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One step away from Bolzano

One step away from Bolzano

Bolzano offers its visitors an urban and stimulating environment, but it only takes a few minutes to reach true oases of peace.

Visible from all parts of the city, the Dolomites are mountain systems of outstanding natural beauty. In 2009 they were recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The name "Dolomites" derives from their rocks called "dolomia" in honour of the French naturalist Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801), who was the first to study their particular chemical composition (double carbonate of calcium and magnesium). Due to its special composition, the white rocks are tinged with gold, pink, orange, red and purple at sunset and sunrise. This natural phenomenon called Enrosadira is still linked to many tales, the best known being the legend of King Laurin and his rose garden on the Catinaccio.

If you want to enjoy the Dolomite panorama right in front of you, we recommend a trip to Soprabolzano, Collalbo or the Corno del Renon.

If you want to enjoy the Dolomites to the fullest, you can easily reach Obereggen, Lake Carezza and the Alpe di Siusi in 30-40 minutes by car or public transport.

Obereggen is one of the most popular ski and hiking areas in the Dolomites. Only 20 minutes away from Bolzano, it offers pure alpine emotions in winter and summer.

Bolzano is situated at 265 metres above sea level in a basin surrounded by mountains. In just a few minutes by cable car you can reach the sunny plateaus and beautiful forests on the Renon Hills and Colle, where you can feel a clear and crispy atmosphere. At an altitude that ranges from 1000 to 1400 metres, you will enjoy superb views of the Dolomites, and breathe deeply into the delicate scents characteristic of woodlands and pastures.

Cable car Colle

Cable car Colle is a journey into the past. It is the first passenger cable car in the world, invented by innkeeper Josef Staffler from Bolzano, who ingeniously saw a great chance for tourism. Over a century has passed since then, and more precisely since 29th June 1908. A copy of the original cars, built at the beginning of the century, is displayed near the station at the top and is worth visiting. http://www.kohlererbahn.it/eng/home.html

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Renon

The new cable car Renon, connecting Bolzano with Soprabolzano, is a model of modern International public transport. Departures every 4 minutes.

From Soprabolzano it is possibile to continue round the Renon plateau via the scenic railway. The train journey between Soprabolzano and Collalbo, through wide meadows and fields, with views of mountain farms and glimpses of the beautiful Dolomites, is a breathtaking experience. https://www.ritten.com/?l=en

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San Genesio

ATTENTION! Since November 24th 2020 the cable car connecting Bolzano to San Genesio is closed. It is however possible to reach San Genesio by bus no. 156 (timetable https://www.altoadigemobilita.info/en/).

From the small village of San Genesio overlooking the plateau Monzoccolo (Tschögglberg), the view across the Rosengarten is stunning. The spectacular landscape of the Salto forests at sunset when the dolomite peaks are tinged with red is simply unforgettable. https://www.jenesien.net/en/san-genesio.html

The well-known South Tyrolean Wine Route, which begins in Nals and runs through the Oltradige and Bassa Atesina to Salorno, also passes through the South Tyrolean capital. The picturesque villages along the South Tyrolean Wine Route fascinate with their traditions, the lifestyle of the locals and their authenticity. Travelling along this route means embarking on a journey of discovery into the origins of South Tyrolean wine-growing.

https://www.suedtiroler-weinstrasse.it/en.html

Colle means tranquillity. Large forests and a beautiful mountain landscape with many opportunities for walking; all this just a few minutes from the city. Colle is the northernmost summit of the hills south of Bolzano, which extend as far as Corno Bianco and are bordered to the east by Val d'Ega and to the west by Valle dell'Adige. Near the mountain station, a lookout tower provides a view of the peaks and glaciers of the central Alps and the nearby Dolomites.

The best way to reach this true oasis of peace is by cable car, the first cable car in the world to transport people.

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Hiking

Thanks to the numerous footpaths and marked hiking trails, Colle is an ideal starting point for excursions, whether on foot, mountain bike or horseback. The European long-distance hiking trail E5, which leads from the Lake Constance to Venice, is probably the most famous trail. In the hiking map you will find hiking suggestions and a list of restaurants with their opening hours. Click on the picture to download the PDF file or order the map by mail for free under the following link.

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110 years of Colle Cable Car

In Gargazzone, just a few minutes by car from Bolzano, a tropical-inspired park has been created dedicated to the queen of flowers, the orchid. 6000 square metres where you can touch and smell about 500 different species of orchid.

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