What to see in Bolzano and surroundings
A myriad of things to see and do during your holiday
Whether you are staying a few days or for a longer period, this area has a lot of attractions and leisure activities to offer and you will surely find bunches of things to see in Bolzano.
During summertime, nature and outdoor activities lovers will be spoilt for choice: hiking, walking, Nordic walking, mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, swimming and many other exciting sport. Even ski and winter sports lovers will find in South Tyrol a paradise: the Ski Center Latemar or the Sella Ronda, the ski area of Plose or that of Paganella, or Merano 2000 and many others, are all within a few tens of km.
Ask us for suggestions or tips: Ideal Park Hotel will be happy to give you advice for your leisure program organization!
Here below some of the events and attractions you definitely must see near Bolzano:
The Ötzi Museum in Bolzano
Bolzano, the region's main town, is just 10 km far from Laives and is easily reachable by bus. Buses nr. 110, 111 and 112 stop 50 meters from the hotel and will take you to Piazza Walther or to the train station. The races take place every 15 min, from 6.00 to 23.30. With the Bolzano-Card you can take the busses for free.
Besides the different museums (such as the famous Ötzi Museum) and city sights, Bolzano has also wonderful porticos and nice shops to offer. For shopping or just for a walk. Enjoy Bolzano's Mediterranean flair.
Corno del Renon
"Who wants to have an overlook on the whole area of Tyrol, should climb its peaks." This is the description of the panorama of Corno del Renon made by Ludwig Purtscheller, an alpinist of late 19th century. There is no peak obstructing the view. What you are going to look at is a 360° panorama.
The most imposant ones are of course the Dolomites, stretching from South-East to South: from Peitlerkofel over the Geißlerspitzen to the Sciliar and then from the Rosengarten passing over Corno nero and Corno Bianco to the Latemar.
At the North side you can see the wide "Sarntaler Alpen" and behind the "Alpi dello Stubai/Stubeier Alpen". During sunny days you can see the Ortler and the most lucky amongst you will recognize even the Großglockner when looking east.
During these days your trip will turn into a very special event.
You can reach Corno del Renon (2.260 m) by taking the cableway from Pemmern to the Schwarzseespitze and after a walk of about one hour (suitable for everyone).
... a special experience.
The Bletterbach offers a view into the interior of the mountains, into the world of stones. The gorge is the result of weathering and erosion. Over a section of about 8 kilometers the Bletterbach has been carving its way since the Ice Age, about 15.000 years ago, up to 400 m. deep, into the different eras in the history of the earth. Layer upon layer has been exposed.
Ten billion tons of rock were removed and carried down into the Etsch Valley. Now we can look through it as if it was a book.
The walk through the gorge and around the Bletterbach geological park is a special experience, which takes you on a journey through millions of years of geological history.
In contrast to the complicated and confusing situation in other parts of the Alps, the strata here are intact, and the structure of the rocks gives an insight into their creation, the climate and the environment 250 million years ago. In addition, the tracks of prehistoric reptiles have been found in the Gröden sandstone strata. Well-preserved impressions of parts of plants, and numerous traces of animal activity - of eating and burrowing – provide information about the flora and fauna. Fossils in marine deposits, such as mussels, snails and cephalopods, tell us about life in the warm tropical seas of the time.
The quaint little town of Merano has been a popular place of establishment in the past, with many famous scientists and doctors. Above all, they appreciated the clear, curative air and the mild, Mediterranean climate of this health resort in South Tyrol.
Its cultural landscape is enriched by many splendid and magnificent buildings, especially castles and mansions, dating back to the period of the counts and earls.
During the decades much attention and interest was dedicated to this spa in South Tyrol, and therefore Merano has become a well known town.
Are you traveling without a car? No problem! With buses nr. 110, 111 and 112, running every 15 minutes, it is easy to reach Bolzano station from which you can continue to Merano by train. With the Bolzano-Card you can take the busses for free.
Garda Lake is Italy's biggest lake. It is 120 km distant from Laives and can be reached in about 90 minutes.
Recommended program for coach-trips: start from the hotel at 8.00 am.
We suggest you to drive to Riva. After a short tour of the town, you can take the liner, which at 11.00 am will take you to Limone.
Limone is a very nice, little town with a pleasent promenade, different shops and nice restaurants. You can have a lunch break and than make a short trip to Malcesine between 01.00 and 02.00 pm. Malcesine is a very nice and picturesque village. Just 5 min from the port you will find the coach waiting for you. Departure at 03.00 pm. Arrival in Laives around 05.00 pm.
Caldaro and its Lake
The vineyards around Caldaro are like a gentle invitation to move towards the South. Vineyards as far as you can see. Cypress trees, bay trees and olive trees form part of the scenery. The air is scented by a Mediterranean flair. Historic manors characterize the village scenery. Typical details speak of southern architecture. It is part of the southern life-style to enjoy life in the piazza.
Lake Caldaro is the true centerpiece of the area. The warmest bathing lake of the Alps is a popular destination from April to October. The biotopes at the southern slopes of the lake are home to rare types of birds. The ruins of Castle Leuchtenburg are situated high above the lake.
Over the past few years, the village, together with the wine producers, decided to ensure new wine quality with the aid of 'wein.kaltern'. This is a strategy of strict guidelines, which brings quality to the forefront. From a reduced wine cultivation to professional storage, it all ensures top quality for each bottle and barrel.
- the view of Lake Caldaro from above after a ride with the historic Mendola-cablecar..
- having a walk through the Rastenbach Gorge and enjoying a great view of the St. Peter Basilica …
- Bird-watching (with some rare species) in the reeds of lake 'Kalterer See' …
- Enjoying a good glass of wine at the lake's shore in a warm summer night …
Short Dolomiti round trip
From Laives take the Via Brennero (S 12) towards Bolzano, and continue on in direction Cardano. Once you reach it, turn right towards Val d'Ega. Follow the signs to the Lago di Carezza (1.600 m) and enjoy this wonderful location. Indeed, the lake is wonderfully surrounded by the Latemar and the Catinaccio. You can then continue towards Passo Carezza (1.752 m), which will offer you a breathtaking view on the Val di Fassa, the Sella Group, the Marmolada and other peaks.
Val di Fassa as well as Val Gardena, Val Badia and Buchenstein belong to the Ladin part of South Tyrol. Its population speaks a very ancient raetho-romanic language.
From here you can keep going to Vigo di Fassa, Pozza and Pera di Fassa, Mazzin, Campitello and on to Canazei, which is the major village of the valley.
From Canazei you can start the drive towards Passo Sella (2.187 m), fromwhere you will experience an overwhelming panoramic view on the Sella Group, the Sasso Lungo and Val Gardena. Passing by Plan de Gralba, Selva di Val Gardena and S. Christina, you will reach Ortisei, which is the main village of Val Gardena.
Don't miss a visit to the "Museum de Gherdeina" where you can get an insight in Val Gardena's history.
From Ortisei continue on to Castelrotto, the home town of the famous "Kastelruther Spatzen". After a short coffee break you can get back to Bolzano and Laives.
Route: around 130 km
Renon and its Earthpyramids
The term "Renon" is referring to a 111 km² area and the plateau between the two rivers Isarco and Talvera, in the hearth of South Tyrol. This gentle mountain ridge is situated north from the capital city of Bolzano.
The villages of Collalbo/Klobenstein, Longomoso/Lengmoos, Soprabolzano/Oberbozen, Auna di sotto/Unterinn, Auna di sopra/Oberinn, Lengstein and Wangen are located between 800 and 1500 m a.s.l.
Castel Trauttmansdorff by Merano
The whole world in just one garden…only 34 km far from your Hotel!
A hundred and fifty years ago, the first exotic plants were brought to Merano and planted here and there in the extensive parks of the resort.
In the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, however, the plants are arranged according to their country of origin, taking into account the relationships between natural vegetation, climate, locality and human influence. Hence, natural habitats such as the Japanese alluvial forest are found alongside rice terraces and tea plantations. The climatic conditions in Merano have proven to be particularly favorable; it has the mildest winters in the German-speaking part of Europe. This is why many things that can be realized here would be impossible to realize north of the Alps.
Verona dista 125 km da Laives ed è raggiungibile in 90 minuti. Durante i mesi estivi la città si anima di concerti di musica classica nella bellissima Arena di Verona. L’arena stessa è aperta per tutto l’anno. A Verona inoltre trovate il famosissimo terrazzo di Romeo e Giulietta.
Verona is a wonderful North Italian town, located in the region of Veneto. Verona has around 256.000 inhabitants and is situated on about 59 m above the sea level. Verona is 125 km from Laives and is reachable in more or less 90 minutes. During the Summer Verona gets even more beautiful.
Indeed, different Operas and concerts are organized at the Arena, which can be visited all year round. Moreover, if you decide to visit Verona, you shouldn't forget to have a look at the famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet.