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Where nature meets culture

The authentic charm of Renon

Quaint villages coexist with sumptuous summer manors and traditional farmhouses, all surrounded by a harmonious blend of unspoilt nature and cultivated fields. The famous earth pyramids, the Maria Saal sanctuary and the beekeeping museum complete the picture and attract scores of visitors.
Do not miss the chance to ride on a historical narrow-gauge train. Travelling from Collalbo to Soprabolzano, the century-old locomotive also stops in front of the Lodge. A voyage into the past with the spectacular view of the Dolomites as your chaperone!
The Renon-Bolzano cable car is a fine example of modern engineering. In just 12 minutes, it allows you to "fly" straight into the heart of the South Tyrolean provincial capital. Explore its cultural attractions, shops and culinary variety – take a walk under the arcades or visit Ötzi, the Iceman!

Bolzano - Old-town charm

At the heart of Bolzano is the Waltherplatz square and the cathedral, along with picturesque medieval arcades, a colourful fruit market and winding cobbled streets that, besides connecting the various points of interest like a historic thread, are also popular meeting places in their own right, lined with exclusive boutiques, trendy shops selling designer accessories, and everything from deli shops to traditional handicrafts workshops. With an impressive choice of cafés and restaurants around every corner, you can look forward to a delicious meal or snack between activities.

Museums and cultural sights

Bolzano can boast a wide choice of museums, cultural events and sights that attract thousands of visitors every year. Among the highlights is the Archaeology Museum with Ötzi the “Iceman”, a 5,300-year-old mummy fortuitously found by two mountaineers on the Similaun glacier in 1991. The Messner Mountain Museum Firmian, themed after the relationship between man and the mountain, is equally worth a visit. Other sights include the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Runkelstein Castle and the Museum of Contemporary Art with its impressive glass building. The cultural panorama is rounded off by numerous exhibitions, concerts and events taking place year-round.

Maria Saal pilgrimage church

This architectural jewel dating back to the 17th century sits on a hillock near the Lengmoos earth pyramids. Its spectacular location alone would make it worth a visit, but the interior deserves to be seen too, with its many paintings and a distinctive fresco depicting Mary and the Child under an umbrella. In the past, the local farmers used to gather at Maria Saal to pray for rain and a prosperous harvest – the numerous hand-painted votive tablets on the walls still bear witness to their faith and gratitude.

The Freud promenade

“… Here on the Ritten it is divinely beautiful and comfortable.” These are the words Sigmund Freud wrote to his friend C.G. Jung. Follow in the footsteps of the founder of psychoanalysis along a pleasant promenade that leads from Oberbozen past ADLER Lodge all the way to Klobenstein, commanding spectacular views of the Dolomites. There are several benches along the way where you can stop and take in the vista, as well as information boards offering inspiring quotations from Freud’s works.

Wine-themed walks and wine tastings

The hilly to mountainous landscape above the town of Bozen is home to swathes of lush vineyards, which thrive under the South Tyrolean sun, reaching altitudes up to 900 metres. Featuring prominently in this winescape are autochthonous grape varieties such as Pinot Blanc, St. Magdalener, Pinot Noir and Lagrein. The taverns and wineries located along the picturesque footpaths that criss-cross the area provide the perfect opportunity to explore the distinctive flavours of these wines. One such footpath is the Rebe wine-themed walk that extends for 3.5 kilometres between the localities of Signat and Rentsch. It features art installations by sculptor Filip Moroder with information about the Ritten plateau’s long wine-growing tradition.

Quality made in Ritten

From the culinary standpoint, several products and specialities from the Ritten area enjoy a renown that stretches far beyond the South Tyrolean borders. These include, for example, the gourmet apple juices by Thomas Kohl, which are made from apples cultivated at nearly 1,000 metres of altitude. There, thanks to a combination of intense Alpine sun and night time temperature drop, the apples develop a gentle acidity resulting in the unmistakable flavour that graces all the brand’s juices, from pure apple juices to the ones blended with mint, apricot or carrot.
Perhaps even greater is the world-wide renown of Loacker, with its crispy wafers and indulgent cream-filled biscuits. What started out in 1925 as a small pastry shop in Bozen has developed into an internationally successful company with headquarters in Unterinn am Ritten. Closeness with the surrounding natural landscape has been part of the brand’s identity since its very foundation, as is the focus on selecting natural ingredients of the highest quality.

The Christmas market in Bolzano

During Advent, a triumph of lights, scents and soft melodies transform Bolzano into a captivating world of Christmas delights. Take a walk among the decorated stalls on the Waltherplatz square, brimming with original gift ideas. With around 80 exhibitors displaying traditional South Tyrolean products such as hand-painted Christmas decorations, felt work, artistic candles, hand-carved nativity figures and more, you will be spoilt for choice. Some of the stalls offer food and beverages, with South Tyrolean specialities featuring prominently along with Christmas punch and mulled wine. The choir singing and Advent concerts complete the experience, setting the mood in tune with the approaching festivity.

Sustainable travel – the Ritten Card

With your complimentary Ritten Card, you can use public transport for free (including the Renon train and cable car) and enjoy free admission to all the main museums and sights in and around Bolzano.