When nature unrolls its carpet of flowers, lays out its herbal bedding on lush green meadows and spreads its tangy, sweet-scented clouds through the air, it is time to be out and about, experiencing nature with all your senses. The days are noticeably longer, with here and there a buzzing, humming and twittering accompanying the unbridled advance of colours across the landscape. The urge is for reform, activity and vitality: the perfect time for an invigorating break with the Vitalpina Hotels of South Tyrol. The 36 hotels propose a beneficial trio of healthy, light eating, relaxing wellness offers and active experiences in nature– an ideally balanced programme for putting the spring into spring.
Saddle up and feel good
Exercising in the fresh air is like a spring clean for body and soul. Exercise strengthens your bodily consciousness, while being active brings us into communication with our cells. The marvellous result: adrenalin to make you happy, just what the Vitalpina Hotels of South Tyrol provide. So get out into the fresh air! Help restore your internal balance, all between the Mediterranean scenery and the Alpine backdrop. Immerse yourself in the sea of blossoms: it is a time when your skin is caressed by the mild rays of the sun, when your spirit is freed from the cares of everyday life, when your imagination turns somersaults and your heart once again finds room to be cheerful. How would you like to enjoy a great big helping of happiness, all served up on a bicycle? The constant circular motion gets you moving, a large dose of oxygen gives our cells fresh energy and, with each rotation of the pedals, we increase our feelings of well-being and self-confidence.
Gentle or extreme?
The valleys of South Tyrol boast a cycle network over 600 km long, offering heavenly spring days outside without the need for any great effort. Simply enjoy nature at its purest! A particularly rewarding springtime trip for leisure cyclists is the tour to the romantic Montiggl lakes or, further south, to Lake Kaltern. But your hosts at the Vitalpina Hotels can also get out on their bikes in a big way, when for example the hotel group’s mountain-bike specialists decide to conquer the mountain heights. South Tyrol is full of surprises, with bike tours that run between palms and Alpine roses, between gentle meadows and steep mountain slopes. Which would you prefer, perfect flowing trails or tough downhills?
The Rosengarten range is one of South Tyrol’s most diverse mountain biking areas, with numerous fantastic cross-country tours. As a wonderful tour for beginners or as a freeride-lite, a circuit of the Latemar massif is truly something special. The Sonnenberg mountain in the Vinschgau Valley also provides enticing routes with guaranteed sunshine: in fact the Vinschgau is regarded as South Tyrol’s MTB paradise: practically no other region in the Alps can offer such a dense network of paths and superb trails as the west of South Tyrol, from the Meraner Land up to the Ortler region.
Holiday with a headwind with the Vitalpina bike specialists
Find out for yourself what you really want as a biker! Flowing trails, gentle rides along meadow paths and forest trails, or wild cross-country downhills: South Tyrol has something for everyone, and the bike specialists of the Vitalpina Hotels are the ideal partners for high-energy biking adventures. The Vitalpina Hotels who specialise in biking are members of the South Tyrol Bike Hotels and can thus guarantee the perfect bike holiday. Your hosts can accompany you on your tours, offer bike rental, bike rooms, route maps, GPS, shuttle services, bike training and much more besides.
One of the newest members of the Vitalpina Hotels of South Tyrol is the 4-star Hotel Ansitz Schulerhof in Naturns/Plaus. The Schulerhof bridges the gap between historic architecture and a love of modern design. It lies in the midst of apple orchards, not far from the River Etsch, and relishes biking as a nature special. Whether you take the train up the Vinschgau Valley, then appreciate the wind as you return southwards, or check out the breathtaking downhills of the Vinschgau’s Sonnenberg mountain, biking here means enjoying nature with every fibre of your being! This particular Vitalpina Hotel with its host Thomas ranks among South Tyrol’s top bike hotels, with daily guided tours around Meran, in the Vinschgau Valley and up in the Schnals Valley. The two professional guides from the local area are your guarantee of numerous insider tips for exciting trails.
Keep moving and discover South Tyrol’s natural world in the springtime, just as you please – at the Vitalpina Hotels of South Tyrol
The fresh, crisp joys of spring: Pur Südtirol
The tender pink petals of the apple trees that now dominate the natural landscape thrive during the 300 or so days of sunshine each year; the cooler night-time temperatures of the Vinschgau Valley transform them into deliciously sweet autumn fruit. This is the home of the Vinschger Bio Apple, grown with tenacity and conviction by committed farmers from the region. The Vinschgau is a unique landscape: South Tyrol’s harshest, driest and windiest valley, where the strong variations in temperature between day and night produce cultivated fruit varieties of a distinctive flavour, with a pleasantly tangy sweetness and characteristic “red cheeks”. What could be more refreshing and delightful than biting into a juicy, genuine Vinschger Bio Apple after an exciting bike tour between the apple blossoms? Pur Südtirol is the market for delicacies, offering authentic regional specialities and produce for tasting and sale at various locations throughout South Tyrol. Pur Südtirol is a partner of the Vitalpina Hotels of South Tyrol.