The most beautiful hiking routes of South Tyrol

Natural paths, many sunny days and fantastic views of the rugged peaks in the background - with more than 16,000 kilometres of hiking trails, South Tyrol is a true paradise for tourists. After all, Goethe already knew that mountains are silent masters and make silent schoolchildren. But South Tyrol is not only the ideal destination for sporty mountain climbers, there are also countless highlights for families to discover along the former irrigation paths. On the wide plateaus of the Alpe di Siusi rustic chalets and restaurants await hungry visitors, for longer routes hikers find what they are looking for on the Merano Alta Via and in the Dolomites. The most beautiful building in the world, as the famous architect Le Corbusier called it, promises fantastic views and enthusiasm for mountaineers.

Törggelen in South Tyrol

When autumn colours the leaves and the days become shorter again, it is already since centuries the Törggele period in South Tyrol. From October to the beginning of December, young wines are tasted in the taverns of the wine regions and it is properly feasted. Nowadays, Törggelen mostly combines regional cuisine with hikes through nature. One of the most famous tours leads hikers along the Eisacktaler Kastanienweg. Following in the footsteps of old chestnut cultures, tourists get along the slopes of the Eisack Valley to the Rittner plateau. The autumnal splendour of the woods and the lush meadows along the way make this route a real nature experience that will be remembered for a long time.

Hiking near Sterzing

In Sterzing and the surrounding valleys, tours of varying degrees of difficulty await tourists. A popular route for families is the Rosskopf Round, which can be completed in just two hours. Especially young hikers will rejoice when they discover hares and goats in the nearby petting zoo. From the top station of the Rosskopf cable car the route continues to the Vallmingalm.

For experienced hikers, the Weisswand-Runde in the Pflerschtal valley offers breathtaking views of the Alps and some challenging crossings. The trail starts in Weilerstein in Innerpflersch and continues up to the cottage Tribulaunhütte on the picturesque lake Sandessee. After a refreshing break, the hike leads over to the Magdeburger Hütte, where the crossing of a rock band between the Weisswand summit and Hohem Zahn awaits you. On snow-free days in late summer, the crossing is not a challenge, but caution is advised when the ground is slippery. Afterwards, summit climbers reach the top of the Weisswand and enjoy the uninterrupted view of the surrounding mountain panorama.

The Meeraner Waalrunde

Already centuries ago the so-called Waale were put on in South Tyrol. The canals supplied the fields and meadows with the necessary water and are to be found above all in the area around Meran and in the Vinschgau. On the banks of the canals there were paths originally reserved for the Waaler, who was responsible for the maintenance and distribution of the water to the farmers. Nowadays, hikers are at home on the flat paths and experience the splendour of the landscape at their own pace. A popular hiking trail circles the Merano Basin over approximately 80 kilometres. The route runs at almost the same altitude and is suitable for inexperienced hikers and families throughout the year. Many guesthouses along the trail are ideal for necessary refreshments and breaks in between.

Tip for overnight stays

At the Romantik Hotel Oberwirt in Marling near Meran, hikers will find the perfect starting point for tours in the region. Whether you're a summit climber or a hiker looking for a treat, there are numerous routes for every level of difficulty right in front of the hotel door.

The Alpe di Siusi

Juicy meadows shine in the sun, in the background the majestic peaks of the Dolomites are enthroned: On the largest alpine pasture on the continent, tourists experience South Tyrol as if from a picture book. But hikers also get their money's worth on the Alpe di Siusi. On the circular hiking trail around the Puflatsch, fantastic places and breath-taking vantage points await your discovery. The incomparable mountain panorama remains in your memory long after the tour. Another popular route is the Hans-und-Paula-Steger-Weg, named after the two mountaineering legends Hans Steger and Paula Wiesinger, which was only completed in 2006. The easy route leads from Compatsch to Saltria along the alpine meadows without any steep inclines and brings hikers closer to the nature of the highlands.

Val Gardena

In Val Gardena hikers are spoilt for choice. Most tours start in Saint Ulrich and lead in short or longer stages into the surrounding mountains. The Raschötz-Höhenweg is particularly popular and can be easily reached by funicular railway. At an altitude of 2,100 metres, tourists can expect an incomparable mountain panorama that is a faithful companion along the entire route. Past the Saltnerhütte, you take big steps along the sunny southern slopes to the Brogleshütte. Grazing cows on green meadows and only a few metres in altitude make the way to the optimal tour also for families or inexperienced people, while the Geisler peaks in the background provide the perfect South Tyrolean backdrop. The route continues through forests and meadows to the valley station of the cable car, which takes hikers back to the starting point in Saint Ulrich.

The Seurasas Alm offers probably the most beautiful view in the region. The medium hike starts in the municipality of Saint Cristina and leads up to the hand-carved summit cross. Through mostly shady woods hikers reach more than 2,100 metres above sea level and enjoy the magnificent view of the Sellastock and the Langkofel. For the way back, the route via the Balest Sattel is ideal, which leads after a short time to the lonely church Saint Jakob. Afterwards it goes via Sacun back to Saint Ulrich.