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Start an exciting journey through the landscape and history of South Tyrol. Combine a pleasure vacation at the Sonnalp with a visit to historic sights and exciting places. The Eggental Valley and the Dolomites are filled with treasures that await discovery.
This canyon is also called the Canyon of South Tyrol. The Bletterbach Canyon is about 8 kilometres long and up to 400 metres deep. The canyon developed about 15,000 years ago as a result of weather influences and erosion. Fossils, imprints, impressions of parts of plants and many traces of animal activity (eating, burrowing), provide information of times gone by. Get a fascinating insight into mountains and discover how they developed over millions of years!
Legendary and definitely worth a visit are the pyramids in Steinegg. The fascinating pyramids developed due to erosion and the climatic conditions. A comfortable 3-hour hike leads from Steinegg to the Katzenbach Canyon and through the Lahnenweg Trail past the pyramids. A wonderful interplay of nature that you should not miss out on!
Not far from Obereggen you'll find the most beautiful alpine lake in the Alps: the legendary Karersee Lake. This alpine lake is located at 1,520 m above sea level in the community of Welschnofen. It impresses with gentle deep green water and the breath-taking mountain scenery of the Rosengarten and Latemar mountains in the backdrop. In the early morning and in the evening, when the mountains are mirrored in the water, the lake is extra beautiful.
Maria Weißenstein is one of the most important and most well-known places of pilgrimage in South Tyrol. The origins of Maria Weißenstein date back to 1553, when the Virgin Mary appeared to the farmer Leonhard Weißensteiner. As a sign of gratitude he constructed a chapel, where people could pray for help. This chapel quickly became a popular destination for many pilgrims. To this day, the Weißenstein pilgrimage church is one of the most renowned and most important places of pilgrimage in the Alps.
For many centuries the fruit market in Bozen has been a popular meeting point for locals, tourists and people passing through, but it has always mainly been and still is a place for the senses and culinary pleasures. The numerous market stands offer fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and other regional specialties daily. While you can taste freshly cooked chestnuts on the fruit market in autumn, in winter you are spoiled with mulled wine, and with Mediterranean fruits and vegetables in spring and summer.
Regardless of weather and time you can admire the starry sky true-to-life in the planetarium in Gummer. The unique combination of high-resolution 360° 3D pictures and sound will bring you right into the middle of a cosmic experience. The high picture resolution of about 12 million pixels on a dome of 8m in diameter is unique worldwide.
The Observatory in Gummer awaits you with fascinating views of the sun: In addition to the panorama facility, a 6 m large dome with reflecting telescope, an observation terrace, and the sun observatory will lead you on an exciting planet trail with interesting information and facts about our solar system.
Enjoy an exciting tour through the history of South Tyrol from the Stone Age to the Carolingian period! In addition to numerous original findings, the museum also hosts the 5000 year old and most well-known mummy in the world, namely the Ice Man "Ötzi". The museum does not only tell the story of Ötzi, but also features yearly special exhibitions on the archaeology of South Tyrol.
High above the Eggental Canyon you'll find the imposing Karneid Castle. The symbol of the community was constructed by the Earls of Grafenstein around 1200. Now it is one of the most beautiful historic buildings in South Tyrol. The wonderful yard, the open stairway, and the two-level loggia of the historic castle will bring you back to times gone by!
Bolzano is the perfect destination for your shopping trip. The town centre is only a 30-minute drive away from Hotel Sonnalp. Here, in the Arcades (Via dei Portici), trendy boutiques sit side-by-side with international shops and craftsmanship stores. This is also where you can enjoy the city’s cultural offer. Numerous museums will take you back to times long gone by. The most famous museum is the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, where you can admire Ötzi, the famous Man from the Ice. If you need a break, there are various bars and restaurants offering the best South Tyrolean and Italian specialities. Having an aperitif in the streets of Bolzano is the best way to capture the town’s Mediterranean atmosphere: just sit back and enjoy the hustle and bustle.