BolzanoItaly

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4.5/5Top Destination

Experience the monuments, museums, and theater in Bolzano!

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.

Known for

Museums, Monuments and Festivals

Top Hotels in Bolzano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Parkhotel Laurin
4 out of 5
Via Laurin, 4, Bolzano, BZ
$130
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.7/5Exceptional! (664 reviews)

"Good pool food excellent good location and stafff excellent"…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Parkhotel Laurin
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Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
4 out of 5
Via Buozzi 35, Bolzano, BZ
$110
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.3/5Excellent! (484 reviews)

"Beautiful setting, wonderful breakfast, unfriendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019

Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
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Stadt Hotel Citta
3 out of 5
Piazza Walther 21, Bolzano, BZ
$136
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.4/5Wonderful! (497 reviews)

"The location is great. You could not be closer to the city centre. Breakfast buffet was fantastic."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Stadt Hotel Citta

Popular things to do in Bolzano

Piazza Walther
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Piazza Walther

4.5/5 (41 Ratings)

Relish the views of the mountain peaks and the cathedral spire at this elegant plaza, which serves as Bolzano’s open-air living room.

Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige
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Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige

5/5 (16 Ratings)

See one of the best-known mummies in the world and learn about the accidental discovery of his well-preserved body.

Castel Firmiano
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Castel Firmiano

Climb paths leading through dense forest to reach this 10th-century castle, which houses a museum dedicated to humanity’s relationship with the mountains.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4.5/5 (3 Ratings)

Find out about Mussolini’s fascist regime at this striking symmetrical monument, which serves as a reminder of Italy’s dark history.

Cathedral of Bolzano
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Cathedral of Bolzano

4.5/5 (5 Ratings)

Discover an impressive array of sacred treasures, including artworks and sparkling jewels, in the museum beside this historic Gothic cathedral.

Dominican Church
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Dominican Church

Enter this charming spiritual haven to view impressive frescos and other precious ecclesiastical treasures.

Top activities in Bolzano

Dolomites mountains full-day tour from Lake Garda
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Dolomites mountains full-day tour from Lake Garda

$64

Dolomites from Lake Garda. Join this wonderful hike to discover the beauty of the most famous mountains in Europe. An unforgettable day in the nature, history, and culture of the Dolomite valleys.

Dolomites Full-Day Trip
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Dolomites Full-Day Trip

$64

Join this coach tour around some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains. Go into the heart of the Dolomites through the scenic curvy road among its valleys that heads to Pordoi Pass, where you can have lunch at an altitude of 2,239 metres.

Merano & Trautmannsdorf Gardens
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Merano & Trautmannsdorf Gardens

$72

Experience a day in Merano, the town in South Tyrol that delighted Princess Sissi. Guided tour of the city, where you will almost feel in Austria thanks to its modern Nordic architecture.

Reviews of Bolzano

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 24, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

May 25, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

HristoV

May 20, 2019

Museion, the contemporary art museum, is of world class quality.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 20, 2019

Just get out and walk.