Bolzano

Travel Guide
Bolzano which includes mountains, landscape views and heritage architecture

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

Stiegl Scala Hotel
Stiegl Scala Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Brennero 11, Bolzano, BZ
The price is ¥12,815 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Renon Cable Car and Piazza Walther. Piazza del Municipio and Museum of Nature South Tyrol ...
4.4/5Excellent! (220 reviews)
The ONLY hotel not to provide a COVID-19 refund or
"This was the ONLY hotel that did not offer a refund or credit for future stays during the COVID-19 closure of Italy / the world for travel. Airbnb gave 100% cash refunds and other hotel.com properties offered either a refund or a credit for future stays. Stiegl Scala Hotel however charged my credit ..."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Stiegl Scala Hotel
Stadt Hotel Citta
Stadt Hotel Citta
4 out of 5
Piazza Walther 21, Bolzano, BZ
The price is ¥18,955 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this hotel is steps from Via Argentieri and Piazza Walther. Mercantile Museum and Via dei Portici are also within 5 minutes. Bolzano/Bozen ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Best ever!
"This was by far the best hotel we’ve ever stayed at. From the simple check in with restaurant recommendations, to the view of the piazza, and THE most beautiful and tasty breakfast ever! This is where you want to be."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Stadt Hotel Citta
Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
4 out of 5
Via Buozzi 35, Bolzano, BZ
The price is ¥18,673 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Fiera Bolzano and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Piazza Walther. Palaonda and Adige River are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (597 reviews)
"Our room was not particularly clean and the mini bar was empty, there was not enough soap, and the coffee station didn’t even have one serving of coffee. The breakfast was lovely and the bar downstairs very lively. The proximity to buses and easy access to markets made the location pretty exceptional ..."

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
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.
Pepper Lounge & Suite
Pepper Lounge & Suite
Piazza Domenicani 4, Bolzano, Alto Adige
The price is ¥12,254 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of City Gallery and Piazza Walther. Dominican Church and Via Argentieri are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"Wonderful property. Newly renovated and very clean and well maintained. Owner was absolutely wonderful with prompt communication assisting with our late check in due to car troubles. Breakfast is made to order including hot items and yummy pastries."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2021

Pepper Lounge & Suite
Modern holiday apartment “4. Piano - FeWo Bolzano" with Wi-Fi, air conditioning and in an optimal position in the old town of Bolzano
Modern holiday apartment “4. Piano - FeWo Bolzano" with Wi-Fi, air conditioning and in an optimal position in the old town of Bolzano
Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige
The price is ¥15,969 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in the mountains, this Old Town Bolzano apartment building offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza del Municipio, Via dei ...
Modern holiday apartment “4. Piano - FeWo Bolzano" with Wi-Fi, air conditioning and in an optimal position in the old town of Bolzano
Apartment Andreas
Apartment Andreas
Andreas Hofer Strasse 2, Bolzano, BZ
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Nature South Tyrol and Piazza Walther. Piazza del Municipio and ...
Apartment Andreas
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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