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    Assumption of Our Lady

    by solopes Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    This cathedral is the most remarkable monument in Bolzano, combining Romanesque and Gothic styles.

    Started in the 12Th century the Gothic look was given in the 14th, using reddish and yellow sandstone.
    Doors, altars, pulpit, frescoes and the architecture itself are reasons to visit with time.

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    Wine Route in South Tyrol

    by solopes Updated May 20, 2014

    Gourmets have an express attraction around Bolzano - the wine route.

    The vineyards are visible from the highway, but this kind of tourism means... time. Exactly what we missed, but, at least, we had time to taste a wine!

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    Castel Roncolo (Runkelstein Castle)

    by richiecdisc Updated May 7, 2014

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    Castel Roncolo (Runkelstein Castle) looks to be what you might hope Maretsch Castel to be. It’s a shame it’s not in town though I imagine its scenic location perched on a verdant hill overlooking Bolzano has something to do with its apparent charm. In 1237, brothers Lords Friedrich and Beral of Wangen decided to take advantage of a very strategic position to control the north south trade route and built Castel Roncolo. Less than forty years later, it was damaged and overthrown by Meinhard II of Tirol. In 1385, the Vintler brothers, who were wealthy merchants, bought the medieval wonder and turned it into a summer house. They added the many frescoes that are its hallmark. The castle has had a series of wealthy owners including a lengthy period by the Hapsburgs. The more recent restoration in 1990 was very thorough, including major work on the frescoes.

    The castle is reachable on foot by the 3.5 km Greenbelt Footpath along the Talvera River in 45 minutes to an hour. There are more direct routes through the city but imagine the river route would be more scenic. Public bus 12 also plies the route and evidently there is a free shuttle bus from Walther Square according to the castle’s website. Admission to the castle is €8. Unfortunately for us, we did not have the time for these activities. It would have likely been too hot for the walk anyway so hope to return in a cooler season to enjoy it and the castle’s frescoes. It can be seen quite well from Maretsch Castle

    A short walk to a lovely church is here.

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    Castel Mareccio (Maretsch Castle)

    by richiecdisc Updated May 7, 2014

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    Castel Mareccio (Maretsch Castle) was a bit of a disappointment in that its interior has been converted into a convention center, no doubt an atmospheric one particularly for a wine convention. That said, it is easily reached on foot from the city center and its impressive exterior and lush romantic setting are more than worth the minor effort. Though the oldest portions of the construction are from the 13th century, the Römer family converted most of it to a Renaissance castle in the mid-1500s.
    We got some great photos out there despite it being mid-day and can imagine how the more flattering early or late light of the day would render it. For some reason, it was the part of town that felt more Italian to us and perhaps for that reason, we got some good family shots of the “Carbonara’s in Italy.”

    Another great castle is here

    Castel Mareccio Carbonaras back in Italy
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    Il Duomo di Bolzano

    by richiecdisc Updated May 7, 2014

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    Il Duomo di Bolzano (Assumption of Our Lady Cathedral or better known as Bolzano Cathedral) is the town’s main trademark and is prominently featured along with the statue of Walther von der Vogelweide in his namesake square. A magnificent combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, the Cathedral is also a symbol of the melding of the city’s northern and southern influences. Though the site dates back to early Christian times, a rectangular Romanesque church was built in 1180. In the 14th century, the Schiche brothers from Augsburg added many of its Gothic features including the gargoyles. Perhaps the hallmark of the Cathedral is the use of red and yellow sandstone from Val Gardena and the South Tyrol respectively.

    The church’s expansive interior is no less impressive, featuring three naves and an intricate pulpit that dates back to 1507 by Hans Lutz von Schussenried, who also did the Cathedral’s masterful Gothic steeple ten years later.

    Though I’ve seen churches more beautiful to my eye, this one will always have a special memory of seeing my father sitting peacefully in a church in the country where his parents were born.

    There are many beautiful buildings here

    Il Duomo di Bolzano My Dad enjoying a quiet moment
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    Piazza Walther von der Vogelweide

    by richiecdisc Updated May 7, 2014

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    Piazza Walther von der Vogelweide (Walter’s Square) is not only at the center of Bolzano physically but also at the heart of the town: a place where not only tourists flock but locals come to relax. There is a Christmas Market in December which attracts many visitors but during the week in July, when we were there, it was not overly crowded. Built in 1808 as a gift from King Maximillian of Bavaria, it features a statue that was added in 1889 of the great German poet Walther von der Vogelweide who was one of the great story tellers of the Middle Ages. Sadly, it was removed during the Fascist regime in 1935 but was rightfully returned to its place of prominence in 1985.

    Though there are pretty buildings lining the entire square, the most impressive is Il Duomo di Bolzano which you can see here

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    architectural variety

    by richiecdisc Written May 7, 2014

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    Bolzano has an interesting mix of different architectural styles and wandering the narrow streets is certainly one of the town’s main charms. In the old style arcades and along Via Joseph Streiter and Via Bottai, you can see a variety of facades that harken you back to a previous time. There are many other areas of town that are equally interesting and much less crowded so by all means have a wander around. One area we found interesting was along Sparkassenstraße with some colorful and well-preserved Renaissance architecture.

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    Chiesa del Sacro Cuore

    by richiecdisc Written May 7, 2014

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    Chiesa del Sacro Cuore (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is another pretty church on the northern edge of the old town center. The Neo-Romanesque J. Bitner architecture dates back to 1897 but the façade’s mosaic by I. Stolz wasn’t added until 1910. The interior is more impressive with many beautiful frescoes foretelling and along the apse.

    Another cute little church is here

    interior of Chiesa del Sacro Cuore
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    Chiesa dell'Ordine Teutonico (St. George’s Church)

    by richiecdisc Written May 7, 2014

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    On our second day in town, while my sister was out shopping with my wife, I went for a little photo excursion that brought us up a hill to a cute little church. It turned out to be Chiesa dell'Ordine Teutonico (St. George’s Church). We were walking towards a cool Gothic Tower and though part of the complex, it was run down at the base. The small chapel behind it was more impressive. Located on Via Weggenstein, the church dates back to 1392 and is part of the Teutonic Order, where the monks wore white habits with black crosses and wielded swords. The interior features a pulpit and altar by Andrea Filippini that date back to the 18th century. It also has some flags from the Teutonic Order on the left wall.

    After all that sightseeing you might need to go here

    cute St. George���s Church
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    Alto Adige

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Bolzano is located in the Dolomites, with easy access to the most beautiful places of Alto Adige.

    The vines with the mountais in the background compose excelent landscapes, here and there enriched by man's addictions.

    I was there in a professional visit, but what I saw made me wish to go back, with a "tourist eye". I will!

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    Bolzano/Bozen Tourist Office

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 8, 2013

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    There is a small tourist office right on Waltherplatz. They do offer a guided tour of the city in several different languages, including German and Italian. The tour, as i remember it, was good, going into good detail about the Cathedral and the works of art contained therein. You were also taken to the Archeology Museum to see Oetzi the Iceman and a few other things around town.

    I contacted the tourist office during the planning stages of my trip primarily for help with coordinating transportation connections etc. They were very responsive and friendly.

    I took a look at their website which is much improved since I was planning my visit some years ago, more information, more downloadable maps and guides. Much more user friendly than before.

    The Tourist Office also publishes BM-Bolzano Bozen Magazine which you can find at the rail station, hotels and the tourist office for free. I don't remember it being available when i visited. Progress!

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    Oetzi the Iceman

    by GentleSpirit Updated Nov 18, 2011

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    Wonderfully preserved mummy discovered in 1991 housed in the Sud Tirol Museum of Archeology.

    Oetzi is supposed to be the oldest natural mummy (as opposed to mummified like the egyptians) from the Copper Age. The mummy was in such a fine state of preservation that scientists were able to determine the approximate location of the village he grew up in and where he may have lived in his lifetime based on tooth enamel. The mummy was encased in ice shortly after his death, so his body and even internal organs were in a remarkable state of preservation, even though he was thought to have died some 5,300 years ago. Amazingly they were able to do relatively detailed description of his clothes, his features, his cause of death and a great deal of speculation of what his position in society may have been etc.

    a fascinating exhibition

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    Assumption of our Lady Cathedral of Bolzano-Duomo

    by GentleSpirit Written Nov 18, 2011

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    The Cathedral, located on Waltherplatz (the main square) is a mixture of styles, mainly Italian Romanesque and the High Gothic. It was finished in the 1500's though the structure has existed since the 1100's.

    The belltower is the work of the Swabian sculptor Hans Lutz von Schussenried. Interestingly, though the cathedral is gothic, and quite spacious inside, it doesn't have the huge flying buttresses characteristic of the larger Gothic cathedrals. You do, however, have the gargoyles.

    An interesting mix of styles as well as mixture of the Italian and Germanic. The interior of the cathedral was once frescoed by pupils of Giotto. The oldest painting in the cathedral is the crucifixtion scene which dates from 1300's.

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    Monumento alla Vittoria

    by GentleSpirit Written Nov 18, 2011

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    The fascist government erected this monument to commemorate the victory of the Italian army over the Austro-Hungarian empire during World War I. Until the end of World War I the region had been settled by Germans (Austrians) since the end of the Roman Empire.

    There is a large market on Saturdays that takes place on the piazza in front of the monument.

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    Piazza Walther/ Waltherplatz

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 22, 2011

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    At the very center of town in the Piazza Walther/Waltherplatz, named after the lyric poet Walther von der Vogelweide (c. 1170 – c. 1230). The statue is the work of Heinrich Natter (1889)
    I wasn't entirely clear what/if any connection Herr Walther had to the area/region. His place of birth or origin isn't known though scholars figure he was from out in the country, presumably a place where falconry was practiced. His name means "field of birds"

    This is generally the place to meet in Bolzano, There are some nice restaurants around the Piazza

    Piazza Walther/Waltherplatz
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