Top Choice Museum in Bolzano (Bozen)

Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige

The star of the Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adige is Ötzi, the Iceman, with almost the entire museum being given over to the Copper Age mummy. Kept in a temperature-controlled 'igloo' room, he can be viewed through…
Gallery in Bolzano (Bozen)


Bolzano's contemporary art space is housed in a huge multifaceted glass cube, a brave architectural surprise that beautifully vignettes the old-town rooftops and surrounding mountains from within. There's an impress…
Museum in Bolzano (Bozen)

Messner Mountain Museum Firmiano

The imposing Castel Firmiano, dating back to AD 945, is the centrepiece of mountaineer Reinhold Messner's six museums. Based around humankind's relationship with the mountains across all cultures, the architecture i…
Museum in Bolzano (Bozen)

BZ '18-'45

This dense but visually seductive museum explores Bolzano's turbulent interwar years via the history of the Fascist Monument to Victory, where it is sited. It's a thoughtful and overdue examination of a highly compl…
Castle in Bolzano (Bozen)

Castel Roncolo

This stunningly located castle was built in 1237 but is renowned for its vivid 14th-century frescoes. These are particularly rare, with themes that are drawn from secular literature, including the tale of Tristan an…
Notable Building in Bolzano (Bozen)

Chiesa di Francescani

The 14th-century Chiesa di Francescani features beautiful cloisters and a magnificent Gothic altarpiece, carved in 1500 by Hans Klocker, in the Cappella della Beata Vergine (Chapel of the Blessed Virgin).
Church in Bolzano (Bozen)

Chiesa dei Domenicani

The cloisters and chapel here feature touching, vibrant 14th-century frescoes by school-of-Giotto artists.
Cathedral in Bolzano (Bozen)


This splendid Gothic cathedral is Bolzano's most emblematic building, its imposing spires backed by the equally Gothic peaks of the not-so-distant Dolomites.