No matter the season you choose to visit South Tyrol your vacation will create vivid lasting memories. The busiest season is summer as tourists mainly from Germany, Italy and the U.K. descend on area to consume the endless amount of outdoor activities and sights.
While summer in South Tyrol is spectacular, we have found the best time to visit is in the spring and fall. Specifically, May and early June or September through October. You’ll have much more of the Alpine-Mediterranean wonderland to yourself and you’ll still have nearly every opportunity to consume the great outdoors on foot or bike. Plus, you’ll save money on your trip as prices tend to come down. Just be prepared for a bit more unpredictable weather if you’re venturing into the higher altitudes. Early spring and late fall can still bring snowfall to the mountain peaks.
Wine lovers may find the fall the most appealing time to visit as a number of festivals take place celebrating the season’s harvest. You’ll also be able to wander through terraced vineyards and orchards flush with autumn colors and enticing aromas. It’s an experience unlike any other.
A trip in the winter months is best suited to those looking to partake in winter sports whether it’s Alpine skiing in the Dolomites or trekking across the Alpine prairie in Val Gardena. If you visit during December you can treat yourself to a postcard perfect setting for the holidays.
Traditional Christmas markets (Christkindlmarkt) abound this time of year, allowing you to discover an abundance of handmade creations that will take your holiday decorating to a whole new level.
From the bustling market in the city of Bolzano to the quaint market along the Passer river in Merano, you can experience the charm of the holiday season the Alpine way. While browsing one of South Tyrol’s Christmas markets be sure to try a local favorite called Glühwein (mulled wine). Glühwein is a delicious spiced wine that is served hot to help out take out the chill on a brisk winter day.