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Bozen, capital of South Tyrol

Well worth a visit at any time of the year

Bozen is the capital of South Tyrol, a popular tourist destination thanks to its special atmosphere, a mixture of South Tyrolean tradition, Mediterranean influences and international inputs. Vineyards on the sunny slopes practically run down to the houses in the town. This is where, among others, Vernatsch grapes are grown, the main element of the famous St. Magdalener, a ruby-red wine.
The heart of the city is the old town around the Waltherplatz, the arcades and the fruit market. A picturesque maze of alleys and squares contains exclusive boutiques, delicatessens and shops run by old merchant families, but also convivial pastry shops, famous restaurants and trendy bars.

Bozen is easy to reach from Klobenstein on the Ritten narrow-gauge railway and the Ritten cableway from Oberbozen. From the bottom station it is less than ten minutes on foot to the Waltherplatz, next to the city’s imposing cathedral. Just a short walk further, in the Museumstrasse, is the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, housing the most famous resident of Bozen: Ötzi, the 5,300-year old man from the ice.

There are several other interesting museums, such as the Mercantile Museum in the Mercantile Palace, once the seat of the court of the mercantile magistrates, established in 1635 by Claudia de’ Medici. The museum bears witness to the thriving centuries-old tradition of commerce in the city, including its magnificent Ehrenhall and its fabric pattern collections.

Bozen is well worth visiting at any time of year, whether for sauntering and strolling, shopping and seeing what’s new, or simply enjoying and experiencing.

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