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Area Valterplatts: photos, description (Walterplatz)

Valterplatts is the main square of Bolzano, located in the heart of the old part of the city and is named after the medieval poet Walther von der Vogelweide. It was here, on this square are Christmas and Floral markets, as well as celebrated the Festival of the Pumpkin. By the way, the famous Christmas market gathers annually to a million visitors!

Valterplatts was founded in 1808, the year on the site of the vineyard, which was owned by the Bavarian Royal family. King Maximilian sold the vineyard to the municipality of Bolzano for 3 thousand florins with the condition that it was turned into a square. Around gradually began to build houses and hotels - one of the first was "Hotel Greif". In those years, Bolzano, thanks to its mild climate and beautiful surrounding landscapes, a well preserved medieval buildings, has become a popular tourist destination. To accommodate numerous tourists, aristocrats and built the first luxury hotels.

In 1889, the year in the center of the square was a statue of the poet Walther von der Vogelweide, who lived in 1168-1228-m years. During the Nazi regime, it was cleaned out, but later returned to his seat. Visible near Cathedral of Bolzano, railway station and many historical buildings, which today houses banks, cafes and restaurants. I must say that in different years the area had different names - Maximilian-Platz in honor of the Bavarian king, Johannes-Platz, Valterplatts, then Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza Madonna, and finally, again, Waltherplatz. In its very long history this square has seen many historical figures - Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph and his heir Charles I, the Italian king Victor Emmanuel III and Mussolini.