Bolzano

Travel Guide
Bolzano showing a small town or village, 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

B&B Hotel Bolzano
B&B Hotel Bolzano
Via Siemens 18, Bolzano
The price is €78 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bolzano. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Palaonda and Castel Firmiano are located nearby. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (77 reviews)
"Our stay was great. The staff was incredible (friendly and helpful), plenty of free parking, and the rooms were very nice (large and comfortable). Only suggestions: we received new toiletries everyday even though we could still use the old ones (could save yourselves money and be eco friendly by ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2022

Parkhotel Laurin
Parkhotel Laurin
4 out of 5
Via Laurin, 4, Bolzano, BZ, 39100
The price is €220 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Bolzano. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (853 reviews)
Great place to stay.
"We took a train in, so it was a very convenient walk from the train station. The place is beautiful and the staff are so helpful and informative. Was not a long walk to the city center. Our room was nice and big but and odd shape so difficult to lay out our luggage and there are no plugs by the bed. ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2022

Stadt Hotel Citta
Stadt Hotel Citta
4 out of 5
Piazza Walther 21, Bolzano, BZ, 39100
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €168 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bolzano. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (71 reviews)
"Comfy clean room. Great location"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2022

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.
Living in historical masonry in the city center
Living in historical masonry in the city center
Bozen, Trentino-Alto Adige
Stay at this apartment in Bolzano. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Bolzano City Adventure
"Manfred met us at the apartment and took extra care in helping us to get settled in the apartment. He gave us great recommendations for a restaurant and various sites in Bolzano. We saw both the Christmas market and regular market in the city. We also went to nearby Merano, Trento, and the East end ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2022

Apartment Palermo - Sanierte 3-zimmer Wohnung
Apartment Palermo - Sanierte 3-zimmer Wohnung
Bozen, Autonome Provinz Bozen - Südtirol
Stay at this apartment in Bolzano. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Piazza del Tribunale and St. Augustine Church are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Quiet, nice and helpful landlord
"Clean, modern, all new (2022). The appartement is souterrain, so temperatures are ok even on very hot days, even though there is no aircon, and it's also quiet. Supermarkets are next corner, restaurants too. Small disadvantage: it's about 30 min by foot from the center of Bozen (which would have ..."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2022

GarDar - Apartment for 2 people
GarDar - Apartment for 2 people
Bolzano, Bolzano
Stay at this apartment in Bolzano. Enjoy 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Piazza del Tribunale and Druze Stadium are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
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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