Natural exuberance in the middle of town
Every self-respecting house in South Tyrol has a garden; watching plants grow is a source of happiness. The Laurin Park in Bolzano is an English garden with impressive trees, exuberant flowers and shrubs, and quiet spots in which to enjoy coffee, aperitifs and good food to the accompaniment of birdsong. Owner Franz Staffler planted the giant redwoods and chose the sculptures himself. He says the garden is part of him, and he is part of the garden. ”Like an old oak tree.“
A machine fitter for the roses
How Franz Rottensteiner became a gardener
Franz Rottensteiner was a machine fitter with the state railway for 38 years. When he retired, he joined the Laurin as a gardener after replying to an advertisement before his doubts got the better of him. He couldn’t tell a cherry laurel from a magnolia at the time. ”It was more of gut feeling,“ says Franz – and one that owner Franz Staffler clearly shared. He hired the ingenuous gardener, but that doesn’t mean they always see eye to eye.
"Great location just by the train station. Beautiful lounge and lift (with seats!) with a wonderful garden and small pool. Lovely rooms with wonderful art. Good buffet breakfast with range of options. Recommended."