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Things to see in and around Bolzano

Where a story hides under every cobblestone and behind every corner

And all these tales will be revealed to you as you embark on a trip of discovery and culture in and around the regional capital of Bolzano. Castles and fortresses shrouded in mystery tower high above the Adige Valley, while in the town centre a variety of museums with regular special exhibitions await your arrival to tell you tales of art, culture or the world-famed Ice Man. And between times, why not head to the piazza for an aperitif...

Imposing contemporary witnesses
Boymont Castle
Boymont Castle

Boymont Castle, on its rocky spur above the small village of Missiano, is well worth a visit. It was built in the Romantic period and, with its pretty triforium, arched windows and spectacular views over the mountains and the countryside, still provides a magnificent photo opportunity to this day.

Hocheppan Castle
Hocheppan Castle

Sheer rocky cliffs, lush greenery and a view over the whole of the Adige valley – this is where you’ll find Hocheppan Castle, built in 1130 and one of the most majestic aristocratic seats in the region in days gone by. Guided tours are held regularly, and you can enjoy traditional recipes in a bygone atmosphere in the castle tavern.

Messner Mountain Museum
Messner Mountain Museum

Home to one of Reinhold Messner’s MMM museums, Castle Firmiano is part of South Tyrol’s most famous mountaineer’s fascinating museum project. Here, you can take a look at pictures, sculptures and relics themed around the mountains and enjoy the magnificent views of the Sciliar and the Tessa mountain range.

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (Ötzi)
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (Ötzi)

In the old town of Bolzano, you can embark on a trip back to the Copper Age as you walk in the footsteps of the most famous human mummy. The clothing, tools and religious artefacts of the exhibition illustrate the life of Ötzi the Ice Man, who was discovered in the Ötztal Alps in 1991.