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Surroundings and Activities

Discover Bolzano and its surroundings, with its markets, castles, history, and folklore, surrounded by the majestic Dolomites and a rich and welcoming nature.


City of Culture and Art

Thanks to its dual identity – one typically Italian and the other Germanic and South Tyrolean – Bolzano is capable of surprising tourists from all parts of Italy and Europe. The two faces, one Northern European and the other more Mediterranean, form a perfect blend found in the city’s historical and artistic beauties, culinary traditions, and the culture of its people. Today, the capital of South Tyrol is a young and cosmopolitan city that can be lively, cheerful, modern, and refined all at the same time.



In just a decade, numerous museums have flourished in the city of Bolzano to preserve, organize, and showcase an invaluable cultural heritage that has remained in the shadows for centuries. In addition to Ötzi, the Iceman, protagonists of the city’s museums also include nature, local customs and traditions, religious cults, and modern and contemporary art.

Here’s a list of museums that you absolutely must not miss:

  • South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (Ötzi)
  • Mercantile Museum
  • Civic Museum
  • Museion – Museum of Contemporary Art
  • South Tyrol Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Messner Mountain Museum


The charm of the region also lies in its wonderful castles: some more hidden, others easily reachable, they represent the most authentic historical part of Bolzano. Let yourself be enchanted by the charm of these ancient dwellings as you visit the city and its surroundings.

  • Runkelstein Castle, art and events
  • Flavon Castle, home to a tasty restaurant
  • Maretsch Castle, hosts events and music evenings
  • Trauttmansdorff Castle with its wonderful gardens

Christmas Markets

It’s impossible not to have heard of the Christmas market in Bolzano. Its charm is difficult to explain in words: it’s made up of lights, colors, scents, and traditions that create a unique Christmas atmosphere and magic.

The market is held in the famous Walther Square, surrounded by Christmas trees and a charming wooden nativity scene. Throughout the market, you’ll find stands with typical local food and wine products, as well as spices, local crafts, decorations, clothing, and musical instruments.


Gastronomy and Wine

Törggelen is an ancient tradition that takes place from late September to early December. During this famous occasion, farmers used to invite neighbors and offer them locally produced wine. Nowadays, you can taste delicious Speck from the Alto Adige brand and Kaminwurzen, which is smoked salami produced by local families, or simple typical dishes of the region’s peasant cuisine.

Throughout the year, we recommend enjoying cured meats such as speck, prosciutto, salami, bresaola accompanied by cheeses, butter, and good bread. The famous Speck Alto Adige PGI is a type of slightly smoked and aged cured ham. It is characterized by its texture and its unmistakably spicy aroma and flavor.


Dolomites and sports

The Dolomites: a natural architectural masterpiece

Formed approximately 260 million years ago, the Dolomites, also known as the Pale Mountains, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. The recognized area extends over an area of ​​231 thousand hectares, divided among the provinces of Trento, Bolzano, Belluno, Pordenone, and Udine, and includes: Pelmo and Croda da Lago, Pale di San Martino, San Lucano, Dolomiti Bellunesi, Vette Feltrine, Dolomiti Friulane and d’Oltre Piave, Dolomiti Settentrionali, Puez-Odle, Sciliar, Catinaccio and Latemar, Bletterbach, and Dolomiti di Brenta.

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