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Art & Culture

South Tyrol

Bolzano and its surroundings

15 July 2022

Surrounded by mountains and built in a natural basin, Bolzano is a charming city with a blend of German and Mediterranean traditions, traditions that are also visible in its architecture.

Among the most important monuments are the Cathedral with its Gothic bell tower, considered one of the most beautiful monuments in the Region. Nearby, Piazza Walther is known for hosting Bolzano's Christmas Market, with its characteristic wooden houses offering amazing decorations, typical specialities, and many products from the local craftsmen.

The Archaeological Museum of Alto-Adige is a must-see, with its finds and documentation of the area's history from its origins to the early Middle Ages. The main attraction here is Otzi, a mummy of a 5,000-year-old man found in the Similaun glacier near the Italy-Austria border.

 

Merano is famous for its thermal baths and monuments, such as the Castello Principesco built in the 15th Century; and the sumptuous Trauttmansdorff Castle on the outskirts of the city, surrounded by colourful gardens with exotic Mediterranean plants.

Among the most characteristic architectures we can fine the Kurhaus, the grandiose complex of the early twentieth century in Art Nouveau style, which today hosts concerts and major events such as the Merano Wine Festival, where the best Italian and foreign wine producers meet every year in November and taste the typical products.

In the neighbourhood we also find Castel Tirolo (11th-13th Century), famous for its decor and its chapel's amazing frescoes, today it is the Museum of History and Culture of the Province of Bolzano.

Bressanone is a very important arts city; its buildings are a fusion of Renaissance, Gothic and Rococo. The city center possesses a remarkable artistic legacy, including the Cathedral with its frescoed cloister; the magnificent Palace of the Prince-Bishop, hosting the Diocesan Museum of the Nativity; and the Abbey of Novacella. Amongst the castles, the most striking are Castello Velturno, still as it was originally- decorated and furnished, and Castel Rodengo, overlooking the River Rienza.

Bressanone is a very important arts city; its buildings are a fusion of Renaissance, Gothic and Rococo. The city center possesses a remarkable artistic legacy, including the Cathedral with its frescoed cloister; the magnificent Palace of the Prince-Bishop, hosting the Diocesan Museum of the Nativity; and the Abbey of Novacella.

Vipiteno is home to the beautiful Palazzo Comunale, the Torre delle Dodici and, not far off, the Stanghe Waterfalls in Racines.

Val Pusteria is another gem, location of the picturesque village of Brunico, with its Castle that is set to be a component of the Messner Mountain Museum, established by mountaineer Reinhold Messner. Finally, be sure to visit the Provincial Museum of Customs and Traditions in Teodone.