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North meets south: Bozen & environs

For travellers coming from the north, Bozen and environs are the gate to the south, the first stop with a perceptible Mediterranean ambience, mild climate, likeable playfulness and classic elegance.

For visitors from the south the area around the South Tyrolean capital, however, represents alpine security and a very special consciousness of tradition. And the city of Bozen itself stakes out a particular position, because it enables guests to get to know two large cultural environments

Towns such as Branzoll, Mölten, Jenesien, as well as the Ritten high plateau and the Sarntal, stand out due to characteristic peculiarities, a wonderful landscape and vital traditions. Where alpine elements meet the Mediterranean attitude towards life, results an exciting combination – also from the culinary point of view.

View from Karneid to Bozen
View from Karneid to Bozen

From the village of Karneid, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Eisacktal and the capital Bozen.

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Museion
Museion

Museion in Bozen - museum for modern art

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano - OthmarSeehauser
Winery in Bozen
Winery in Bozen

Winery in Bozen - Muri

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano

Places of interest in Bozen and environs

Bozen represents, due to the mild temperatures and the low altitude, a good producing area for wine and apples. On the higher layers around the South Tyrolean capital, mountain farmers operate livestock farming in a traditional way and cultivate the typical alpine scenery.

The picturesque historic centre of Bozen is certainly one of the most vital centres of South Tyrol. Here you can go shopping, enjoy the nightlife and dine in first-class restaurants. Also culturally, there is a lot going on. For instance, in 2008, the museum for modern and contemporary art Museion was inaugurated. The Museum of Archaeology, it is possible to follow the tracks of Ötzi – the famous Tyrolean Iceman.  Besides other museum, Bozen also offers various cinemas and theatres.

Maretsch Castle
Maretsch Castle

The castle next to the historical city centre of Bozen is an event location and can be visited during all the other days.

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Ritten cableway
Ritten cableway

Ritten cableway takes you from Bozen to Ritten within only a few minutes. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a dreamlike view over the vineyards, the city and the Dolomites in the background.

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano
Sigmundskron Castle
Sigmundskron Castle

Today, the castle near Bozen houses the Messner Mountian Museum Firmian.

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Out of town as well, there are numerous cultural and scenic places of interest. Highly recommended are, for example, the Runkelstein Castle with its medieval frescos, the Messner Mountain Museum in the Sigmundskron Castle, Lake Kaltern and the wine museum in Kaltern or the well-known winery Manincor. As well, the legendary stone cairns in Sarntal are absolutely worth a visit.

On Ritten, there also much to see. The historical wagons of the only narrow-gauge railway in South Tyrol do not only enthuse railway fans. In the Apicultural Museum, you can learn more about bees, about apiculture in South Tyrol and about the daily life on a historical farm. You should not miss the earth pyramids on Ritten, as well.

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Skiing area Obereggen
Skiing area Obereggen

Train in the snowpark Obereggen and participates in various competitions for aspiring winners

© Obereggen - Fizza

Four seasons for active vacationers

Bozen and environs are an ideal starting point for hiking and bike tours, too. Due to the mild climate in the valley and the more fresh temperatures in the mountains, you have a rich offer of outdoor activities in the unique natural landscape, from the sunny spring to the Mediterranean summer and the golden autumn.

In winter, Bozen is famous for its large Christmas market, where you can taste exquisite dishes and buy special gifts. Skiing lovers are attracted by the near skiing areas of Rittner Horn, Reinswald and Obereggen. On the Ritten high plateau, in Sarntal or in the environs of Jenesien, you also have the possibility to enjoy magnificent winter hikes.

Recommended accommodations:

Gasthof Hotel Terzer
Obergasse 5a - 39040 - Kurtatsch an der Weinstraße
+39 0471 880219
info@gasthof-terzer.it
www.gasthof-terzer.it
Hotel Elefant
Hauptplatz 45 - 39040 - Auer
+39 0471 810129
info@hotelelefant.it
www.hotelelefant.it
Klobenstein with Mt. Schlern
Klobenstein with Mt. Schlern

Behind the picturesque church in the centre of Klobenstein, you can see the impressive and legendary Mt. Schlern.

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Sarntal - View of Reinegg Castle
Sarntal - View of Reinegg Castle

The high medieval Reinegg Castle is located near Sarnthein. It is not publicly accessible and is under monumental protection.

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View of Bozen and St. Magdalena
View of Bozen and St. Magdalena

From Ritten road, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Bozen, Rentsch (in the foreground) and of the small wine village St. Magdalena (on the right of the picture).

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Bozen
Bozen

The city centre of Bozen has several picturesque streets with historical builidings.

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Fruit market in Bozen
Fruit market in Bozen

At the weekly market, visitors can buy fresh fruit and vegetables as well as cheese and sausages, bread, olive oil and fresh flowers.

© Johanna Heiss
Bozen - Walther Square
Bozen - Walther Square

Walther Square, with a statue of Walther von der Vogelweide

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Stone men
Stone men

From Jenesien to the stone men

© Tourismusverein Jenesien
Bozen
Bozen

Christmas Market in Bozen

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