Destinations for excursions near Val Gardena - Sights of South Tyrol

South Tyrol has plenty to offer - all of these sights and destinations are easy to reach from your base at the Hotel Jakoberhof

South Tyrol is a diverse, region that contains a plethora of different destinations. From a stroll around a nearby town to visits to legendary cultural and historical sites, we, your hosts at the Hotel Jakoberhof, will be happy to advise you.
The following destinations are especially noteworthy:

The Sella Ronda
The Sella Ronda is a truly special ski route, because it makes it simple to ski around the Sella Massif in a day. It connects the four Ladin valleys: Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba and Val di Fassa, and all the valleys can be accessed with the Dolomiti Super Ski Pass. Experience the spectacular Sella Ronda ski route during your holiday in Val Gardena.

Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol is located in a valley basin and is surrounded on three sides by mighty mountain ranges. The town is one of the largest urban centers in the Alpine region and is noted for its culture, pleasure, traditions and active lifestyles. A trip to Bolzano ensures variety - from shopping in the numerous shops under the arcades, to visiting museums and exhibitions or enjoying some of the local specialties in the crowded squares and streets.

Bressanone is a diocesan seat and is one of the oldest towns in the Tyrol. It is noted for its cultural treasures as well as a picturesque old town that is packed with quaint streets and pretty squares. In addition to the Gothic architecture, Renaissance paintings and Baroque churches, including the Duomo, Bressanone and the surrounding area offer many scenic beauty spots with romantic chestnut groves and fantastic mountain views. Of course you can also shop in Bressanone to your heart's content.

The idyllic village of Chiusa in the South Tyrolean Isarco Valley has plenty to offer visitors. A stroll through the medieval center or a walk to Sšben Abbey will leave a lasting impression. Chiusa's central position makes it ideal for hikes around the area and as a base for visiting sights and attending events.

A trip to Innsbruck is a highlight of any holiday. The state capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol is known for its "golden rooftops" and many other sights, as well as its spectacular location at the foot of a mighty mountain range and great opportunities for shopping. A trip to the Seegrube and the Hafelekar on the Nordkette cable car affords impressive views over the Alpine city.

Bee Museum on the Renon
The bee and beekeeping museum is based at the historic Plattner Hof in Renon. Here you can learn all you need to know about the industrious hive, honey, beekeeping and the lives of farmers in the past. A walk along the nature trail allows the whole family to delve into the world of bees, while the basement, the barn and the stable feature an extensive collection of exhibits on display.

The unique nature of the lagoon city of Venice, with its romantic bridges, canals and magnificent palaces, is famous throughout the world. Sights such as St Mark's Square and the Cathedral, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and Murano, the glassmakers' island, are well known, popular tourist attractions. Along both banks of the stunning Grand Canal, one historic building merges into another. If you really want to see all you can, you need to climb on board one of the many Vaporetti (water buses) and let the beauty of Venice sink in (and you need to repeat the experience, because it takes more than one trip). This impressive city is worth a visit at any time of year.

Lake Garda
The largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda, is located between the Alps to the north and the Po Valley to the south. It is a popular holiday destination for sporty and active holidaymakers as well as luxury travelers, families, nature lovers and party animals: in fact for anyone who is looking to spend a few days somewhere truly special. Take a voyage of discovery to the picturesque towns and villages around Lake Garda and uncover a series of hidden gems.

The Ladin Museums
In the Ladin-speaking valleys, multiple museums tell the stories about the traditions, history and culture of an old, yet still-living world. The Ladin museum known as "Ciastel de Tor" in San Martin de Tor in the Val Badia, the Museum de GherdŽina in Ortisei as well as the Ladin museum in the Val di Fassa and numerous other exhibitions host interesting exhibits as well as sharing interesting, worthwhile knowledge. In the Museum de GherdŽina visitors can additionally view a section dedicated to the mountaineer, actor and film-maker, Luis Trenker.