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Hikes in South Tyrol


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South Tyrol is located in the middle of the Alps and accordingly the South Tyrolean network of hiking trails with over 16,000 kilometres invites you to go hiking. Between the pretty, small valleys of South Tyrol and the 3,905-metre high "King Ortler", you will experience a landscape rich in contrasts at all altitudes and with hikes of all levels of difficulty from easy to difficult.
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The Most Beautiful hikes in South Tyrol

Hiking trail · Meraner Land
Along the Marlinger Waal to Lana
Premium content Difficulty moderate
14 km
3:45 h
64 m
277 m
The Marlinger Waalweg, built about 250 years ago, leads from Tull to Lana. The path winds gently up and down through meadows, orchards and vineyards and offers us wonderful views of the Adige Valley.
Hiking trail · Vinschgau
Über den Tscharser und Stabener Waalweg zum Schloß Juval
Premium content Difficulty moderate
8.8 km
2:45 h
333 m
333 m
Ein echtes Südtiroler Erlebnis. Die Tour führt auf dem Tscharser Waalweg hinauf zum Schluß Juval, die Residenz des Extrembergsteigers Reinhold Messner hoch über dem Eingang zum Schnalstal. Nach dem Genuß der großartigen Aussicht, einer Stärkung beim Schloßbauer und einer Schloßbesichtigung führt die Tour auf dem Stabener Waalweg wieder zurück nach Tschars.
Hiking trail · Oetztal Alps
Schnalser und Stabner Waalweg
recommended route Difficulty easy
7.2 km
3:00 h
250 m
250 m
Die Verbindung des Schnalser mit dem Stabner Waal ergibt einen aussichtsreiche Rundwanderung, bei der als zusätzliches Schmankerl das Schloss Juval mitgenomen werden kann.
Hiking trail · Alpe di Siusi
Panoramic round on the Puflatschalm
Premium content Difficulty easy
8.1 km
3:00 h
325 m
325 m
The largest high alpine pasture in Europe, the Alpe di Siusi, is bordered to the north by the Puflatschalm. The circuit offers beautiful views, places to stop for refreshments and a pagan cult site.
Hiking trail · Eggental
Easy walk around the Karer Lake
Premium content Difficulty easy
1.1 km
0:30 h
30 m
30 m
Short, panoramic walk around the Karer See lake in the Eggental valley with wonderful views of the colourful lake and the Rosengarten and Latemar groups.
Hiking trail · Bolzano and environs
Via the Oswald Promenade to Runkelstein Castle
Premium content Difficulty easy
8.2 km
2:25 h
284 m
284 m
Round tour via the Oswald Promenade through the romantic landscape high above Bolzano with a visit to Runkelstein Castle
Hiking trail · Ortler Group
Tscharser Waalweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
7.1 km
2:30 h
355 m
350 m
Wir wandern hier entlang eines typischen Vinschgauer Waalwegs. Der Aufstieg zum Schloss Juval wird mit einem herrlichen Ausblick belohnt. Das Wasser und ein dichtes Baum- und Buschwerk verschaffen auch an heißen Sommertagen Kühlung.
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Versatile regions of the Dolomites

The Dolomites are the right place for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers: impressive mountain massifs and breathtaking views of picturesque landscapes await you. The legendary Catinaccio offers one of the most beautiful natural spectacles: The alpenglow makes the rocks of the massif glow red at sunset.

A tour to the Three Peaks, the landmark of the Dolomites, is a must for every visitor. However, if you prefer a more relaxed excursion, you can reach the crystal-clear Braies Lake in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park after a 30-kilometre drive.

A highlight for hikers is the Alpe di Siusi, the largest high alpine pasture in Europe, located in the South Tyrolean Dolomites. You have the option of taking the train from Siusi allo Sciliar to the mountain station of the Alpe di Siusi and starting from there - and then you go from hut to hut with a well-deserved stop.

Hiking through the varied landscape of Merano

On the southern side of the Alps, the Merano region invites you to take leisurely walks along the promenades and through the city's parks, easy hikes along the Waal paths or to a rustic hut, but also alpine tours in the surrounding mountain landscape. In the colourful spa town alone, holiday feelings arise, as a culturally rich and diverse environment awaits you with Mediterranean flair. If you wish, you can also use one of the surrounding cable cars and lifts to overcome numerous metres in altitude and start your hike in a relaxed manner at the mountain stations.

The popular hiking tours along the Waalwege are characterised by varied paths and unique distant views. The gradients are rather low and therefore also perfectly suitable for families. If you want to go higher and are in good shape, you can explore the Texel Group on individual stages of the Merano High Trail. You hike along the Vellau Rock Trail and the Hans Frieden Rock Trail on a path that runs along a vertical rock face. Or you can walk up and down almost 1000 steps through the impressive 1000-step gorge.

Merano is also the destination of the long-distance hiking trail E5, the classic across the Alps. The Alpine crossing starts in Oberstdorf and ends in picturesque Merano.

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On an exploratory tour through the diverse Vinschgau Valley

The Vinschgau Valley also offers beautiful Waal trails as well as the long-distance hiking trail Vinschger Höhenweg, the stages of which can be used for day tours.

The Vinschgau extends in the Etschtal from Reschen to Töll as the highest part of the Etschtal and, as one of the most beautiful hiking regions in South Tyrol, is ideal for a holiday. The Vinschgau Valley is also home to the Stilfser Joch, which, at an altitude of 2,757 m, is the highest passable mountain pass in Italy. With its 48 hairpin bends on the South Tyrolean side, the Joch is one of the most winding roads in the world.

Numerous picturesque lakes also await you on hikes in Vinschgau. Hiking trails to Lake Haider, Lake Tarsch or Lake Zirmtal provide idyllic experiences. But one lake will definitely remain in your memory: in the middle of Lake Reschen, the Romanesque church tower of the parish church of Alt-Graun rises out of the water against a unique mountain backdrop. The tower has become the landmark of the Vinschgau Valley.

Discover the oldest town in Tyrol - Hiking around Brixen

Almost 430 kilometres of hiking trails await you in Brixen and the surrounding area. Varied hikes through the valley and up Bressanone's local mountain - the Plose - provide beautiful moments in nature and magnificent views.

The popular WoodyWalk hiking trail, one of the most beautiful hikes for families in South Tyrol, starts at the mountain station of the Plose. All in all, the walk takes less than two hours, but you should plan more time if you are travelling with children. The little ones can let off steam at various play stations such as the "don't touch the ground" trail or the Viking ship, while the grown-ups enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains.

The WoodyWalk forms the first part of the Dolomites Panorama Trail. So if you want to continue enjoying the unique views of the western Dolomites, continue on the Panorama Trail and embark on a circular tour of around 12 kilometres.

Other highlights are the Brixner Höhenweg, also known as the Zirmhöhenweg, which also takes you along the Plose, or the Gilfenklamm, which delights with thundering waterfalls, airy suspension bridges and outstanding gorges.

Hiking tours around the provincial capital of Bolzano

In the wide valleys around the provincial capital of Bolzano, which lies directly on the South Tyrolean Wine Road, paths lead through idyllic vineyards and colourful apple fields, past castles and palaces. An ideal setting for relaxing walks and hikes with the opportunity to pause in the charming wine villages.

From the valley basin you can walk or take the mountain railway to the panoramic mountain Rittner Horn and enjoy the magnificent view of the Dolomites from the summit.

Hiking trail · Bolzano and environs
St. Oswald Promenade
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 6.8 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 160 m
Descent 160 m

High above Bolzano we stroll along the St. Oswald promenade and on the way back we visit Ötzi, the famous Iceman who lived 5000 years ago.

from Anne Habermeier,   ADAC Wanderführer
Hiking trail · Bolzano and environs
Via the Oswald Promenade to Runkelstein Castle
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 8.2 km
Duration 2:25 h
Ascent 284 m
Descent 284 m

Round tour via the Oswald Promenade through the romantic landscape high above Bolzano with a visit to Runkelstein Castle

from Hartmut Wimmer,   Outdooractive Premium
Hiking trail · Bolzano and environs
Wanderung von Bozen auf den Ritten
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8 km
Duration 3:20 h
Ascent 989 m
Descent 39 m

Wanderung von der Oswaldpromenade im Bozner Stadtteil Zwölfmalgreien über die Hänge des Hörtenbergs nach Maria Himmelfahrt und nach Oberbozen.

from AVS-Ortsstelle Ritten,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking trail · Bolzano and environs
From Bolzano to the Rafenstein Ruin
Premium content Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.1 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 489 m
Descent 489 m

A tour of the city is combined with a hike to the Rafenstein ruins. From the historic chambers you can enjoy a magnificent view of Bolzano with its ...

from Viktoria Specht,   ADAC Wanderführer

Where is the best place to go hiking in South Tyrol? - South Tyrol's regions at a glance

South Tyrol has many beautiful regions to offer, all of which are perfect for hiking. If you are planning a longer stay, you will always find a relaxing hotel or a cosy holiday flat in the idyllic communities and beautiful towns. Discover the individual regions that interest you here. Have fun browsing!


Sand in Taufers, Wasserfälle, Tobl, Ahornach, Stiege, Burg Taufers, Sand in Taufers by Christopher
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When did you do this route? October 01, 2022
Photo: Christopher Kohn, Community
Südtirol Langkofelumrundung by Thomas
September 30, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? September 29, 2022
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