The sights of South Tyrol: culture, historical ruins and cosy cafés

Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or with family, there is something for all to see on rainy days in South Tyrol. From museums to spa centres to strolls through a city’s Old Town with a bite to eat.


Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor ánd Ursus ladinicus

Museum Ladin in San Martin houses a number of exhibitions on the region’s history. In the historic Ciastel de Tor castle, visitors can find out how the five valleys interact. The museum also provides information on the language and way of life of the 30,000 locals. Tourists can track down the fossil remains of the prehistoric bear in Museum Ladin Ursus ladinicus. The museum uses ancient artefacts and modern technology to put the spotlight on the 40,000-year-old bear skeleton.


Istitut Ladin "Micurà de Rü"

Ladin, a Rhaeto-Romance language, is only spoken in a very small region. The Istitut Ladin Micurà de Rü in San Martin is devoted to preserving and promoting Ladin as a language and culture. The institute encourages establishments and associations to set up relevant initiatives. It also publishes works in Ladin as well as books in other languages about Ladinia and its culture. The institute’s library is open to visitors all year round. Exhibitions by local artists are held in summer.


Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park visitor centre

Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park visitor centre in San Vigilio tells visitors all they need to know about the nature park in interactive exhibits. Go and find out how the Dolomites came into existence. Learn more about the relief of the landscape, with its villages by mountain pastures and biodiverse mountain meadows. The exhibition on the cave bear of Conturines, which was unearthed in 1987, is the visitor centre’s pride and joy. There is also a craft corner for the youngest visitors.


The Cron4 spa paradise

The Cron4 spa paradise is situated at the foot of the Kronplatz mountain. It houses a range of children’s pools and a 75 m long slide, while babies will love the baby pool. The wellness area boasts a 3,000 m2 expanse of saunas. There is also a saltwater pool, various quiet rooms, Kneipp basins and professional sauna infusions. Visitors are guaranteed to relax their body and mind here.


Folklore Museum

Visitors can explore the Folklore Museum, which boasts grounds spanning 3 ha, in Dietenheim in the heart of the Puster Valley. The museum’s centrepiece is the Baroque Mair am Hof residence with its ethnological collections and grand rooms. More than 20 old buildings from various areas of the region have been translocated and reconstructed outside the main residence over time. The exhibition takes a socio-historical approach that contrasts the various demographic groups’ way of life.


Taufers Castle

This mighty castle complex is a must-see landmark in South Tyrol. Taufers Castle in the Ahrntal valley was constructed in the early 13th century. It became an important dynastic seat during the Middle Ages. Today it is one of Tyrol’s most beautiful castles, and a fascinating sight for visitors. Admire the frescos by Friedrich Pacher in the chapel or meander your way through the collection of art and furniture from the 12th to 17th centuries.


Tourist Mine and Climate Gallery in Prettau

Everybody who visits the tourist mine on the Rötbach mountain comes away feeling impressed. Where copper ore was once mined for 500 years, tourists can now go on a thrilling ride through the mountain. The tour explains how the miners carried out their underground work. Hikers can also take the Knappensteig educational nature trail and be rewarded with magnificent views at an altitude of 2,100 m.
The Climate Gallery is a great place for those two suffer with respiratory ailments, as the cave therapy practised here really helps with breathing.


Bruneck, MMM Ripa and MMM Corones

At the heart of the Puster Valley, Bruneck has a wide array of attractions for visitors to South Tyrol. In 2009, it was crowned the best small town in Italy to live in, and no wonder as its streets are lined with vibrant boutiques and cafés. Bruneck Castle and the Rain Church stand proudly on top of their hill. MMM Ripa is housed in the castle and former summer residence of the prince bishops and is dedicated to the mountain peoples of the world. MMM Corones is located on the Kronplatz. Visitors can enjoy unimpeded views and an exhibition dedicated to traditional mountaineering.


The Bishopric of Brixen and Novacella Abbey

With a history dating back more than 1,000 years Brixen is the oldest city in South Tyrol, boasting an extraordinary mixture of holy relics and modern entertainment. The cathedral is the city’s emblem. The episcopal church is widely known for its Gothic frescos in the cloister. The city’s medieval Old Town with its historical tidbits and culinary morsels is the perfect place for a stroll. Novacella Abbey is also well worth a visit. Its cloisters, library and surrounding vineyard are a must-see attraction.


The provincial capital of Bolzano and the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

The capital city of South Tyrol has hardly changed since the 19th century, making it a major tourist attraction. To this day, its romantic, winding Old Town is lined with enticing shops and great places to eat. The Cathedral of Bolzano is the first Gothic hall church in the history of architecture and features a beautiful portal. Visitors to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology can marvel at the world renowned Ötzi the Iceman and learn more about pre- and early history.

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