Category archives: South Tyrol

The Italian Alps: A serious case of mountain love

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Being in the mountains is a bit like therapy for me, and I don’t even need to speak to anyone about anything. I have developed a habit of running away to them when I need a reminder of the things that really matter in life. But really, I'd take any excuse. The second part of my week in South Tyrol last month led me to Sexten (yeah, not kidding), a picture[...]

Hiking and Feasting in Bolzano: A Four Course Menu

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I never knew what the buzz was all about. Katja and Kathi have been hooked on South Tyrol for a while and I refused to believe it would be all that different from the "other Italy" that I have been to so many times: Venice, Rome, Garda, Trieste, Milan, you name it. Turns out, South Tyrol really is different. There is something particularly stunning about [...]

The heart of South Tyrol

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I have probably said this in the introduction of every other Italy post I've ever written but I'll say it again, because it's such a striking sensation - traveling here always feels like coming home. The moment I step off the plane, Italy gives me a friendly pad on my back, as if to say "Good to have you here, Katja." It makes me feel welcome with every cup [...]

Active holiday in South Tyrol

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“Waterfall? No one said anything about a waterfall before.” My heart skipped a beat and my already compressed chest trapped in a neoprene suit felt even worse. I was sitting in a rafting boat with a group of people who had (like me) never done this before. With only 30 minutes to go on our tour we thought the worst was already over when they made us jump int[...]

Wining and Dining in South Tyrol

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Having lived relatively close to the ocean for most of my life, I'm used to flat landscapes, moderate coastal climate and a constant breeze. Even during my travels I stayed true to this pattern - with the sunny hills of California being the most unusual environment. With this in mind, you can imagine my amazement when we were approaching the mountains of [...]

Reaching new heights in the Dolomites

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Arrival at Alpe de Siusi began before we got there. On the slow and winding morning ride up to our mountain hut from the charming basecamp at Siusi allo Sciliar, the fog lifted. The mountains peered out, each climb in elevation revealing new shades of green. Even earlier, on a cozy night train (my first since moving to Berlin!) to Munich, I felt the incoming[...]

A weekend away in South Tyrol

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Wow, is it really the beginning of October already? Somehow I feel like it was only last week that i put on a flowery dress and cycled to the lake for the first time this year. The truth is though that I spent only fragments of this summer in my hometown of Berlin and instead traveled some really incredible places on four different continents. I owe you stor[...]

How to.... make South Tyrolian dumplings

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Whenever I travel there is an array of activities I like to seek out wherever possible. Things I love to do and experience such as rafting, biking, shopping, tasting local specialties and so on. Speaking of local specialties - what's the only thing better than tasting them? To learn how to make them yourself! So whenever I get to a country or region with par[...]