Innovative design and modern architecture, a counterpoint to the pompously ornate and ostentatious can be found in South Tyrol: Design hotels in South Tyrol are first and foremost simple and focused on sustainability. In the Dolomites wood is worked in a natural way, in the Vinschgau Valley marble sculptors and a young architectural scene can be found. The big cities of Bolzano, Merano and Bressanone are home to creative artists and designers, changing exhibitions in galleries, lots of theatre, literature and cool shops of young designers. South Tyrol has a varied natural landscape where outdoor sports lovers and creative photographers can try their hand at outdoor sports: Rugged mountain worlds, deep gorges, pure, untouched nature and clear mountain lakes are the starting point for rafting, extreme mountaineering or free climbing.
Design hotels in South Tyrol: most important regions and places at a glance
Vinschgau: Architecture and Outdoor Lifestyle
Vinschgau Valley is a region between tradition and innovation: A lively architectural scene has developed here, under the catchword - Alptecture - you will find many creative buildings & design hotels. Young marble sculptors are active in Laas, the - Young Wild Ones -, are a well-known artist scene, that organizes events and exhibitions in extraordinary places. An extreme mountaineering scene has developed on the Ortles, the highest peak in South Tyrol. Rafting, skiing and snowboarding are also popular here.
Merano and Merano country: art scene and nature design
The Merano region with its crystal clear mountain lakes is the crossing point between German and Italian culture. Merano - the centre of the cultural scene - offers many concerts, readings and soirées. The creative meeting point of the scene is - Merano Art - where you can find artists’ studios and changing exhibitions of contemporary design. Architectural buildings from the early Middle Ages to the present day can be seen with the so-called - eye-catchers - telescopes, which are directed at selected buildings all over the country. Beautiful nature motives are the many clear mountain lakes, snow-covered peaks and Mediterranean landscapes.
Dolomites and Ahrntal: Wood-Purism & Rustic mountain world
In the Dolomite region you will find clean and simple architecture, all around the raw material wood. The design hotels build on sustainability and purism. Futuristic looking buildings can be found in Sesto, Val Gardena is known for its wood carving art, which is interpreted in a modern way by local artists. From the high peaks of the Dolomites you can look down on rugged cliffs and green valleys. Rustic food as well as home-brewed beer is served in the farms and taverns. Ski slopes and snowboard parks are available in winter, the best rafting possibilities in South Tyrol in summer.
South Tyrol South and Bolzano: Modern art scene and Rough nature
The capital city of Bolzano is increasingly concerned with modern design, the hotels are noble and conceptual, art and culture can be found around theatres, concert halls and museums, the - Museion - shows exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and there are also many young designer shops and trendy shops. Impressively different is the rough and sparse vegetation in the south, the area is often used by free climbers.
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