Numerous museums in Bolzano are dedicated to domestic and religious customs and traditions such as the City Museum; you can see modern and contemporary art in the Museion, nature in the South Tyrol Museum of Nature or the centuries of flourishing commercial life of the city in the Mercantile Museum. In the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, “Ötzi”, the world famous “iceman” can be seen with his clothes and his belongings; the “Messner Mountain Museum Firmiano” at the castle of Sigmundskron broaches the issue of the religious significance of mountain peaks, the history of mountaineering and alpine tourism of today.
Also worth seeing are the palaces and castles in the South Tyrolean provincial capital: the medieval Castle of Runkelstein high up on a crag at the entrance to the Sarn Valley, which is famous for having the world’s largest number of secular frescoes from the Middle Ages. Castle Maretsch that lies north of the old town along the Talfer promenade is now used as a conference and event center, or Castel Flavon, which is located above the district of Haslach, is a half-ruin with a restaurant and rooms for parties and other events.
Especially popular in the old town of Bolzano are the Bolzano arcades. Now, as before, they are the center of Bolzano trade and the most visited streets in the city. Not only the façades of houses with the characteristic bay windows are worth seeing, but especially the elegant, partly traditional, partly modern stores with their inviting shop windows transform the arcades in the inner city into an “outdoor shopping center”. Bolzano is also known for its fruit market, which is open daily in the heart of the old town in the colorful and lively Piazza delle Erbe square.
Numerous events are also organized throughout the year in Bolzano, including the Bolzano Christmas Market, the Flower Festival in spring, the Bolzano Festival in summer or the South Tyrol Jazz Festival, the Alto Adige.