Enjoy the freedom of the mountains, feel the pulse of the town
The most rewarding sights in our surroundings
In an active holiday in South Tyrol you can do both: breathe in crystal-clear mountain air and live out your big-city dreams. Our hotel in Olang is located far away from the hustle and bustle, but still in the middle of all the action. Countless sights in the immediate and distant surroundings as well as charming towns like Bruneck, Brixen, Bolzano, or Sterzing are just waiting to be explored by you.
Here is a small but fine selection of excursion tips for your next active holiday in South Tyrol:
Olang & the traces of the past
Relics from Roman times, magnificent churches and chapels, old lime kilns, and the "Spitzige Stöckl", which commemorates the devastating outbreak of the plague in 1448, are just as worth seeing as the mysterious sulphur spas of Bad Schartl and Bad Bergfall, which – as numerous finds prove – were already visited by the Romans.
Insights and views – MMM Corones at Plan de Corones/Kronplatz
The sixth and last museum of mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner is dedicated to the supreme discipline of mountaineering. The extraordinary building, which was designed by star architect Zaha Hadid, is built into the mountain. It provides interesting insights into the history of the mountains and offers unforgettable views in all four directions – from the Lienz Dolomites in the east to the Ortles/Ortler in the west and from the Marmolada in the south to the Zillertal Alps in the north.
MMM Ripa in Bruneck – encounters with mountain people
At Bruneck Castle, the former summer residence of the prince bishops, everything revolves around mountain people from all over the world. Take a look behind the old walls to experience the heritage of the mountains up close and immerse yourself in the everyday life of mountain dwellers. Marvel at the objects of lonely mountain settlers, at the reconstructed dwellings, and at the impressive film footage that is shown in the historic rooms.
Bruneck: a shopping & sightseeing favourite
Bruneck is a medieval gem of rare beauty. The pretty townhouses feature numerous boutiques, charming cafés and cosy bars that are always worth the visit. If you want to soak up some culture between shopping, we recommend a visit to the town museum, the churches in the old town, and the picturesque military cemetery in the forest.
South Tyrolean Folklore Museum in Dietenheim
From the mountain farmer to the craftsman, from the day labourer to the landed gentry – step by step, the South Tyrolean Folklore Museum will introduce you to the life of the most diverse social classes of the past centuries. Stroll through the stately rooms of the baroque Mair am Hof residence, enter the ancient farmhouses, and discover the old craftsmanship. You will be impressed.
Back to the Middle Ages at Taufers Castle
Like an eagle's nest it towers high above the village on the rock: Taufers Castle, which is one of the most beautiful, impressive, and largest castles in the country. More than 20 furnished rooms – including the mysterious Ghost Room, the magnificent Knights' Hall, the eerie torture chamber, and the late Gothic office – can be visited on a guided tour.
South Tyrlean Mining Museum – Show Mine in Prettau in Valle Aurina/Ahrntal
A special underground adventure awaits you in the show mine in Prettau. More than 20 tunnels and shafts were dug into the mountain during the past centuries to extract valuable metals in arduous work. Today, the mine train takes you into the 1,100-metre-long St. Ignaz tunnel, where you will also find the climate tunnel – a very special place where people with respiratory problems find relief.
Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor in St. Martin in Thurn, Val Badia/Gadertal
One of the special features of South Tyrol is that three language groups – German, Italians, and Ladins – live together peacefully in a very small area. One of them, Ladin, dates back to the vernacular spoken by Roman officials and soldiers and has been perfectly preserved due to the isolated mountain area. To learn more about the linguistic identity, the eventful history, and the unique culture of South Tyrol’s Ladin population, we recommend a visit to this very special museum.
Brixen, Franzensfeste, Neustift – unique monuments
Whether you drive past it on your journey, visit it on a day trip, or choose it for your holiday – Brixen, the oldest town in Tyrol, with its cultural sights and picturesque arcades, is always worth a detour – as is the Neustift monastery, which not only enchants with its architecture, but also with its fine wines. Further up north, the Franzensfeste fortress seals off Valle Isarco/Eisacktal like a bulwark. Rumour has it that a treasure is still hidden in the labyrinth made of corridors and rooms.
Bolzano, Ötzi, modern art & much more
Just over an hour from our hotel in Valdaora lies the provincial capital of Bolzano, where the South Tyrolean way of life meets the Italian dolce vita. Stroll through the picturesque arcades with its numerous shops, pay a visit to Ötzi the Iceman in the Museum of Archaeology, discover the secrets of the South Tyrolean landscapes in the Museum of Nature in Bolzano, or marvel at contemporary art in the Museion.
Meran, Sissi, and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
The pretty spa town of Meran, which echoes the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, is always worth a visit. You can discover countless beauties here, including the medieval arcades, the impressive Art Nouveau architecture in the villa district, the magnificent Kurhaus, the idyllic promenades, the elegant thermal baths, and – last but not least – the wonderful Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle. No wonder that Empress Elisabeth loved this town.