What to see in Bolzano in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Bolzano, located in a valley in the middle of hills full of vineyards, is the capital of the autonomous province of the same name in Trentino-Alto Adige. It is practically the gateway to the Dolomites mountain range in the Italian Alps.
Visiting Bolzano is very simple, since the center is not very big and you can walk around it all in one day. In addition, the atmosphere here is very relaxed, the city is tidy and quiet, perfect even for those traveling with children.
Many connect it only to the suggestive Christmas Markets, but Bolzano has a lot to offer and different things to do, in every season. This is why I have collected the must-see attractions, to show you what to see in Bolzano in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Bolzano: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Bolzano: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Bolzano: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Bolzano: Morning

1 - Piazza Walther, Duomo

Start the day with a good breakfast at Loacker Store Bozen, in Walther Square, to enjoy a coffee with the typical strudel (average breakfast cost € 5,00).
The visit can start from this wonderful square named after Walther von der Vogelweide, whose statue is in the center of it. The square is dotted with elegant cafes and, in the Christmas period, is home to the famous Christmas Markets. To the southwest lies the Cathedral dedicated to Maria Assunta, with bell tower and polychrome roof, very particular, while the interior is in Gothic style. There is an annexed museum, dedicated to the "Treasure of the Cathedral" with a rich collection of medieval and baroque sacred furnishings (admission € 4,00).

2 - Dominican Church, South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, Piazza del Grano

A little further on from the Duomo, it is worth a visit Dominican church. The external facade is simple, but inside it hides a small chapel of the Scrovegni of Padua, or the Chapel of San Giovanni decorated with beautiful frescoes from the Giotto school. A must see! Admission is free.
Then move towards the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum, with a large part of the exhibition dedicated to the theme of the Iceman. Here you can admire the famous Otzi, the oldest natural mummy found. It is an exceptional snapshot of the man who, 5000 years ago, ventured on the glaciers of Val Senales and died there (the ticket costs € 10,00, with the Bolzano Card it is free). Returning to Piazza Walther, you will discover Piazza del Grano, the heart of the medieval village, surrounded by historic buildings. Note the House of the Pesa, where on the facade you can see the remains of seventeenth-century frescoes.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Walther (free), Duomo (€ 4,00), Dominican Church (free), South Tyrol Museum of Archeology (€ 10,00), Piazza del Grano (free).
  • Bolzano: guided walking tour in the historic center Bolzano: 3 hours the historic center and the Iceman Bolzano: private tour along the Great Dolomites Road
  • Where to have breakfast: Loacker Store Bozen, Piazza Walther, 11 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Bolzano: Afternoon

1 - Via dei Portici, Castel Roncolo

Undertake Via dei Portici, the main street of the ancient trading village and now for shopping, where you can find many Tyrolean products and other items. In a side street of this street, enjoy a lunch at the restaurant "At the Grottino", to taste meat and fish specialties, pizzas (average price per person € 17,00).
Afterwards, reach Castel Roncolo with bus line 12 (weekdays) and line 14 (holidays), or the free shuttle bus that leaves from Piazza Walther. The duration of the journey is approximately 15-20 minutes.
From the top of a rocky spur, the castle dominates Bolzano and inside it preserves the largest cycle of profane frescoes from the Middle Ages. Admission costs € 8,00, if you want to take part in a guided tour, just add € 2,50 to the amount.

2 - Piazza delle Erbe, Franciscan Church, Castel Mareccio

Once back in the center, head towards Piazza delle Erbe, surrounded by characteristic buildings and where the charming is located Fountain of Neptune. This is the place of the fruit market, where there are permanent stalls. Going even further you will come to the Gothic Franciscan Church, with a lovely fourteenth-century cloister, and just over 500 meters away you will find Castel Mareccio, an ancient fortress immersed in a vineyard of fine Lagrein grapes. Here are held events, conferences and so on, but when there are no events you can visit its elegantly decorated rooms, at a cost of € 5,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,9 km / 1 h 15 min
  • Places visited: via dei Portici (free), Castel Roncolo (€ 8,00), Piazza delle Erbe (free), Franciscan Church (free), Castel Mareccio (€ 5,00)
  • Bolzano: walking tour in the old town and Castel Roncolo Winter bus to Cortina with cable car ride and lunch
  • Where to have lunch: Al Grottino, Via Dr. Josef Streiter, 21 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Bolzano: Evening

1 - Dinner, Via degli Argentieri, Via dei Bottai

For dinner try the brewery restaurant Paulaner Stuben, where you will taste beers, dumplings and other traditional Austrian, German and Italian dishes (average price per person 20,00). After dinner, stroll along the elegant via Argentieri, one of the busiest streets in the historic center of Bolzano. The name comes from the Silver house, a building built on the corner with Piazza del Grano. Then in Via dei Bottai, one of the main arteries of Bolzano, with characteristic wrought iron signs and numerous inns.

2 - Town Hall Square

Conclude the visit by observing the graceful Town Hall Square, where the Municipal Palace of neo-baroque style and houses with rococo-style stucco decorations are located. Finally, return to the lively Piazza Walther to enjoy, perhaps, a tasty strudel or other typical sweets in one of its many bars and spend the evening.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 12 min
  • Places visited: Via degli Argentieri (free), Via dei Bottai (free), Piazza del Municipio (free)
  • Bozen: 2 hour private guided tour From Bolzano: night and full moon Sledding in the Dolomites
  • Where to dine: Paulaner Stuben, Via Argentieri, 16 - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • the closest airports to Bolzano are Verona in the south and Innsbruck in Austria. Then you can easily reach the city by train.
  • When to go: you can go in all seasons, depending on your needs. In winter there are Christmas markets, ski slopes and snow-covered landscapes, in the remaining seasons you can visit the city and the many wine cellars of South Tyrol, walk in the mountains. In summer you can swim in an alpine lake!
  • Recommended clothing: in the cold winter, warm clothes, well-padded jacket or windbreaker, warm boots or boots. In summer casual and light clothing, technical for mountain excursions. Do not forget warm clothes for the evening in the mountains, because the temperature drops, rain jacket and backpack.
  • Getting around: you can visit it on foot, but the transport system is very organized. The buses are precise and connect the whole city (€ 1,50 single ticket, € 4,00 urban day ticket).
  • Useful cards for getting around: with the MobilCard you can discover all of South Tyrol for one day, three or seven (1 day € 15,00 / 3 days € 23,00 / 7 days € 28,00)
  • Attractions card: Bolzano Bozen Card Plus is excellent for visiting museums and free travel on all public transport in South Tyrol, in particular the tourist attractions of Laives, Bolzano, San Genesio and Sarentino (cost € 28,00 valid for 3 days).
  • Sleeping in the city: For those who decide to extend their visit, it is advisable to take a look at the numerous offers for a stay in Bolzano.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

If it is true that Bolzano can be explored on foot in one day, it is also true that it has many other attractions in the surrounding area and museums that, due to lack of time, cannot be visited all in a few hours. In case you are staying more than a day, here are some things not to miss in the city.

  1. Firmiano Castle: main seat of the museum circuit called Messner Mountain Museum. This was wanted and designed by the famous South Tyrolean climber Reinhold Messner who runs it (admission € 12,00).
  2. South Tyrol Museum of Natural Sciences: exhibitions on nature and geology, with an aquarium with coral reef (ticket € 5,00).
  3. San Genesio cable car: the cable car connects Bolzano with San Genesio in just 8 minutes, while admiring an extraordinary panorama (ticket € 3,00 one way, € 5,00 return).
  4. Museion Foundation: cube-shaped building in which there are exhibitions of contemporary and modern art (admission € 7,00).
  5. Muri-Gries Abbey: the abbey is adjacent to the baroque church of Sant'Agostino and the two buildings are the peculiarity of the Gries district (also famous for the production of Lagrein wine).
  6. civic Museum: the oldest museum in South Tyrol that offers a precious collection of archaeological finds, an exhibition of th century costumes. and evidence of medieval, gothic and baroque art (free admission).

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