The fascination of the towns, the museums and the lakes in South Tyrol

Day trip destinations in South Tyrol

  • The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in summer
  • MMM Messner Mountain Museum - Firmian
  • The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in spring
  • Fruit market in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy
  • MMM Messner Mountain Museum - Juval
  • The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in autumn
  • Lake Braies, South Tyrol, Italy
  • Ötzi Mummie
  • MMM Messner Mountain Museum - Firmian
  • MMM Messner Mountain Museum - Ripa
  • Ötzi Iceman reconstruction in Bolzano
  • Heavy Metal - Ötzi Iceman Museum in Bozen
  • Heavy Metal - Ötzi Iceman Museum in Bozen
  • MMM Messner Mountain Museum - Ortles

If one day you shouldn’t feel like cycling, hiking, climbing or skiing and, instead, have a look at our beautiful and South Tyrol or should the weather forecast not be nice for some days of your walking holidays and ski holidays, here are various recommendable fascinating day trip destinations in South Tyrol and surroundings:

Ötzi – the Iceman Museum

The Iceman on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy) is one of the world’s best-known and most important mummies.
Pictures of Ötzi and the museum are Copyright of South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology –

Messner Mountain Museum - MMM

Corones: MMM Corones on Kronplatz between the Puster and Gader Valleys is devoted to the supreme discipline of mountaineering: the Trad Adventure Alpinism on which Reinhold Messner has left his mark.
Firmian: As the centerpiece of the Messner Mountain Museum, MMM Firmian in Sigmundskron Castle near Bozen addresses the subject of man’s encounter with the mountains.
Dolomites: The museum has a focus on “rock” and illustrates the process of the conquest of the Dolomites in a spacious gallery housing a collection of unique paintings of the Dolomites.
Juval: The museum in Juval Castle is dedicated to the Magic of the Mountain and houses several fine art collections: a Tibetica collection, a collection of masks from five continents and more.
Ripa: Bruneck Castle in the Puster Valley houses a fifth museum devoted to the subject of mountain peoples. The exhibits are everyday artifacts selected to illustrate life in the main mountain cultures.
Ortles: The museum in Sulden near Ortler, an underground structure at 1.900 m above sea-level, is devoted to the world of ice. It houses the world's biggest collection of paintings of the Ortler.

The gardens of the Trauttmansdorff Castle (Merano)

The gardens of the Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano stretch over an area of 12 hectares in the shape of a natural amphitheatre and a difference in altitude of 100 metres. It opens up some impressive perspectives on exotic garden landscapes as well as breathtaking views on the surrounding mountain world and the town of Merano. In more than 80 different garden landscapes you can find the most varied plants from all over the world blooming and prospering.

Town trips

The following towns are worth a visit: Bolzano (Arcades, historical city centre, fruit market, Ötzi – the Man of the Ice), Bressanone (Neustift monastery), Merano (the Spa city with the most beautiful river-side promenade „Tappeiner“). These towns are also popular destinations in winter for all the lovers of the Christmas markets in South Tyrol.

All towns are also suitable for Shopping.

Lakes in South Tyrol

South Tyrol’s lakes are most certainly worth a visit. Among the most beautiful lakes which are not that far away from our place there are the Caldaro Lake, Monticolo Lake in Appiano, der "little lake of Fiè" und der Lake Braies.

In the neighbouring provinces there are Lake Garda (Riva, Torbole is at 140 km from here at a 1h 45min driving distance), the towns Trento and Verona (Arena and the home of  “Shakespeare’s Juliet”) as well as Innsbruck („Goldenes Dachl“, Hofburg, Ambras Castle, Alpen Zoo, Swarovski Kristallwelten in Wattens).