Top destinations in South Tyrol
Highlights of the Puster Valley
We are sure you will enjoy the following recommendations:
- Dietenheim/Teodone folk museum: This outdoor museum avails of 4 hectares of land and introduces its visitors to farmhouses with original furnishings and tools. Farm animals and events such as bread backing, herb harvest and sheep shearing will enhance your visit and make it a family adventure. The museum has been awarded the title of ‘Most Beautiful Open-air Museum in Europe’ by the ADAC.
- Prags/Braies Wild Lake, Antholz/Anterselva Lake, Toblach/DobbiacoLake and Misurina Lake - These fascinating and mystical mountain lakes of the Upper Puster Valley are truly worth a visit. The warmest bathing lake in the Alps is the famous Lake Kaltern/Caldaro near the town of Kaltern/Caldaro.
- Experience pure nature... on Alpine meadows and the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park, as well as the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park.
- Lodenwelt: From the sheep to wool… and from wool to a Loden coat (traditional). The “world of the Loden” in Vintl/Vandoies awaits you!
- Up high - and even higher... into the High Rope Climbing Gardens of the surrounding area: in Issing/Issegno, Toblach/Dobbiaco and the Ahrn Valley.
- Walk along the Panorama path to the Concordia Peace Bell at the Kronplatz/Plan der Corones!
- Cloister Neustift near Vahrn: The Augustine Canons Foundation of Neustift, near Vahrn/Varna, is the largest and most famous cloister in the entire Tyrolean region. Today, around 30 monks live and work there. It is particularly worth seeing the library, the basilica and the wine cellars!
- The Bishops town of Brixen/Bressanone presents you with beautiful shops, romantic lanes, a cathedral, the White Tower, the castle with the Diocese museum and a nativity museum.
- Earth pyramids & Mill path in Terenten/Terento... from corn to bread. All this can be experienced inside the 500 year old corn mills. Every Monday, you can watch corn being ground in the mills at the Tern creek. This is followed by a hiking trip to a farmhouse, where we can bake bread together. Earth pyramids can also be found in Percha/Perca.
- Taufer Ahrn Valley: Castle Taufers is one of the largest fortresses in the country. It is particularly worth visiting the Prince’s rooms, the large library, the court room, the so-called ghost room, the prison, weapon’s chamber and the huge amount of tile stoves. The Reinbach water falls near the village of Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures are an impressive natural spectacle.. The huge amounts of water come down in three individual water falls: each one is larger and more powerful than the next. Maranatha in Luttach/Lutago is a special nativity crib museum - the most imaginative in Europe. If you are interested in minerals, don’t forget to visit the mineral museum in St. Johann.
- The village of Prettau/Predoi is known as a mining town. For more than 500 years, people mined the mountains for copper. The food store of Steinhaus is home to the mining museum and houses the multi-media collection. The Climate Tunnel called ‘I breathe‘ is situated at an altitude of 1,100 metres above sea level inside the mountain, where there is a special micro-climate. This has a very good effect on people with breathing problems or allergies. The Schneeberg/Monte Neve is one of the highest mines in Europe and was the longest-serving ore mine in the entire Alpine region. Since its closure in 1985, the mine has been turned into a unique visiting centre.
- Display dairy farm ‘Drei Zinnen‘ in Toblach/Dobbiaco: Discover new and amusing ideas about cheese production and the dairy industry. Lots of information about local traditions and how they are still being used in the production today.
- Partake of a Kneipp cure at the Kneipp path in Taisten and the Kneipp Park in Niederdorf.
- Castle Rodenegg was built in the 12th Century and depicts some of the oldest and most profane frescoes in the German-speaking region. The castle is owned by the offspring of Oswald von Wolkenstein. The main attraction is the fresco cycle to the poetry ‘Iwein’ by Hartmann von Aue. It is worth seeing the castle’s chapel, consecrated to Saint Michael, the weapon’s room, the castle gardens and the so-called Lauterfresser hole – a very tight dungeon.
- Dolomite circular trip: A must during your South Tyrolean holidays. Drive from Kiens/Chienes into the Gader Valley, across the Groden Pass, into the picturesque Val Gardena and from there back to Brixen/Bressanone! The breath-taking mountain backdrop is simply magnificent! Wood carvings of all types can be found at Dolfiland. If you are interested in the Ladin culture, please visit the Ladin museum in St. Martin /S. Martino.
- The Gilfenklamm (canyon) in Sterzing/Vipiteno: The Ratsching/Racines creek turns into roaring masses of water that plummet over the cliffs into the deep valley below. Attention: the hiking paths leads you across suspension bridges this natural monument!
- Bozen/Bolzano, the federal capital of South Tyrol also has lots to offer: the Waltherplatz, fruit market, the ‘Lauben’ (porticos), the town theatre, Ötzi Museum, the Nature Museum, Castle Runkelstein, as well as the MMM - Messner Mountain Museum.
- Meran is South Tyrol’s main spa town. Beside the centre and the Spa & Passer promenades, you should also visit the Botanic Gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff. Only a short distance from Meran, there is also the mighty Castle Tirol with its magnificent halls and an exhibition about the history of our country.
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