Due to its location at the heart of the major transport routes, Bolzano is the ideal starting point for many tours and excursions in South Tyrol. A true gateway to the Dolomites and the surrounding area, from Bolzano, you can quickly reach some of the most beautiful places in our province. Here we have collected some of our favourites and would like to recommend them to those who choose our hotel for a holiday in South Tyrol.
Itineraries and Excursions in South Tyrol
As a gateway to the Dolomites, Bolzano is the ideal starting point for many excursions in South Tyrol. We have selected some of the most interesting.
Merano's Art Nouveau Charm
Merano is located about thirty kilometres west of Bolzano. Favoured for its mild, healthy and temperate climate, this town has been a popular spa and tourist centre for centuries, known throughout the German-speaking world. The Art Nouveau buildings that characterise the view from the promenades along the Passirio river bear witness to this history, alongside the older porticos that are still the heart of the city. Today, tourists come to retrace the footsteps of Princess Sissi, who stayed in the city for a long time, or to visit the recently renovated thermal baths, the charming Christmas market and the city’s many museums. Among these, the Touriseum, dedicated to tourism, and the Trauttmansdorff Botanical Gardens stand out for their beauty and interest.
Bressanone, the Bishop's Former Residence
About thirty kilometres north of Bolzano lies the town of Bressanone. The prince-bishops who ruled the territory once resided here. A presence that remains imprinted in the splendid sacred architecture that characterises the centre of this town. From the narrow alleyways of the porticoes, the view opens onto the large square dominated by the Cathedral, parallel to which stands the splendid parish church of San Michele with its high bell tower, called the ‘Torre Bianca’ (White Tower) because of the colour of its roof. Also of interest are the Hofburg, the former Bishop’s residence, and the Town Hall. Those who love the charm of history will certainly not remain indifferent to the beauty of Bressanone.
The Wine Route
The South Tyrolean Wine Route stretches 150 kilometres from Nalles to Salorno through 16 municipalities. A route through some of the most famous wine areas in our province. It is here, for example, that the famous Gewürztraminer white wine is produced. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, those who choose to take the Wine Route will travel through beautiful villages, swimmable lakes and rolling hills. Not to be missed are the lakes of Monticolo and Caldaro, both of which are suitable for swimming, with their colourful freshwater. A total of 70 wineries await wine lovers along the route, offering their delicious products.
The Magic of the Dolomites
The ‘Monti Pallidi’ (‘Pale Mountains’), as the Dolomites are nicknamed, are a group of mountain ranges whose uniqueness and beauty has earned them the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are numerous groups and mountain ranges in South Tyrol that belong to the Dolomites, and they are all easily accessible from Bolzano. They offer breathtaking landscapes, spectacular trails and hikes suitable for everyone, from those who like to relax to the most experienced and passionate mountaineers.
The Bletterbach Geoparc is a geological park that explores this 8-kilometre-long, 400-metre-deep gorge at the foot of the Corno Bianco mountain. Within its boundaries, you can see the mountains from the inside and admire their geological layers. A true open book, available to scientists, hikers, geology enthusiasts and families eager to discover some of the most exciting secrets of the nature that surrounds us.
Lake Carezza and the Catinaccio
With its pristine green waters, in which the peaks of the Catinaccio and Latemar, two of the most popular Alpine groups in South Tyrol, are reflected, Lake Carezza is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Reaching it is easy, via a short drive along the Val D’Ega. Many people do this, especially in summer, when the lake, surrounded by the area’s lush green forests, reveals itself in all its nuances, and there are many ways to have fun along its shores. A little further on from the lake is the Costalunga Pass. From here, a number of paths lead up to the Catinaccio, below the Roda De Vael and the Creste di Masarè. There, right where the ski slopes begin, is the Paolina Refuge, from which there is an easy path to the spectacular Christomannos eagle sculpture. A breathtaking excursion, in one of the most popular alpine landscapes.
South Tyrol Planetarium
The South Tyrol Planetarium is located in the district of Cornedo all’Isarco in San Valentino in Campo. It is a real star simulator, connected to an astronomical observatory. The facility is run by astronomy enthusiasts and offers guided tours and displays to discover the wonders and mysteries of the cosmos. Afterwards, you can take a walk through the area’s beautiful forests.
Tobogganing on the Slopes of Boscoriva
On the slopes of Boscoriva in Val Sarentino, just a few kilometres from Bolzano, you will find some of the most exciting toboggan runs in South Tyrol. A convenient cable car, free for Bolzano Cardholders, takes snow lovers to the slopes of this exclusive park, which is entirely dedicated to sledging. Here, trained professionals are available to teach the secrets of this breathtaking activity to all enthusiasts. And at weekends, the cable car is open until 9.30 pm for incredible night-time descents.