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Hiking Tips - Suggestions for Hikes

On foot, you are right on trend. South Tyrol and Tyrol have everything a hiker's heart desires: from easy walks to high alpine tours, there is something for every demand and requirement. Along the way, you will come across unique testimonies of South Tyrolean art and culture. Numerous alpine and mountain huts await you for a sociable rest and refreshment. Breathe in the fresh air of the Tyrolean mountain world, experience unforgettable views of a magnificent landscape, enjoy the scent of fresh mountain herbs; and with a bit of luck, you might even catch a glimpse of a little marmot! Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the incomparable fascination of the mountains! Hiking in South Tyrol is a dream!

Hiking Experience
Hiking Experience
Hiking with Children
Hiking with Children
Blossom Hike in Kaltern
Blossom Hike in Kaltern
South Tyrol - Fun in Nature
South Tyrol - Fun in Nature
Hike with a Great View
Hike with a Great View
Hiking Experience Rugged Rocks
Hiking Experience Rugged Rocks
Summit Climber
Summit Climber
Winter Hike
Winter Hike
Cross at Sunset
Cross at Sunset
Winter in the Muehlwalder Valley
Winter in the Muehlwalder Valley

South Tyrol has a lot to offer to vacationers, but hiking and mountaineering are still the main attractions in summer. South Tyrol's mountains were also the origin of tourism in the country, especially the Dolomites with their imposing peaks became the cradle of alpinism.

The Mediterranean-influenced climate on the south side of the Alps with a uniquely high number of sunny days naturally favors hiking in the mountains. Particularly in autumn, you can enjoy stable weather and a magnificent long-distance view in the mountains. In our opinion, the unique magic of nature is even more beautiful in the sunshine.

Rarely will you find a region that offers such a great variety of landscape forms. From the gentle valleys and hills in the south of South Tyrol, to the "pale mountains" of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, to the high mountain landscapes along the main Alpine ridge and around the Ortler, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps - in South Tyrol, every hike is a journey of discovery for all the senses.

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Over 13,000km of well-marked hiking trails offer countless possibilities: Pleasure hikers appreciate the tranquil Waal paths in the Vinschgau or the paths through the vineyards in the Etschtal and Überetsch, as well as romantic walks through the chestnut groves in the Eisacktal. Hikes from castle to castle lead far back into the Middle Ages, educational trails through gorges, canyons, to lakes and waterfalls provide insight into the secrets of nature. Higher up, you can enjoy idyllic alpine hikes or the high-altitude paths with magnificent panoramic views. Everywhere, you can discover the diverse and rich fauna and flora, animals and plants, marmots, birds, deer, hares, ancient trees, rare flowers...

Hiking perfectly matches the trend towards nature-oriented vacations and the conscious use of one's own body. Enjoy the physical activity in the heart of nature, feel how the body gains strength and energy and becomes fit again for the demands of everyday life.

Our Special Tip

The South Tyrol Trekking Guide, the hiking app for your smartphone, provides information on hikes and mountain tours from all parts of South Tyrol. Route descriptions, tips, and detailed maps make hiking through South Tyrol's mountains a pleasure.

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Maiern in the Ridnaun Valley
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Winter Hiking in South Tyrol Vacation: Three Selected Tour Tips

South Tyrol has an excellently developed network of winter hiking trails where you can let the dreamlike landscape take effect on you. Below you will find three selected tours that represent a good opportunity to discover South Tyrol in winter.

Dolomites
On the move on the Dolomites Panorama Trail

The Dolomites Panorama Trail leads in a total of four stages from the Rodenecker and Lüsner Alm to Lajen, offering hikers a fantastic panorama of numerous Dolomite peaks.

Hotel Algund Hiking Waalweg
On the way on the Algund und Mais Waalweg

The irrigation channels (Waalwege) in South Tyrol are an excellent way to get to know the country‘s fantastic nature and enjoy beautiful viewpoints.

Hiker in the Arlberg region
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WunderWanderWeg St. Anton am Arlberg

A very special experience is the WunderWanderWeg in St. Anton am Arlberg, which has now been expanded by a total of 13 stations and offers plenty of space for discovery to visitors both young and old.

South Tyrol Spring
Hiking in South Tyrol vacation: Colorful spring valley

Especially when everything starts to bloom, the Spring Valley is a perfect destination for the whole family. Therefore, the valley should be visited just in this season when everything seems to be submerged in the colorful splendor of flowers.

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Information for your hiking holiday in South Tyrol

When it gets warmer outside again, countless hiking trails in South Tyrol invite you to experience nature. But what do you need to consider to be able to properly enjoy a hike?

Tribulaun Hut on the last meters of the hut climb
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From the Tribulaun to the Magdeburger Hut

At the foot of the Tribulaun rocks, at 2,369 meters above sea level next to Lake Sandes, lies the Tribulaun Hut. It is an ideal base for hikes in the Stubai Alps, such as continuing to the Magdeburg Hut.

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On Dürerweg in Salurn

In 1494, Albrecht Dürer went on his first trip to Italy. Along the way, he also passed through South Tyrol, where many traces of the famous painter, draftsman, and printmaker are still remembered today.

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Kaltern as seen from Penegal
Kalterer Weinweg (Caldaro Wine Trail)

Along the South Tyrolean Wine Road, there are several themed hiking trails through and around the vineyards, which open up the beauties of these cultural landscapes in a variety of ways. In Kaltern too, one can embark on a journey of discovery through the diversity of perhaps the most famous South Tyrolean wine-growing region on the wine.path.

Stettiner Hütte, Meraner Höhenweg, Südtirol
Meraner Höhenweg

Many consider it to be the most beautiful hiking trail in all of South Tyrol. With a total length of around 100 km, it circles the Texel Group and offers numerous fantastic views and insights.

Partschinser Waterfall
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Partschins Waterfall

The Partschinser Waterfall is one of the highest and most famous waterfalls in South Tyrol, with the masses of water from the Zielbach plunging impressively over an almost 100 m high rock face into the depths.

South Tyrolean Schlinig Valley
Photo: Wikipedia-User: Mawamo - GFDL
Hike to the Pfaffenseen (2222 m)

The two lakes above Schlinig are located near the gently rounded Watles and offer a magnificent view of the Ötztal Alps.

The Rosszähne with Schlern and Seiser Alm
Sciliar (2564 m)

The highest point of the massive Schlern massif is the Petz (2564 m), a debris and rubble pyramid with an incomparable view of the surrounding mountain world of the Dolomites.

Holiday resort with Sass Songher / Puez Group
Sass Songher (2665 m)

This massive, free-standing rock mountain rises to the north above Corvara. The climb is always worthwhile: the hiker is rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view.

Sass Pordoi (Pordoispitze) seen from Passo Pordoi
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Sass Pordoi (2950 m)

The Sass Pordoi (Pordoispitze) rises as a massive massif with its vertical west wall from the Sella group. Since a cable car leads to the Pordoispitze from the Pordoi Pass, the footpath is often only used for the descent.

The Laugenspitze from the northwest
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Laugenspitze (2433 m)

The Laugenspitze - a striking, freestanding double peak - rises above the entrance to the Ulten Valley and offers a magnificent view of the wide Adige Valley.

Haflinger horses at the Rittner Horn
Rittner Horn (2260 m)

The green Rittner Horn, the southernmost elevation of the Sarntal eastern ridge, is an extremely panoramic peak with views of a fascinating mountain world.

View of Roen from Karnol
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Hike to Roèn (2116 m)

The Roèn, which rises steeply to the west above Tramin, is the highest and at the same time most rewarding viewpoint mountain of the entire Mendola Ridge.

Peitlerkofel (2875m) seen from Würzjoch
Mountain tour to the Peitlerkofel (2874 m)

This massive rock mountain - the northwestern cornerstone of the Dolomites - towers with its 600 m high north face clearly visible above the green Lüsner mountains.

Radlsee and Radlseehütte, seen from the Königsangerspitze.
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Hike to Radlsee (2196 m)

The Radlsee above the Brixen basin - 130 m long and 60 m wide - with its clear water, transparent to the stony bottom, is said to be unfathomable according to legend. A plough wheel that had sunk in the Durnholzer See in the Sarntal valley is said to have reappeared here.

The Lake Tour
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Seven Lakes (2443 - 2647 m) Ridnaun

In the farthest Ridnaun Valley lie the magnificent Seven Lakes with their crystal-clear water dipped in deep blue color, in front of a gigantic mountain backdrop.

The Hirzer Peak (left, 2781m) from the west
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Hike to the Hirzer (2781 m)

The Hirzer is the highest peak of the Sarntal western ridge and can be easily climbed by hikers who are not afraid of heights and sure-footed.

Spronser Lakes: Green Lake - Texel Group Nature Park
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Spronser Lakes Plateau (2126 - 2589 m)

The Spronser Lakes, the largest high alpine lake group in South Tyrol, are located high above Merano, at the end of the Spronser Valley. The ten lakes offer a unique mountain experience in a beautiful circular tour.

Muthöhfe auf der Mutspitze
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Hike to the Mutspitze (2295 m)

The Mutspitze is a popular and frequently visited viewpoint mountain above Merano, which offers a wide view over the Burggraviate and beyond.

The Three Peaks
Sexten Circular Trail

The Sesto circular trail – a thematic path consisting of two parts – is a wonderful way to get to know the area around Sesto, its history, and its characteristics. The circular trail is an easy, yet immensely interesting hike without significant changes in altitude.

Burg Hocheppan
Three Castles Hike in Eppan

Let‘s go for a hike to three of the most beautiful castles in South Tyrol, the famous Eppan castle triangle Hocheppan, Boymont Castle, and Korb Castle!

Nordic Walking
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Nordic Walking in South Tyrol

Nordic Walking, the trendy sport from Finland, is enjoying increasing popularity.

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