BOLZANO / BOZEN
me, Bolzano is a mountain transformed into a city. The moment
you move, it changes appearance. You edge forward and the profile
is different, you go back and discover new faces. It speaks different
languages. At its heart, it is an actor, enchanting and contradictory,
haughty and alluring, warm hearted and chilly." - Reinhold
Messner (resident of Bolzano and mountaineering legend).
has been a trading point since its foundation and elevation to
a city over 800 years ago. This was mostly due to its location
between the two major cities of Venice and Augsburg. Four times
a year a fair was held and traders came from the south and the
north of Europe. The merchants would display and sell their goods
under the arcades of the Lauben, Bolzano's main street, which
still happens today. The mercantile magistrate was founded in
1635. At this time the city was a cultural crosspoint between
the German & Italian speaking parts of Europe. This melting
pot of languages & culture became even more complex through
the battle of WW1 when the border between Austria and Italy was
Bolzano is a small beautiful city that is home to just under 100,000
residents. The rich cobblestoned streets of the old town centre
no longer plays host to public vehicle access, and therefore is
filled with both residents and visitors going about their daily
activities by foot or bicycle. Visit the traditional fruit and
vegetable markets, one of the many churches and museums, enjoy
the shopping or simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere whilst
sipping a ‘perfect cappuccino'. www.bolzano-bozen.it www.bolzano.net
Bolzano's oldest and most famous residents is certainly
Ötzi, The Ice Man. The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
in Bolzano is home to Ötzi and approximately half a
million people visit him and the museum each year. The Ice
Man is over 5000 years old and has been rated as one of
the top 10 most significant archaeological finds ever.
Bolzano are various alpine farms, vineyards and orchards. There
are 80,000 milk cows in South Tyrol, a large number of which spend
the summer on the cool meadows or high pastures. Their top quality
milk is used to produce butter, yoghurt, cheese and other dairy
products. In autumn the harvest of apples, grapes, sweet chestnuts
and other agricultural products typical to South Tyrol takes place.
The area is also renowned for it's South Tyrolean ‘Speck'.
Speck is where the haunches of pork are salted and rubbed with
herbs and spices. The herb mixture gives the ‘speck' its
aroma and flavour. The meat is then lightly smoked at a maximum
of 20?C and then air dried. After 22 weeks the ‘speck' is
deemed mature and ready to eat. There are many more traditional
specialities within the area however with such amazing foods produced
locally in South Tyrol, it is no wonder the area has become a
complete gourmet delight.
THINGS TO SEE IN AND AROUND BOLZANO:
is a great place to spend a few days. Here are some of the highlights:
The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
The Museum is located in the old town centre of Bolzano.
Assumption of Our Lady Cathedral
The Cathedral is located in the centre of Bolzano
Messner Mountain Museum
Also refer to the above websites on Bolzano.
Located on the outskirts of Bolzano. 5 minutes by car.
Time Magazine ranks Reinhold Messner among the
Magazine ranks Reinhold Messner among the top 60 most famous personalities
spanning the past six decades.
Having conquered all 14 of the world's peaks exceeding
8,000 metres (26,250 ft) he has now dedicated himself to
a museum project focusing on the allure of the mountains.
In the listing of most famous personalities his name appears
alongside world heroes such as Nelson Mandela.
He is often cited as the greatest mountain climber of all
time, and it all began among his home Dolomites in the the
Funes/Vilnösstal valley and his will to discover what
lay beyond the rugged pinnacles of the Odle/Geisler group.
To quote Time Magazine: "His achievements will
inspire lone wolves and stubborn dreamers for generations
Bolzano Christmas Markets Refer to the
websites on Bolzano
The Bolzano Christmas Markets are located in the main square,
The Walther Platz (German) or Piazza Walther (Italian).
The markets begin at the end of November and finish on the
Located 15 minutes by foot from the old town centre of Bolzano
Located 20 minutes by car towards the town of Merano.
Cable car to Ritten
The cable car to Ritten is located next to the Bolzano train
station which is 5 minutes by foot to the old town centre.
EATING AND SLEEPING IN BOLZANO
are many places where you can enjoy typical Tyrolean & Italian
dishes in Bolzano, however our favourite places to eat & drink
Hopfen Brewery www.hopfen-co.com
Vögele Restaurant www.voegele.it
Restaurant Laurin & Bar at the Parkhotel Laurin www.hotel.laurin.it
Our favourite hotels within the old town centre of Bolzano
Hotel Figl – 3 star www.figl.net
Hotel Citta – 4 star www.hotelcitta.info
Hotel Greif – 4 star www.greif.it/index.html
BOLZANO – GATEWAY CITY TO THE DOLOMITES
is located approximately 1½ hours by car to the heart of
the Dolomite ski resort of Alta Badia. To the North of Bolzano
via the Brenner Pass is Innsbruck (120kms) and to the South of
Bolzano is Verona (160kms).
Bolzano is serviced by a small airport which is located
in the area of Bolzano S?d (South). The airport is serviced
by Air Alps and private charters. For more information on
Bolzano Airport please refer to www.abd-airport.it
Bolzano's train station is located 5 minutes by foot to
the old town centre. There are many trains running to the
North and South. Please refer to the following websites
for train timetables and routes.
THE REGION OF SOUTH TYROL
lies within the magnificent region of South Tyrol. This small
and unique area is absolutely teaming with culture, history, ancient
castles, highly renowned international restaurants, wine, skiing,
hiking, mountaineering, health retreats, biking and so much more.
Visit the official website of South Tyrol to explore the area
in more detail. www.suedtirol.info
There are many ancient fables/fairytales that adorn these
magnificent mountains. The most popular would be that of
the Rose Garden. This spectacular part of the Dolomites
can be viewed perfectly from Bolzano.
The fairytale goes:
"Once upon a time a dwarf king called Laurin lived
inside the Rosengarten Mountain. He owned immense riches
but his most treasured item was a magic hood which could
make him invisible. There was a magnificent garden in front
of the gateway to his bastion of rock, where myriads of
roses remained in flower all year round. The roses were
protected by a golden thread of silk and the punishment
for the stealing even one rose was unthinkable. One day
he caught sight of the stunningly beautiful princess. Simhild
in a neighbouring castle. He fell in love with her and snatched
her away from her family and home. From then on Simhild
was forced to live in Laurin's kingdom, and there was nothing
but sorrow at the castle of her brother, Dietleib. While
he was searching for his sister Dietlieb came across the
king of the Goths, Dietrich Von Bern. With him and other
knights he made his way to Laurin's kingdom. Despite the
fact that Dietrich marvelled at the magnificence of the
roses fenced round by the thread of gold, his men broke
it and trampled on the flowers. Beside himself with rage,
Laurin came charging at them on his small white steed. Neither
was able to overcome the other. However, when the knights
pulled off his magic hood Laurin fell to the ground helpless
and shouted incensed: "The roses have betrayed me!"
Left with no option, he led the victors into his fortress
where they freed Simhild. Laurin uttered a curse on the
rose garden and its beauty was extinguished forever. He
pronounced that nobody, neither by night nor by day, should
ever again cast their eyes on the rose garden's magical
splendour. But he forgot to include the twilight. And that
is why the mountain, which is pale during the day still
lights up and glows red as the sun sets."
it's our pleasure to take you there…