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South Tyrol

Holidays in South Tyrol
The Magic of Variety

South Tyrol, called Alto Adige in Italian, is located on the southern side of the Alps and is characterised by the symbiosis of Alpine and Mediterranean features, spontaneity, reliability, nature and culture! In South Tyrol you'll find everything to experience unforgettable holidays: Alpine meadows, steep rocks, snow-white peaks, blue skies, numerous hours of sun, romantic valleys, vibrant centres, lakes, castles, fortresses, vineyards, bacon & crisp Schüttelbrot bread, chestnuts & sweet wine, …

South Tyrol has many cultural goods

Beautiful castles & fortresses can be found at sunny places all over the region. In the villages you can visit chapels, churches and convents. Everywhere in South Tyrol you'll find various museums, the towns enchant with charming alleys and decorated shops and manors.

South Tyrolean dialect, customs & festivities

Culture is still lived in an authentic way in South Tyrol. Customs and traditions are still very important and are preserved with pride. Religious days are celebrated with parades, church days with Tyrolean doughnuts and village festivals with music.

Figures & Facts

  • South Tyrol has approximately 500,000 inhabitants
  • There are three official languages: 70% of the populations are German, 25% Italian and 5 % Ladin speaking
  • With over 100,000 inhabitants Bolzano is the biggest city in South Tyrol; it is the capital and also seat of the regional government
  • South Tyrol comprises an area of 7,400 km², whereby 80% is alpine in nature and only 8% of the area is suitable for settlements


  • The aerial cableway from Bolzano to Colle, constructed in 1908, is the oldest cableway in the world
  • Dolomiti SuperSki with 1200 km of slopes is the biggest ski carousel in the world including many ski resorts in South Tyrol
  • The 5300 year old Ice Man, also called "Ötzi" is the oldest glacier mummy in the world. You can visit the Ice Man in the South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano
  • Glorenza is the smallest city with an intact city wall in the Alpine region (approx. 880 inhabitants)
  • Alpe di Siusi is the biggest high-alpine plateau in Europe (52 km²=8,000 soccer fields)
  • Caldaro Lake is the warmest bathing lake in the Alps
  • South Tyrol has the most northern vineyards and the best white wines in Italy
  • The mines in South Tyrol are the highest mines in Europe. Nowadays, they are accessible for tourists
  • The University of Bolzano was the first tri lingual university in Europe. Courses are held in German, Italian and English

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