The Alpine region of South Tyrol, with its 7,400 square km extension, has a surprisingly varied climate and landscape, culture and cuisine. The Isarco Valley to the north has great scope for numerous mountain sports along the central Alpine mountain chain with stunning trails, mountain huts, refuges and award-winning restaurants. To the east of the Pusteria Valley and Val Gardena Valley, there is a winter sports paradise in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.
To the south, one senses the proximity to the Trentino region and Lake Garda. The sun and the vineyards near Caldaro Lake (the warmest swimming lake in the Alps), lend their influence to the area. To the west, between Merano and Environs and the Resia Pass on the border with Austria and Switzerland, lies the Venosta Valley with its high glaciers, wildlife parks and mountain passes.
Throughout South Tyrol you are within striking distance of spectacular and memorable destinations, from the Dolomites with the Three Peaks of Lavaredo to the Stelvio National Park with the Ortles Mountain, the rocky pyramids of Renon/Ritten and Lake Braies near Sesto/Sexten. In South Tyrol, there is also the biggest high Alpine plateau in Europe, the Alpe di Siusi near Castelrotto/Kastelruth, the Messner Mountain Museum (five in all), Runkelstein Castle in Bolzano/Bozen, Säben Monastery near Chiusa/Klausen, the Bolzano Cathedral, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle and much more.