What to see in Bolzano in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Bolzano is the capital of South Tyrol and a city of Italy with one of the most fascinating history. Just think of its belonging to Austria and the subsequent assignment to the Italian territory from which, however, it has obtained the autonomy of the entire province. Several aspects have arisen from its past that distinguish it from other cities, for example bilingualism. It also follows a particular architecture in which Gothic, Renaissance and Austrian characters are mixed. Furthermore, it is a very lively city, young and full of nightlife, both in terms of cultural and popular events that carry on the Tyrolean tradition.

Certainly beautiful to see and discover, it will leave you satisfied even in a few days' stay. Here what to see in Bolzano in 3 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Bolzano cost?
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Piazza Duomo, Dominican Church

The day can only start from Piazza Duomo and with an excellent breakfast at Caffè Mattei (coffee and croissant € 3,00), reachable on foot or by any bus line. Immediately after you visit the Duomo (every day 8: 00-18: 00, admission € 4,00), also called Dom in German, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and symbol of the city as a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic art built on 3 previous buildings.

Next to it is the Treasury of the Cathedral (Tue-Sat 10: 00-12: 30, admission € 3,00) with its collection of works, furnishings, jewels and artifacts with a sacred theme in Tyrolean art coming from the Baroque age.

Then walk to the Dominican Church (every day 7: 00-19: 00, free admission), another example of gothic architecture in Bolzano divided into three naves between which stucco and gold decorations alternate.

2 - Afternoon: South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, Civic Museum

From the Church, enter the narrow streets of the historic center stopping for lunch at the Weisse Traube restaurant for a meal with typical or international dishes and an average cost of € 30,00 per person.

From the restaurant continue walking to the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00, admission € 9,00), famous for host Ötzi, the mummy found in the Dolomites, but also many other archaeological finds from the Alpine area of ​​South Tyrol.

At the end of the visit, you can easily reach the nearby Civic Museum (Tue-Sun 10 am-00pm, free admission), the oldest South Tyrolean museum tells about Tyrolean archeology, art and popular culture through finds, local handicrafts and medieval, Gothic and Baroque works of art.

3 - Evening: Piazza Erbe, Dinner

After the museums, walk along Via Museo until you reach Piazza Erbe, a historic meeting place for all ages in the heart of the historic center of Bolzano. Here every day until 19:00 the market where you can buy excellent local products such as cheeses and pretzels. Furthermore, Piazza Erbe is full of bars of various kinds to enjoy a delicious Tyrolean aperitif while drinking excellent Spritz and Hugo (the alpine version of Spritz with elderberry syrup, sparkling wine and mint).

We advise you to stay here also for dinner and for the rest of the evening, stopping to eat Tyrolean dishes at the Franziskanerstuben (average cost € 25,00) and choosing a place among the many that offer musical evenings.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 16 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Duomo (free), Duomo (€ 4,00), Treasury of the Cathedral (€ 3,00), Dominican Church (free), South Tyrol Museum of Archeology (€ 9,00), Civic Museum (free) , Piazza Erbe (free)
  • guided walking tour of the historic center 2 hours private guided tour
  • Breakfast at Caffè Mattei (Get directions), Lunch at Weisse Traube (Get directions), Dinner at Franziskanerstuben (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Piazza Walther, Palazzo Mercantile, Museum of Natural Sciences

The second day begins in Piazza Walther, another one between the main squares of the city, to be reached on foot or by any bus line. For breakfast we suggest the La Piazza bar with excellent coffee, croissants and ice creams for around € 4,00.

Continue on foot through the narrow streets of the historic center to the Mercantile Palace (Mon-Sat 10: 00-12: 30, admission € 4,00), a prestigious historical building of the '700 in which, among the luxurious rooms, there is a museum that exhibits furnishings, paintings and works of art in Renaissance and Baroque style.

At the end, continue on foot towards the Museum of Natural Sciences (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00, admission € 7,00). This is a museum that tells about the geology and natural environments of South Tyrol through permanent and temporary exhibitions full of reconstructions and multimedia stations, however it also houses a coral reef aquarium, the largest in the area.

2 - Afternoon: Franciscan Church, Via dei Portici

Before reaching the next attraction we recommend the nearby Pims Burger & More for a quick meal with excellent sandwiches and beers for around € 15,00, then walk along Via Vintler to the Franciscan Church (every day 10: 00-18: 00, entrance free). IS' a church of the '200 in Gothic style with very simple interiors but with beautiful stained glass windows and an external cloister with arches and frescoes.

The visit of this church will not take you long, then go to Via dei Portici, a 2-minute walk, the oldest street in Bolzano, very pretty and characteristic, today full of shops of all kinds and historic shops. Here enjoy a nice walk under the arcades, shopping or an aperitif outdoors.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Via Argentieri

From Via dei Portici you reach its parallel Via Argentieri. For dinner, we recommend a tavern located between the two streets, the Hopfen and Co, with Tyrolean specialties at great prices. A full dinner costs around € 20,00 each.

For the rest of the evening, stay on Via Argentieri, another historic street in Bolzano, today very lively and full of varied clubs including pubs, ice cream parlors and lounge bars.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Walther (free), Mercantile Palace (€ 4,00), Museum of Natural Sciences (€ 7,00), Franciscan Church (free), Via dei Portici (free), Via Argentieri (free)
  • Breakfast at La Piazza (Get directions), Lunch at Pims Burger & More (Get directions), Dinner at Hopfen and Co (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Castel Mareccio, Malojer Gummerhof Winery

The last day in Bolzano is dedicated to the area outside the historic center. Reach Castel Mareccio on foot or by bus 15 to Piazza Dogana. After a couple of minutes of walking you will be at Bar S. Antonio for a good breakfast with coffee and croissants overlooking the castle at around € 3,00.

Then continue with the visit of the attraction (every day 9: 00-17: 00, admission € 5,00). Castel Mareccio is an ancient th century fortress surrounded by vineyards with exhibition halls embellished with frescoes in which exhibitions and conferences are hosted to be discovered from time to time on the site.

At the end, in a quarter of an hour on foot or always by bus 15 from Piazza Dogana to Via S. Osvaldo you will reach the Malojer Gummerhof Winery, because in South Tyrol a visit to wine cannot be missed, the main production in the region. The cellar (Mon-Sat 8: 00-13: 00 and 14: 30-23: 00, free admission) is historic in the city, in fact started in 1400. It offers visits to the production department with tastings explained by those who carry on the work with great interest and knowledge, and is also equipped with a sales area and restaurant.

2 - Afternoon: Petrarca Park, Castel Roncolo

For lunch we therefore suggest you to stay at the Malojer Gummerhof Winery where for about € 30,00 per person you can enjoy Tyrolean delicacies accompanied by a good glass of local wine.

After the meal, walk along Vicolo Sabbia and enter the Petrarca Park. Once in the park, walk north and enjoy one quiet walk on its tree-lined avenues and surrounded by children's play areas and dining options.

When you have reached the end of the park, from the Ponte S. Antonio stop, take bus 12 to the San Genesio cableway stop. From there continue on foot for a couple of minutes to Castel Roncolo (Tue-Sun 10: 00-17: 00, admission € 8,00) and discover theimposing thirteenth-century castle overlooking the city with its extensive cycle of frescoes, called the Illustrated Manor, depicting courtly life and culture.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Piazza del Grano

In the early evening we recommend the nearby Osteria Castel di Roncolo for an aperitif among nature and with a view of Bolzano, also stopping for dinner to enjoy a last meal with Tyrolean specialties at an average cost of € 25,00 per person.

Then head towards the historic center by bus 12 from the San Genesio cable car stop to the Piazza Walther stop. From there move in 2 minutes on foot towards Piazza del Grano, another of the historic squares and at the same time livelier than Bolzano with all kinds of clubs to spend the rest of the evening.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,6 km / 1 h 38 min
  • Places visited: Castel Mareccio (€ 5,00), Malojer Gummerhof Winery / free), Petrarca Park (free), Castel Roncolo (€ 7,00), Piazza del Grano (free)
  • Bolzano: walking tour in the old town and Castel Roncolo
  • Breakfast at Bar S. Antonio (Get directions), Lunch at Malojer Gummerhof (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria Castel di Roncolo (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Bolzano cost?

Bolzano is generally an expensive city, where accommodation starts at at least € 70,00 per night for a room without meals included and eating out has an average cost of € 20,00 per person. In this regard, we recommend preferring pubs and taverns to maintain this cost rather than restaurants where you would spend at least € 35,00.

The attractions, on the other hand, have rather low costs and some are even free and the same thing applies to transport which includes a one-way ticket of € 1,50 and a day pass of € 4,00. To unify the whole is Museumobil is also available, a card lasting from 3 to 7 days that includes every transport and every attraction. In the case of a single weekend, the 3-day card costs € 30,00.

And now here are some more detailed costs:

  • Costs to eat: about € 55,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 39,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 32,00 per person (of which € 4,00 per day for the daily bus pass and an average cost of € 20,00 for the return airport transfer considering the low cost company Flixbus) overall for the weekend
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 20,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Bolzano: from € 360,00 per person (flights and / or transfers excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bolzano: in spring, due to low temperatures and rains; in winter, despite the cold and snow, the city is still very touristy due to the Christmas markets - find out more
  • the airport is active only from May to August and with very few connections. The alternatives are Verona (158 km) and bergamo orio al serio (252 km), connected by trains, Flixbus and Alto Adige Bus shuttles (costs between € 7,00 and € 60,00, duration 3 or 4 hours). In general, Bolzano is well connected with trains and buses, especially with the Flixbus company. Finally you can arrive by car following the A22 motorway which leads directly into the city
  • in the historic center, certainly the best but most expensive area. The station area and the neighboring districts are slightly cheaper, a good alternative are the villages in the surroundings with much lower prices and well connected
  • Getting around: in the center on foot or by bike (bike sharing € 1,00 per hour), while for the more peripheral areas you can use the excellent network of city buses (single ride € 1,50) - find out more
  • Language: German city yes, but also Italian! Both are official languages ​​and everyone knows both. This is due to the former belonging to Austria for which the inhabitants had to learn Italian but have continued to speak and also teach German. Each sign and indication is expressed in two languages

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