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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

Bolzano showing heritage architecture

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(60 area reviews)

Old Town is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Piazza Walther and Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige.

Old Town
Grand Hotel Carezza

Centro - Piani - Rencio

5/5Exceptional!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Centro - Piani - Rencio, Piazza Walther and Renon Cable Car are top sights worth seeing.

Centro - Piani - Rencio
Victory Monument which includes a park and a monument

Gries - Quirein

5/5Exceptional!(3 area reviews)

While visiting Gries - Quirein, you might make a stop by sights like Ortler Ski Arena and Victory Monument.

Gries - Quirein

Top Hotels in Bolzano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Iceman Rooms
Iceman Rooms
Museumstraße 35, Bolzano
The price is ¥6,127 per night

Located in Old Town, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige and Piazza delle Erbe ...

3/5 (174 reviews)

"Excellent location, super easy check in and keyless entry."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Iceman Rooms
Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
4 out of 5
Via Buozzi 35, Bolzano, BZ
The price is ¥15,719 per night

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ortler Ski Arena and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Piazza Walther. Fiera Bolzano and Palaonda are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (570 reviews)

"Waiting staff in bistro 3 breakfast Staff was very very Accommodating and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
Parkhotel Laurin
Parkhotel Laurin
4 out of 5
Via Laurin, 4, Bolzano, BZ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥19,375 per night

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! (770 reviews)

"I had a beautiful room and an excellent breakfast. The reception and the staff were courteous and helpful. The hotel is located near the station."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Parkhotel Laurin

Popular places to visit in Bolzano

Piazza Walther
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Piazza Walther

4.5/5(48 reviews)

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

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.

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

5/5(18 reviews)

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

Messner Mountain Museum Firmian
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Messner Mountain Museum Firmian

Learn about the connection between man and mountain at adventurer Reinhold Messner’s intriguing museum, which is set inside a 10th-century castle.

Via dei Portici
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Via dei Portici

During your visit to Bolzano, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Via dei Portici. Experience the area's museums and festivals.

Cathedral of Bolzano
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Cathedral of Bolzano

4.5/5(5 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Bolzano

THE BEST OF THE DOLOMITES IN JUST ONE DAY - Private Tour
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THE BEST OF THE DOLOMITES IN JUST ONE DAY - Private Tour

¥117,033
Per adult
The Episcopal city of Brixen, Novacella Abbey & Funes Valley
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The Episcopal city of Brixen, Novacella Abbey & Funes Valley

¥27,102
Per adult
Hike the Dolomites - Private excursion near Bolzano (1 day)
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Hike the Dolomites - Private excursion near Bolzano (1 day)

¥29,566
Per adult
The Best Hiking in the Dolomites (Tre Cime di Lavaredo)
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The Best Hiking in the Dolomites (Tre Cime di Lavaredo)

¥34,494
Per adult
Dolomites "Alta Via" - Multi day private tour (2 to 6 days)
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Dolomites "Alta Via" - Multi day private tour (2 to 6 days)

¥46,813
Per adult
From Bolzano: The Episcopal City of Bressanone, Novacella Abbey and Funes Valley
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From Bolzano: The Episcopal City of Bressanone, Novacella Abbey and Funes Valley

¥25,206
Per adult

Reviews of Bolzano

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

One of our favorite cities

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

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.

Cities near Bolzano

Soprabolzano which includes signage

Soprabolzano