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South Tyrol is known for first-class wine, extensive mountain panoramas and culinary delights such as speck (bacon), chestnuts and bread. Experience South Tyrol on foot during a hiking trip through this fascinating region. In the northernmost part of Italy, you can clearly see the influence of its neighbour Austria. Friendly people who like to welcome hikers own the pastures. There is a harmony between two countries, untied in the characteristics of the regions: Italian zest for life and Austrian hospitality. There is still traditional work done here, and much of it by hand. Experience it for yourself, hiking in South Tyrol is a journey for all the senses!

  • In our video you can see impressions of our hiking tours in South Tyrol.

The most popular hiking tours in South Tyrol

Our Tour Tips

Merano – Lake Garda

On this eight-day hiking tour one highlight follows the last. Starting with the rugged rock formations of the Dolomites, from which you can enjoy unique views over the South Tyrolean wine routes and lush green olive trees, all the way to Lake Garda. Enjoy the ‘dolce vita’ of Italy with a cappuccino.

Lake Reschen – Lake Kaltern

Walk along the via Augusta - the first access road across the Alps - through the vineyards and orchards, pasts castles and palaces. The historic paths in the heart of South Tyrol are not only a cultural highlight, but also a culinary treat. Vinschgau apples and cold wines are two examples of the delicious delights on the hiking trip.

South Tyrolean Wine and Alpine Trail

The start of your hiking trip is located on Marlengo Waalweg, the longest ‘Waal’ (irrigation channel) in South Tyrol, continues past castles, palaces and magnificent alpine landscapes until you catch a breathtaking view of the mountains of the ‘Knottnkino”.

Garmisch – Merano

Get to know the most beautiful sides of the Alps. Past the ski jump on Garmisch, into the Tyrolean mountains as far as Italy, where you can take a short dip in Lake Reschen before continuing to the nature reserve on Haidersee. The destination of your hiking tour is the beautiful city centre of Merano.

Dolomites National Park

Let yourself be enchanted by the turquoise blue waters of Lake Braies, discover the ‘Fanes Sennes Prags’, the largest national park in the Dolomites, and hike past the world famous Three Peaks rock massif. Experience varied hiking days in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, always accompanied by idyllic mountain lakes, lush alpine meadows and green forests.

Dolomites Mountain Trail

Enjoy a far-reaching panorama over the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites and hike through pastures and alpine meadows to the south, where with a little luck you can watch the marmots. Fascinating landscapes and nature make this week of hiking a pure pleasure for every mountain lover.


Useful information about your hiking tour in South Tyrol

Hiking in South Tyrol

The diversity of the country is reflected in over 16,000km of marked trails. Depending on your mood and physical condition you can either conquer challenging mountain trails, tackle climbing routes or simply hike from hut to hut. Whether on the well-tended forest paths, hiking trails or demanding summit ascents, in South Tyrol every mountain lover will find a hiking experience to suit them!

Panorama Vinschgau hiker

Climate in South Tyrol

South Tyrol is protected against the influences of the surrounding climatic zones because of the mountain ranges. This also reduces the amount of rain, and gives the area a Mediterranean character.

July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 29 ° C. In January the temperature can drop to -7 ° C at alpine altitudes.

With 300 sunny days a year, South Tyrol is ideal for an active holiday, and is a popular hiking destination

Panorama Lake Caldaro

Did you know…

  • … that South Tyrol is Europe’s largest contiguous apple-growing region?
  • …that every 12th prize-winning Italian wine comes from South Tyrol?
  • …that Lake Kelterer in South Tyrol is the warmest bathing lake in the Alps?
  • …that there are three official languages, and 40 different dialects in South Tyrol?
  • …that Eppan in Bolzano, with 200 castles, has the most castles in Europe? 
  • …that Seiseralm in South Tyrol is the largest alpine plateau in Europe, with 52km² (8,000 football fields)?
  • …that 64.5% of the area of South Tyrol is over 1500m high?

Culinary delights

Rural traditions paired with Mediterranean charm are the ingredients for the hearty and unmistakable cuisine. The passion for tasty and healthy food is clear in South Tyrol.

But it’s not only the food that’s a pleasure in the region, the high quality wines are also something special. South Tyrol has one of the most northerly growing vineyards in Italy, which is why the wine is described as lively and complex, not least because of the different altitudes.

Panorama South Tyrol

The pearls of South Tyrol

As much as you love nature – sometimes a break in Italian cities is just the answer for tired feet. The cappuccino tastes delicious here, not to mention the other South Tyrolean specialities. No wonder, you’re in Italy – where only the best coffee is good enough! Try Bolzano, Bressanone, Merano or the smaller towns and vineyards.

No matter what stage of your hiking trip, there’s always time for a break. It would be a pity not to enjoy the enchanting landscape of South Tyrol extensively.

Questions and answers about hiking holidays in South Tyrol

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The ideal season for hiking in South Tyrol is from April or May to October.

The diverse regions in South Tyrol offer the best hiking conditions for all levels of hiking and target groups. Whether hiking in Vinschgau, in the wonderful wine regions or the idyllic alpine pasture- and lake regions – South Tyrol is a real paradise for active vacationers and connoisseurs.

With Eurohike you can explore the most beautiful places in South Tyrol. Here is a brief overview of our individual hiking tours in South Tyrol:

Active holidays in South Tyrol are also a wonderful experience with children. The good hiking paths, idyllic rest stops and experiences along the hiking routes ensure a varied active experience. Our moderate walking holiday South Tyrol for families takes you and your family on well-paved hiking trails from Reschen to Meran. Individual sections of the route can also be easily shortened by using public transport.

Almost all of our hiking tours in South Tyrol are also ideal for a hiking holiday with a dog. The paw-friendly hiking routes and dog-friendly hotels ensure an all-round relaxing holiday experience for two and four-legged friends.

Italy is home to a total of 58 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A special UNESCO World Heritage Site are the Dolomites, which have been a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site since 2009. The Dolomites consist of a total of nine sub-areas, which extend over four areas in South Tyrol and five other provinces in Italy: Trento, Belluno, Udine, Prodenone and Bozen.

A hiking holiday in South Tyrol not only scores with a lot of variety along the wonderful hiking paths and the characteristic irrigation channel paths, also known als ‚Waalwege‘ (former irrigation ditches). The areas in South Tyrol benefit from the mild climate and therefore provide the best conditions for being active in the open air starting from April.

Experience the picturesque natural landscapes by foot during the day, enjoy a hiking break with typical South Tyrolean specialties and relax in the accommodation in the evening. Some of our hiking tours also take you to the cities of Meran or Bolzano, to Lake Garda or to Venice – numerous sights, shopping opportunities and gourmet addresses await you there. Either way, a hiking holiday in South Tyrol will be an unforgettable experience.

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