Enjoy a wellness holiday in South Tyrol
South Tyrol is Italy’s most Northern Province and treats visitors to breath-taking views of the alpine landscape within a Mediterranean atmosphere – perfect for a relaxing wellness holiday. Various wellness hotels in the region not only offer couples a pure wellness experience, they also provide an exciting activity and wellness programme for families. The children are entertained by professional childcare teams, giving parents the opportunity to relax in the hotels’ spa and wellness areas.
Take a spa break in South Tyrol – a Mediterranean ambience in the Dolomite MountainsGuests taking a holiday in South Tyrol will be impressed by its striking landscape. The snow-covered Dolomite Mountains are a stark contrast to the palm trees and flowers found at lower levels. It’s a perfect spot for holidaymakers who enjoy walking, hiking and climbing. After an active day, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a spa to relieve those aching muscles with a massage or a sauna while making plans for the next day’s activities.
South Tyrolean cuisine – hearty meals with a Mediterranean influenceEating and drinking in the South Tyrol region always means wellness for the taste buds. People immediately think of apples, prosciutto and wine. However, the cuisine is much more varied and the Mediterranean influence can be found on most menus. The aperitif is as essential as the after-meal espresso with homemade pasta also being very popular. Traditional dishes like spinach dumplings and apple strudel (Apfelstrudel) are often found on hotel menus.
Experience South Tyrol’s culture – historical towns, churches and monasteriesDue to the warm and sunny climate, the towns of Merano, Bozen and Brixen in South Tyrol are popular holiday destinations. Bozen, the capital city of South Tyrol, is rich in culture and has many historical places of interest to visit. The city is a fascinating mix of Italian and South Tyrolean cultures.
Take a wander around the charming spa town of Merano, with its pretty streets and flower-covered arches, promenades and historical buildings. The town also has a great variety of shops as well as castles and monasteries to discover.
Brixen is an ideal location to combine a cultural trip with a wellness break. This 1,000-year-old town has its own very special charm. The religious pieces of art, the historical old town with its cathedral as well as the large choice of restaurants and cafés attract many visitors.
The Vinschgau region – a culturally rich region on the western edge of South TyrolLocated on the western edge of South Tyrol, the Vinschgau region is well worth exploring. The Vinschgau Valley lies between the towns of Naturns and Merano and the Rechen Pass.
The Vinschgau region is a culturally important area with references from Ancient times through to the Middle Ages, right up to the present day. The Waalwege walking trail that winds its way along the ancient canals and the walking paths in the Stelvio Pass National Park are ideal for discovering the region on foot. Mountain bikers will find plenty of routes. A particularly good one is the Via Claudia Augusta, which is around 80km long. This route from Mals to Merano is a relatively easy path and passes historical castles, churches and old ruins.
Lake Reschen is famous for its submerged 14th Century church, where the tower is a prominent landmark in the Vinschgau region. However, its history is steeped in sadness. In 1950, Lake Reschen used to be connected to two other lakes by a dam and when the water level rose, it fully submerged the village of Graun, resulting in its residents losing their homes. The only thing that still remains of the village is the tower that protrudes from Lake Reschen.
Churburg is a Rennaissance castle built in 1253. The courtyard is surrounded by beautiful arcades. Visitors can explore the many treasures that are displayed throughout this impressive castle. It’s also well-known for its large collection of elaborately-designed armoury.
Also, worth visiting is the tiny town of Gurns, which is located just south of the Alps in the upper Vinschgau region. Time seems to almost stop in Gurns, where there are only 900 residents. As well as its historical town centre, Gurns also has the only preserved fortification in the Southern Alps.
Visitors can also wander through the vaults on the medieval streets or discover the medieval mansions, towers, churches and castles.
Winter fun for the young and old in the Vinschgau regionThe Vinschgau Valley is not only a favourite summer holiday destination, winter is also a popular time to enjoy some skiing. The area comprises of five ski resorts, which cater for all abilities. The Sulden Glacier has an altitude of 3,000m. It is located close to the family-friendly Trafoi ski resort in the Ortler Ski Arena, in the Stelvio Pass National Park. Another family-friendly ski resort is Watles, located in the Sesvenna Alps. Families can enjoy 28km of ski runs, a 4km toboggan run and a ski cross course.
The Reschen Pass extends from the Haider Alm ski resort to Schöneben. At the Haider Alm resort, snow is guaranteed and perfect for advanced skiers, whereas Schöneben is an ideal resort for families and snowboarders. Snowboard and freestyle enthusiasts will love the challenging and modern snow park.
A wellness holiday in South Tyrol means relaxation for the whole family at any time of year.