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  • Top reasons to visit South Tyrol

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    South Tyrol is an area in Northern Italy that was part of Austria until 1919, so it is no wonder that culture here is as much Austrian as it is Italian. South Tyrol is technically a German speech area, but you can manage well with Italian too.

    This is the land of opposites. The peaks of Zillertali and Ötztali Alpes eternally covered in snow are just a few kilometers away from vineyards breeding wonderful South Tyrol vines. Hope this nice video and short guide will give you the top reasons to visit South Tyrol.

    Visit for the landscape

    The orchards of the Etsch Valley and Vinschgau as well as the flower splendor of Dorf Tyrol and Meran are typically Mediterranean landscapes, they draw attention with the humming of the swift mountain creeks.

    Landscape in South Tyrol, Italy

    South Tyrol landscape ©m.prinke/Flickr

    The alpine pastures covered in flowers are a sharp contrast to the treeless rock world of the Dolomites. Cows and lambs graze on the green pastures but you can also see the occasional mountain goat.

    The area fortunately escaped the destruction of wars so numerous monuments – many from the Gothic and Roman era – await visitors, which is another reason to visit South Tyrol.

    Old church in South Tyrol, Italy

    Church in South Tyrol ©David Saltuari/Flickr

    Mountain peaks are crowned by ancient castles and fortresses and the churches in villages and towns are surrounded by beautiful old buildings, providing a charming site and beautiful walking paths.

    Things to do in South Tyrol

    It is great to visit South Tyrol in any time of the year. In the winter the slopes of the Alps promise superb entertainment for ski lovers and even in the warm months  you can enjoy winter sports at the glaciers. In the spring it is the blooming of orchards that attracts a lot of visitors while in the fall it is harvest and vine tastings.

    Fortress in South Tyrol, Italy

    Fortress ©southtyrolean/Flickr

    For hiking and monument visiting, the best season is still summer. Although, the region is far from the sea, we can enjoy the freshwater lakes is the area, apart from the beach experience, they also offer beautiful landscapes.


    Local cuisine is another reason to visit South Tyrol, gourmets will love the schlutzkrapfen staffed with spinach and cheese as well as the famous Tyrol bacon. It is highly recommended to rinse your meal with a glass of Gewürztraminer, the world famous Tyrol wine.

    Vineyard and old fortress in South Tyrol

    Vineyard ©southtyrolean/Flickr

    Hope you have found our top reasons to visit South Tyrol enough to include the region on your must visit list. We would glad to hear and experience and opinion about the region in the comment section.

     

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