Colorful facades and older town houses, romantic squares and medieval arcades: Welcome to the cultural city of Brixen, an interesting city characterized by more than a thousand years of history in the middle of the South Tyrolean Alps.
At the mouth between the rivers Eisack and Rienz lies in a wide valley, surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, the Alpine city of Bressanone: for over 1,000 years, the seat of the bishop and attraction for artists and art lovers. Today, gables adorned with battlements, narrow alleyways and flower-covered windows dominate the cityscape of this picturesque town in the heart of South Tyrol and give the episcopal city its dignified countenance. Let yourself be seduced by one of the oldest cities in South Tyrol, embark on a wonderful journey of discovery through the historic city center, along the picturesque arcades and visit the traditional taverns and wine taverns of the city.
What should not be missed during a ramble through the Old Town of Bressanone is a visit to the cathedral of Bressanone, which towers high in the sky with its two domed towers. The interior of the church presents itself in strict sublimity with the impressive ceiling paintings of the South Tyrolean artist Paul Troger. South of the cathedral is also worth a visit to the impressive cloister, the "picture book" of the Old and New Testaments and at the same time one of the most important monuments of Alpine murals.
Not far from the cathedral square you have the opportunity to round off the eventful city tour with a tour of the Hofburg, where the Brixen diocesan museum is located between loggia galleries, terracotta statues and sumptuous rooms. The Hofburg, city castle of the bishops of Brixen, was built in the 13th century and today bears witness to the former rule of the clergy. The fortified-medieval exterior of the complex stands in stark contrast to the magnificent courtyard, one of the impressive buildings in which Renaissance and Baroque unite.
Brixen, however, is not only extremely popular with pleasure travelers, history and culture fans: the city is also an ideal starting point for numerous leisure activities in the nearby Lüsnertal, on the eastern ridge of the Sarntal Alps or on the local mountain Plose. While the area around Bressanone in the summer is ideal for hiking and adventurous mountain bike tours, in winter it turns into a fantastic ski resort with breathtaking views of the Dolomites.