City of Bressanone

Experience South Tyrol’s culture while staying in Bressanone/Brixen, the oldest town in Tyrol:

The historic centre of Bressanone/Brixen with its 1000 year old history offers numerous places worth seeing, such as the cathedral, the ’White Tower’, the cloisters, one of the largest memorials of Alpine wall paintings with valuable frescos from the 14th and 16th Centuries and the Pharmacy museum . During your holidays in South Tyrol, you definitely must visit the prince-bishop’s castle with its Renaissance loggias, as well as the closed Baroque facades, the avenues and one of the most atmospheric castle courtyards in South Tyrol. The castle’s Diocesan museum houses an art exhibition with valuable sculptures and panels from the Middle Ages to modern art, the Bressanone Cathedral treasure, the Kaiser wing with its Majolica ovens, historic furniture and Vienna porcelain, as well as the bishop’s wing and the Baroque chapel. On the ground floor, you will find the annual nativity scene, which consists of approx. 5,000 figures, which prince-bishop Charles Francis of Lodron ordered for his living quarters in the castle. The nativity scene is completed by other nativity scenes from Bressanone/Brixen, Tyrol, Naples and Sicily.

A guided tour through the town is highly recommended: ‘With the night watchman through Bressanone’.

Every autumn, the town of Bressanone/Brixen organises a gastronomic autumn hiking tour ‘Kuchlkirchtig‘, as well as a most impressive guided day into the colourful mountain region, where nature and culture can be very closely experienced. On the way, as true tradition dictates, you must stop for a snack and try some Isarco/Eisack Valley treats, not forgetting some wine. The crowning finale will be celebrated with a great-tasting ‘marende’, music and song.

In Novacella/Neustift near Bressanone/Brixen, the Augustine Canon Seminary of Novacella/Neustift awaits you, an active and lively cloister with 30 canons. The seminary is the largest and most famous cloister in the entire Tyrolean region. Particularly worth seeing are the library, basilica, the herb harden and the wine cellars with its multiple-awarded white wines. Novacella/Neustift is recognised as the most northern wine cultivation area in Italy.

The Fortezza/Franzensfeste fortress was built between 1833 and 1839, named after Kaiser Francis I of Austria and was then the strongest fortress in Europe. However, this defence has never seen true fighting and was quickly overtaken by new technology. However, it still marks the landscape as it always has done. The fortress can be discovered with a guided tour.