On a sunny day in a meadow in the Bolzano mountains, an elderly couple rest under a tree while their grandchildren play in nature. In the Ötzi Museum, families of young and old sit in a circle and admire the life-size replica of the snowman.In a museum room, two sisters are leafing through leaflets with pictures of history. Next to them is a bronze sculpture of a child. In a nature museum a boy touches the snout of a reproduction of a deer with his fingers. The parents on the right are also looking at the animal.A mother embracing her daughter is standing on the trunk of a tree on a sunny day.

Family holiday

Bolzano with the family

Those who like to explore cities and capitals with their children will find in Bolzano a fascinating mix of culture, history and nature. Thanks to the short distances within the pedestrian zone, the kilometres of cycle paths that criss-cross the city and the excellent public transport links, all the most important tourist attractions are within easy reach. A delightful old town, many museums and castles are waiting to be discovered by young and old alike. Wide green spaces, comfortable paths along the slopes of the city basin and three cable cars invite you to long walks in the nature.

Thanks to its central location, Bolzano is also an ideal starting point for visiting the surrounding area, such as the village of Jenesien, birthplace of the Haflinger horses, and the Salten high plateau with its beautiful landscape of forests and meadows.

A family holiday in Bolzano? Here are our tips:

Family-friendly museums

Visitors to Bolzano will find a wide range of interesting museums to discover. Don't miss the following museums, which offer various family events: guided tours, workshops, lectures and many other events for children and their parents.

With the Bolzano Guestcard or the Museumobil Card, visiting the museums is particularly convenient.

But that's not all! Many other museums await the guests of Bolzano.  

Sightseeing with children

Discovering the old town of Bolzano with your children is almost an adventure. There is something to discover in every corner. The charm of the meeting of different cultures is palpable everywhere. The contrast between Gothic and Rationalist architecture, the artistic treasures in the churches, the traditional and Mediterranean flavours in the cuisine, the different traditions in the way of life are just some of the aspects to be discovered while walking through the city.

The historical centre is suitable for visiting on one's own initiative or accompanied by an experienced tourist guide. If you wish to take an independent tour of the city, you can obtain the historical-artistic itinerary, which is available at the Information Office.

If you prefer to be told about Bolzano by people who know and love the city, don't miss the chance to sign up for one of the scheduled guided tours. From April to October, themed guided tours are offered almost every day. Children up to 14 years of age can take part free of charge (except for admission fees), and with the Bolzano Guestcard, their parents also take part for free.

Discover the guided tours.

The children's book "Bolzano - or the adventures of the nameless knight" is also available from the information office. It tells the story of a knight who mysteriously finds himself catapulted into the present day and takes the reader on a tour of the fascinating city of Bolzano. Recently also available as an e-book, this book is suitable for the whole family and can be a nice souvenir.

Events for children

Bolzano is a lively and dynamic city, thanks also to the many events that take place throughout the year. Why not take the opportunity to visit Bolzano on the occasion of one of the many events dedicated or at least suitable for families?

To make sure you don't miss out on any of the events, see also the Bolzano events calendar!

Outdoor activities

In the midst of nature, the body and soul of adults and children alike are recharged with positive energy. Bolzano offers plenty of opportunities for movement and fun in the open air.

Numerous playgrounds, large green areas, comfortable walks and three cable cars that take you up to the surrounding plateaus in just a few minutes.

  • Promenades
  • Cable cars
  • Swimming pool
    In summer there is nothing better than a dip in the swimming pool. The Bolzano Lido welcomes visitors from mid-May to the beginning of September: 3 large swimming pools, a water slide and a children's pool guarantee fun.
  • Trips and excursions
    In addition to the destinations that can be reached by cable car, many other destinations can be easily reached from Bolzano. Bolzano is therefore the ideal starting point for discovering the whole of South Tyrol. The Latemarium in Obereggen and the Urlesteig in Sarentino are not to be missed by families who love the mountains.
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