You probably already booked your Winter-holiday of 2018. If not, I believe it’s a little too late? When planning your Winter-destination of 2019, please take South-Tyrol into consideration. The Italian province, where a vast majority of the population speaks German is a dreamful holiday destination. With 1120 kilometers of slopes, including the Dolomiti Superski: the largest ski-network in the world, it’s the must-visit ski resort. Still not convinced? Read on.
I had the chance to visit South-Tyrol for the second year in a row. During our flight to Bologna, I was already dreaming of Keizerschmarrn and Hugo’s. If you don’t know these gastronomic specialties yet, it’s time to book your holiday. If you prefer the more mainstream food: you can find excellent pasta and pizza in every ‘bergrestaurant’.
If you’re one of these never-out-of-energy people, with still some energy left after a full day of skiing – UNlike me – there are plenty of side-activities. One of my favorites was moonlight tobogganing. Sliding down the mountain at lightening-speed in the dark was just awesome! Other activities could be snowshoe hiking, horse sleigh rides or visiting the termes in Merano, the capital of South-Tyrol. This pitoresk mountain city has some excellent spa-infrastructure. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures there. i guess, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
A great place to stay at Seiser Alm is Hotel Zallinger. The brand-new hotel (December 2017) has 12 traditional alpine rooms and 6 new chalets. The chalets include an open bathroom with mountain view. The owners, Marcus and Luisa will take care of you with their incredible hospitality. Their Finnish and panoramic sauna will make you forget your skiing injuries easily. The best part? As soon as you wake up, you can start skiing/snowboarding, as the hotel is located next to the slopes.
Photos by Me & Matthias Geerts w/a Canon Mark IV D5
In collaboration with Visitsouthtyrol