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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

Ariston
Ariston
3 out of 5
Via Roma 82, Bolzano, BZ
The price is ¥11,769 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in the heart of Bolzano, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Druze Stadium and Piazza del Tribunale are also within ...
3.5/5Good! (129 reviews)
"Wifi is not working in the room, which is crucial for everyone today..."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

Ariston
Parkhotel Laurin
Parkhotel Laurin
4 out of 5
Via Laurin, 4, Bolzano, BZ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥25,460 per night from May 13 to May 13
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! (782 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
Castel Hörtenberg
Castel Hörtenberg
5 out of 5
Via Monte Tondo 4, Bolzano, Provincia autonoma di Bolzano
The price is ¥24,616 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Museum of Nature South Tyrol and Via dei Portici ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
"New property with excellent amenities. Heated outdoor pool and spa were a big plus."

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

Castel Hörtenberg
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.
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 ¥15,787 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this apartment building is steps from Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Piazza del Municipio and Via dei Portici are also within ...
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 Attic "5. Piano - Fewo Bolzano" With Wi-fi, air Conditioning and in an Optimal Position in the old Town of Bolzano
Modern Holiday Attic "5. 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 ¥14,177 per night from May 14 to May 14
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this apartment building is steps from Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Piazza del Municipio and Via dei Portici are also within ...
Modern Holiday Attic "5. Piano - Fewo Bolzano" With Wi-fi, air Conditioning and in an Optimal Position in the old Town of Bolzano
Modern Holiday Apartment 2. Piano - Fewo Bolzano" With Wi-fi, air Conditioning and in an Optimal Position in the old Town of Bolzano
Modern Holiday Apartment 2. 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 ¥17,882 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Old Town Bolzano, this apartment building is steps from Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Piazza del Municipio and Via dei Portici are also within ...
Modern Holiday Apartment 2. Piano - Fewo Bolzano" With Wi-fi, air Conditioning and in an Optimal Position in the old Town of 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.

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