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Hotel Tirolerhof
Gourmet hotel | Welsberg-Taisten at Mt. Kronplatz
from 158 €
Viktoria Alpine Spa Resort
Wellnesshotel | Hafling near Meran
from 142 €
LANERHOF Active/Spa/Balance
Spa-Hotel | St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
from 94 €
Wirtshaushotel Alpenrose
Active hotel | St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
from 174 €
Luxury . Ayurveda & SPA | Olang at Mt. Kronplatz
from 190 €
WINKLER Sport & Spa Resort
Design hotel | St. Lorenzen at Mt. Kronplatz
from 132 €
Hotel Edelweiss
ski week special | Meransen in Eisacktal
from 185 €
Quellenhof Luxury Resort Passeier
Sport & wellness resort | Passeiertal
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SONNENHOF Sun/Spa/Panorama
Sporthotel | Pfalzen at Mt. Kronplatz
from 258 €
Naturhotel Waldheim
Active hotel | Altrei in Southern South Tyrol
from 289 €
Wellness Refugium Alpin Royal
Charm & warmth | St. Johann in Tauferer Ahrntal
from 201 €
Alpenpalace Luxury Hideaway & Spa Retreat
Exclusive well-being oasis | St. Johann in Tauferer Ahrntal

Sunrise in the mountains

It’s 5.45 in the morning. The beam of light of the torch moves from dangerous roots on the forest soil to the trees and here and there you can hear eerie rustling behind the rocks. Nevertheless, the excited anticipation of the shimmering spectacle of nature is stronger than the fear – and fortunately the goal isn’t all too far away.

Admittedly, it is quite hard to leave the cosy and warm bed at such an early hour. However, if you have an early night on the previous day, it is nothing. At the latest as soon as the first sunbeams peep out behind the eastern mountain tops, you’ll surely forget the last bit of tiredness and every exertion.

The light that lights up the South Tyrolean mountain world just before the sunrise is something noteworthy: The darkness gradually abates and the sky on the horizon turns pink, yellow, red or bright orange, till finally the sun itself appears behind the mountain silhouette. Probably the most beautiful daybreaks aren’t offered by cloudless summer skies, but with some clouds in autumn.

But if you want to see this with your own eyes, you have to get up early and to go all out. After all, you’ll have a wider view the higher you are. So you have to climb a mountain – and this is quite exhausting if half of the senses are still sleeping or if the darkness and the coldness of the night make the ascent more difficult.

A headlamp or torch per person, some warm clothes including cap, gloves and scarf, a flask of tea and a little breakfast should be standard for every sunrise hike.

Popular sunrise mountains

Good local knowledge or at least a very conscientious study of the tour and particular care are also essential for a hike at night and very early in the morning. Among the most popular and not too difficult sunrise mountains in South Tyrol we have to mention for instance the prominent Mt. Peitlerkofel in Alta Badia and Mt. Dürrenstein in Prags. Both are reachable within two hours, the tours are moderately difficult and on the summit you’ll have an incredible view of the Dolomites and the rising sun.

The viewpoints of Mt. Piz da Peres above Olang, Mt. Lutterkopf and Durakopf in Taisten or Mt. Astjoch near St. Lorenzen are reachable a little bit faster and easier. Not forgetting the 360 degrees panorama view from Mt. Kronplatz. Sometimes there you can also take the cable car in order to get to mountain top and sunrise. 

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Hotel Fameli

Family hotel at Valdaora, near the Kronplatz - a place to play, have fun, enjoy moments of relaxation and sample really delicious food.

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from 105 €
Naturhotel Die Waldruhe

Alpine meets Mediterranean in every facet, with wellness and experiences for nature lovers, active holiday-makers and indulgence seekers.

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from 110 €
Familienhotel Bella Vista

Experience autumn 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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Ski tour Zinseler
Ski tour Zinseler

Sunrise at Mt. Zinseler in Sterzing

© Tourismusgenossenschaft Sterzing Pfitsch Freienfeld
Ski tour in Schnals
Ski tour in Schnals

Ski tour at sunrise in Schnals

© IDM Südtirol - AlexFilz
Mt. Großer Moosstock
Mt. Großer Moosstock

Sunrise in Ahrntal

© TVB Tauferer Ahrntal - Alfred Stolzlechner
View of Tauferer Ahrntal at sunrise
View of Tauferer Ahrntal at sunrise

A high-altitude mountain tour frequently starts early in the morning and awards mountaineers with a magical atmosphere at sunrise.

© Tourismusverein Ahrntal
Sunrise in the South Tyrolean mountains
Sunrise in the South Tyrolean mountains

If you spend a night on a South Trolean hut, such as Bercherhaus hut in this case, you should absolutely enjoy the moment of a beautiful sunrise.

© Internet Consulting - Stefan Tolpeit
Sunrise on the mountain
Sunrise on the mountain

Im Herbst geht die Sonne erst ca. um 7:30 Uhr auf - im Sommer muss man schon früher aufstehen.

© Internet Consulting - Stefan Tolpeit

You have to get up very early to watch the sunrise from the top of the mountains! It should perhaps spend the night in the shelter!

© Internet Consulting - Stefan Tolpeit


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