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Holidays in Bozen

What makes South Tyrol so special is particularly noticeable in its capital Bozen: A mix of Mediterranean way of life and Alpine traditions gives the city an irresistible charm and makes visiting Bozen a varied experience at any season.

Spring awakening

Laubengasse street in Bozen
Laubengasse street in Bozen

Still today, the historical Laubengasse is the most important shopping street in Bozen.

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano
Bozen - Walther Square
Bozen - Walther Square

Walther Square, with a statue of Walther von der Vogelweide

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Already in February, when the Alps are still covered with snow, spring comes into town in Bozen. The countless cafés near Waltherplatz Square in the heart of the city invite to have a cappuccino or aperitif, enjoying the warm sun rays and the magical view to the Gothic cathedral in the meantime. Culture lovers do not only enjoy a visit of the cathedral, but also of the Dominican and the Franciscan church.

Summer feeling

In summer, the arcades in Bozen offer protection against the sun and relaxing shopping fun. In the shady arcade passageways, long-established shops and modern boutiques alternate with traditional inns and cool bars. If you want to learn more about the arcades and the history of Bozen, you should visit the Mercantile Museum in Bozen in Silbergasse Street.

The Museum of Archaeology in Bozen is another highlight for culture lovers: Here, you can see the mummy of Ötzi and get to know more about the Iceman.

Bozen
Bozen

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

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Maretsch Castle - Bozen
Maretsch Castle - Bozen

Today, the picturesque Rennaissance building is a famous event location and conference centre.

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Autumn pleasures

In the middle of vineyards and yet close to the city centre, you can find Maretsch Castle, impressing with Renaissance frescoes and a fantastic view ranging from Talfer promenade to Mt. Rosengarten. At dusk, the Dolomites are coloured in red and orange. Combined with the coloured trees in autumn, this is a real nature spectacle – the legend of King Laurin nearly seems true.

Equally colourful is the offer of Bozen fruit market at the western end of the arcades. Here, the harvest period offers plenty of South Tyrolean specialities – from juicy apples to roasted chestnuts and savoury mountain cheese.

Bozen
Bozen

Christmas Market in Bozen

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Museion in Bozen
Museion in Bozen

Museum of modern and contemporary art in Bozen

© Othmar Seehauser - Museion Bozen

Magical winter

At Christmastime, the South Tyrolean capital is radiates a special atmosphere. Decorated and lit in a festive way, the historical centre becomes even more beautiful. As well, the Christmas market on Waltherplatz Square is the biggest Christmas market in Italy, enchanting its visitors with magical scents, a rich offer of gift ideas and many wonderful things for kids.

As a contrast to the Christmas market, you can visit Museion, the museum of modern and contemporary art in Bozen. The futuristic building itself is worth a visit.

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Runkelstein Castle near Bozen
Runkelstein Castle near Bozen

The medieval castle next to Bozen has many worth-seeing frescoes and is a wonderful location of cultural events in summer.

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Sigmundskron Castle
Sigmundskron Castle

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

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Walks & excursions

During a guided tour in Bozen, the history of Bozen comes alive with interesting information and exciting anecdotes. If you are a little more spontaneous, you can explore Bozen on your own. Each walk is an experience: Spacious squares and winding alleys, art-historical treasures and culinary treats are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

As well, the surrounding area of Bozen offers many highlights. Culture lovers can visit Runkelstein Castle with its medieval frescoes and Messner Mountain Museum Firmian at Sigmundskron Castle. Nature lovers will feel like in paradise on sunny Ritten high plateau and at Lake Kaltern.

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.

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Runkelstein Castle near Bozen
Runkelstein Castle near Bozen

The medieval castle next to Bozen has many worth-seeing frescoes and is a wonderful location of cultural events in summer.

© Internet Consulting - Fabian Auer
Bozen
Bozen

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

© Internet Consulting - Fabian Auer
Bozen - Walther Square
Bozen - Walther Square

Walther Square, with a statue of Walther von der Vogelweide

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Winery in Bozen
Winery in Bozen

Winery in Bozen - Muri

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano
Bozen
Bozen

Christmas Market in Bozen

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Laubengasse street in Bozen
Laubengasse street in Bozen

Still today, the historical Laubengasse is the most important shopping street in Bozen.

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano
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 late-medieval castle is the forth museum by alpinist Reinhold Messner, inaugurated in 2006.

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