Inserted in the natural context of Naturns, in Merano, at the foot of the Texel Group Nature Park (South Tyrol), Preidlhof offers a unique experience to live the territory and regenerate body and spirit. Declared “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO, the splendid Dolomite landscape protects and frames the hotel, which benefits from a mild climate and a Mediterranean vegetation turning into alpine pastures at high altitudes, dominated by glaciers and snowfields. The landscape is really varied thanks to the coexistence of different climatic zones.
Preidlhof Hotel is situated between two of the largest natural parks in South Tyrol, the Stelvio National Park - the oldest natural park in Italy, with its mountain landscape and wild nature - and the Texel Group Natural Park, the most varied, thanks to the variety of flora and fauna due to the difference of 3000 m. in altitude. An area rich in natural beauty that offers pleasant walks, excursions and high mountain trips.
Lake Kaltern is situated nestled in the typical vineyards of South Tyrol to the south of Kaltern, not far from Tramin, the native place of the Gewürztraminer wine grape. The warmest bathing lake in the Alps enjoys temperatures reaching 28°C during the summer. A paradise for water sports fans: there are also numerous sailing and windsurfing opportunities alongside rowing and pedal boats here with a beautiful circular hike also taking you around the lake. The South Tyrolean wine trail also passes Lake Kaltern - a good opportunity for you to sample some noble local drops.
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The Schnals Valley begins directly behind Naturno / Naturns. The slopes are covered with lush larch forests, which is why this region is also known as "The valley of the larches". Numerous idyllic alpine farming estates can still be found here with their original wooden structures - a great insight into the life of South Tyrol from generations gone by. “Ötzi" the glacier mummy was found in the heights of the Hauslabjoch in 1991. Experienced mountain hikers can visit the place of discovery with a 6-7 hour hike. The Schnalstal glacier cable car system can be found to the end of the valley, with which you can reach a height of 3,200 metres, where magnificent views and numerous tours await you.
The Martell Valley is a southerly aligned side valley of the Venosta Valley / Vinschgau and is nestled in the Stilfser Joch National park. The Cevedale Group, with the 3,769 metre high Monte Cevedale as its main peak, denotes the end of the valley. A variety of different plants and flowers are particularly prominent in the Stilfser Joch National Park thanks to the large difference in altitudes. The Martell Valley has advanced to become the stronghold of strawberry cultivation in South Tyrol. The strawberries here grow between altitudes of 900 to 1,700 metres and their harvest is celebrated annually with the strawberry festival heralded as the preceding event. The Zufall Hut, situated at over 2,265 metres in altitude, offers great refreshment and accommodation options both in summer and winter.
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The Dolomite route features some of the most beautiful views of the Dolomites and is one of the highlights of taking a holiday in South Tyrol. King Laurin's rose garden can be reached via the Karer Pass through the romantic Eggen Valley. You then continue on into the Fassa Valley towards Canazei until reaching Lake Fedaia at the foot of the Marmolada. The natural spectacle on the Sellajoch is also impressive: the massive Sellastock sits to the right and the Langkofel to the left. Time for a coffee break in St. Ulrich (Gröden Valley) and then head back through the Eisack Valley via Bolzano to Merano. We recommend experiencing this wonderful round trip and beautiful mountain landscape up close with our Dolce Vita convertible.
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The Stilfser Joch is situated at an impressive height of 2,757 metres, the highest mountain pass in Italy, which connects South Tyrol with the Lombardy. Positional fortifications from the First World War can still be observed there. Even the mountain pass itself breathes history: the route, which is open from the end of May until November, has hardly changed since its construction in the 1920s with 48 impressive twists and turns. The Stilfser Joch attracts thousands of keen athletic cyclists every year thanks to its winding route. The "Giro d'Italia" cycle race also frequently crosses over the Stilfser Joch.
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The entire village of Graun and a large part of the village of Reschen were plunged into the artificial lake created in 1950 for the generation of electricity in the floodplains. Today the Romanesque church tower from the 14th century, which rises from Lake Reschen, still bears testament to the submerged Alt-Graun. A hiking, Nordic walking and running track at a length of 15.3 kilometres leads around Lake Reschen. The relatively high wind speeds make various sports such as kite surfing in the summer or ice sailing, snow kiting and ice surfing during the winter possible. The International German Snowkite Championships have also been held on the frozen Lake Reschen since 2008.
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Ötzi and his accompanying artefacts form the central exhibition complex in the museum. The circa. 5,300-year-old glacier mummy is preserved in one of the innovative conservation installations. The well-preserved parts of the clothing and equipment provide a relatively realistic notion of how life was like for prehistoric humans.