The Latemar Massive – a jewel of Mother Nature – provides the breathtaking backdrop to the Latemarium – a realm full of excitement and adventure, in Obereggen. Because of its geological and botanical importance as well as beautiful landscape, this magnificent massive – surrounded by unique hiking trails – was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The new thematic trails will lead you through ancient alpine forests and over verdant meadows to managed alpine huts. And last, but not least, the easy access makes your stay in Obereggen a special natural experience for the whole family.
The museum displays a comprehensive collection depicting rural life and long-forgotten crafts using implements, religious and secular folk art and original furnishing objects.
At the southwestern foothills of the Dolomites you can find adventure parks, learning center, nature monuments and an impressive Canyon with its geological treasures and diverse landscapes. Discover the history of earth in one of the most beautiful areas in South Tyrol.
According to legends, once upon a time there was a mermaid living in the lake, which wizard Masaré was in love with. In order to seduce her, the witch Lanwerda advised him to dress up as jewel merchant and throw a rainbow from Mt. Catinaccio to Mt. Latemar. That is what he did, but he forgot to dress up. So the beautiful mermaid detected him and forever disappeared in Lake Carezza. The wizard was angry and threw all the pieces of the rainbow as well as the jewels into the waters. That’s why it still features rainbow colours.
Madonna di Pietralba in the Val d’Ega
An imposing, monumental sight in the charming natural landscape of the Val d’Ega: the pilgrimage site of Madonna di Pietralba. Every tree, every meadow seemed to glow with the apparition of the Virgin Mary to hermit Leonhard Weissensteiner who, after falling into a deep ravine, encountered the Mother of God in 1553. In her honour he erected a little chapel, which was subsequently ex-panded and turned into an impressive pilgrimage site and gave its name to the little hamlet close to Monte San Pietro.
Ötzi the Iceman
Ötzi is a glacier mummy from the Copper Age, who, thanks to extraordinary circumstances, has been preserved down to the present day. Little by little, he has imparted genuine stores of knowledge. He was discovered accidentally by hikers in 1991, together with his clothing and equipment, on the Schnalstal/Val Senales Valley glacier and has been the subject of intensive research ever since. Can be see in the South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano.
Renon’s famous earth pyramids
Europe’s tallest and most perfectly shaped earth pyramids are to be found on the Renon mountain in several locations: in the gorge of the Finsterbach creek between Longomoso and Monte di Mezzo, in the Katzenbach-creek gorge below Soprabolzano, and in the gorge of Gasters in Auna di Sotto.
The botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
In the gardens of Schloss Trauttmansdorff Castle contains plants collected from all over the world, all presented in a typical South Tyrolean setting. Footpaths wind their way through the water features and gently-sloping terraces of the garden of the senses or the Japanese garden, the hillocks of cacti and succulents or the cultivated southern plants like olive trees or grapevines.