The Old Town of Bolzano
The Well-maintained Centrepiece of the City
The picturesque old town of the South Tyrol's capital city is an impressive network of small streets and squares, which is enlivened by typical shops, restaurants and pubs. The “arched” streets are the most important - in their heyday they formed the pulsating centre of the emerging trade and are still a popular shopping destination today. At 300 meters in length, the arches extend from the Obstmarkt square, which has always been the market square of the city, to the Rathausplatz Square. The arches shelter historic buildings, many of which are perfectly preserved, such as the Baroque Merkantilgebäude building.
The entrance to the old town today is the Waltherplatz, named after the Tyrolean poet Walther von der Vogelweide from the 13th century. The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, a majestic Gothic-style building from the 15th century, is built on the remains of an early Christian basilica.
The Dr.-Josef-Streiter-Gasse street, along which the moat around the historic city of Bolzano used to run, is well worth seeing. Also worth a visit is the Bindergasse street with its typical restaurants, formerly one of the main streets in Bolzano. Here the traders came together on their way out of the north and left the horses to rest before moving on to the Via dei Portici shopping street.
Bolzano’s Via dei Portici shopping street
Located at the heart of the Medieval and modern commercial centre, the arches house numerous businesses, some of which are traditional, some of which are more modern in character.