Small cities and culture
What South Tyrol’s cities lack in size, they make up for in charm.
Each one has its own special character. Wherever you look, there’s always a hint of hustle & bustle with a touch of "Dolce Vita.” At the same time, hip cafés on the piazza invite you to linger or you can best explore the colourful markets, squares and alleys on foot.
A highlight in South Tyrol's capital city Bolzano is a visit to the Museum of Archaeology, which houses “Ötzi the Iceman,” the oldest wet mummy in the world.
Even in her day, Empress Sissi enjoyed strolling along the Kurpromenade in Merano/Meran. Today, the arches with their elegant boutiques and small shops tempt for a shopping spree. The German and Italian cultures have each shaped this Mediterranean city in their own right. For rare plants, visitors should head to the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.
The bishop's seat of Bressanone/Brixen is the oldest town in South Tyrol. Its glorious history can be traced at the Domplatz square, in the alleys of the old town and on a trip to the Neustift monastery.
Chiusa/Klausen is regarded as the city of artists and the Säben Monastery towers majestically on a rock above the small town. In the sporty city of Brunico/Bruneck on the Rienz river in the east, visitors can discover beautiful shops and cafés in the medieval Stadtgasse street. There are even two Messner Mountain Museums close to the town.
The ‘Fugger town’ of Vipiteno/Sterzing in the north, just behind the Brenner Pass, is the northernmost city in Italy. With its location at the foot of the main chain of the Alps, this is authentic Alpine urbanity.
To the west, with its completely preserved ring walls and winding alleys, South Tyrol's smallest town Glorenza/Glurns exudes medieval flair.