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Vacation in Bressanone / Brixen

The third largest municipality in South Tyrol is Bressanone / Brixen, also one of the most beautiful cities in the country. In the heart of the Eisack Valley, 20,000 people have settled, who appreciate the coexistence of culture and nature as much as the numerous tourists who explore Bressanone / Brixen (Italian Bressanone) year after year. And one thing must be said, in terms of geography, there is plenty of variety. The municipal area ranges from gentle 500 meters above sea level to a stately 2450 meters. Here, mountain and city are literally close to each other. If you want to stay longer, we have put together a fine selection of recommended hotels for you.

An inspiring coexistence has also been agreed upon by 3 different languages. In Bressanone / Brixen Italians, Ladin speakers, and people who have German as their mother tongue live. The latter make up the majority with almost 73%. Anyone who strolls through the beautiful old town immediately enjoys the different languages and cultures. Here a touch of Italian serenity, there a bit of German honesty - an incredibly exciting mix. The mild climate gives the municipality about 300 sunny days a year. This is one of the reasons why life here mainly takes place outside of one's own four walls. Whether shopping in the old town, drinking coffee on the sun terrace, or hiking in the beautiful surroundings - leisure activities are simply more fun with so much sunshine.

City Center Brixen
City Center Brixen
White Tower in Brixen
White Tower in Brixen
View of the Geisler Group from the Plose
View of the Geisler Group from the Plose
Hofburg in Brixen
Hofburg in Brixen
Arcades in Brixen
Arcades in Brixen
Cloister at Brixen Cathedral
Cloister at Brixen Cathedral
Plose with Peitler and Geisler
Plose with Peitler and Geisler
St. Andrä
St. Andrä
Flags
Flags
Refreshment on the Plose
Refreshment on the Plose
Plose Ski Area with Geisler Group
Plose Ski Area with Geisler Group
Plose Ski Area
Plose Ski Area
St. Andrä in Winter
St. Andrä in Winter
Plose Ski Area
Plose Ski Area
Mountain Panorama from Plose
Mountain Panorama from Plose

Cultural Treasures in Bressanone / Brixen

Culture and tradition are firmly anchored in Bressanone / Brixen. This is because the delicate city in the Eisack Valley is one of the oldest cities in the country. It was founded in 901, when the Carolingian King Louis the Child lavishly gifted the then Bishop of Sabiona. Nothing less than a whole city should serve as a suitable gift. For Brixen, this handover turned out to be an incredible stroke of luck. For several centuries, the city made a name for itself as a prince-bishopric, and until 1972, Brixen was even considered the official seat of the bishop. The cultural richness of that time is still visible today.

A tour of the city offers everything the heart of a true culture fan desires. Numerous baroque buildings line up, especially the cathedral as the landmark of the city impresses many visitors. Another highlight: the white tower. It belongs to the parish church of St. Michael and towers a proud 72 meters into the sky. The harmony of elements of the Baroque and the Renaissance is shown by the Hofburg in Brixen. Inside the building, the Diocesan Museum houses both the Brixen Cathedral Treasure and many works of art.

An exciting journey into the world of pharmacy is open to visitors of the Brixen Pharmacy Museum. Here you can see how medicines were made a long time ago and what equipment the pharmacies of the past had.

Natural Heritage

However, Brixen is not only rich in cultural but also in natural treasures. Nestled in a wonderful mountain scenery, gentle alpine meadows and challenging climbing routes are within easy reach. The "local mountain" of Brixen is the Plose. In winter, numerous ski slopes invite you to ski, and in summer, it is wonderful for hiking. But that's not all: the Dolomites, the Zillertal Alps, and the Sarntal Alps are just a stone's throw away. A true paradise for all active holidaymakers and nature lovers.

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Radlsee and Radlseehütte, seen from the Königsangerspitze.
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Fabulous South Tyrol: The Radlsee

The picturesque Radlsee can be found high above Brixen and various myths also revolve around the body of water.

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Alpine farming in Tyrol and South Tyrol

The Alpine pastures in the mountains of South Tyrol and Tyrol are not only popular and idyllic destinations for hiking tourists, but also a very important factor in the ecosystem of the Alps.

Radlsee and Radlseehütte, seen from the Königsangerspitze.
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Hike to Radlsee (2196 m)

The Radlsee above the Brixen basin - 130 m long and 60 m wide - with its clear water, transparent to the stony bottom, is said to be unfathomable according to legend. A plough wheel that had sunk in the Durnholzer See in the Sarntal valley is said to have reappeared here.

Brixen city view
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Sacred Heart Fire
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When autumn comes to the country, when the leaves turn colorful and the light becomes golden, then the Törggelen season begins again in South Tyrol.

Hofburg in Brixen
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Hofburg Brixen / Bressanone

Until the year 1803, the Hofburg in Brixen, located at Hofburgplatz 2, was the residence of the Prince-Bishops and until the year 1973 the residence of the bishops of the diocese. Today, the Hofburg houses the diocesan archive, the nativity museum, and the diocesan museum.

Trostburg
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Burg Reifenstein Castello di Reifenstein

The castle in the upper Eisack valley is one of the best-preserved and most artistically interesting castles in South Tyrol.

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Schloss Velthurns / Castello Velturno

At the end of the 16th century - around 1575 - the Prince-Bishops of Brixen had a magnificent summer residence built on the sunny terrace of Feldthurns above the Eisack Valley.

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Teis Mineral Museum in Villnöß

The collection of the mineral hunter Paul Fischnaller contains, in addition to the well-known Teis spheres, many quartz crystals and other minerals from the Alps.

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Diözesan (Diocesan) Museum Brixen

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Kloster Neustift courtyard with miracle well
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Augustiner Chorherrenstift Neustift in Vahrn (Augustinian Canons Regular Monastery)

Kloster Neustift. In 1140, Hartmann, the provost of the Klosterneuburg monastery in the north of Vienna, was appointed bishop of the Brixen diocese by the Archbishop of Salzburg, Konrad von Abensberg.

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Brixen Pharmaziemuseum (Pharmacy Museum)

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