Bolzano's Christmas market
As soon as it gets "christmassy", Bolzano gets embraced by a unique, contemplative atmosphere: you're going to see shiny streets and bridges, hear the hoof beat of horse-drawn carriages passing through narrow streets, and notice the smell of delicious roasted chestnuts.
80 stallholders in their delightful little huts will be offering tasteful seasonal gifts (handmade wooden, glass and ceramic products along with charming Christmas tree decorations, delicious seasonal pastries and many more original gifts), plenty of food specialities, such as the famous "Zelten", and cauldrons of mulled wine to gather around in the main square, while the authentic aura of an Alpine Christmas pervades the medieval streets. As a sweet alternative you can also enjoy a hot chocolate at the original "Sacherhaus".
In addition: a craftsmen's market, children's attractions, horse-drawn coach rides and secluded niches to savour an aperitif, like the Campofranco palace courtyard.
For all winter sports lovers amongst you, South Tyrol represents a unique holiday-paradise where you can experience Glaciers and snow covered, perfectly prepared ski slopes. All year round.
Walking through the snow...
Winter hikings: Hiking through the white forest, enjoying the peaceful landscape and those wonderful relaxing moments at one of the nice guest-houses you'll find along the road or at one of the old alpine huts.
The close skiing area of the Ski Center Latemar/Obereggen (just 30min from Bolzano) is one of the most popular Ski-areas of the Dolomites and offers from December to April:
diversified but always perfectly prepared slopes, the possibility to cover over 100km of slopes with just one ski-pass from South Tyrol to Pampeago and Predazzo (Trentino), experience the southern side of Alps with its 300 days of sun, 100% snow during winter-months and the opportunity to use ski- and toboggan-slopes also by night. Not to mention the top quality South Tyrolean cuisine and hospitality.
..on South Tyrol's sunniest slopes. Several skiing-areas offer you also top prepared Halfpipes and Funparks.
Imagine to glide through the white landscape with the warm sunshine on your back. No matter if you choose the classic style or rather the skating one, cross-country skiers will fall in love with the about 1.800 km of perfect prepared slopes.
Snow shoeing: Those who have already experienced this feathery snow shoes, they also know their advantages. They allow you to hike through deep snow and climb high mountain tops... and once you get there, you get rewarded with this breathtaking panoramic view.
It is especially during Christmas time that Bolzano shows itself from the best side. With its traditional Christmas decorations, shopping through the arcades, the streets and the marketplace as well as the wonderful small alleys, becomes a great experience.