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South Tyrol's capital surprises

A cultural melting pot and small cosmopolitan city. It's the largest in South Tyrol, set In the heart of the region and at the crossroads of northern European and southern culture

Bolzano developed in the Middle Ages and has since become the ladmark of South Tyrol. It's the city where Italian and German languages blend most vibrantly. This unique fusion results in a fascinating mosaic, visible in traffic signage, culinary delights and the city historical and artistic attractions. Marvel at its impressive artistic and cultural treasures during your holiday in South Tyrol. The historic old town, particularly the bustling shopping area boasting fascinating porticoes, has served as a hub of commerce between Italy and Germany for centuries. Today, this area represents the vibrant heart of modern Bolzano, where the intersection of tradition and modernity continues to thrive.

Accommodations in Bolzano

From family-run bed and breakfasts to chic designer hotels and flats complete with roof terraces. Choose your favourite accommodation and let yourself be spoilt by the extraordinary mix of tradition, modernity and South Tyrolean hospitality.

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South Tyrol's southernmost region is a melting pot

This fascinating mix of cultures and languages is revealed in the lifestyle, languages, city’s architecture and in its diverse and vibrant cultural scene. It goes without saying that it's also reflected into the gastronomy: an espresso to be enjoyed on the fly at the bar or an apertivo at the end of the day becomes a routine here in South Tyrol. Bolzano/Bozen is englobed in the Alto Adige Wine Road and is one of Europe's largest wine-producing cities.

What to see and do

This fascinating mixture is reflected in the way of life, the city’s languages German and Italian, in the city’s architecture and in its diverse cultural scene. And, of course, in the gastronomy: a quick espresso at the bar or a relaxing aperitivo at the end of the day is just as natural as the traditional South Tyrolean inn culture. Bolzano is part of the Alto Adige Wine Road and is one of the largest wine-producing cities in Europe.

At the University of Bolzano/Bozen, students even study in three languages. Always known as a trading town, the historic arcades of Bolzano are lined with long-established, family-run businesses next to Italian boutiques and shops selling handicrafts. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, magnolias are already in bloom in Bolzano in March. Sun worshippers enjoy the dolce far niente on a piazza with a view of the Dolomites. The lively old town alleys and green promenades invite you to stroll, and the cycle paths want to take you for a spin. If you want to actively experience Bolzano's surroundings, use the  cable cars to the Ritten mountain’s high plateau and the Kohlerer Berg mountain. They take you up to over 1,000 m above sea level in a sustainable way within a matter of minutes.

A sip of Lagrein or St. Magdalener?

Bolzano and the vineyards belong together: grapes have thrived in the Bolzano/Bozen valley basin since primeval times thanks to the optimal conditions for producing this exquisite wine. On the gravel soils of the Eisack, Etsch and Talfer rivers, which meet in the capital, the autochthonous velvety Lagrein thrives particularly well. And on the sunny slopes of St. Magdalena, Justina and Leitach, the delicately fruity St. Magdalener flourishes. The saying “Venice swims on water, Bolzano swims on wine” may seem strange at first. However Bolzano is more than just one of South Tyrol’s largest winegrowing communities and part of the Alto Adige Wine Road; it is also one of Europe’s biggest wine-producing towns. Bolzano’s wine culture can be experienced at the many wineries and vineyards and the newly designed Cantina Bolzano winery is a must for architecture enthusiasts.

 

Shopping in Bolzano

Whether you're in the company of your partner, friends or family, there's much beauty to discover during your shopping experience in the South Tyrolean cities. After seeing the artfully decorated facades, arcades and bay windows of the historic city centre, you'll be hooked. Walk into the shops and boutiques to have a glimpse of the Italian fashion: branded sporting goods, leather bags and shoes, traditional arts and crafts, local specialties and wines. When your shopping tour will be over and your stomach empty, you can book a table in one of the many pizza places, traditional family-run, starred or international restaurants.

Experience something new every day

A few days in this place can do so much good. Especially if you set out to explore its assets. From good food to outdoor activities and cultural delights, you'll find a great selection here.

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Nature lovers are in the right place here

Almost half of the city consists of green spaces, large and small parks and floodplains, vineyards in the middle of the city and on the surrounding hills. Promenades and cycle paths inspire excursions into nature.

Wasserpromenade

What's going on in Bolzano/Bozen?

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Weather forecast & Webcams

Check out our weather forecast in Bolzano and planning your vacation in South Tyrol will be easier. And if you want to go up in the mountains, our weather forecast informs you about visibility, sunrise, sunset and zero-degree isotherm.

Your car-free holiday in Bolzano

If you fancy relaxation from the start, give it a try: take a train or bus instead. Once you get to South Tyrol, you have plenty of transfer options that will take you from the rail or bus station to your accommodation. And the excellent public transport network of the region will get you around your destination effortlessly.

  • Travel by train

    You can reach the provincial capital of Bolzano from all major cities. Connecting trains, buses, taxis or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle will take you directly to your holiday accommodation.

  • On-site mobility

    With the Bolzano Bozen Guestcard, it is even easier and more convenient to discover the city. The card will be given to you by your host and authorises you to visit museums and use all public transport for free. 

South Tyrol's capital amazes

A melting pot and small cosmopolitan city. South Tyrol's largest city is located in the heart of the region and at the crossroads of northern European and southern culture

Bolzano/Bozen started to develop in the Middle Ages. Today, it’s the city in South Tyrol where Italian and German cultures interact more often. What arises from the intertwining of Italian and German influences is a fascinating cultural diversity that not only includes languages, but also traffic signs, gastronomy and the sights of the city. Bolzano boasts impressive artistic and cultural hidden gems that will enhance your holiday in South Tyrol. The historic centre and the porticoes - Bolzano's most iconic street - were commonly accepted locations for trade between Italy and Germany over centuries. Today, they are the backbone of the lively and modern downtown Bolzano - a place where tradition and modernity are harmoniously united. 

Accommodations in Bolzano

From family-run bed and breakfasts to chic designer hotels and flats complete with roof terraces. Choose your favourite accommodation and let yourself be spoilt by the extraordinary mix of tradition, modernity and South Tyrolean hospitality.

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South Tyrol's southernmost region is a melting pot

This fascinating mix of cultures and languages is revealed in the lifestyle, languages, city’s architecture and in its diverse and vibrant cultural scene. It goes without saying that it's also reflected into the gastronomy: an espresso to be enjoyed on the fly at the bar or an apertivo at the end of the day becomes a routine here in South Tyrol. Bolzano/Bozen is englobed in the Alto Adige Wine Road and is one of Europe's largest wine-producing cities.

What makes Bolzano unique

The history of the provincial capital of Bolzano dates back to Roman times and was marked by different rulers. Today,  the many faces of Bolzano can be explored in its architecture, culture and traditions. German and Italian become intertwined on the streets, at work and school. The University of Bolzano offers lectures in three languages and students really appreciate the city's priviledged geographical position. Stretching over the St. Magdalena hill, the vineyard terraces as well as the Rosengarten and Schlern mountains shape the landscape and combine Mediterranean and Alpine influences.

Experience the beginning of the warm season in Bolzano, where magnolias bloom as early as March. Stay in the sun on Waltherplatz square, where the vibrant life is in harmony with the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites. Stroll down the streets of the historic centre or sun-kissed promenade. Along the river banks, you can hop on a bike and visit some of the most popular landmarks: the Runkelstein and Sigmundskron Castles. Take the Ritten cable car and be shuttled to the Ritten sunny plateau and Kohlerer Berg for a very active experience in Bolzano and its surroundings. It's a short travel to reach 1,000 m above sea level.

A sip of Lagrein or St. Magdalener?

Bolzano and the vineyards belong together: grapes have thrived in the Bolzano/Bozen valley basin since primeval times thanks to the optimal conditions for producing this exquisite wine. On the gravel soils of the Eisack, Etsch and Talfer rivers, which meet in the capital, the autochthonous velvety Lagrein thrives particularly well. And on the sunny slopes of St. Magdalena, Justina and Leitach, the delicately fruity St. Magdalener flourishes. The saying “Venice swims on water, Bolzano swims on wine” may seem strange at first. However Bolzano is more than just one of South Tyrol’s largest winegrowing communities and part of the Alto Adige Wine Road; it is also one of Europe’s biggest wine-producing towns. Bolzano’s wine culture can be experienced at the many wineries and vineyards and the newly designed Cantina Bolzano winery is a must for architecture enthusiasts.

 

Shopping in Bolzano

Whether you're in the company of your partner, friends or family, there's much beauty to discover during your shopping experience in the South Tyrolean cities. After seeing the artfully decorated facades, arcades and bay windows of the historic city centre, you'll be hooked. Walk into the shops and boutiques to have a glimpse of the Italian fashion: branded sporting goods, leather bags and shoes, traditional arts and crafts, local specialties and wines. When your shopping tour will be over and your stomach empty, you can book a table in one of the many pizza places, traditional family-run, starred or international restaurants.

What's on in Bolzano?

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Nature lovers are in the right place here

Almost half of the city is made up of green spaces, large and small parks, floodplains and vineyards stretching across the city and over the surrounding hills. Promenades and cycle paths will definitely hype you up for a day in nature.

Wasserpromenade

Experience something new every day

A few days in this place can do so much good. Especially if you set out to explore its assets. From good food to outdoor activities and cultural delights, you'll find a great selection here.

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Weather in Bolzano/Bozen

Check out our weather forecast in Bolzano and planning your vacation in South Tyrol will be easier. And if you want to go up in the mountains, our weather forecast informs you about visibility, sunrise, sunset and zero-degree isotherm.

Your spring car-free holiday

If you fancy relaxation from the start, give it a try: take a train or bus instead. Once you get to South Tyrol, you have plenty of transfer options that will take you from the rail or bus station to your accommodation. And the excellent public transport network of the region will get you around your destination effortlessly.

  • Travel by train

    You can reach the provincial capital of Bolzano from all major cities. Connecting trains, buses, taxis or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle will take you directly to your holiday accommodation.

  • Local Transport

    With the Bolzano Bozen Guestcard, it is even easier and more convenient to discover the city. The card will be given to you by your host and authorises you to visit museums and use all public transport for free. 

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