Activities and sports
In the midst of nature, body and soul are recharged with positive energy. Bolzano offers plenty of opportunities for movement and fun in the open air. You'll be spoilt for choice with walks, numerous sports facilities and plenty of green spaces.
Walks in the city of Bolzano
Like every city Bolzano too faces the fast pace of urban life. However, with just a few steps you can leave your stress behind and immerse yourself in the peaceful tranquillity of famous walks.
Guncina and S.Osvaldo, for example, completed at the end of 1800, are well renowned routes gently climbing through Mediterranean vegetation up to the top of the surrounding hills and offering stunning views over the city.
Lungotalvera Bolzano and Lungotalvera San Quirino are immersed in the lush Petrarca Park and meadows along the Talvera river. These walks are right adjacent to the city centre and provide an opportunity to practice various sports and recreational activities.
Download the paths: Promenades in Bolzano
Lungo Talvera Walks
The Talvera river runs through the city of Bolzano. The water course originates from the Sarentino Valley and its banks are home to beautiful green lawns, recreational parks, long walks and modern cycle routes. This is the green lung of the city and a popular destination for both tourists and local residents that provide rest and relaxation to those strolling along the tree-lines paths as well as fun for the younger ones in the playgrounds. There are also many sport facilities in the area which attract football, baseball and softball lovers. The Druso, Talvera and S.Antonio bridges are the three main links over the stream, but there are also some footbridges allowing for short or long round trips, on foot or by bicycle.
S. Osvaldo and Guncina Walks
These two walks, rising to about one hundred metres above the city, begin with a fairly light climb, made easier by a series of winding paths that reach pp to plateaus offering panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
The S.Osvaldo walk links S.Antonio with S. Maddalena, the hill characteristic for the grape variety cultivated for the production of the local wine named after it. In the background you can see the dolomite massif of Rosengarten, symbol of the city.
The Guncina walk, dedicated to its founder – Archduke Henry of Habsburg – unravels to the hillside of the Gries quarter (an independent municipality until 1925 and famous holiday and health resort of the empire of Hapsburg) leading to San Genesio. The walk-through evergreen bushes, magnolias, prickly bears, cypress trees and cedar wood take to Guncina Castle. Each plant encountered on the way is labelled by its Italian, German and scientific name. The walk is a gentle climb and has several benches along its path to provide rest and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view of the city and mountain groups rising to the east. After reaching Guncina Castle it is possible to return to the city by taking the Rio Fago walk leading to the Lungo Talvera and therefore the centre of Bolzano.
This walk extends to the hillside south of the city. It can be accessed from the Oltrisarco quarter and more precisely from Flavon Castle, which has been recently renovated and houses a friendly restaurant inside its ancient walls. The walk goes through a copse and has an interesting and unusual view over the city extending from the South to the North with the hills of Salto Renon in the background. This path links Flavon Castle with Virgolo, one of the areas of the city that has been inhabited since prehistoric times and that, thanks to the Romanesque church of San Vigilio and the baroque church of Calvario, still remains today a fascinating and spiritual place.
For a free brochure on walks in Bolzano please visit the Information Office in Via Alto Adige / Südtiroler Str. 60.
Lovers of walking? Bolzano, St. Genesio and Terlano have a new themed trail dedicated to the most beautiful castles in and around Bolzano. The trail is over 20 km long and offers a priceless view of the castles and nature in all its forms. You can choose to start the trail at any of the three locations, but of course it is also possible to shorten the route to your liking.
The Castelronda Castle Trail is accessible all year round, although it is particularly recommended to walk it in spring and autumn, when the colours become more intense and the temperatures milder.
A starting point for the trail could be, for example, the valley station of the former St. Genesio cable car, from where it continues in the direction of the ruins of Rafenstein Castle and Cologna, near which is the ruin of Greifenstein Castle. The route then leads to Neuhaus Castle, or Maultasch, and down to Terlano.
Along the entire route, new signposting will be installed to tell the history, anecdotes and interesting facts about the various fortifications, which will also be of interest to younger visitors.
The Castles Trail but not only...
Castelronda is also the name of an event which takes place at the beginning of June. Throughout the weekend, the castles and the surrounding area offer a rich programme of events and shows suitable for all, curious and enthusiasts alike.
Bolzano fascinates tourists and locals alike in all seasons. In addition to the rich cultural offer, there are numerous possibilities to discover nature in its various forms and altitudes: the 3 cable cars will take you in a few minutes to the quiet paths of Renon, San Genesio and Colle, the three plateaus that embrace the South Tyrolean capital. These locations are easily and freely accessible with the Bozen Guestcard Plus!
The gentle slopes surrounding the city are ideal for walks, from which you can enjoy an extraordinary view over the Adige Valley and a glimpse of the Dolomites. Bolzano is therefore the ideal starting point for discovering South Tyrol. All information on guided hikes is available from our information office at Via Alto Adige 60.
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Hundreds of kilometres of promenades wind their way from and around the city; walks, hikes and trips lasting a few hours are interwoven with the urban architecture and form a jagged communications network.
Walkers in and around Bolzano can choose between a walk through typical Mediterranean vegetation and a hike through meadows, forests and alpine pastures.
Here are some suggestions for excursions that can be done independently:
- Promenades in Bolzano
- Spiritual Pathways
- Wine Trails
- San Genesio/Jenesien
- Wine Road
- Val Sarentino/Sarntal
- Latemarium in Obereggen
In Bolzano you can breathe in the air of nature: the greenery intertwines with the urban architecture, drawing its contours. Walks wind their way through the neighborhoods, leading to beautiful trails that wind their way up the slopes surrounding Bolzano.
A walk or run along the city routes is an encounter with nature, immersing you in meadows, Mediterranean vegetation and vineyards.
The diversity of the signposted routes is suitable for everyone and provides an insight into a lesser-known but all the more fascinating dimension of the city.
Looking for sport? Bolzano is the place for you.
Professional climbers, but also those who want to get acquainted with the world of climbing, meet at the SALEWA CUBE, one of the largest climbing halls in Italy. Visitors can test 180 routes of all levels of difficulty. Located in Bolzano South, the large cube is easily accessible by public transport or by car.
In summer, when temperatures rise, there is nothing better than a dip in the regenerating waters of the “Bolzano Lido”, the outdoor swimming pool in Bolzano.
In the evening, you can meet up at the minigolf course on the Talvera meadows for a game in good company and to taste some local specialties.
In winter, the Talvera meadows are also a great place to go ice-skating. During the Christmas Market, don't miss the opportunity to skate in the heart of the city.
And don't forget the many football pitches, skate parks and outdoor fitness areas scattered around Bolzano.