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Sights in South Tyrol – a large variety

The sights in South Tyrol are quite multifaceted and there is a lot to explore and discover all around your hotel in southern South Tyrol. Also the remaining holiday regions of the country offer many a highlight for culture and nature lovers and epicureans. Look forward to a holiday rich in variety with lots of different sights in South Tyrol, Trentino and beyond. 

Sights in South Tyrol for culture lovers

Some of the most popular sights in South Tyrol are the cities Glorenza, Merano, Bolzano, Bressanone, Chiusa, Vipiteno and Brunico with their medieval city centres. Bolzano is just 6 km away from Hotel Spitaler and offers some of the best known sights of South Tyrol. In the South Tyrolean archaeology museum you can marvel at Ötzi, the famous Ice Man, who was found in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps. The cathedral of Bolzano, sainted in the year 1180, is just a few steps away from the piazza Walther where you can enjoy the city flair while drinking a creamy Cappuccino or a refreshing Veneziano. Other worth-seeing places are the charming Portici and the fruit market where you can purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, spices, flowers and local specialties. The public transport will bring you every half an hour either to Bolzano or Merano.

„Leisure is the most valuable of possessions.“


The spa city Merano offers some of the most impressive sights of South Tyrol and was already in the 19th century famous beyond the borders. Here you can wander through the medieval Portici, passing the Prince’s Castle up to the church of San Nicolò. Through the Porta Bolzano you will arrive onto the splendid Corso della Libertà and the Passeggiata Lungopassirio on which you can stroll unhurriedly to the Kurhaus of Merano and on to the local theatre. The city museum in the Palais Mamming as well as the Touriseum, the South Tyrolean museum for tourism in the Trauttmansdorff Castle, are also worth a visit. You will see for yourself: You will be charmed almost instantly by this city that invites to dwell, for example for a cappuccino, a cake or an ice cream in one of the many cafes.

Another one of the interesting sights in South Tyrol is the episcopal town of Bressanone with its beautiful historic centre and the Portici. The cathedral of Bressanone and the Hofburg castle, which are hosting the Diocesan Museum are also visited a lot, just like the monastery of Novacella in Varna near Bressanone, dating back to the 12th century.

Also the nearby cities of Trento (30 minutes) in Trentino and Verona (70 minutes ca.) in Veneto are worth a visit. Their Italian flair invites you for expanded discovery and shopping tours. As a part of the weekly programme, the guests of Hotel Spitaler will come to Trento every now and then to enjoy its charm. 

Sights in South Tyrol for epicures

A popular destination for wine lovers in South Tyrol is the South Tyrolean Strada del Vino and along its course are situated among others Appiano, Caldaro and Bolzano. It invites you for a gourmet tour to various vineyards and wineries, in which you can have a look at their almost sacred wine cellars, as a part of some guided tours. Wine tastings, different events regarding the treading of the wine will make your holiday near Appiano to an unforgettable experience. 

„Every man ought to feel pleasure.“

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Sights for nature lovers

If you look at South Tyrol and see mostly the enchanting landscapes – the copious Alpine meadows, the impressive mountain peaks of the Dolomites, the glittering lakes and the numerous vineyards and apple orchards -, then you cannot miss to visit the botanical Gardens of the Castle Trauttmansdorff. In more than 80 garden landscapes are prospering plants from all over the world, which you can marvel at from April to November. A special highlight of the Gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff are the garden evenings – concerts of famous artists, which are taking place from June to August on a stage in midst of the water lily pond.

„Music is the poetry of the air.“

Jean Paul

Along with the numerous sights in South Tyrol there lies another natural phenomenon at close quarters from your hotel. The Lake Garda with its known holiday resorts like Riva del Garda, Limone, Malcesine, Bardolino and Lazise, is just approximately 140 km from Frangarto away. Here you can dive into the culinary traditions of the Trentino, Veneto and the Lombardia, have a stroll along the waterside promenades, make a boat trip or a tour with a convertible and enjoy the view on the lake – a nice alternation for everyone who has already seen the sights in South Tyrol