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WINKLER Sport & Spa Resort
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Family & spa resort | Olang at Mt. Kronplatz
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Spa-Hotel | St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
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Granpanorama Hotel StephansHof
Magnificent views of the Dolomites | Villanders in Eisacktal
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Grand Hotel Bellevue
City hotel | Meran
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Quellenhof Luxury Resort Passeier
Sport & wellness resort | Passeiertal
from 90 €
Hotel Saltauserhof
Wellness hotel | St. Martin in Passeier
from 289 €
Wellness Refugium Alpin Royal
Charm & warmth | St. Johann in Tauferer Ahrntal
from 221 €
Alpenpalace Luxury Hideaway & Spa Retreat
Exclusive well-being oasis | St. Johann in Tauferer Ahrntal
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Sporthotel | Pfalzen at Mt. Kronplatz

From the First World War to the present

With the end of the First World War, the south of Tyrol was affiliated to Italy which was the beginning of today’s South Tyrol- As part of the fascist Italy, South Tyrol had experienced difficult times, and also after the end of the Second World War there was still a long way to go until South Tyrol’s autonomy.

During the First World War, the mountain front was at the southern border of Tyrol from 1915 until 1918. With the peace treaty of Saint Germain, today’s South Tyrol and Trentino (formerly Welschtirol) were affiliated to Italy in 1919. With this assurance, England, France and Russia could draw Italy onto their side at the entry of the war in the secret treaty of London in 1915.

Repression under Benito Mussolini

The takeover by the fascists in Italy from 1922 was the beginning of a systematic Italianisation of South Tyrol. The use of the German language was entirely prohibited: in school, in the media, in administration and in court. The German town’s names were replaced by Italian names, first names were Italianised and partially last names as well. With the promoting immigration from other provinces in Italy, the Italian-speaking majority should be created.

A fatal agreement

In 1939, the National Socialist dictator Adolf Hitler and the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini made an agreement. Afterwards, the German speaking South Tyroleans had the following option: They were allowed to emigrate to the German Reich or to stay in their homeland giving up their culture and language. A major part decided to emigrate. However, only a small part was resettled due to the beginning of the Second World War, but the option split the population of South Tyrol.

The way to Autonomy

After a difficult and century long negotiation process – temporarily accompanied by bombs and violence – South Tyrol today has extensive autonomy rights- The first step towards this direction was made in 1946 with the Gruber De Gasperi treaty (Paris Treaty), with the protection of the cultural singularity of the German-speaking population in South Tyrol and in Trentino.

In 1948, the First Statute of Autonomy came into force as a part of the Italian constitution. In fact, South Tyrol has not yet achieved a real self-governance as the autonomy rights of the new region Trentino-Tyrolean Etschland were granted and the Italian population still had the majority in the region. Only with the Second Statute of Autonomy, which was made in 1972 and which was realised until 1992m the autonomous provinces of South Tyrol and Trentino gained comprehensive self-governance.

A model for Europe

Today, South Tyrol is an exemplary model for autonomies of ethnic minorities. An important element is the legal integration of bilingualism and trilingualism (German, Italian and Ladin).

In 1998 was the foundation date the European region of Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino with a common periodical Landtag. This should strengthen the cultural identity of this region as well as encourage the economic and political collaboration.

Current holiday offers

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Hotel Tirolerhof

Welcome to the Tirolerhof at the gateway to the Gsieser Valley. Your perfect place for active holidays and pure relaxation!

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from 110 €
Familienhotel Bella Vista

Experience holiday with the whole family in Vinschgau: hiking programme, childcare, caressing ponies and time for relaxation.

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from 122 €
Hotel & SPA RESORT Majestic

TOP hotel ****s in Pustertal - large garden with swimming pool, natural bathing pond, saunas, guided hikes and much more!

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from 141 €
Vitalpina Hotel Schulerhof

A dream holiday - for active guests who enjoy relaxation, culinary delights, and friendly interactions.

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Selected accommodations in South Tyrol

Pension Felsenegg - Tisens in Meran and environs
Pension Felsenegg
Tisens in Meran and environs
4.7 Excellent

Inviting B&B in the environs of Meran with comfortable and cosy rooms, a delicious breakfast, dreamlike garden & wonderful view of the vineyards.

from 35 € per day
Glögglhof - Girlan in Southern South Tyrol
Girlan in Southern South Tyrol
4.9 Excellent

Farm holidays in the wine village Girlan and in cosy apartments – ideal for active travellers and for those who are looking for regeneration!

from 105 € per day
Tirolerin rooms & suites & breakfast - Tramin an der Weinstraße in Southern South Tyrol
Tirolerin rooms & suites & breakfast
Tramin an der Weinstraße in Southern South Tyrol
4.3 Very good

Inviting rooms and suites, excellent breakfast, heated outdoor pool in the garden & unlimited possibilities for active guests.

from 65 € per day
Hotel & Residence Johanneshof - Tscherms in Meran and environs
Hotel & Residence Johanneshof
Tscherms in Meran and environs
4.5 Excellent

Comfortable rooms & spacious apartments, rich breakfast buffet or bread service, garden with heated pool, sunbathing lawn and garden house with whirlpool.

from 62 € per day