Interesting numbers about South Tyrol
From the yearly production of apples to the number of cableways in South Tyrol, we have collected 10 interesting facts, concerning topics like nature and infrastructure.
The land and its people
- South Tyrol has a surface of 7,400.43 km². 64.4 % are located above 1,500 m of altitude. Mt. Ortler is the highest mountain of South Tyrol with 3,905 m.
- Reaching lofty heights easily and quickly – this is no problem with cableways, ski lifts & Co.: South Tyrol has 361 cableways in total. (2018)
- South Tyrol has 531,178 inhabitants. There are 116 municipalities in total. Sarntal is the biggest municipality with a surface of 302.50 km². (2018)
Cities & tongues
- The capital of Bozen only is a big city with 107,739 inhabitants. In the other South Tyrolean cities (Meran, Brixen, Leifers, Bruneck, Sterzing, Klausen, Glurns) there are less than 100,000 inhabitants. (2018)
- 69.64 % of all residents belong to the German, 25.84 % to the Italian and 4.52 % to the Ladin language group (2011). Latin is a Rhaeto-Romanic language that is still in use today in the valleys of Gröden and Alta Badia.
Nature & culture
- South Tyrol has 8 large nature reserves: 7 nature parks and 1 national park cover about one quarter of South Tyrol's total area and are aimed to protect biodiversity.
- Large part of the 176 natural lakes (with a surface of more than half a hectare) in South Tyrol are located above 2,000 m of altitude. Lake Kaltern is the warmest bathing lake in the Alps.
- 105 museums in South Tyrol guarantee a lot of variety for culture lovers: The range goes from archaeology to ethnology and modern art. 13 museums are located inside castles. (2018)
Exquisite wines & delicious fruits
- South Tyrol is a wine region giving importance to quality and variety: More than 98 % of South Tyrol’s wine-growing area is under DOC protection, which is unique in Italy. 20 types of wine are grown between 200 to 1,000 m of altitude. In 2018, 216 wineries produced 327,514 hectolitres of wine.
- In 2018, 986,960 tons of apples were harvested in South Tyrol. More than 7,000 South Tyrolean fruit growers guarantee that 10 % of all apples harvested in Europe are from South Tyrol. The apple blossom is correspondingly impressive each spring.