Bolzano Travel Guide

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Bolzano Things to Do

  • Wine Route in South Tyrol

    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)

    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...

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  • Castel Mareccio (Maretsch Castle)

    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....

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  • Il Duomo di Bolzano

    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...

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  • Piazza Walther von der Vogelweide

    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...

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  • architectural variety

    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...

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Bolzano Restaurants

  • a blast from the past

    Though we did not make it back to Bary Mary on our 2013 trip, I did find online that it still was going strong. We just didn't have enough time and I will try to make it back the next time in Bolzano and I hope it doesn't take another ten years to do it! This was the first place we went into in Bolzano. I had read that bars were a great cheap place...

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  • true Tyrolean fare

    The Weisses Rössl or Cavalino Bianco (The White Horse) turned out to be a real winner despite some apprehension on my part in dragging my family there. All reviews I read sounded great but it was definitely going to be more of a Germanic affair than anything my visiting relatives would expect on their first trip to Italy. That said, I’d gone out of...

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  • Yes, there is good beer in Italy

    When you think of Italy, it’s unlikely that most will gravitate towards beer. This is after all a land more noted for wine. So, you wouldn’t be wrong in trying to find a restaurant with a fine wine selection or even just a good inexpensive house wine. The truth is Italians are a people known to enjoy all things and when it comes to culinary...

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  • what a bier

    Great brewery with a summer garden; excellent and cheap bier. Actually I have eaten just some speck and cheese so I cannot judge how good the food is.

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  • They closed down my favourite...

    Cavallino Bianco (its German name is Weisses Roessl) is a well known restaurant not far from the Municipal Square. It has some wooden pannelled dining room and a small area where you can eat "al fresco", but under a roof.Here they serve many typical dishes and also some fish specialities.Closing day; saturday afternoon and sunday. I had goulash,...

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  • Tradition in Sud Tirol

    In Bolzano (Bozen in German) town centre you can find this nice and comfortable restaurant, a real institution for the town. Everybody know it. First of all, you have to be ready to be seated with other people, at least for lunch, when the restaurant is full of student and employees. At evening the ambience is much more intimate.The menu is full of...

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Bolzano Nightlife

  • Next time....

    We only had one night in Bolzano and did have a few beers at Hopfen & Co., the local brewpub, with our dinner but where I wanted to go was Osteria dai Carrettai at Via Dr-Joseph Streiter 20/b. Unfortunately, it was closed for vacation while we were there. It’s normally open 7-2 and 4:30-9 M-F and only the morning shift on Saturday. It’s supposed to...

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  • Music Festival

    Just 20 minutes away from Bolzano you will arrive in this small and pictoresque village in Sud Tirol, where this live music spot attracts a lot of people. Festivals about different kind of music are organized all year long. The acuostic is good and there is also a gallery with chairs, if you do not like stay standing for all the time. No problem

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  • Carnival nights

    Do I have right to put any nightlife tip if didn't stay overnight in Bolzano? I gurss not. Anyway, this is invitation for those who will be in the area:Come to Bolzao on Saturday 01/03/2003 and enjoy in local carnival, do not miss it if there.

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Bolzano Transportation

  • look for special train deals

    When I finally got word that my father and sister were coming to Munich for a visit, I started looking for things to do in Bavaria and also neighboring countries. I wanted to take them to Italy but the southern part where my father's family came from was too far. I had also received an e-newsletter on scenic train trips and one of them surprised me...

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  • Trains to Bolzano/Bozen

    When you are on the Trenitalia website trying to find a way to get to this area you will see that you enter Bolzano in the search phrase and it will come up with nothing.This is because all names in this area are listed in both languages. hence you put in Bolzano Bozen and you will find what you are looking for.

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  • Moving on- nearby destinations

    1. Bolzano/Bozen is the regional hub for transportation for all of SudTirol/Alto Adige. Efficient bus connections to cities in the mountains and valleys. Get more information on your destination at the Tourist Office.2. Innsbruck, Austria- 120 km away (1.25hours). Easily accessible on the train.3. Verona, Italy- 150 km away. (about 1.5 hours)....

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Bolzano Shopping

  • shopping for local foods for the train...

    If you think back to your first trip to Europe, especially if it occurred when you were a poor student, you will likely most fondly remember having a picnic with local food and perhaps wine. I think if I imagine France, it’s quite possibly the first thing that comes to mind. Not that I don’t still enjoy it, but as you get older and have more money,...

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  • Everything is handmade there.

    Here you can buy some beautiful gifts to take home.At S. W. they sell various kinds of handmade things. I mean items made of glass, wood, porcelain and so on. Here you can find statues, lamps, candles and lots of home decorations.

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  • Sports Gear

    Good sports store. They call themselves the best in the alps. Selection is good. Have some good prices on own stuff as well.Just being remodeled at the moment.Have a good restaurant as well on back side.

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Bolzano Local Customs

  • The Christmas market.

    For almost the entire month of december a Christmas market is held in piazza Walther; the main square of Bolzano.There you can buy some Christmas crafts, typical food products and various other things. You can also have a glass (or more) of mulled wine; some other drinks and something to eat.At the Christmas market you can also enjoy some concerts,...

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  • The Pumpkin's Festival.

    At the beginning of october in piazza (square) Walter, the local florists create some nice spots with pumpkins, flowers and other things.Besides the colorful creations this festival includes a competition. You can enter this bringing the biggest and heaviest pumpkin.At this festival there are also various kinds of pumpkins, gadgets, books and...

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  • Murals

    There are so many most wonderful murals to be seen in the city center of Bolzano, so do make sure to check them out! My favourite one was the peacock more or less across the street from the restaurant "Weisses Rössel".

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Bolzano Warnings and Dangers

  • Bolzano Visitor Card

    for 23 euro, the card offers free access to up to 80 museums and sights around the region (including the museum of archeology. However, to make this worthwhile you would probably have to stay in the region at least for a week. The tourist office website also does not advise that there are other discount cards that offer discounts for entry into the...

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  • Flood waves - who would have thought...

    When taking a stroll along the Talvera river, we found this strange sign - to me it looked like a dolphin or something like that.... We then had a closer look and the warning is about sudden flood waves that can occur here - well, I guess with all that snowmelt it is quite reasonable, but also because of manoevers on hydraulic plants!So, do watch...

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  • No parking

    If you drive to Bozen you have to know that even if you park in a polite manner you're in a no-parking area !!! This is not a joke: you have to be granted on parking around the city by the hotel where you stay (well, if you stay in a hotel); they usually ask you for a bail and they give you a sort of a 'green card' to be shown on your car during...

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Bolzano What to Pack

  • backpacks still the way to go on the...

    When traveling by train, it’s even more important to travel lightly than ever. Also, though wheeled suitcases have come more and more into vogue, when it comes to train travel, the old reliable backpack is still supreme. You are generally doing a lot of stairs and it’s not early as easy to drag the wheeled ones up and down. Another factor is the...

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  • Packing List

    Don't forget to pack your ski equipment!!! And before leaving Dolomites I would love to pack some snow and sun... Sigh

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  • Packing List

    Waterproofs and walking boots with good non slip soles eg Vibram. We found two books gave good detailed instructions for walks in the area. Both are by Gillian Price and printed by Cicerone press. Walking in the Dolomites and Walking in the Central Italian Alps. About £11 each.Good maps showing contours and giving a good idea of how steep your...

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Bolzano Off The Beaten Path

  • Castel Roncolo.

    Castel Roncolo, or Schloss Runkelstein was first built in 1237, rebuilt in 1385 and restored various times. It is made up of three buildingsThis castle is well known for its frescoes. in fact many inner walls are decorated with frescoes painted from 1385. Most of these are in good state. These describe scenes from public games, knights in armours...

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  • Fishbaenke Doctor Streiter's...

    This nice bar-restaurant is situated where the old fish market was. It is open from april to october.Fishbaenke D. S. W. is located just some meter far from piazza della Frutta (or Obstplatz); in Via Streiter.

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  • The church in the mountain

    This fabulous church, built in the mountain of the Adige river canyon, is situated approx. 2 km before entering in the town of Rovereto. It looks just amazing. I wonder if it is reachable by the road? I hope to find out it on my next trip to this area.

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Bolzano Favorites

  • he had gone home

    Luckily, we had reservations for the train as it was quite crowded and our goodies came in handy in making the four hour plus trip go by more pleasantly. We’d found some nice looking crusty bread and local prosciutto-type ham, cherries and a bottle of local red wine. I hadn’t drunk wine on a train in many years and doing it with my 86 year old...

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  • on different kinds of Italian food

    I luckily had a second choice, though a more tenuous one to be sure. It was a brewery I had visited in 2003. The beer was pretty good but I hadn’t eaten there as it was a bit pricey. I had read reviews prior to this trip and it sounded good and they certainly served up local Tyrolean dishes. I’d had a small tiff with my sister after she said she...

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  • an after walk sting

    The hotel lobby was a bit shabbier than its Innsbruck counterpart and though the rooms were fine, they cost considerably more too. Once settled, we were off to explore the town and try to find the restaurant choice of the evening. This one sounded like an uncontested triumph: a lively little bar with inexpensive wine and never ending trays full...

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the first trip to Italy and across the Alps
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my sister's hugo
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a surprising white horse
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meeting back up with the musketeers
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satiated beyond belief
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Chiesa del Sacro Cuore
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Chiesa dell'Ordine Teutonico (St. George’s Church)
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Alto Adige
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Bolzano/Bozen Tourist Office
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Assumption of Our Lady
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Oetzi the Iceman
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Assumption of our Lady Cathedral of Bolzano-Duomo
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Monumento alla Vittoria
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Piazza Walther/ Waltherplatz
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Maretsch Castle- Castello Mareccio
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Uncanny resemblance
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The cathedral (duomo)
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See Otzi at the Sudtirol Archaeology Museum
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Day trip to the the Dolomites
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By train
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EXPLORE BOLZANO AND SURROUNDINGS
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Stroll to Castel Roncolo
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Wine tasting
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The Earth Pyramids
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Walking until Tufflaml
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Visit Renon (Ritten) with 100 years old railway
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Useful phone numbers
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Lake Garda
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In the seventies (yes long...
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Few words in Italian
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Pian delle Fugazze
Off The Beaten Path
Some lovely facades
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Chiesa e chiostro dei Francescani
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The Old Fishermen's Market
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The Fountain
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The Dominican church.
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Do not miss the wines route!
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A walk along the Talvera river
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Bilingualism
Local Customs
Map of Bolzano

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