Brixen is one of the oldest cities in Tyrol, more specifically in South Tyrol.

This city, rich in charm and history, is an enchanting place that will win the heart of every visitor with its extraordinary natural beauty, rich culture, and warm South Tyrolean hospitality.

Bressanone is a city with roots in the distant past. Its thousand-year history has left a wealth of artistic and cultural treasures. One of the most outstanding monuments is definitely the Brixen Cathedral, with its complex of the Cathedral Square, the Church of St. Michael and the magnificent Cloister, rich in medieval frescoes.

The Bishop’s Palace, with its adjacent Diocesan Museum, also dates back to medieval times. Here you will have the opportunity to admire a rich collection of artwork dating back as far as the 12th century!

Bressanone-montagne

Bressanone è circondata da una natura mozzafiato. Per gli amanti dell’aria aperta, offre innumerevoli opportunità per passeggiare, camminare e andare in montagna. Nel periodo invernale, Bressanone e i suoi dintorni si trasformano in un vero e proprio paradiso per gli appassionati di sport invernali, con numerose piste da sci e percorsi per il trekking invernale.

Il percorso di Waalweg, ad esempio, è una bellissima escursione che si snoda lungo un antico canale d’irrigazione, attraversando incantevoli paesaggi, frutteti e vigneti.

Come ogni città italiana che si rispetti, anche Bressanone vanta una ricca offerta enogastronomica. I ristoranti di Bressanone offrono piatti tradizionali altoatesini, come il famoso speck, le varietà di formaggi e i dolci come lo strudel. Il tutto affiancato da un’ottima proposta di vini locali.

Bressanone è una città ricca di cultura, storia e natura. Che tu sia un’amatore della storia e dell’arte, un fanatico dello sport all’aria aperta o un fine gourmet, questa perla incastrata tra le Alpi saprà sicuramente conquistare il tuo cuore.

What to see in Bressanone

Circondato dai maestosi picchi delle Alpi, questo comune italo-tedesco non smette mai di stupire con la sua ricca cultura, stupefacenti bellezze naturali e fascino storico.

Preparati a immergerti nell’atmosfera unica di Bressanone e scopri i luoghi di maggiore interesse.

Cathedral of Bressanone

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Il Duomo di Bressanone, noto anche come il Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta e San Cassiano, è il principale luogo di culto di Bressanone. L’edificio offre un’incredibile combinazione di storia e architettura.

Scavando nella storia, possiamo notare che il Duomo di Bressanone risale a molti secoli fa. Originariamente risalente al 980 d.C., la cattedrale ha subito due incendi nel corso della sua storia. I primi stili architettonici del Duomo erano romanici, con una navata a tre navate e due torri di facciata costruite intorno al 1200.

Tuttavia, la fase più significativa della costruzione si è realizzata tra il 1745 e il 1754, quando l’edificio è stato ricostruito in stile barocco. Questo cambiamento ha conferito alla cattedrale la sua magnifica facciata barocca attuale e le sue maestose torri gemelle che ora dominano l’orizzonte locale.

Oltre alla sua importanza religiosa, la cattedrale è famosa per il meraviglioso chiostro affrescato, un capolavoro risalente al XIV secolo. Il chiostro è un luogo tranquillo e contemplativo, offrendo un riparo dal trambusto della vita svolta al di fuori dei suoi muri.

Bishop's Palace of Bressanone

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Il Palazzo Vescovile è una grandiosa struttura serviva da residenza ai principi vescovi fino al 1973, dopo di che la sede vescovile fu trasferita a Bolzano.

Il primo edificio risale a metà del XIII secolo, ma ha subito numerosi cambiamenti e rimaneggiamenti nel corso dei secoli per diventare quello che vediamo oggi. Dal 1976, ospita il Museo Diocesano della città, un tesoro d’arte e cultura.

All’interno, il museo conserva in 70 sale preziose testimonianze dell’arte plastica e della pittura medioevale, proseguendo poi fino al barocco, al classicismo e alla fase romantica. Il Palazzo Vescovile ospita anche il Tesoro del Duomo di Bressanone e l’Ala degli Imperatori con le stufe in maiolica. Tra le varie sale di valore storico, si trova l’Appartamento Vescovile.

Il cortile interno del palazzo è uno dei più suggestivi dell’Alto Adige, un luogo dove storia e architettura si incontrano per creare un’atmosfera unica. Non solo il palazzo e le sue esibizioni offrono una vista affascinante della storia ecclesiastica e dell’arte, ma anche la vista esterna del complesso architettonico è in grado di suscitare ammirazione.

Abbey of Novacella

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Novacella Abbey, also known as Neustift Abbey, boasts a fascinating history and is one of the most significant cultural and spiritual places in South Tyrol.

It was founded in 1142 by the Bishop of the Diocese of Brixen, Blessed Hartmann, who had previously been provost of Klosterneuburg Abbey.

Today, the abbey plays an active role. Events and guided tours are often organized inside the abbey, giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in its history and cultural significance. It still serves as an important representation of its time, symbolizing the religiosity and art of the era in which it was built.

Brixen Christmas Market

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The Brixen Christmas Markets are a brilliant feast of lights, colors and seasonal flavors that fill the city’s streets each year. They are considered among the most beautiful in the area because of their unique charm and the magic in the air.

They usually begin in late November and end with epiphany. The market remains open an extra hour and a half Sunday through Thursday, and two extra hours on Friday and Saturday. Housed in Cathedral Square, it offers breathtaking views of the cathedral, St. Michael’s parish church and City Hall.

With more than 300 stores located in Brixen’s historic center, the Market offers a wide range of products, from Christmas gifts to typical South Tyrolean handicrafts, as well as culinary delights from the region.

Visit the mountain Christmas market and try typical South Tyrolean products such as special foods and mulled wine. Also, attend the amazing multimedia show “Best of Soliman’s Dream,” considered the most magical and exciting show in Italy.

The Brixen Christmas Markets are not just festive banquets, but a meeting point for locals and visitors alike, presenting a rich program of cultural initiatives and culinary offerings of local products.

Varna Lake

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Lake Varna is a small alpine lake located in the Eisack Valley, 712 meters above sea level. It rises about two kilometers north of the municipality of Varna, in the province of Bolzano, not far from Bressanone.

The lake is located 2 km northeast of Varna and is a popular destination for hiking. Surrounded by forests and mountainous slopes, it offers a sense of tranquility despite its proximity to busy roads such as the Brenner Highway.

Although the lake is in private hands, swimming is allowed in its northern part.

South of the lake, there is a convenient beach and a picturesque trail that goes all the way around the lake, making it a popular hiking destination.

Its natural beauty combined with its wealth of wildlife makes it an ideal place for those seeking a pleasant and relaxing experience in the midst of nature.

Walks in Bressanone

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Brixen, located in the Eisack Valley in South Tyrol, is a city with a rich historical heritage and an amazing natural environment that offers countless hiking opportunities.

From leisurely walks in the plains to challenging hikes in the mountains, there is something for all types of hikers.

St. Andrew’s Walk

We begin with a leisurely walk along the San Andrea trail. This route begins in the center of Brixen and leads to St. Andrew’s Church, passing through lush vineyards. Not only does it offer panoramic views of Brixen and the Eisack Valley, but it is a journey through history, with ancient chapels dotting the route.

Funes/Odles Trail

For more adventurous hikers, the Funes/Odles trail offers incredible views of the Dolomites. It begins in Zannes and leads to the Genova Refuge, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. The walk can take an entire day, so be sure to leave prepared!

Keschtnweg Route

The Keschtnweg, or “Chestnut Trail,” is another popular trail. It accompanies the hiker through forests, meadows, chestnut groves and vineyards along the sunny side of the Eisack Valley. This trail can be taken in several stages, making it suitable for short or long walks.

Plose: the Local Mountain

And finally, let’s not forget Brixen’s local mountain, the Plose. It offers a range of hiking trails, from easy family-friendly themed trails to challenging via ferrata routes for the more adventurous. At the top, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the entire Eisack Valley.

These walks in Brixen are just a few of the many adventures the city and its surroundings have to offer.

Skiing in Brixen

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Brixen, known for its unique history and culture, is a jewel of South Tyrol, but it also knows how to offer memorable winter adventures to its visitors. Equipped with direct access to the slopes of the local mountain Plose, it is a ski destination not to be missed.

Plose: The mountain of Brixen

Plose, Brixen’s local mountain, offers 40 km of ski slopes, which run from an altitude of 1,067 meters to 2,050 meters. Of these, the Trametsch is the longest slope in South Tyrol at 9 km. But it is not just the length that makes Trametsch special: its wide, perfectly groomed slopes make it a true skier’s paradise.

Plose Ski & Snowboard School

For beginners or those who wish to perfect their techniques, Plose has a well-organized ski and snowboard school. It offers tailored programs not only for adults, but also for children, with experienced and patient instructors ready to instruct students on how to become proficient skiers.

Fun & Action in Plose

For those seeking excitement, Plose offers the illuminating RudiRun, one of the longest toboggan runs in the Dolomites. And for those who want some excitement, there are the Fun Slopes and Snowparks, with various facilities for jumps and snowboarding tricks.

Beyond skiing, Brixen also offers a rich program of winter events for the whole family. Between Christmas markets, ice skating, and alternative winter sports, Brixen knows how to keep you entertained during the winter.

Discover Brixen for your next winter trip. No matter if you are a beginner, an expert skier or simply a lover of snow and mountains, Brixen will meet your expectations!

Where to sleep in Bressanone

Bressanone, offre una vasta gamma di alloggi per tutti i gusti e budget. Tra le opzioni più popolari ci sono hotel, pensioni, appartamenti in affitto e campeggi, molti dei quali offrono splendide viste sulle montagne circostanti.

Anche qui, come in molte località delle Alpi, è decisamente consigliabile prenotare per tempo per avere la migliore scelta possibile.

Qualunque sia il tuo stile di viaggio o budget, Bressanone ha qualcosa da offrire per garantire un soggiorno memorabile.

 


How to get to Brixen

Brixen is easily accessible from various locations in Italy and abroad, thanks to the city’s excellent transportation network.

If you are traveling by car, Bressanone is located near the A22 (Brenner-Modena) highway, and the nearest exit is “Bressanone-Val Pusteria.”

For those who prefer to travel by train, the Brixen train station is located along the Brenner line, which connects Verona to Innsbruck and Munich.

There are direct trains from Milan, Verona, Bolzano and Innsbruck.

If you are traveling by air, however, the nearest airports are Innsbruck Airport (Austria) about 80 km away, Verona Valerio Catullo Airport about 200 km away, and Venice Marco Polo Airport about 290 km away.

From these airports, you can rent a car, use private transfer services or take trains and buses to reach Brixen.

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