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BolzanoItaly

Stare into the eyes of Europe’s oldest preserved corpse, view the Alps up close and tour well-preserved medieval buildings in this Italian city of Austrian ancestry.

Climb into the highlands of northern Italy to find the medieval village of Bolzano, lying in the shadow of the Alps. Walk along narrow alleyways, explore centuries-old hillside castles and take one of several cable cars up into the mountains for dramatic views of Bolzano’s surroundings.

Start your visit by riding the cable car up onto the Renon Plateau north of town. As you ascend, look for the terraced vineyards spread along the hills and the strange pointy rock formations known as earth pyramids. When you reach the top, gaze out over the city and toward the Dolomites, a line of craggy sandstone peaks east of Bolzano.

Descend into the city and start your tour of its narrow, cobblestoned streets at Piazza Walther. Visit at the end of April to see the statue at its center surrounded by vibrant flowers. Tour the Assumption of Our Lady Cathedral, which abuts the square. Step inside to see a fresco of the crucifixion painted in the 1300s.

Though an ancient Austrian village, Bolzano has belonged to Italy for most of the 20th century, so its identity is divided. About a quarter of Bolzano’s population still speaks German. Everything in the city bears both a German and an Italian name. Drive north to see Roncolo Castle, or Castle Runkelstein, a cliff-side mansion built in 1237 by a pair of Austrian lords.

Even older artifacts await at the popular South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. The most famous exhibit is Ötzi, the mummified corpse from 5,300 years ago found frozen in the nearby Alps. Learn about Ötzi’s discovery and his intriguing death: He was murdered.

Arrive in Bolzano through its international airport or by bus and train connections from Italy, Germany or Austria. Many streets in the city are inaccessible for cars, so it is best to get around the city on foot and by public transportation. An essential part of visiting Bolzano is walking its medieval streets.

Where to stay in Bolzano

Top Hotels in Bolzano

Parkhotel Laurin
Parkhotel Laurin
4 out of 5
Via Laurin, 4, Bolzano, BZ
The price is $234 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

This family-friendly Bolzano hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Piazza Walther and Cathedral of Bolzano. City Gallery and Free University ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (785 reviews)

"Grand old building. Central location very near to the train station. Very friendly and helpful staff. Super breakfast. Great bar. Highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Parkhotel Laurin
Eberle
Eberle
4 out of 5
Santa Maddalena di Sopra, Obermagdalena, Bolzano, BZ
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Located in Centro - Piani - Rencio, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Renon Cable Car, Piazza del Municipio, and Museum of Nature South Tyrol. Via dei ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (74 reviews)
Friendly and Comfortable 4 Star.

"A fabulous stay, in a great location, not the fault of the Eberle, but as it’s really a summer hotel, the restaurant was closed during our stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Eberle
Parkhotel Luna Mondschein Bozen
Parkhotel Luna Mondschein Bozen
4 out of 5
Via Piave 15, Bolzano, BZ
The price is $153 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Via dei Portici and Piazza del Municipio are also within 5 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (229 reviews)

"Very beautiful hotel located centrally in Bolzano. Easy to walk to and great staff who will take care of you. Highly recommend for those visiting! It was easy to navigate to Dolomites as well."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Parkhotel Luna Mondschein Bozen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bolzano

Residence Fink
Residence Fink
3 out of 5
Mustergasse 9, Bolzano
The price is $58 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Old Town, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Walther and Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige. Renon Cable Car and Palaonda are also ...

3.9/5Good! (223 reviews)

"Great location in Bolzano's old town, close to lots of different restaurants, cafes and sites. The apartment is spacious and good value for its location. Check in is easy and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Residence Fink
Tivoli Apartments
Tivoli Apartments
Galleria vintler 1, Bolzano

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Via dei Portici and Via Argentieri are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)

"Sehr zentral gelegen, gute Kommmunikation für Self Check-in (Ankunft Sonntag). Super Apartement für einen kurzen Städtetrip."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Tivoli Apartments
Pepper Lounge & Suite
Pepper Lounge & Suite
Piazza Domenicani 4, Bolzano, Alto Adige
The price is $131 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. City Gallery and Dominican Church are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Sehr zentral gelegen. Sauber. Komplett eingerichtet."…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Pepper Lounge & Suite
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bolzano

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 2, 2019

One of our favorite cities

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 5, 2019

Busy city but easy enough to get around be bicycle and really enjoyed the Otzie museum and the Firmian castle, Messner museum.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 24, 2019

Lovely city and amazing food! I wish I had more time to stay and visit.

4/5 - Good

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Jun 26, 2019

One should not be deterred by the gritty drive in. Once you are in the city center, easy walking and beautiful squares. Tons of eating options.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 22, 2019

Great old town with wonderful walks, cable cars, trains, and bus rides into the mountains. Open market was wonderful and area felt safe.

4/5 - Good

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May 25, 2019

hard to find a parking place close to center. public parkings are very expensive.

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