When thinking about the ultimate winter vacay I think: good snow, sunshine, skiing, Kaiserschmarrn and lots of other good food and fun times! Usually I go to Austria, but last week I went to its neighbor in the Alps: South Tyrol in Northern Italy! And wow – that nature, the food, the people – it surprised me with the most warmest welcome. I visited two regions of South Tyrol (Kronplatz and 3 Zinnen Dolomites) and really want to share a little (photo) diary with all must-see’s, must-do’s and must-eat’s.
South Tyrol is the perfect mixture of culture and nature with its winter fun and Mediterranean vibes. Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones) and 3 Zinnen Dolomites are both in the Dolomites. This beautiful place has lots of good ski facilities, many outdoor activities, great slopes, 300 days of sun per year (!), a gorgeous landscape and delicious food. Did you know they speak two languages? Both Italian and German!
Here is all you need to know about the 2 regions I visited:
- Kronplatz is in South Tyrol, which is the most northern province of Italy.
- Skiers and snowboarders have the choice of 3 skiing areas in the Kronplatz region: Kronplatz, Speikboden and Klausberg.
- Besides skiing this region offers lots of different outdoor activities like: snow shoe walks, cross country skiing, tobagganing, hiking, and there is even a museum on top of the mountain! The Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) is the work of a famous mountain climber Reinhold Messner. At this museum there is a 360 panorama view over the Dolomites – amazing!
- On top of the mountain there’s also a lovely restaurant named AlpiNN where starred chef Norbert Niederkofler guarantees his guests extraordinary alpine culinary delights. This is definitely a must for a great (healthy) lunch with the best view ever! Again, so friendly people 🙂
- This beautiful region in the middle of the Dolomites is known for the Three Peaks, 3 rock peaks with some awesome ski slopes.
- You can ski and sledge not only during the day but also at night – thanks to floodlights.
- In every ski hut there’s not only Alpine dishes (think yummy Kaiserschmarrn, Knödel and Schnitzel) on the menu, but also many Mediterranean dishes, like spaghetti…
- This region is very suitable to make long walks or to go winter hiking. We went for a winterhike to Dreischusterhutte and got blown away by the views of the wonderful peaks of the Sexten Dolomites. The whole area is also part of the Drei Zinnen Nature park and is therefore a place of special beauty and tranquility. Obviously we enjoyed a hot Schoko mit Sahne inthe Dreischusterhutte.
The Dolomites are easy to get to. You can fly there to one of 3 different airports: Innsbruck (approx. 2 hours drive), Venice (3 hours drive) or Verona (approx. 3 hours drive). During my trip I stayed in the Alpen Testin Hotel. This is a lovely hotel in the middle of both regions (Kronplatz and 3 Zinnen Dolomites). It is provided with all facilities you could wish for, from wellness and fitness to a hair salon. The food is delicious, the people are super friendly and the vibe is just lovely. The breakfast buffet even has a slowjuicer, superfoods, lots of fruit and a waffle iron: my days couldn’t start any better!
After a day of skiing in Kronplatz I enjoyed taking a dip in the infinity pool to get fresh and Zen before dinner on the mountain. I absolutely love the fact that Alpin and Mediterranean dishes are combined at the ski huts! The next day I enjoyed getting to the holiday region 3 Zinnen in the Dolomites in a different way by hiking. It is super fun to do hikes to see even more of the area and to warm up in one of the cozy ski huts on the route. They serve super tasty food for lunch and dinner with healthy options too!
I had a great time these few days in the Dolomites. I’m a big Austria fan, but I think I might have found a new favorite when it comes to my winter holiday 😉 Wanna see more? I brought my vlog camera, so click here to see the South Tyrol video!