Rock faces reflected in lakes, hiking trails through idyllic nature and the turquoise-green Karersee lake: holidays in the mountains promise not only relaxation, but also pleasure for all the senses. It is not uncommon to find mountain hotels in South Tyrol near the major passes at an altitude of well over 1,000 metres. Here, amateur mountaineers and hiking enthusiasts come face to face with peaks such as the imposing Ortler or the bizarre Rosengarten massif. Natural jewels such as the turquoise-green Karersee lake also invite you to marvel and linger. Not infrequently, the idyllic mountain hotels with fantastic panoramic views are historic accommodations with a long tradition.
The Karer Pass, which separates South Tyrol from Trentino, leads up to almost 1,700 metres. At the foot of the legendary, over 2,800-metre-high, craggy towers of the Latemar, the natural jewel of Lake Carezza glistens in turquoise green. Hiking enthusiasts will find numerous paths through the dense coniferous forest below the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock face. The famous mountain hotel on the Karer Pass with its rear façade facing the no less famous Rose Garden has already been visited by figures such as Winston Churchill, Karl May and Agatha Christie. Even higher, and at 2,760 metres the highest pass in the Alps, is the Stilfserjochstraße. It separates South Tyrol from Lombardy and looks out onto the region’s highest mountain, the 3,905-metre Ortler, which is always covered in snow. This mountain view has made many a hotel guest at this altitude go into raptures, but as exciting as nature is up there, the summit of the Ortler is reserved for experienced alpinists. Even if you don’t want to go all the way up, a mountain guide is indispensable. Holidaymakers interested in the outdoors can also book mountain hotels in South Tyrol at the Reschen Pass. Only half as high as the Stilfserjochstraße, this panoramic route not far from Lake Reschen is home to numerous mountain hotels in typical Tyrolean chalet style.
The Alpe di Siusi with a view of the Sassolungo, the Catinaccio, Latemar, Sciliar and the world-famous Three Peaks have all been UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites since 2009. Landscapes like out of a fairy tale can be discovered here while hiking. Ortisei, home of the actor Luis Trenker, and Selva Gardena offer mountain hotels in the heart of South Tyrol that are also interesting in winter. Because then it’s time to wax your skis properly for the descent. The Kronplatz in the Pustertal valley offers even higher winter sports. Friends of classical music enjoy the fascinating mountain world of the Dolomites in the mountain hotel in Toblach near the Three Peaks. Gustav Mahler probably had something similar in mind when he was inspired by the wild nature of the mountains in his composer’s cottage there. Today the village hosts music concerts.
In Fiè and Castelrotto there are friendly mountain hotels near the Sciliar-Rosengarten Nature Park with countless hiking trails around the Sciliar massif, which is just over 2,500 metres high and kilometres wide. The ascent takes four and a half hours on foot and distinguishes the real mountain hiker from the nature lover, who can also reach the high alpine pasture of the imposing rock giant by car, where there is even accommodation with a restaurant.