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( Italian Bolzano , Ladin Bulsan / Balsan )
coat of arms
Bolzano coat of arms
Bolzano in South Tyrol - Positionskarte.svg
State : Italy
Region : Trentino-South Tyrol
Province : Bolzano - South Tyrol
District community : Bolzano
Inhabitants :
(VZ 2011 / 31.12.2019)
102.869 / 107.407
Language groups :
(according to 2011 census )
25.52% German
73.80% Italian
0.68% Ladin
Coordinates 46 ° 30 ′  N , 11 ° 21 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 30 ′  N , 11 ° 21 ′  E
Altitude : 232– 1616  m slm (center: 262  m slm )
Surface: 52.3 km²
Permanent settlement area: 28.0 km²
District : Center-Bozner Boden-Rentsch , Oberau-Haslach , Europa-Neustift , Don Bosco , Gries-Quirein
Neighboring municipalities: Deutschnofen , Eppan , Jenesien , Karneid , Leifers , Pfatten , Ritten , Terlan
Partnership with : Ödenburg ( Sopron ), Erlangen
Postal code : 39100
Area code : 0471
ISTAT number: 021008
Tax number: A952
Mayor  (2020): Renzo Caramaschi
Bolzano from the west

Bozen ( Italian Bolzano , Ladin Bulsan or Balsan ) is the state capital of South Tyrol , an autonomous province in Italy , and as such the seat of the state government and the state parliament . Since 1948 the city has been a supraregional trade fair location , since 1964 the seat of the bishopric of the newly created diocese of Bozen-Brixen , and since 1997 with the Free University of Bozen also a university town .

Bolzano is one of the major urban centers in the Alpine region and, due to its bicultural nature, is an important meeting place between the German and Italian-speaking cultural and economic areas. With over 107,000 inhabitants, Bolzano is the largest city in South Tyrol and, after Innsbruck and Trento, the third largest in the European region of Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino . Around 250,000 people live in its metropolitan area.


Bolzano city arms in 1893

The official names of the city are the German Bozen [ ˈboˑtsn̩ ] and the Italian Bolzano [ bolˈtsano ]. The Ladin variants Bulsan [ bʊlzaŋ ] ( Grödnerisch ) or Balsan ( Gadertalisch ) are likewise to be found in official documents, but enjoy no official status. In the German South Tyrolean dialects , the place name Bozen [ poutsn̩ ] or [ pɔatsn̩ ] is pronounced. The Latin name of the city is Bauzanum .



Aerial view of Bolzano from the north-east
Bolzano seen from the northwest
View towards Bozen from the southwest from Sigmundskron Castle

The urban area of ​​Bolzano is located in the middle of the Alps in the center of the south of South Tyrol and covers an area of ​​52.3 km², of which only 28 km² are used as permanent settlement area. Dense urban development has the largest share of this settlement area. Bolzano is located in the Adige Valley in a valley basin that is framed on three sides by high mountain groups: in the north by the Sarntal Alps ( Ritten and Tschögglberg ), in the southeast by the Fleimstal Alps ( Regglberg ) and in the west by the Nonsberg group ( Mendelkamm ). In the Bolzano valley basin, the Etschtal (coming from the northwest and striking south from Bolzano) meets the Eisack valley , which flows in from the northeast, and the Sarntal, which flows in from the north . Accordingly, the valley basin is traversed by the Etsch , Eisack and Talfer rivers. At this point, the alpine transversals of the upper Etschtal and Eisack valley furrows, which lead via historical trade routes to the Reschen and the Brenner Pass , place the city at the center of a national network of paths. Until 1911, the Bolzano urban area was limited to a comparatively small area east of the Talfer, which is why the city is still referred to as Talferstadt by the local population .

The old town lies at an altitude of 262  m slm. The highest elevation in the Bozen city area, the Titschen above Kohlern am Regglberg, is 1616  m slm. The lowest point at 232  m slm is on the banks of the Adige on the southern border of the city. Bozen's neighboring communities are Laives and Pfatten in the south in the Unterland , Eppan in the west towards Überetsch and Terlan in the northwest in the Etschtal; on the north side, Bozen borders on Tschögglberg and Guntschnaberg on Jenesien and on Renon on the eponymous municipality of Renon ; in the east, the Eisack in the lower Eisack valley, then the Eggentaler Bach in the lower Eggental valley, form the border to Karneid ; in the southeast pushes Bolzano on the Regglberg to the municipality German furnace . The nearest large cities are Trento 51 km south and Innsbruck 85 km north. The distance to the capital Rome is 520 km.


The historic city area lies on an alluvial fan of the Talfer, while the majority of the Adige Valley in the area of ​​the Bozen valley basin remained an uninhabitable marshland for a long time, exposed to frequent flooding . The subsoil of the valley floor consists of fluvial deposits and is rich in groundwater , the water level of which averages two to five meters below the surface.

Lithostratographically , the Bozen area is embedded in the Etschtal volcanic group , which is why the majority of the mountain ranges surrounding the city ( Regglberg , Ritten , Tschögglberg ) are made up of ignimbrites . In the basin, too, gravel and sands, which have a coarse stratification or a concave oblique stratification , are the predominant lithofacies . The maximum size of the stones and boulders varies between 35 and 50 cm. In the north-eastern urban area near St. Magdalena and in the south near Haselburg, there are also moraines and gravel surfaces that formed during the Würm glacial period .

City structure

Bolzano is divided into five city quarters, which in turn comprise several historical quarters and formerly independent municipalities. Until 1910, the historic town of Bolzano was limited to a limited area in the gusset between Talfer and Eisack in the northeast of the Bolzano basin, with around 45% of the total population living in the spatially cramped old town area. This area has emerged in the Zentrum-Bozner Boden-Rentsch district, which occupies the east of the municipality within the current city limits. The majority of this quarter consists of areas of the formerly independent rural community of Twelve Malgree , which was incorporated in 1911. The former rural community of Gries west of the Talfer, which was incorporated into Bolzano in 1925 and which gave its name to today's district of Gries-Quirein in the north of the urban area, had a similar experience . Both Twelve Malgrei and Gries have remained separate cadastral communities up to the present .

Europa-Neustift , the smallest of the Bolzano districts, is located in the center of what is now Bozen's urban area. To the west of it extends the Don Bosco district , which, like Europa-Neustift, arose in the area of ​​the old municipality of Gries and also extends to the orographically right bank of the Adige with the northern end of the Mitterberg . On the orographic left side of the Eisack vom Virgl towards the south, the Oberau-Haslach district extends , which formerly belonged to the municipality of Zwölfmalgrei and includes the districts of Haslach, Oberau and St. Jakob-Unterau with the so-called "Grutzen".

Land use

Almost three quarters of the Bolzano urban area consists of undeveloped land, but more than a third of which is used for agriculture. 1,320.9 hectares are currently used as building area, which is divided into several types of use or development  . In the city center the development is very dense. The older settlement areas in the old town center and Zwölfmalgrei are characterized by narrow streets and tall old buildings, while in the old Gries a rural structure has been preserved, especially towards the west. In the Quireiner part of the district, however, monument buildings and symbols of power from Italian fascism, as well as apartment blocks and monumental arcades, which represent the rationalist current within Italian architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, dominate the picture. A similar style can also be found in the Europa-Neustift quarter. In the districts of Oberau-Haslach and Don Bosco, on the other hand, there is an increasing number of high-rise housing estates of post-war modernism . In the south is the extensive industrial area of ​​Bolzano , which was created in 1935 to encourage the influx of Italian workers from the south. Upstream of the Eisack between the Brenner autobahn and the station area, in the Bozner Boden district, there is another industrial area, which also houses a customs yard . Water bodies make up less than 3%, as there are no lakes in the urban area and the flowing waters are all pushed into narrow river beds .

Type of use Area
in ha
Residential areas 0.610.14 011.66%
Industrial and commercial space 0.341.67 006.53%
Public institutions (including cemetery) 0.172.94 003.30%
Military areas 0.014.98 000.29%
Road traffic 0.092.41 001.77%
Areas for railway systems 0.042.60 000.81%
Airport, lifts, cable cars and accessory areas 0.029.43 000.56%
Landfills, spoil heaps and disposal facilities 0.016.72 000.32%
Agricultural areas 1,431.89 027.36%
Green and open spaces (including forest) 2,335.77 044.63%
Wet and water surfaces 0.139.75 002.67%
Other or unclassifiable areas 0.005.70 000.10%
total 5,234, 00 100.00%


The average daily maximum temperature in the summer months is between 28 and 31 ° C, the average nighttime minimum temperature in the winter months is −1 to −4 ° C. The average air temperature in Bolzano is 13 ° C, the annual precipitation 667.2 mm. On average, the highest amount of precipitation results in July with 100.5 mm, while February is the driest month with 19.9 mm. July has the longest amount of sunshine with around seven and a half hours a day. December still has an average of three hours a day.

The urban climate of Bolzano is influenced by both the location in the basin and the dense development. During the warmer months of the year, the heat load and humidity increase because the air exchange in the city center is severely restricted. The main problem is air pollution in urban areas, which is currently mainly due to inner-city motorway traffic (and in the past also to industry). The exposure to the classic pollutants sulfur dioxide , carbon monoxide , benzene and heavy metals has been within the framework of all limit values since the turn of the millennium at the latest . In terms of fine dust , the pollution was halved between 2000 and 2009, but the values ​​still exceed the WHO annual mean guidelines of 20 µg / m³ for PM 10 and 10 µg / m³ for PM 2.5 Particles. With regard to nitrogen oxides ( NO , NO 2 ), the situation has remained unchanged for several years. In the city of Bolzano, the annual mean limit value of 40 μg / m³ is still exceeded. Finally, the high ozone values ​​at higher altitudes are particularly problematic , as there are sometimes no solutions, especially since local measures alone would hardly be effective.

Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Bolzano
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 6.2 9.8 15.4 19.4 24.5 28.7 30.3 29.1 23.9 18.3 11.3 6.1 O 18.6
Min. Temperature (° C) −3.5 −1.2 3.5 7.6 12.3 16.0 17.1 16.6 12.3 8.1 2.1 −2.6 O 7.4
Temperature (° C) 1.3 4.3 9.4 13.5 18.4 22.3 23.7 22.8 18.1 13.2 6.7 1.8 O 13
Precipitation ( mm ) 20.5 19.9 35.0 46.8 62.8 63.2 100.5 80.8 59.7 52.0 80.8 45.2 Σ 667.2
Rainy days ( d ) 2 3 5 6th 8th 8th 8th 9 7th 6th 7th 5 Σ 74
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
monthly values ​​for temperatures and monthly values ​​for precipitation . Provincial weather service of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol (period 2000–2010)


See also: Bozner Bürgerbuch , Bozner Chronik , Bozner Stadtbuch , Bozen city law and land register of the Marienpfarrkirche Bozen from 1453-1460

Bolzano's city view from 1649 from the Topographia Provinciarum Austriacarum (3rd edition, 1679) by Matthäus Merian

The later city of Bolzano was built around 1170–1180 as a planned market settlement with a central lane lined with arbors and a market square ( Kornplatz ). Around 1195 there is already evidence of a pastor named Rudolf , who used the late antique St. Mary's Church, which was expanded in 1180 (today's cathedral ), which at that time was outside the city walls. The medieval market was given city-like privileges in the late 13th century, but it was not until 1437 that Bolzano was officially chartered with 104 articles. The city boundary has been expanded several times over the centuries, first to include the episcopal Neustadt ( Obstplatz ), then to the Wanger'sche Vorstadt (see Bindergasse ), and finally, after various other expansions, in 1911 by the extensive rural community of Zwölfmalgiegen and in 1925/26 the former market town of Gries .

Several annual markets ( trade fairs ) have been held in Bolzano since it was founded , and in 1635 the Tyrolean princess Claudia de 'Medici granted the Bolzano mercantile magistrate ( commercial court ).

The industrialization of South Tyrol began in Bolzano, where the Herrmann-Kofler cotton spinning mill was founded in 1848 (actually in St. Anton, near St. Peter ). Even before the incorporation of 1911, other important structures for Bozen, such as the Bozen- Gries train station (1859), the Kardaun electrical works (1901) and the Kohlerer Bahn (1908), were built in Zwölfmalgrei .

Tourism, which has flourished since the 19th century, had its focus in the spa town of Gries, but several hotels were also built near the train station (such as the Parkhotel Laurin , which still exists today , in 1910).

The era of Italian fascism changed the city permanently: In the context of the Italianization program planned by the regime , the city's population grew considerably thanks to a massive influx of Italian-speaking people. New city quarters emerged, especially in the Gries-Quirein area , and industrialization was also promoted by the establishment of a large-scale industrial district of Bozen from 1935/36 in the south of the city. The time of the German occupation in 1943/45 was marked by war events and extensive destruction in the old town area in the course of the aerial warfare - Bozen's own Nazi transit camp with a total of 10,000 prisoners went into operation in 1944/45.

The post-war period only gradually led, largely triggered by the Second Statute of Autonomy of 1972, to the city's new prosperity, which gradually became the administrative, political and economic pacemaker of the region.

Bolzano was the Alpine Convention to the Alpine town of 2009 explained.


Population development

Center of Bolzano, from the Rittner cable car seen from

The oldest surviving Bozen list of houses from 1288 counts 48 houses, but does not refer to the inner old town, but to Weintrauben- and Bindergasse in the east and the street around it in the north, today's Vintlerstraße and Wangergasse. In addition to this, however, the interest register of the gentlemen von Wangen from 1290 can be used, which represents a market law register of the whole Laubengasse, part of the fruit square and the Neustadt (today's Silbergasse and Dr.-Streiter-Gasse ) and in which another 106 houses are listed. Against this background, a total urban population of around 1500 to 2000 people is assumed for the period around 1300.

According to a list of houses in the city center from 1497, it was divided into eight quarters and comprised around 160 houses. The list contains the tax payments of the house owners and was probably created in connection with the nationwide Turkish tax . The urban population is believed to have been around 3,000 to 4,000 in the late 15th century.

In 1900 Bozen including the garrison had 13,904 mostly German residents (1,493 Italians ). The incorporation of Twelve Malgrei and Gries as well as the construction of new city quarters in the inter-war period promoted the strong population growth in the first half of the 20th century, especially in the context of the Italianization that was strongly promoted by Italian fascism . In 1966 the population of Bolzano exceeded the 100,000 mark for the first time, after having been 59,951 in 1940. The highest population in the city's history was recorded in 1975 at 107,112. After a subsequent decline well below the 100,000 mark, the population increased again significantly at the beginning of the new millennium.

As of December 31, 2011, 104,841 people were resident in Bolzano, of which 54,742 women (52.2%) and 50,099 men (47.8%). Despite a positive migration balance of +883 people (2011), the trend can be observed that numerous Bolzano residents are moving from the city to the immediate vicinity, but still keeping their main interests (work, central services) in the city area. The birth balance has been mostly negative in recent years. The average age of the citizens is 44.1 years and 23% of the population are older than 65 years.

At the end of 2011, 14,511 foreign nationals lived in Bolzano. This corresponds to a share of 13.8% of the total population. This makes it the municipality of residence of a third of all foreigners living in South Tyrol. The largest groups of foreigners legally registered in Bolzano on December 31, 2011 came from Albania (2575), Morocco (1695), Pakistan (969), Romania (889), Moldova (650), Germany (641), Ukraine (639) and Peru (617). In 2004 the first advisory council for foreigners was founded to support the municipal council in matters relating to foreigners.

Language groups

year population Language groups
German Italian Ladin
1900 013,904 88.09% 11.45% -
1941 063,495 - - -
1951 071.103 - - -
1961 88,980 - - -
1971 105,616 22.40% 77.22% 0.38%
1981 104,975 25.77% 73.63% 0.60%
1991 098.059 26.62% 72.59% 0.79%
2001 094,855 26.29% 73.00% 0.71%
2011 102,486 25.52% 73.80% 0.68%

According to the Austrian census in 1910 lived in the then independent municipalities Bolzano, Gries and Zwölfmalgreien aggregated 29,241 inhabitants, of which only 1,605 Italian , while 26,558 German as their everyday language declared. The influx of Italian immigrants, which was promoted under fascism as part of the Italianization efforts , led to a change in the linguistic majority. The city had an Italian-speaking majority as early as the 1940s.

According to the 2011 census , 73.80% of the inhabitants belonged to the Italian , 25.52% to the German and 0.68% to the Ladin language group . Due to its bicultural nature, Bozen is an important meeting place between the German and Italian-speaking cultural and economic areas. More and more residents speak more than just their own mother tongue.


Municipal council

In the 2020 municipal council elections, the South Tyrolean People's Party , the Lega Nord and the Partito Democratico with seven councilors each became the strongest parliamentary groups. Nine different parties and groups were elected to the 45-member municipal council.


In 1922, the German-speaking Julius Perathoner was forcibly removed as mayor by the fascists during the march on Bolzano and replaced by a fascist mayor. After the Second World War, the representatives of the now Italian-speaking majority of the population appointed the mayor; Vice Mayor is always a representative of the German language group.

coat of arms

Cover of the municipal account book of Mayor Konrad Lerhuber from 1471 with the oldest colored depiction of the city's coat of arms (Hs. 73 of the Bolzano City Archives , fol. 1)

Description :

"In silver a red bar with a gold six-pointed star ."

The Bolzano city coat of arms in use today is based on a privilege granted by Duke Leopold III. von Habsburg from the year 1381. It programmatically uses the tinging of the Austrian shield , but with an exchange of colors (white-red-white). The six-pointed star, a reference to the Marian Stella maris and thus to the main patroness of the municipal parish church , was transformed into a five-pointed star as a symbol of the Savoyard royal family during the fascist administration, but was restored to its original form after the end of Nazi fascism .

Town twinning

The bilingual Hungarian city of Sopron / Sopron since 1990 Bolzano sister city . On May 4, 2010, the city council named a previously unnamed short street in the east of the city, Via Sopron . According to the city council resolution of August 17, 2010, the street is called Ödenburger Straße in German.

The Middle Franconian city of Erlangen has been Bozen's new twin city since 2018.

City cartridge

View of Bolzano with the city cartridges, oil painting around 1802 in the Bolzano City Museum (detail). To the right of Our Lady, the blessed Heinrich with the Bolzano coat of arms in the left

In addition to Mary , the main patroness of the parish church (cathedral), the traditional city ​​patrons of St. George and St. Margaretha , to whom Johannes Nepomuk and the blessed Heinrich von Bozen were added in the first half of the 17th century .


Maretsch Castle
Waltherplatz. In the background: Cathedral of the Assumption
Franciscan monastery
Bolzano City Hall

Urban development, renovation and monument protection

Profane buildings

Castles, palaces and mansions

More buildings in the city center

The Bozen arcades facing east

Sacred buildings

St. Georg in Weggenstein

Streets, squares and memorials

Streets and alleys




Architectural evidence from the fascist era

Victory Monument

Architectural evidence from the National Socialist period

Cable cars, promenades and cycle art trails


Cinema and theater

New City Theater Bolzano

There are also several cinemas in Bolzano that show films in Italian, German and, in some cases, in the original language with subtitles. With the Concordia-Kino 2005 and the Eden-Kino 2010, however, long-established cinemas closed. A well-known alternative cinema in Bolzano is the well-known arthouse cinema Filmclub Bozen with three halls, founded in 1978 , which organizes the Bolzano Film Festival every April . On May 12, 2009 the new multiplex cinema " Cineplexx " of the operating company Constantin Film was opened in Bolzano . It has seven cinema halls and is therefore the largest cinema in South Tyrol.


South Tyrol Museum of Archeology


Bolzano has four brass bands, three of which are German as their mother tongue (Stadtkapelle Bozen, Burgerkapelle Gries , Musikkapelle Zwölfmalgrei) and an Italian-speaking band (Corpo Musicale M. Mascagni).

In 2008 the city band of Bozen represented the state of South Tyrol at the Austrian brass music competition in Feldkirchen in Carinthia and placed first, thus becoming the Austrian national winner.

There are numerous choirs in Bolzano, including three men's choirs, two of which are combined in the Bolzano men's choir .

For professional music education there is the conservatory "Claudio Monteverdi" in Bolzano , which emerged from the music school of the Bolzano Music Association.

In January 2005 Bozen became the Guggenmusik capital of Europe. 34 Guggenmusiken from Switzerland and Germany took part in the 39th European Guggenmusikfestival.

Regular events

From July 21 to 25, 2010, Bolzano was the venue for the 47th Europeade .

International piano competition

The Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition has been held in Bolzano since 1949. The competition is programmatically named after the Italian-born pianist Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), who worked mainly in Leipzig and Berlin and personally linked the Italian and German musical culture very closely.

Economy and Infrastructure


As of October 22, 2001, there were 61,376 employees in 11,672 workplaces in Bolzano. With 315 workplaces and 13,835 employees, public corporations have a not insignificant share. 2,308 employees work for non-profit organizations . Bolzano is the largest employment location in South Tyrol , ahead of Merano (35,000), Brixen (20,000) and Bruneck (10,700). The main focus of the manufacturing industry is in the industrial district of Bolzano .

wine growing

Vineyards near Bozen

In addition, Bozen is one of the largest wine-growing regions in South Tyrol . Bolzano's wines are particularly produced in St. Magdalena , St. Justina and Leitach , on Guntschnaberg and in Gries-Moritzing. The largest company is the Bolzano winery .

Exhibition center

Exhibition grounds of the Bolzano Exhibition Center

The Bolzano International Trade Fair is located in Bolzano South , with its exhibition grounds, congress center and exhibition hotel.

Technology park

Technology park in Bozen-Süd

With the NOI Techpark Südtirol / Alto Adige , there has been its own technology park since 2017 , which, located in the south of the city, is dedicated to the establishment of a company, the innovation process as well as cooperation and technology transfer in four areas (Green, Alpine, Food and Automation). Its forerunner or initiator was the former Techno Innovation Park South Tyrol (TIS) ( IDM Innovation since 2016 ).

Established businesses


The largest companies based in Bolzano include the retail chain ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG), the Acciaierie Valbruna SPA stainless steel works , the transport and logistics company Fercam AG and Alperia, which is active in the energy sector . The internationally active companies Salewa (Oberalp SpA, products for mountain sports), Thun AG (collector's items), as well as branches of the companies FRI-EL Green Power (renewable energies) and Iveco (commercial vehicle manufacturer) are also based in Bolzano . The regionally significant companies also include Bergmilch Südtirol (dairy product manufacturer), the manufacturer of multifunction glass Glas Müller Vetri Spa , the medical technology company Health Robotics GmbH , the snowmaking system manufacturer TechnoAlpin and the electronics manufacturer Microgate GmbH .


The RAI broadcasting center on Mazzini Square in Bolzano

Radio and television companies

Bolzano has Radiotelevisione Italiana (public broadcaster of Italy) is a radio station where with Rai South Tyrol , Rai Ladinia and Rai Alto Adige operate editorially independent three departments. These produce programs in German, Ladin and Italian.

The private television stations Video33 and SDF are also based in Bolzano.

The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) is also represented in Bolzano with its own branch and broadcasts the local news magazine Südtirol heute (albeit from Innsbruck) .

The Rundfunk-Anstalt Südtirol (RAS), a public broadcaster based in Bolzano, is responsible for the transmission of radio and television programs from Germany, Austria and Switzerland .

Press products

The following daily and weekly newspapers appear in Bolzano:


Road traffic

Brenner motorway A22 near Castelrotto

Bolzano is crossed by the Brenner motorway and the Brenner State Road, both of which are important roads between Northern Italy and Central Europe . To the northwest, the MeBo expressway connects Bozen with Merano, the second largest city in South Tyrol.

Rail transport

Bolzano train station

The Bolzano station is located on the Brenner railway , the Innsbruck to Verona combines, and thus on the railway axis Berlin-Palermo . The Bolzano – Meran railway also begins in Bolzano and opens up the Burggrafenamt to the north-west of the city .

Local public transport

Renon cable car

The old town is closed to private traffic. The inner-city public transport is now handled with mostly methane gas-powered buses from SASA AG . Regional bus routes go to all districts and valleys of South Tyrol. Local public transport in the city of Bolzano and the surrounding area used to be carried out with environmentally friendly trams and local trains (e.g. Überetscher Bahn ), with the Bolzano tram opened in 1909 and discontinued in 1948. Only the former valley section of the Renon Railway survived until its cogwheel operation was discontinued in 1966. Three cable cars connect two communities and a fraction of Bolzano with the city ( Kohlerer Bahn , Jenesien cable car , Rittner cable car ). Also worth mentioning are two former funicular railways, the Virglbahn and the Guntschnabahn , which connected the city with the local recreation areas.

The new construction of the Rittner cable car achieved particular success in local public transport . In that year, the old aerial tramway was replaced by a modern 3S cableway from the South Tyrolean Leitner AG . Since then, the railway has experienced an annual increase in passengers; Initially, it was primarily intended for the transport of tourists between Bolzano and Renon , but it was increasingly used by commuters as a means of local public transport.

Due to the constant commuter traffic jams , various extensions of local public transport in and around Bolzano are being discussed. Originally, Bozen was to get a tram and the Überetsch was to be connected via a reactivated Überetscher Bahn (either as a tram or MiniMetro ). However, high implementation costs prevented implementation.

The commissioning of a Metrobus line between Bolzano and the Überetsch is currently being discussed. On October 19, 2018, the city signed an agreement with the South Tyrolean provincial government as well as the city and a regional bus company for the construction and operation of a first seven-kilometer tram line .

Bicycle traffic

Separate foot and bicycle bridges over the river Talfer

Since the 1990s, the cycle paths have also been systematically expanded into a functioning network. The two-lane bicycle lanes with central reservation and oncoming traffic, which are structurally separated from car traffic, can be considered as trademarks. As a result, the proportion of bicycles is now 30 percent.

Bolzano is on the long-distance cycle path , which runs as the Via Claudia Augusta along an ancient Roman road of the same name .

Air traffic

Bolzano airport

The Bolzano airport is used by charter flights , the general aviation use and the military. The scheduled air service has been discontinued.

Public facilities


In Bolzano there is a public hospital, the Bolzano Central Hospital of the South Tyrolean medical company . There are also four private clinics: the “Marienklinik”, the “Bonvicini” clinic, the “Villa Melitta” and the “City Clinic Bozen”. The oldest old people's home is the former poor house in Rauschertorgasse; like another, it is privately run, but has agreements with the municipal social services, which run four old people's homes and several day care centers for the elderly. The Firmian long-term care home run by the Bolzano Health District is located on the outskirts of Bozen. The former sanatorium Grieserhof has been offering age-appropriate living since its renovation, which was completed in 2017.


Maria-Hilf chapel in the Austrian military cemetery

The cemetery in Oberau has served as the main public cemetery for the municipality of Bolzano since the 1930s, following the older central cemetery located south of the Dompfarrkirche and now abandoned. It is characterized by a park-like character and is located at the foot of the slope of the Kohlerer Berg in the Oberau-Haslach district . The two other cemeteries in Gries and Sankt Jakob are also under the control of the community, but they are managed directly by the local parishes. The Austrian military cemetery in St. Jakob is looked after by the Bolzano Military Veterans Association, founded in 1874 (in the Austrian Black Cross ).

Education and Research

Primary and secondary schools

In Bolzano there are numerous educational institutions which - as is usual in South Tyrol - are broken down into language groups in the public primary and secondary levels.

Franciscan high school

German-speaking schools : There are eight German-speaking public primary schools in Bolzano, three of which are in the Zentrum-Bozner Boden-Rentsch district , two in Gries-Quirein and one each in Oberau-Haslach , Europa-Neustift and Don Bosco . The four secondary schools are divided between Zentrum-Bozner Boden-Rentsch, Gries-Quirein, Oberau-Haslach and Europa-Neustift.

The range of German-speaking secondary schools is the most extensive in South Tyrol and also serves students from numerous other communities in the area with various grammar schools , technical colleges , business schools and vocational schools . Particular mention should be made of the classical, language and art high school "Walther von der Vogelweide", the Realgymnasium Bozen with the connected technical college for construction "Peter Anich", the technological college "Max Valier", the business college "Heinrich Kunter" and the social science grammar school with the affiliated technical college for tourism "Robert Gasteiner". The state vocational school for trade and graphics "Johannes Gutenberg", the state vocational school for handicrafts and industry, the state vocational school for social professions "Hannah Arendt" and the technical school for home economics and nutrition provide vocational school offers . The Franziskanergymnasium Bolzano and the social science high school "Maria Hueber ”.

Italian- speaking schools : The Italian language group has twelve public primary schools, two of which are in the Zentrum-Bozner Boden-Rentsch district, three in Gries-Quirein, two in Oberau-Haslach, two in Europa-Neustift and three in Don Bosco. The eight middle schools are distributed as follows: one in Center-Bozner Boden-Rentsch, two in Gries-Quirein, one in Oberau-Haslach, two in Europa-Neustift and two in Don Bosco.

The numerous secondary schools include the classical and language high school "Giosuè Carducci", the high school "Evangelista Torricelli", the social science and art high school "Giovanni Pascoli", the business school "Cesare Battisti", the high school center "Galileo Galilei", which consists of a high school and a technical college. , the technical high school for construction "Andrea e Pietro Delai", the high school center "Claudia de 'Medici", which includes various school types, and the state vocational schools "Luigi Einaudi" and "Emmanuel Lèvinas". Well-known private schools are the "Istituto Marcelline", the "Istituto Sandro Pertini", the "Istituto Rainerum" and the "Istituto Walther".


Free University of Bozen

Since 1998 Bozen has been the seat of the Free University of Bozen (FUB) and thus a university city. The Free University of Bozen offers trilingual courses in German, Italian and English. In addition to the university, the State College for Health Professions "Claudiana" and the Conservatory "Claudio Monteverdi" Bolzano offer subject-specific higher education courses.

Libraries and other educational institutions

Two academic libraries are located in Bolzano : the state library “Dr. Friedrich Teßmann ” with its extensive Tyrolean collection and the library of the Free University of Bozen .

In 1954 the South Tyrolean cultural institute was founded. It maintains contacts with the German cultural area and organizes guest theater performances, guest concerts, exhibitions, author readings and scientific conferences.

The ZeLIG film school offers training in documentary film, television and new media.


With the Free University of Bolzano and Eurac Research , the most important research institutions in South Tyrol are located in Bolzano . The university is mainly involved in the departments of its faculties, i.e. economics , computer science , natural , engineering and educational sciences , but also houses the center for regional history . The eleven institutes of the Eurac Research research center, founded in 1992, work on an interdisciplinary basis on the topics of autonomy, health, mountains and technologies.

The Source Research serve u. A. the South Tyrolean Provincial Archives , the Bolzano State Archives and the Bolzano City Archives .


The city of Bolzano hosts several sporting events every year and is the birthplace of many athletes. According to some studies, compared to the other Italian cities, Bolzano is the one where the population is most active in sports. Bolzano is also the seat of the Italian Fistball Association .

Sports facilities

Drusus Stadium
  • Eiswelle / Palaonda - hockey stadium: Until the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, it was the largest hockey stadium in Italy with 7220 seats.
  • Drusus Stadium : Football stadium with a capacity of 3000 spectators
  • Europastadion - American football stadium: with artificial turf and a capacity of 3000 seats (also used for rugby ).
  • Tiziano Lazzarini baseball field
  • Stadthalle / Palasport: With its 2608 seats it houses most sporting events, concerts and performances (including TV shows)
  • Sports Palace
  • Swimming pool: with a 50-meter pool and a 10-meter tower
  • Two indoor pools with short lanes: are also used for competitions, one of them ( Karl Dibiasi indoor pool ) also has a 10-meter tower

ice Hockey

Home game of HC Bozen 2009 in the IIHF Continental Cup

Together with Milan and Canazei , Bolzano hosted the 1994 men's ice hockey world championship . The local ice hockey team, HC Bozen Foxes , is the most successful team in Italy with 19 championship titles, 3 Coppa Italia, 4 Supercoppa Italiana, 1 Alpine league , 1 European Supercup title and 2 EBEL victories.

The second team from Bolzano is EV Bozen 84 , which has been playing in Serie A2 again since 2010 . Bolzano was also the leader in Italy for women; the Hockey Club Eagles Bolzano, dissolved in 2008, won a total of seven championship titles. The successor team EV Bozen 84 Eagles has won six of the seven championships in which they participated.


After more than 30 years of abstinence, FC Südtirol - Alto Adige will again be a South Tyrolean club in the third division from the 2010/11 season . In the summer, a large number of top-class friendship games are played in Bolzano, but they are also very popular every year, such as the “SüdtirolCup” and the 5-a-side football “City Tournament”.


Bolzano was often the stage of the Giro d'Italia and other cycling events. On May 25, 2003 the individual time trial of the Giro d'Italia of the 15th stage ended with a victory for Spaniard Aitor González Jiménez in Bolzano. The 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2010 also led through Bolzano.

The whole of South Tyrol has a dense network of cycle paths, which has numerous branches and intersections, especially in the Bolzano area.


Every year on December 31st, since 1975 the BOclassic , a road race over a distance of 10 km (for women 5 km) with an international team, has been held in Bolzano . The record winners are Serhij Lebid and Berhane Adere . Before the elite race, a fun run over 5 km takes place on the same course, a 1250 m long lap through the old town .

Bolzano has been the destination of the South Tyrol Marathon, which has been held in Neumarkt up to now, since 2010 .


In Bolzano there is a women's basketball team, the Basket Club Bozen Iveco Lenzi , which is registered in the A2 series. From the 2003/04 season to the 2005/06 she played in the top division of Serie A1. The game will be played in the Palazzetto Paola Mazzali, the stadium dedicated to the team's great captain after they were killed in a traffic accident in August 2006.

There are also two men's teams:

  • Bozen Basket (plays in Serie D)
  • US Bozner Boden Electrogroup TEC (plays in Serie C)


The SSV Bozen Loacker is the only handball team of the city and plays in Serie A (Circle North). In 2012 and 2015 SSV Bozen was both cup winners and Italian champions, and in 2012 also Supercup winners.


Rugby has also been played in Bolzano for a number of years . The Sudtirolo Rugby Cavaliers are the only rugby team in South Tyrol and play in the Italian Serie C. There is also a women's rugby team, the Red Queens . The home games are played in the Pfarrhof sports zone.


Bolzano is Italy's only city that has a fistball team . The team that belongs to the SSV Bozen sports club is also the Italian national team . At times she played in the 1st Austrian Bundesliga (FBL).

Personalities associated with Bolzano

See also

Portal: Bolzano  - overview of Wikipedia content on Bolzano


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  • Gabriele Rath et al. (Ed.): Bozen - Innsbruck: historical city tours. Vienna-Bozen: Folio 2000. ISBN 3-85256-125-6 .
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  • Hannes Obermair : Bozen South - Bolzano North. Written form and documents from the city of Bozen up to 1500. 2 vols., Bozen: Stadtgemeinde Bozen 2005–2008. ISBN 88-901870-0-X and ISBN 978-88-901870-1-8 .
  • Andrea Bonoldi, Markus A. Denzel : Bozen in the trade fair network of Europe (17th – 19th centuries) / Bolzano nel sistema fieristico europeo (secc. XVII – XIX) . Bolzano: Athesia 2007. ISBN 978-88-8266-311-7 .
  • Renate Brenn-Rammlmair: City architect Gustav Nolte. The Heimatstil in Bolzano 1908–1924. Bolzano: Athesia 2007. ISBN 978-88-8266-361-2 .
  • Gotthard Andergassen, Ettore Frangipane: Two hundred years of Bozner Waltherplatz in pictures / 200 anni piazza Walther a Bolzano in immagini 1808–2008. Bolzano: Raetia 2008. ISBN 978-88-7283-330-8 .
  • Helmut Stampfer (Ed.): The Prince's Office in Bozen: from the Maximilian office building to the nature museum. Vienna-Bozen: Folio 2008. ISBN 978-3-85256-373-2 .
  • Hubert Stuppner : Music and Society in South Tyrol. Volume 1: Bozen 1800-2000. Bolzano: Raetia 2009. ISBN 978-88-7283-337-7 .
  • Stefan Stabler: Castles and residences - Bozen and surroundings. Bolzano: Athesia 2009. ISBN 978-88-8266-544-9 .
  • Hannes Obermair: Bozen / Bolzano 1850–1950 (series of archive images). 2nd edition Erfurt: Sutton 2010. ISBN 978-3-86680-489-0 .
  • Adolph Stiller (Ed.): Stadt.Bebeispiel.Bozen_Projektentwicklung Bahnhofsareal . Architecture in the Ringturm XXIV. Salzburg: Müry Salzmann Verlag 2011. ISBN 978-3-99014-048-2 .
  • Oswald Stimpfl: Bozen compact. Sights, hospitality, culture. Vienna-Bozen: Folio Verlag 2014. ISBN 978-3-85256-645-0 .
  • Heinz Tiefenbrunner, Hubert Seidner, Gerald Mair: History of the houses of Altbozen. Bolzano: Athesia Verlag 2016. ISBN 978-88-6839-217-8
  • Hannes Obermair, Fabrizio Miori, Maurizio Pacchiani (eds.): Lavori in Corso - The Bozner Freiheitsstraße . La Fabbrica del Tempo - The Time Factory, Bozen 2020, ISBN 978-88-943205-2-7 .
Older descriptions
  • Beda Weber : The city of Bozen and its surroundings , Bozen 1849, Eberle ( e-copy ).
  • Andrä Johann Bergmeister: Physical-medical-statistical topography of the city of Bozen with the three rural communities twelve Malgrei, Gries and Leifers, or the former municipal district of Bozen. Self-published, Bozen 1854. ( E-copy ).
  • Andreas Simeoner: The city of Bozen. Wohlgemuth, Bozen 1890 ( e-copy ).
  • Lexicon entry on Bozen , in: Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon . 6th edition, Volume 3, Leipzig / Vienna 1905, pp. 294–295 ( ).

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