The encounter with nature, culture and customs is nowhere better reflected than in the menus and the people themselves. The warmth, the crisp dialect and the hospitality of the locals are unforgettable. Thus, it may happen that simply giving directions turns into a lively conversation with much gesticulation. For active guests, South Tyrol is a hiking, trekking and mountaineering paradise. More than 13.000 kilometres of natural, signposted hiking trails lead through South Tyrol. 600 kilometres of cycle tracks offer something for all cycling fans. The Dolomites and the Vinschgau, with numerous well-signposted trails, are just perfect for mountain bikers.
Just because South Tyrol is known for its Mediterranean climate doesn’t mean that there is no winter here. On the contrary: The bizarre summits of the Dolomites peak through the blanket of snow, the vast alpine pastures and large forest areas are covered in snow. This beautiful winter landscape is an outdoor paradise for winter sportsmen and women. Around 30 ski resorts are spread across South Tyrol; most of them are part of the Dolomiti Super Ski network. With around 1.200 kilometres of pistes, it is also known as the world’s largest ski circus. But the Ortler Ski Arena, with its family-friendly ski resorts in the west of South Tyrol, is also one of the most important skiing regions.