Its most prominent landmark is the Scaligero Castle, which has 13th-century fortifications and an older medieval tower. Remnants of an Etruscan tomb have been found within the castle walls. The castle was fortified by the Della Scala family who ruled the region throughout the 13th century.
Behind Malcesine rises the 2,218 m (7,277 ft) high Monte Baldo. A cable car with rotating cabins takes passengers to 1,750 m (5,741 ft) above sea level. From there the highest point can be accessed by walking a few kilometres to the south along the ridge.