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Interesting numbers about South Tyrol

How many inhabitants does South Tyrol have and how large is it? What are the languages in use? How many cities are there and how many lakes? Here you will get this exciting information and much more.

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.
Apples from South Tyrol
Apples from South Tyrol

300 sunny days and 2,000 sunny hours are ideal for growing apples in South Tyrol.

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Sarntal in the environs of Bozen
Sarntal in the environs of Bozen

The scattered houses in Sarntal are surrounded by lush green meadows, dense forests and high peaks.

© Internet Consulting - Fabian Auer
White grapes
White grapes

The South Tyrolean white wines are famous also beyond the national borders.

© Internet Consulting - Patrick Kammerlander
Laubengasse street in Bozen
Laubengasse street in Bozen

Still today, the historical Laubengasse is the most important shopping street in Bozen.

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano
Puez Geisler Nature Park
Puez Geisler Nature Park

The bizarre peaks of Puez Geisler are an impressive mountain ridge, which you can see in Villnöss.

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View over Wengen
View over Wengen

Wengen is one of five Ladin municipalities of Gadertal.

© Internet Consulting - Benedikt Trojer
Messner Mountain Museum Corones
Messner Mountain Museum Corones

The MMM Corones is the highest museum in South Tyrol.

© Internet Consulting - Isabel Gräber