There is nothing happier than a hot summer evening. Because when the sun goes down… the temperatures are still great. The perfect time to enjoy the twinkling stars. And what’s better than doing it in South Tyrol? Where you look at the mountains during the day and the mysterious universe at night.
Did you know that there is a real star village in Italian South Tyrol? The first in Europe then! In the Eggental Valley you come across the charming Steinegg / Collepietra.
European Star Village
True Planet Path takes you through nature, following all the planets of our solar system. Further, see through the telescopes of the Max Valier Observatory. From here you can discover up to 19 million celestial bodies. Then the Peter Anish observatory directs its lens to the sun. And in the massive dome of the Alto Adige Planetarium, 55 guests travel across the universe. Impressive 3D projections make it look like you’re in a spaceship.
Does the full moon shine over the village of stars? Then Steinegg turns into a culinary paradise. You can sample Milky Way pudding, eclipse pancakes and pluto mozzarella.
At an altitude of 2267 meters
Do you want to be able to almost touch the sky? The observatory in the mountain hut Maspin takes you to a record height. At an altitude of 2267 meters above sea level, you can see a lot of stars with the naked eye. Two telescopes are magnifying the universe even deeper. Because there is little light pollution, Maseben is one of the favorite places of many famous astronomers.
The orbits of the planets throughout our solar system determine our life on Earth. Inspired by artist Olafur Eliasson. He built a breathtaking facility on top of the Schnalstal glacier. Nine futuristic arches guide you through the snow over 400 metres. Each frame symbolizes a different ice age.
A huge glass dome awaits at the finish line. It consists of several steel rings and more than 700 glass panels. Whoever stands in the middle of the dome uses the rings to determine the position of the sun. And so I calculate the time.
South Tyrol has at least eight protected nature reserves. Here you can stroll through the pristine landscape. In the middle of forests and mountains, you will meet various wild animals and discover rare plants. Since there is almost no one here, the sky is quite clear at night. So be sure to bring your binoculars and camera. Because our galaxy shows itself at its most beautiful aspect here.
Sleeping under the starry sky
Even when you’re under the sheets, you don’t have to miss the galaxy. You can even spend the night in a real space capsule at the Oberwirt Hotel. In the Apollo Experience Room, families relive the first manned flight to the moon. Because the hotel room looks just like the moon lander of the famous Apollo 11 spacecraft that launched into space in 1969.
At the Hohenwart you literally sleep under the starry sky, because on warm summer nights they put you in a comfortable bed outside. If you are traveling as a couple, you must come to Chalet Stern. On top of Mount Roskopf, time seems to stand still. The luxurious rooms offer you a panoramic view of the mountains … and the planets. Skyview’s modern chalets in Toblach have a glass roof. Perfect for calculating a few stars before bed. Amonti & Lunaris Wellnessresort offers a picturesque sky lounge with an outdoor pool.
stars on your plate
The starry sky in South Tyrol proves that the people take excellent care of nature and the environment. This gives the area another advantage. The province has a full range of fresh and delicious regional products. Many top chefs are creative in this matter.
This did not lose sight of the famous Michelin guide. South Tyrol has been awarded no less than 26 Michelin stars. Includes five green stars. An award given only to the world’s best and most sustainable kitchens. You can sample the green gastronomy of Lady Chef Maria Lutz, Norbert Niederkofler, Stefan Ziebel and Heinrich Schneider.
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