Bolzano - the regional capital of South Tyrol
Bolzano lies in a valley basin in the southern part of South Tyrol, right in the heart of the Alps. Innovative, yet traditional, modern, yet industrialized, but always with respect for ancient customs and traditions, Bolzano offers numerous sights, monuments and museums to discover. The vibrant city is a special blend of Italian and German culture, where both languages are equally spoken and used.
Bolzano is located about 20 minutes by car from the Residence Alpina and 45 minutes by train from Merano. In winter as in summer, the city is in constant motion offering numerous indoor and outdoor events. From December to the beginning of January, the famous Christmas Market attracts many visitors to the capital. In the summer months, top-class concerts delight music and dance enthusiasts.
Active holidaymakers in South Tyrol can go hiking, mountaineering or biking all year round in Bolzano and the surrounding area. Hiking and mountaineering are particularly worthwhile on the panoramic plateau of the Renon above Bolzano, where nature lovers can explore the fantastic landscape on horseback or perfect their skills and dexterity with archery.
Once you visit Bolzano, make sure you don’t miss the final resting place of Ötzi, the Iceman. In 1991, a couple discovered the body that had been hidden under snow and ice in the Ötztal Alps for over 5,000 years. Visit the world-famous mummy in the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum and learn about life in the Copper Age.