South Tyrol is a melting pot of cultures and contradictions. Alpine and Mediterranean lifestyles provide the framework for a very unique approach to Alpine life. Hiking and mountain climbing are just as much part of life in South Tyrol as rich culture and culinary creativity. More than 13,000 kilometres of nature trails lead hikers through apple orchards, along Waalweg waterways, across mountainsides, and up high-alpine trails through the Dolomites. There are paths that run through chestnut groves and across vast high alpine meadows as well as challenging treks to glaciers and alpine lakes. Hiking in South Tyrol moves in many different ways.