Unforgettable vacations

Our tips for exciting activities in Val Badia/Gadertal

The picturesque Val Badia/Gadertal valley boasts romantic mountain villages, imposing peaks, pristine Alpine pastures and meadows. The Dolomites offer an incredible natural variety. During your active vacations in Val Badia/Gadertal you can try a number of exciting activities, such as mountain bike tours, fly fishing, zip lines and many more. 

Here are some tips for excursions and leisure activities:

Dolomites tour

Whether by car, motorbike or bicycle, during a tour of the Dolomites you will be blown away by the natural beauty of the idyllic South Tyrolean Dolomites.

Small Dolomites tour – to Pederoa, Corvara, Colfosco/Kolfuschg, Passo Gardena/Grödner Joch (2,592 m), Val Gardena/Grödnertal, Ortisei/St. Ulrich, the charming village of Chiusa/Klausen, the bishopric and city of culture of Bressanone/Brixen, the green Val Pusteria/Pustertal valley, San Martino in Badia/St. Martin in Thurn, Ladin Museum, Pederoa.

Great Dolomites tour – to Pederoa, Corvara, Campolongo pass (1,875 m), Arabba, Falzarego pass (2.105 m), Cortina d‘Ampezzo, Tre Croci pass (1,805m), Lake Misurina, Lago di Landro/Dürrensee, Val di Landro/Höhlensteintal, Dobbiaco/Toblach, Valdaora/Olang, Passo Furcia/Furkelpass (1,759m), Marebbe/Enneberg, San Vigilio/St. Vigil, Longega/Zwischenwasser and Pederoa.

Historical towns

Brunico/Bruneck, Bressanone/Brixen and Bolzano/Bozen – all of the region's bigger towns are definitely worth a visit. Those Medieval towns have well-preserved historical town centers which are full of romantic corners, little side streets and numerous inviting bars and shops which permeate the typically South Tyrolean atmosphere.

Another attraction in the former capital city of the region, the main town in Val Pusteria/Pustertal, Brunico/Bruneck, is the MMM Messner Mountain Museum RIPA.

In Bressanone/Brixen, Novacella/Neustift monastery is also well worth a visit, with its beautiful historical garden, and in Bolzano/Bozen you can admire Sigmundskron Castle and the Museion museum.  

Botanical gardens

The botanical gardens at Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano/Meran, with the nearby Touriseum Museum of Tourism, are a popular destination for guests and locals alike. The wealth of flowers, plants, scents and colors are a real spectacle to witness. The highlight of the Castle is a view point which offers unforgettable views of Merano/Meran and surroundings. You should not miss out on a visit to this spectacular Castle.

Lago di Caldaro/Kalterer See

Relax, enjoy the sun, swim, go surfing and taste beautiful wines at South Tyrol's warmest bathing lake. Here you can discover the Mediterranean side of South Tyrol, in a stunning location, nestled between vineyards and apple fields. The lake is only approx. 25 minutes away from the regional capital Bolzano/Bozen.  

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  • Indoor climbing halls – Brunico/Bruneck, Bressanone/Brixen, Bolzano/Bozen. Spacious climbing halls offer various routes and boulder trails.
  • Gilfenklamm – spectacular nature in Casateia/Gasteig near Racines/Ratschings. Explore breathtaking views down to the sweeping brooks.
  • Laser game – enjoy a fun indoor alternative to paint ball. Indoor activities in Riscone/Reischach near Brunico/Bruneck.
  • Bowling – in numerous places in Alta Badia, Val Pusteria/Pustertal, and all of South Tyrol.
  • Cron 4 – exciting indoor swimming pool with superb sauna facilities. Indoor swimming in Riscone/Reischach near Brunico/Bruneck.
  • Terme Merano/Therme Meran – visit the famous spa in the center of town, designed by Matteo Thun.
Museums in Val Badia/Gadertal and South Tyrol
  • Ladin Museum – gain interesting insights into Ladin history. Museum in San Martino in Badia/St. Martin in Thurn.
  • Ursus Ladinicus Museum – bear-themed exhibition in San Cassiano/St. Kassian.
  • Messner Mountain Museums – choose between 5 intriguing museums in the Dolomites, all dedicated to five different themes concerning the local mountains.
  • Ötzi Museum – the most famous exhibit in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano/Bozen is the mummy of Oetzi, the legendary Ice Man.
  • Museion – Museum of Contemporary Art in Bolzano/Bozen.
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