Meransen at the mouth of the Pustertal Valley is the ideal holiday location from which to explore the Pustertal and Eisacktal valleys and all of South Tyrol. Whether you want to experience the mountains, or culture and luxury are more your scene…there are lots of recommendations:
- The panoramic platform on the Gitschberg offers a breathtaking view of 500 peaks of the Dolomites, Zillertal, Stubai and Ötztal Alps.
- The alpine region of Gitschberg Jochtal boasts 30 mountains and numerous alpine huts for a perfect hiking experience. Fane Alm is the best preserved, most beautiful alpine village in South Tyrol.
- At the Pfunderer Farms you can experience authentic farming traditions.
- Bruneck town and castle: Bruneck Castle towers over the town from the hill above. Reinhold Messner’s fifth museum is currently being built at Bruneck Castle, MMM – Messner Mountain Museum RIPA. It is intended that each year guests from other mountain regions of the world such as Sherpa, Indios, Tibetans, Mongolians and Hunzas will spend the summer visiting the MMM and give accounts of their country and way of life. The opening is planned for 2011.
- Bergila in Issing (Pfalzen): Essential oils have been distilled here using traditional methods for over 100 years. In the herb garden 70 different kinds of herbs are grown in accordance with strict biological guidelines. These herbs are harvested when they are at their most fragrant, then dried and packed as tea or turned into oil extracts, tinctures and other herbal products.
- From wool to coat – the loden cloth museum in Vintl provides information on the production of high-quality loden cloth.
- Villnösstal Valley with its little church of St. Magdalena in the foreground and the Geisler rearing up behind is picture-postcard perfect!
- In Terenten you can visit 500 year-old corn mills. In the summer months one of the mills is always in action every Monday. A circular walk also takes you past the earth pyramids.
- The Jakobsweg trail also passes through South Tyrol! Neustift Monastery is at the crossing point between the two routes, from north to south and from east to west.
- Neustift Monastery : In Neustift near Brixen you should take time to visit the monastery with its collegiate church, cloisters and library.
- In Brixen you can visit the palace, the diocesan and crib museums, Brixen cathedral and lovely little shops.
- According to the ADAC Leisure Guide, Dietenheim Museum of Folklore is one of the most attractive open-air museums in Europe. The exhibition area comprises old farmhouses and craft workshops which give insight into the varied layouts of houses and courtyards. The residence Mair am Hof is the focal point of the museum and has several collections of folk art and religious artefacts, including a display of pipes, belts and zithers.
- The fortified town of Franzensfeste was founded in 1833-39 and named after Kaiser Franz I of Austria. At that time it was the strongest fortified settlement in Europe. This defensive stronghold never experienced a time of battle and was soon bypassed by new technical developments elsewhere. Nevertheless, it still shapes the landscape today. The fortress can be visited with a guide.
- The highest mines in Europe … in South Tyrol! The highest lying mines in Europe take you into a magical underworld where dark tunnels and the light of pit lamps once shaped the lives of miners and their families. Prettau mine with climatic tunnel
- The Pustertal Valley boasts the most beautiful, romantic lakes in the Alps (Lake Antholzer– Pragser Wildsee– Lake Toblacher) as well as famous mountain peaks such as the Three Peaks and the Sextner Sundial.
- Biathlon atmosphere in Antholz... in summer and winter!
- Town walking tours... in Brixen, Klausen, Sterzing, Bruneck and Bozen!