City of Bolzano

Welcome to the city of encounters: the capital of South Tyrol is bordered by the Dolomites and vineyards.

The city of Bolzano is located at about 250 m asl and has got some 108,000 inhabitants, of which 26% are German-speaking, 73% Italian-speaking and about 1% is Ladin-speaking. Bolzano is the capital of South Tyrol, which officially bears the name “Autonomous Province of Bolzano“. The city is also seat of most of the departments of the autonomy administration.

The five quarters of Bolzano reflect the diversity of the small, multifaceted “city of the world“, which is of manageable dimensions, characterised by its Mediterranean ambience. As “city of a thousand dialects“, Bolzano provides an interesting insight into the way of expression of the inhabitants of the province. Bolzano, also called Bozen by the German-speaking population, is called Bulsan in Ladin language.

In the period of fascism, after WWI, many Italians from the south became established in Bolzano, while German-speaking people emigrated to the neighbouring states of Austria or Germany. Due to this Italianisation, Bolzano is today mainly inhabited by Italian-speaking citizens. The rich and animated past of the city is also reflected in architecture: the Mediaeval centre, the Jugendstil of the ending imperial-royal monarchy and neo-classicism of the Mussolini’s dictatorial regime alternate with modern façades.

Not only once you should walk the historic district of the city of Bolzano. Romantic alleys, markets and lively “Italian“ ado are going to make your walk a great experience. By the way, Bolzano is a bike-friendly city, offering an exemplary cycling network. These are some of the highlights of Bolzano you absolutely don’t have to miss.

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  1. Historical places

    Historical places

    The provincial capital of South Tyrol has got many monuments and interesting places…
  2. Bolzano city districts

    Bolzano city districts

    In this section you can learn more about the quarters of Bolzano.
  3. Cable cars

    Cable cars

    There are three cable cars in the surroundings of Bolzano, taking tourists and…
  4. The promenades of Bolzano

    The promenades of Bolzano

    The paths in the green show Bolzano from another perspective.
  5. Alpine City of the Year 2009

    Alpine City of the Year 2009

    On June 9, 2008 the title “Alpine City of the Year 2009″ has been conferred to…
  6. Bolzano Fair

    Bolzano Fair

    The fair of Bolzano is a meeting place in terms of professional competence in the…
  7. Free University of Bolzano

    Free University of Bolzano

    Lectures at the University of Bolzano are given in three languages and not only for…
  8. Families


    Bolzano offers lots of fun and action for children and families.
  9. Medieval shopping arcades

    Medieval shopping arcades

    Where people love to meet to have a chat or go shopping with friends.
  10. Bolzano and the wine

    Bolzano and the wine

    Bacchus Urbanus - the initiative of the city of Bolzano focuses on the juice of the grape.
  11. Markets of Bolzano

    Markets of Bolzano

    Brisk business the whole year round on the markets in the city of Bolzano.
  12. Cinemas


    The best blockbusters are on-screen in Bolzano.
  13. Museums in Bolzano

    Museums in Bolzano

    Culture, nature, history and much more are offered by the museums.
  14. Ötzi


    Marvelling at the legendary Iceman at the archeologic museum of Bolzano.
  15. Castles


    High above the roofs of Bolzano there are several worthwhile castles.
  16. Theatres and concerts

    Theatres and concerts

    Of dramatic arts, music and first class entertainment

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Elefant

    Hotel Elefant

  2. Bad St. Isidor

    Bad St. Isidor

  3. Hotel Post Gries

    Hotel Post Gries

  4. Pension Etschblick
    Guest house

    Pension Etschblick

  5. Hotel Sigmundskron

    Hotel Sigmundskron

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