Relaxation or a sporting challenge, adventure and nature: An excursion to South Tyrol can spur you on to top performance – and at the same time offers unique summer enjoyment: Impressive high mountain trails or long hiking trails through lush valleys, striking summits, exciting places of cultural interest – South Tyrol is a feast for all the senses.

There are more than 16,000 kilometers of well-signposted hiking routes through the South Tyrol landscapes with a wealth of unique pleasures for ambitious outdoor enthusiasts: Trekkers, climbers and walkers all find their particular pleasures in this mountain region. One of the most fascinating natural monuments in South Tyrol is the “Drei Zinnen”, the distinctive rock outcrops which simply invite you to climb or hike.

Intensive hiking experience at the foot of the Dolomite

South Tyrol can certainly be best experienced on foot: There are numerous well-conceived walking routes throughout the whole of the region – the possibilities are endless: The “Meran Heights Route”, for example, gives the hiker a fascinating overview of mountain top panoramas but also mountain slopes with scattered farms. Experienced mountain enthusiasts can try the “Pfunderer Höhenweg”, an absolutely delightful experience: Far away from the tourist routes through a virtually undisturbed natural environment – but on this route, you must certainly not suffer from vertigo! A good physical condition and mountain experience are of course pre-conditions.

He who dares wins

The Dolomites are simply perfect for hikers who love long routes with spectacular panoramas! Climbing enthusiasts are also here in the right place: This mountain range offers more than 100 climbing routes at all levels of ability, from tours for beginners to exciting locations, some of which demand top performance. Enjoy the mountains, enjoy the wonderful views, for example the ideal conditions of the “Maria-Kante” or the “Fünffingerspitze”, both of which are almost classics of the “Via Ferrata”.

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“His majesty in stone”: Mount Ortler needs full commitment but reaching the summit is your reward

The Ortler at almost 400 meters is the highest mountain in South Tyrol and is a paradise for all outdoor-fans who are hungry for experience: The route leads from the fertile valleys with their colorful flowers and lush vegetation, then over green meadows and through the forests, up and up to the slopes and then the summits. In the warmer seasons the scene of long hiking tours, in winter the meadows, valleys and slopes are now transformed to a paradise for skiers and snowboarders, also for bobsleigh and cross-country skiers. The majestic Ortler is a challenge for ambitious Alpine sportsmen and women and the effort is well worth it! The view from the summit and the surrounding mountain panorama including the beautiful Suldner Valley are worth every drop of sweat.

Hiking in South Tyrol - Two hikers take a break on a bench.

Super Chalet Evenings: Crowning finale

As well as the unique outdoor highlights, South Tyrol also offers culinary delights for nature-loving hikers: Traditional mountain chalets entice you with savory and sweet specialties of the region – what could taste better after a strenuous day of hiking than a wholesome “Brettljause” with fresh bread and butter, mature regional cheese and the famous South Tyrol ham? A great variety of farms and mountain chalets welcome the hiker with excellent cuisine, many of the ingredients often produced on the farm. “Törgellen” is a South Tyrolean custom for everyone to enjoy. This used to be the celebration of the wine harvest and after the work was done, everyone could enjoy a “Brotzeit”, a meal of bread and cheese and ham with a glass of the new wine: a crowning finale to a year full of glorious moments in nature.