The city of Bolzano (Bozen in German) is the capital city of the Province of South Tyrol with a population of 107,739.
Standing at an elevation of 262 metres above sea level, it covers a total area of 53 km² and lies 60 kilometres north of Trento, the regional capital of Trentino Alto-Adige.
Over the years, the city’s most visited building has been its Gothic cathedral but more recently, the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum has stolen some of the limelight with its star attraction: Otzi the Ice-Man, a 3,500 year old mummy discovered in 1991.
Bolzano is famous throughout Italy for its Christmas market which draws visitors from far and wide. The busiest area of the city is around Piazza Walther (named after German poet Walther Von de Vogelweide), which in essence marks the city centre.
Such is the size of the city centre that you can easily get around on foot. Public transport options include local buses as well as the main train station which is a 5 minute walk from Piazza Walther (Waltherplatz in German). By train you can reach Trento in 51 minutes, Merano in 43 minutes or Bressanone in half an hour.
By car, Trento is 52 minutes away (60 km) while other notable destinations include: Canazei – 1 hour 10 minutes (50 km), Riva del Garda – 1 hour 30 minutes (106 km) and Lake Braies – 1 hour 48 minutes (101 km).
The two most convenient airports for Bolzano are Innsbruck (in Austria) which is 121 kilometres to the north (1 hour 44 minutes) or Verona Airport 152 km (1 hour 43 minutes) to the south.
Accommodation options in Bolzano include 32 hotels, 105 private apartments and 12 guest houses while nearby places of interest include Renon, Castelrotto, Chiusa, Ortisei, and Siusi allo Sciliar.
|Category: Major Cities & Towns of Trentino Alto-Adige|
Administrative area: Capital of South Tyrol Province
Highlights: Christmas market, Otzi the ice-man, Bolzano Cathedral
Close by: Renon, Castelrotto, Chiusa, Ortisei, Siusi allo Sciliar
Recommended accommodation: Parkhotel Laurin
|Public transport: Central train station, local buses|
By train: Bressanone – 30 mins, Merano – 43 mins, Trento – 44 mins
|By car: Trento -52 mins (60 km), Canazei – 1 hr 10 mins (50 km)|
By air: Verona Airport – 1 hour 43 minutes by car (152 km)