Dolomites - 
South Tyrol

nature park Fanes Senes Braies in Alto Adige/Südtirol

Dolomites

The Dolomites are a mountain range in the Southern Alps that extend across several vacation areas, among which is the Kronplatz Holiday Region.  This is where gently undulating Alpine meadows and mountain terraces  meet steep, precipitous, highly rugged ridges and towers.
Very characteristic of the Dolomites are the pale color of the prominences and the “Enrosadira”, the red coloration of the mountains at sunset as a result of the particular composition of the rock. 
This “unique, monumental beauty”, which reveals itself to the visitor, led UNESCO to grant the Dolomites the title of “World Heritage site” in 2009.  

 

 

The landscape of the Dolomites is the subject of impressive nature parks which present flora and fauna in a protective manner, study them, and also make them accessible. Possibilities for activities include hikes (with or without a guide, for one or more days), climbing tours, sightseeing tours, ski excursions, and tours on road bikes or mountain bikes. The especially popular destinations include the Marmolada (the highest peak in the Dolomites at 3,342 m/10,965 ft.), the Tre Cime-Drei Zinnen (the most striking rock formation), the Sella massif, the Sciliar-Schlern, the Lago di Bràies-Pragser Wildsee lake, and the Lago di Misurina-Misurinasee lake. These very particular mountains have been the inspiration for numerous sagas and legends for the people in the valleys and have closely shaped their language, culture, and customs. 

South Tyrol-Südtirol

South Tyrol, known in German as Südtirol and in Italian as Alto Adige, is a broadly autonomous province in Northern Italy with a population of approximately 515,000. Three large valleys pass through the area: the Adige Valley-Etschtal (with the provincial capital of Bolzano-Bozen, as well as the cities of Merano-Meran and  Laives-Leifers), the Isarco Valley-Eisacktal (with the historical seat of the bishop Bressanone-Brixen), and the Val Pusteria-Pustertal valley (with Brunico-Bruneck as the economic center). The latter is home to the Kronplatz Holiday Region.

South Tyrol-Südtirol is a land of mountains (65% of the total area is above 1,500 m/nearly 5,000 ft. above sea level) and is characterized by unique landscapes which receive particular protection in seven nature parks.

 

The South Tyrol-Südtirol of today was shaped above all else by one historical event: in the wake of the peace negotiations following World War I, the area was separated from Austria-Hungary and awarded to Italy. What once seemed impossible to unite has today expressed itself in a pleasant symbiosis which is reflected in the most varied of areas in the lives of the inhabitants.

  • The three official languages of the province – German, Italian, and Ladin – bear witness to the peaceful coexistence of three different cultures.
  • The Tyrolean down-to-earth quality meets Italian warmth and, in so doing, creates a unique mentality. 
  • A Mediterranean savoir-vivre is combined with typical products from the Alpine region. For example, in South Tyrol-Südtirol, the Hugo drink was invented: an aperitif made from Prosecco and elder flower syrup. 
  • The palate is pleased by the hearty, straightforward local Alpine cuisine as well as the colorful variety of the southern climes

“South Tyrol-Südtirol is a contrast-rich symbiosis of the Alpine and the Mediterranean, of spontaneity and reliability, of nature and culture.”
It is nature, the people, and this particular interplay of North and South that make South Tyrol-Südtirol a unique vacation destination and from time to time make guests also feel as if they would like to live here. 

Young people in a bar in the Kronplatz holiday region in Pustertal - Val Pusteria
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