonderful Contrasts Right at Your Doorstep!
In South Tyrol, you'll find a wide variety of different natural wonders and glorious sights very close together: the rugged Dolomites, gentle rolling hills, vineyards and orchards, different sight-seeing spots and excursion destinations, and the three inviting cities of Bozen/Bolzano, Meran/Merano, and Brixen/Bressanone.
The Bletterbach Gorge - The Grand Canyon of South Tyrol
Right around the corner – just about 25 minutes by car – you'll find a geological wonder unlike any other in Europe: The Bletterbach Gorge. In the last 15,000 years, the Bletter Brook carved this imposing canyon out of the living rock. It's 12 km long and up to 400 meters deep. Thus, visitors can walk through this gorge and travel back in time as they pass the various different geological strata. In order to help visitors better understand these wonders, a highly interesting information center called the Geoparc Bletterbach was established: www.bletterbach.info
Sights to See & Nearby Spots to Visit
The Cities of South Tyrol
- South Tyrol's first astronomical observatory was established in Gummer; it boasts a solar observatory and an informative "Planet Trail" (baby-carriage-accessible) where families with children can learn more.
- The Steinegg Museum of Local History and Culture – where a thousand years of Tyrolean history come alive
- St. Helena Chapel in Deutschnofen / Nova Ponente & the religious shrine of Maria Weissenstein
- Alpine Coaster Gardonè – fun-filled bobsledding
More Interesting Destinations
- Bozen/Bolzano – the capital city (25 km away): It's the economic metropolis of this region and a great place to go shopping. Highlights include: the tree-lined boulevards, the Walther Platz, and the Fruit Market held every day, the "Iceman" Museum, and the Nature Museum.
- Meran/Merano – the health spa and wine city – located about 40 minutes away by car. This cozy, picturesque town is situated where the Passer/Passirio River flows into the Etsch/Adige River. The new thermal baths are an unforgettable experience– great for families with small children, too. More info: www.thermemeran.it
In Meran/Merano, all around the Castle Trauttmansdorff, you'll find some of the most-beautiful and gorgeous gardens of Italy.
- Brixen/Bressanone – small and friendly – is always worth a visit. Lots of shops and stores, quaint cafés, and a picturesque little "Old Town" to stroll through. For bathing and water fun, visit the Acquarena. www.acquarena.com
- Hike to the Hocheppan Fortress, where you'll be rewarded with a fantastic view of the vineyards and orchards
- The Bee Museum at the Ritten/Renon
- Castle Runkelstein at the entrance of the Sarn Valley, near Bozen/Bolzano
- Reinhold Messner's Castle Juval and his newest creation: the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) at Castle Sigmundskron / Firmiano, near Bozen/Bolzano
- The Trudner Horn Nature Park Museum
- Archeoparc Schnals, where you can see a reconstruction of the environment in which Ötzi, the "Iceman," lived
- Drive around the Dolomites and the Marmolada glaciers
- Kalterer See / Lago di Caldaro, an idyllic bathing lake
- Lake Garda & Gardaland
- Venice, the city of lagoons