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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 Cathedral of Bolzano.

Old Town
Bolzano showing views, landscape views and farmland

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 Victory Monument and Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige.

Gries - Quirein

Top Hotels in Bolzano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Parkhotel Laurin
Parkhotel Laurin
4 out of 5
Via Laurin, 4, Bolzano, BZ
¥22,022
per night
Apr 16 - Apr 17

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! (756 reviews)

"great hotel. Beautiful views on mountains. 200m from train station."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Parkhotel Laurin
Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
4 out of 5
Via Buozzi 35, Bolzano, BZ
¥11,875
per night
Apr 17 - Apr 18

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is Ortler Ski Arena and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Piazza Walther. Fiera Bolzano and Palaonda are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (552 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Via Renon 1, Bolzano, BZ
¥13,064
per night
Apr 6 - Apr 7

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Walther and Renon Cable Car. Victory Monument and Palaonda are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

4.1/5Very Good! (313 reviews)
Helpful staff and great location

"Bolzano was a really nice town and Hotel Regina is just across the road from the train station and just a few minutes walk away from lively shopping precinct and cafes and restaurants. Our room was comfortable and quiet. The staff were very helpful and went out of their way to make sure we got breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Hotel Regina

Popular things to do 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.

Victory Monument
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Victory Monument

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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

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.

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.

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

Private Half-day Tour: the Historical Center of Bolzano and Roncolo Castle
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Private Half-day Tour: the Historical Center of Bolzano and Roncolo Castle

¥13,545
Per adult
Ski Tour in the Dolomites
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Ski Tour in the Dolomites

¥9,727
Per adult
Guided Walking Tour: The historical City Center of Bolzano
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Guided Walking Tour: The historical City Center of Bolzano

¥10,960
Per adult
Day Trip from Bolzano to Modena
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Day Trip from Bolzano to Modena

¥18,275
Per adult
Snowshoe Tour in the Dolomites near Bolzano (1 day)
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Snowshoe Tour in the Dolomites near Bolzano (1 day)

¥12,014
Per adult
Photoshooting in the Dolomites - lakes and mountais
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Photoshooting in the Dolomites - lakes and mountais

¥12,107
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.